Prong collars are dog training tools that provide clear, concise communication that dogs understand. They are effective, safe, and gentle when used appropriately.
Why Do I Use Prong Collars?
Many people – including dog trainers – think that these training collars are cruel and unnecessary and would like to see them banned. My experience as a dog trainer and owner has proven to me that the opposite is true. When used appropriately, dog training tools like prong collars are actually a gentle, effective, and even necessary part of training.
These training Collars Work Because They Mimic The Way Dogs Communicate With Each Other.
Dogs rely on so much more than noises and vocalizations to communicate with people and other dogs. If you watch dogs together you will notice that touch plays a big role in how they “talk” to one another. Dogs touch each other to invite play, to set a boundary, to establish hierarchy within the pack and to show affection.
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We, humans, do the same thing when we want to play with our dog. For example, when I tap my toes on my dogs’ toes, they start to act goofy because they know that touch means I want to play.
If one dog is setting a boundary for a new dog in the pack, they use their teeth. They bite – not hard, but with just enough force to let the dog know that a boundary has been set or that a behaviour is not acceptable. That’s why training collars like prong collars and e-collars work. They apply a controlled force or sensation to communicate with your dog in a language they instinctively understand.
Dante has been trained with both prong and e-collars. Both tools were incredibly effective and helped us establish trust and confidence.
Prong Collars Are An Effective Tool For Communicating With Your Dog.
Prong collars have also been a game-changer for many of my clients. I have seen it time and time again. Dogs who barked at people and other dogs stopped. Dogs who liked to chase anything that moved started making better choices almost the moment I put the collar around their neck. Dogs who were scared of every little noise learned that there was really nothing to worry about. Why? Because prong collars provide clear, concise communication that the dog understands
The history of the prong collar
The “prong” in a prong collar comes from the points that are on the inside of the links.
These points are designed to apply pressure to the dog’s neck when he pulls on the leash, giving him an unpleasant feeling that will discourage pulling.
To put the collar on, you need to pinch the prongs together slightly to slide them in to the adjacent link.This is why the prong collar has also been referred to as a “pinch” or “pinch collar.”
In addition to being a method of communicating to your dog in a way that they can understand easier, the prong collar provides evenly applied pressure to the neck which is kinder and gentler compared with either a flat or a choke chain. even such tools as a head halter or no pull harness don’t compare to the prong collar’s even pressure distributed around the neck.
Attached to this lesson you will find the article “The Prong Collar Revisited” by ulia Maclachlan. In it, she talks in great detail about the history of the collar and how and why it’s been used for many hundreds, if not thousands of years.