• Michael D’Abruzzo

    April 10, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Hi Arturios,

    Welcome to the site! “Onion chop” corrections only work well with pinch collars and “good dog” collars, because of the physics of their design it can be done gently with the wrist (more so with the pinch than the “good dog” collar). Doing onion chops on an ordinary collar doesnt work well and you will end up using a lot of force which just becomes rough and sloppy which you do not want to do to your dog.

    The best alternatives if you do not like the look of the pinch collar or the negative stigma associated with them will probably be the halti or a premier no pull harness. For a pulling problem they may actually be more effective anyway. You don’t use onion chops with these but rather you gently guide the dog back into place and then loosen the leash.

    Every dog and training situation is different so different tools work better for different purposes -it is good to be familiar with how to us all of them humanely. Each one has its pros and cons. I’m actually working on an article about the very subject which will highlight the pros and cons of many different training devices out there. Look for it soon.

    Good luck!