Before you put-on the SafeCalm Collar for the first time watch the BIG CHUCK MCBRIDE video, " Walking Your Dog the Correct Way" so you know how to walk and what to correct:
Using Center-mount method is the best way to put on the collar; it assures the collar stays centered (1st video). Some people prefer the regular way which lets the chain swing to the left or right (first part of the 2nd video):
Make sure your dog has a regular or standard back-up collar on before putting-on the SafeCalm Collar. The dog's regular collar will act as a safety back-up. Make sure you can only get a picky-finger in between the regular collar and the dog's skin. This will insure a good fit.
Use the SafeCalm Collar for training and walking; do not leave it on your dog unsupervised.
Here are (2) videos for using the SafeCalm Collar for the first time. Introducing your dog to the SafeCalm Collar should be done at one introduction period, not a number of days or walks. You must continue the walk until your dog walks perfect. Initially attach the leash to your dog's regular collar and do not attach it to the SafeCalm collar. Why? It's so your dog gets use to the SafeCalm Collar without any correction. After the dogs is walking, without any attempts to get the collar off, then attach your leash to the SafeCalm Collar and give gentle correction if he/she moves in front of you or any other direction other than forward. Remember, after your dog gets use to the SafeCalm Collar, the more gentle you correct using the SafeCalm Collar the better the result.
If your dog is dominant, high-energy, high-anxiety, or hyper-active watch the video for difficult dogs, If your dog attempts to get the collar off, correct and keep walking, never correct and stop. The key is to walk and correct until you get the desired result: a perfect walk. Watch the introducing the SafeCalm collar to difficult dogs video below:
How to Prevent Chafing
If your dog has aggression/anxiety issues with people, other dogs, or small animals on walks watch this video:
How to correctly use sound and leas-snap corrections (same correction technique with or without the SafeCalm Collar):
How to correctly use sound and touch corrections (same correction technique with or without the SafeCalm Collar):
If your SafeCalm collar slips off-track watch this video to re-track it: