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How to fit a Check Chain

Measure 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.

Tight Check Chain
 
Loose Check Chains
     
Picture1. Tight Check Chain
 
Picture2. Loose Check Chain

Check (and Martingale) Chain sizes for Sprenger products.

We reccomend that (for accuracy) you measure your dog's neck size; please consult the manufacturer for wire size if not using Sprenger chainware.
             
wire
wire
wire
wire
Breed  
Min
Max
neck size
max
chrome
stainless
curogan
brass
   
weight
weight
from
to
breaking strain
plated
steel
kg
kg
cm
cm
kg
mm
mm
mm
mm
Airedale Terrier
20
23
40
55
105
2.5
2
2.5
3
American Bulldog
30
58
50
70
261
4
3
4
Am Staffy Terrier
18
23
45
60
105
2.5
2
3
3
Beagle
18
27
30
45
125
2.5
2
3
3
briard
30
34
50
65
153
3
2.5
3
4
border collie
14
22
35
45
99
2
2
3
3
bullterrier
24
28
40
60
126
2.5
2
cain terrier
6
7
25
40
35
1.5
2
2.5
3
chow chow
20
32
45
60
144
2.5
2
3
4
cocker spaniel english
13
15
40
55
70
2
2
2.5
3
collie
18
30
45
55
135
2.5
2.5
3
4
dalmation
23
25
35
50
115
2.5
2
3
3
boxer
25
32
45
60
144
2.5
2.5
3
4
dobermann
30
40
40
55
180
3
2.5
3
4
english setter
25
30
45
60
135
2.5
2
3
4
fox terrier
7
8
25
45
36
2
2
2.5
3
golden retriever
27
36
45
60
162
3
2.5
3
4
greyhound
27
32
35
55
144
2.5
2.5
3
4
irish setter
27
32
40
55
144
2.5
2
2.5
4
irish wolfhound
40
55
45
70
260
3.4
3
4
musterlander
14
16
35
55
72
2
2
2
3
labrador retriever
25
34
45
60
160
3
2
3
4
leonberger
34
50
50
75
240
3.4
3
4
mastiff
79
86
65
80
390
4
4
newfloundland
50
68
65
80
310
4
4
4
rhodesian ridgeback
30
39
45
60
190
3
2.5
3
4
rottweiler
35
50
60
75
230
3.4
3
4
4
schnauzer
15
18
35
50
85
2
2
2.5
3
staffordshire Bullterrier
11
17
40
60
85
2.5
2.5
3
3
west highland white terrier
7
10
30
45
45
2
2
2.5
3
yorkshire terrier
2
4
15
35
18
1.4
2
2.5
3

 

How to put a Check Chain on your Dog

To prepare the check chain hold the chain by the rings on either end with the top ring having the lead attached to it, now slowly slide the chain down through the bottom ring.

 

Check Chain fitting
   

To fit with dog on your left side

Chain Collars
Check Chain for Dogs
Checkchains
Turn the chain so it forms a side ways “P” 
Swing the chain around to bring it in front of your dog
So the “P” is facing the other way
Check Chain
Check Chain
Now side it over your dog’s head
Here we see our dog with the check chain fitted correctly

To fit with dog in front of you

Start by preparing the check chain the same as with your dog on your left side

Check Chain
Check Chain
Check Chain
Here we have the same sideways “P” as before
Just lower down and
slide over his head
 
Check Chain
 
 
Here we see our dog with the check chain fitted correctly
 

 

Lead Corrections

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.

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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.

 
Check Chain Correction
 
 
Check Chain too long for efective corrections
 




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