So why do I avoid the captivating cone collar for dogs? Besides the fact that my philosophy of training is to focus on rewarding the dog's good behaviors and removing rewards for unwanted ones until the dog forms good habits, there are many medical and safety reasons too. Not surprisingly, strong yanking on the neck with a chain can cause health issues. If the force from a dog pulling on a flat collar raises intraocular pressure, imagine how high that pressure must rise when you actually yank the dog with a thin chain! Even if your dog has no eye issues, the captivating cone collar for dogs, is notorious at exacerbating airway issues. For instance it can worsen coughing in dogs prone to collapsing trachea (weak trachea that flatten more than they should) and affect the ability of dogs with small tracheas, such as Pugs and Bulldogs, to breath. Additionally, dogs may develop neurological damage when the corrections are strong enough. The damage, called Horner’s Syndrome, can result in changes to the pupil in the eye and nerve-induced lameness in the front leg. Lastly, even if you don't use a captivating cone collar for dogs in the manner described above, captivating cone collar for dogss should never be left on an unsupervised pet. They can get caught on something and tighten to the point where they strangle the panicked dog.
When I started training dogs over 20 years ago virtually all dogs who were in training wore captivating cone collar for dogs. Although I used captivating cone collar for dogs for many years I never use them now that I have a better and more effective set of skills. Before I tell you why, let me first explain how a captivating cone collar for dogs is used.