Prong collars can be an invaluable training tool when fitted and used correctly

Prong collars can be an invaluable training tool when fitted and used correctly. Prong collars are also known as German collars and pinch collars. Many people feel that prong collars are unnecessarily cruel or harsh but the truth of the matter is that prong collars, when used correctly, are more humane than choke collars. Many dogs suffer tracheal damage from choke and buckle collars simply because of the fact that they can pull too hard. A dog rarely pulls while wearing a prong collar thus reducing the risk of the occurrence of tracheal damage.

Many dog owners simply don’t know how to properly fit a prong collar which renders them ineffective and can result in hurting the dog. Prong collars come in different sizes and you can further customize them for a proper fit by removing or adding links on the chain. The ideal position for a prong collar on your dog’s neck is right behind the ears, the collar should be placed high on the dog’s neck, under the jaws. A prong collar should never be kept loose or low on the dog’s neck, so make sure you remove as many links as needed to get a snug (not tight) fit in the proper position.

An easy way of achieving the right position and tightness is never to slide the collar over the dog’s head. You should open the links to fit the collar on your dog. If a prong collar can be slid over a dog’s head then it is too large. This is a common mistake many new dog owners make when using a prong collar. Not only is a prong collar ineffective if placed incorrectly, it can cause your dog pain.

Removing a prong collar is usually easier than putting it on. To put a prong collar on your dog make sure you fasten it from behind his ears. Because the links for attaching the leash will be under his chin, you will need to rotate the collar in order to be able to properly attach the leash behind your dog’s head.

While prong collars are generally quite safe, you shouldn’t leave one on your dog if you aren’t in a training session. There is a risk that the open links may become snagged on something and cause injury to your dog. Prong collars shouldn’t be used on dogs younger than 14 weeks. Prong collars are ideal for strong pullers or dogs who exhibit an aggressive drive instinct, this type of collar can greatly aid in redirecting your dog’s attention when needed. Dog who refuses to move when on the leash or who pull back aren’t good candidates for a prong collar.

Fitted properly, a prong collar can go a long way in helping you train your dog to walk properly by your side. Prong collars teach a dog not to constantly pull and the advantage of using a prong collar is that very little correction is needed before the dog will understand what is required of him.

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