Tips for Prong Collar by iTrainK9 Dog Training
- The prong collar is a useful tool to help someone gain the control they need over their difficult or challenging dog.
- It is one of the safest collars you can use although it doesn’t “look” that way.
- It is designed to protect your dogs trachea.
- It distributes all physical pressure from the front of the neck and distributes it all the way around the neck so there isn’t pressure on the trachea and larynx.
- If you have a dog who pulls and is wearing a flat collar/martingale you will notice the open space that is created where the leash is attached to the collar.
- This means all of the weight and pressure is on the trachea and larynx.
- When the prong collar is fitted properly (nice and snug), there is contact all the way around the surface of the dogs neck.
- The prong collar also uses a “biting” action, which means it takes much less force on the leash – less pressure on trachea and larynx – it is safer.
- A common issue is having the prong collar fitted too loose – this is when it becomes dangerous, and gives you much less control of the dog.
- The prong collar is to be fitted high on the dogs neck and nice and snug.
*Please remember that just because you fit the prong collar on the dog correctly, it doesn’t mean the dog knows what it means. There is a teaching process once the collar is fitted. The dog MUST feel in control of the correction. The purpose of teaching the prong collar is to help the dog understand that they have the power to choose whether or not they feel the prong collar. They should feel that they caused the correction to happen and NOT that we are correcting them.*
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- Do not put a prong collar on and start offering corrections.
- Do not fit the prong collar low on the neck.
- Do not fit the prong collar loosely.
- Do not use a quick release prong collar as they come apart very easily.
- Always use a carabiner and attach the D – Ring (bottom ring) to the flat collar for added safety.
Make sure to desensitize the prong collar
- Put the collar on and take it off randomly throughout the day.
- Put the collar on before your dog eats.
- Make sure to put the collar on 30 minutes before training.
- Make sure to take it off 30 minutes after training
*Please consult with a professional before using any training tool so it can be used humanely and effectively*