How to fit a Check Chain
|Kim L Rance, Cert3 Dog Behaviour Dip AquaMeasure around your dogs’ neck just behind the ears; add 5-10cm to the size of your dogs neck and this is the size of Check Chain for your dog. Add 5cm to the chain size for small dogs and 10cm to the chain for large dogs.
When tight you should have a palm width of extra chain between your dogs’ neck and the clip on the lead (as picture1).
Check chains should only be tight (see picture1) when you are giving your dog a correction, the rest of the time the chain must be loose around your dogs’ neck (see picture2).
For dogs with a particularly large head relative to their neck size you may need to measure the circumference of the dogs head rather than the neck.
How to put a Check Chain on your Dog
To fit with dog on your left side
To fit with dog in front of you
Start by preparing the check chain the same as with your dog on your left side
When we give lead corrections to dogs it is very quick. The easiest way to remember how quick the correction should be is to remember POP, P is the position your lead hand normally rests and O is the correction given, and then back to P; therefore the correction should be given in the same time that it takes you to say POP. This can be paired with a verbal correction like AHH so that when your dog understands it is his non-compliance that caused the correction you can give a verbal correction and not a physical correction the majority of the time.
The picture below shows what happens when you try and a give a correction with a check chain that is too long. If your chain is too long to give corrections you have very little power and the correction is generally ineffective, also you can unblance yourself which can lead to problems with handling some of the large, powerful dogs.