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View Poll Results: Do you use a corrective collar?
Yes, a prong/pinch type of collar 25 28.74%
Yes, other 18 20.69%
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post #31 of 35 (permalink) Old 10-15-2015, 08:23 PM
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We just started using a prong collar after Finn went to intensive training camp. It's only temporary but for now he is wearing as long as I'm working with him. We also have a sensation harness for walks as he's not a puller and we don't need to heel much.
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My two breeders and my two trainers all said the best method was prong for training a strong adolescent aged dog. One trainer put the prong around my thigh, bare legged and gave it a tug. Nothing about it hurt at all. I was shocked! Because my first thought was TEARS... I am never using that on my dog! But he was by FAR stronger than me and his neck was by far stronger than my thigh.

When I say a quick tug I literally mean a motion... not choking the dog or causing any kind of harm. From what I've been taught the prong mimics the mother's teeth around the neck to guide, unlike a choke collar without prongs. The choke puts too much pressure on the throat and can injure the larynx. The prongs actually balance the pressure into points.

I think there is some miss information here about prong collars. And anyone who would sharpen prongs to hurt their dog shouldn't have a dog. The same goes for shock collars in my opinion. They can do quite a bit of brain damage.

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Back in the 80's when I used prong collars, my trainers would have hammered me if I gave a quick pull/pop on a prong collar.

The prong collar was referred to as a self correcting collar and the hand holding the leash stayed planted. Exert force on the collar and a prong collar can certainly injure a dog. Prongs were (and I believe still are) used to fine tune heeling.

Even then, it was a micro prong under very specific circumstances to minimize the potential for injury - trainers routinely threatened to tie our arms to our bodies to prevent us from pulling up while our dog was on a prong.

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My issue with Coby was that he was BY FAR stronger than me. I could not walk him anywhere safely. Not only that, as an adolescent he still had so much energy! We went to starbucks one day and he was so excited to see a lady and her baby that he lunged at them to start hugging and licking them. I could not even keep my hand on his leash. It was at that point I called a trainer for help. Two days on the prong collar and he obeyed my every command while on leash. It truly made the difference between taking Coby places and enjoying him or keeping him at home. He had a lot more fun getting out and doing things.

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It really isn't about patience. Every owner has their own goals and aspirations for their dog, and they have to find a path that helps them get there. Then you also have to keep in mind that every dog is unique and no two train exactly the same way. With some dogs you can get away with only a lead and flat collar. With others a lead and pinch collar is a far more effective combination.

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We have tried many things to get her to not pull and choke herself. Finally a couple days ago I tried the Holt from Petsmart and it has been amazing how wonderful our walks are now! She comes to me and gives me her nose and we truly have been enjoying our walks. I rarely have to correct her at all now, if it gets a little tight she slows.
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Only need a nylon web collar now.
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