Prong collars are controversial training tools. I believe, that people need to educate themselves about prong collars. When you don’t have experience training a dog with a prong collar, you should not use it, until you have sought professional help.
I have never seen an injury with the prong collars we use. I am not a veterinarian, but I see and train a lot of dogs. I have seen cases on social media, where dogs are wearing prong collars all the time. That is horrible negligence. If that is you, please take the prong collar off your dog. The collar needs to be sized properly and a dog’s neck size changes and the prong collar could really injure your dog. If it’s too loose, the dog could get caught on something, if it’s too tight, it could over time dig into the dog’s neck.
We train with prong collars, but we put them on, before we train and take them off, when we are done training.
We use the Herm Sprenger prong collar and it is designed to work like a dog’s mouth. Obviously, it can’t close all the way, like a dog’s mouth does. When purchasing a prong collar, examine the prongs and make sure, they are rounded, not flat.
The question was, when to use a prong collar. I first use a slip leash on a dog, but when the dog keeps resisting, when I try to guide or set boundaries, I will not continue to use the slip leash and use a prong collar instead. The prong collar will be very gentle on the dog, but also be very clear.
I do not recommend using a prong collar, when you have a 10-15 foot line on a dog, simply because you have less control over the amount of pressure the collar will apply, if your dog decides to bolt.
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