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If you use a prong collar because your dog pulls otherwise, check out my and on teaching loose leash walking by clicker training.
I beg to differ. I do not condone the routine use of a prong collar but in the hands of a skilled professional it is one of many tools that can be used to correct behaviour. I have only used one once, but the dog in question, a very strong adult male Rottweiler, was so out of control and dog aggressive that he was on the verge of being put down. Yes he should have been trained and socialised but unfortunately he had not been. After trying all the usual techniques without success the prong worked. It was a limited short tern use but one that was very effective.
Thank you so much for this very true and educational article! I LOVE my prong collars! Those who see me out in public with my 2 Fila Brasileiros don’t realize how much they should love my prong collars! Especially if one or both decide they want to eat them when they think they know more than me and attempt to get close while they berate me and my collar choice. My 7 yr old son walks his 4 yr old Fila on a prong collar, she is very obedient and docile to him. Let me state that I have had Filas for over 23 years and my kids have been born into a home with Filas. So they have been raised knowing how to handle a Fila, they know they can be dangerous if not under control. Crazy how many flip out that I allow him to walk them. To me it’s crazy that many think he shouldn’t! When does training the proper way to work and socialize with household pets start then? There is no way I would feel as comfortable with him on the other end of the lead with any other type of collar. They respect the prong and they jump around like rodeo dogs when we break them out, lol. Have had my dogs at dog functions before and had people comment on how well behaved my dogs were, how they were just calmly sitting or laying while other dogs around them were barking, lunging, pulling or just plain out of control. I just smile and say thank you. Mind you these are people who in have seen and heard trash and bash those who use prong collars. Guess they didn’t notice the prong glistening around the neck of my girls. I stand behind you 100%
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Leerburg Dog Training | How to Fit a Prong Collar
Of all the tools used in dog training, perhaps none is more widely misunderstood and maligned than the prong collar (also known as the pinch collar). Many well-meaning but misinformed people assume that judging by its looks, the prong collar is a barbaric device intended to "stab" a dog's neck in order to correct misbehavior. While walking my own dogs on this type of collar I have encountered complete strangers who think nothing of telling me how cruel I am to use such a harsh device. While I am indifferent to this type of comment, I worry that similar incidents will drive responsible dog owners away from using this excellent, effective and kind (yes, kind) training tool on dogs that benefit from it the most. This article is meant to reassure those who are already using the collar or are considering it and more importantly, to educate those who think it is "cruel" or unfair to the dog. The prong collar works on the concept that evenly applied pressure is gentler and more effective on a dog's neck than the quick jerk and impact of a choke chain or the steady, relentless pressure of a flat collar. While a professional trainer can make a choke chain correction look fast and flawless, it is very difficult for most pet dog owners to master the timing and the release of the correction. Also, even a perfectly executed choke chain correction is a repeated impact on a single spot on a dog's neck. The current trend of the "head halter" system is equally flawed. In an earlier edition of this article, I referred to it as a good choice for dogs with structural problems. In the past few years I have spoken with veterinarians, trainers and owners who took issue with that recommendation based on the potential insult to the soft tissue of the dog's upper neck and the often careless way in which the headcollar is used by people who are assured that it is "humane" and cannot harm their dog. Like every other training tool, it also has its place. However, for a breed already beset with potential spinal and structural problems such as the Doberman, I find myself recommending it less and less. The self-limiting tightening action of the prong collar also makes it a safer bet for strong-pulling dogs. A prong collar can only be pulled so tight, unlike the choke or slip collar, which has unlimited closing capacity and in careless or abusive hands, can cut a dog's air entirely.