When you get a puppy, one of the first things you need to do is to to get him a regular collar (like a buckle or quick-snap collar). On this collar, you must have a tag with your contact information on it. I recommend that you do not put your dog’s name on it, because if someone finds your lost dog and knows him name, they may want to keep him! However, when you are training your dog to learn how to walk, you will most likely need a special collar.
Many people think they should be using a choke collar, but in reality this is usually never a good idea. If you have an expert come to your house who is trained to use a choke collar, then it is okay. But in general, if you do not have lots of experience with choke collars, you will use it incorrectly. However, if you are using a choke collar for walking, you should always take it off after the walk. Choke collars can easily get snagged on many household items and could cause death. The fact that choke collars could potentially kill your dog should be a good enough reason for you to not use them!
There are a couple collars that are great for training your dog to walk well with you. One of my favorites to use for larger dogs is a prong collar, like the Chain Prong Training Collar. If you think that a prong collar seems inhumane like the choke collar, you should know that the Humane Society supports their use! These collars can tighten around your dog’s neck when he pulls you during a walk, but unlike a choke collar they can only be tightened so far. This means your dog can not accidentally choke to death. The prongs just give your dog a little pinch which shows him that he is pulling to hard. The prongs in the Chain Prong Training Collar, pictured above, comes in 2 different sizes: 2.3mm and 3.2mm. The thicker your dog’s neck, especially if the thickness is due to muscle, the large collar you should use. Just like the choke collar, you should only have your dog wear the Chain Prong Training Collar when he is going for a walk. When he is not walking, put on his regular collar (with the contact information tag!).
If you do not want to use a prong collar, you can use a harness that is designed to prevent your dog from pulling during walks. They are ideal for smaller dogs, but if you have a larger dog who only needs a small amount of guidance, then you can use harness for them too! I have the Four Paws No-Pull Dog Trainer, and I use it on my small size dog and medium size dog. You will be surprised how much the Four Paws No-Pull Dog Trainer helps your dog walk better. I would recommend that these harnesses are your first line of defense, and then if they do not work you can use a prong collar!