How Early is too early to start using a prong collar on a dog?

There is a lot of controversy surrounding prong collars, but the truth is that they are one of the most effective tools for dog training. When used correctly, a prong collar can help your dog learn to heel quickly and easily. In this blog post, we will discuss when and how to use a prong collar on your dog. We’ll also dispel some of the myths about prong collars that you may have heard.

The Dog Training Industry Is Full Of Myths And Misinformation

The dog training industry is full of myths and misinformation, and nowhere is this more true than when it comes to prong collars. A lot of dog owners are afraid to use them, thinking they will harm or hurt their dog – but the truth is, when used correctly, prong collars are perfectly safe and can be a very effective tool in dog training.

A prong training collar is an effective tool when used responsibly

If you’re new to prong collars, you may be wondering about when is the best time to start using it. In my opinion, you can start using a prong collar on your puppy as soon as they start to pull on the leash. Although there are some trainers who believe that young puppies (under five or six months old) should not be in a prong collar, the truth is that the prong collar is the safest leash training device available and it is also very effective. Additionally, the prong collar is actually one of the most gentle anti-pulling devices on the market.

Willow learned to heel even while off leash using the prong collar

Test The Fit Every Few Days To Make Sure That The Prong Collar Isn’t Too Tight

When using the collar on a puppy, you will want to test the fit every few days to make sure that it isn’t too tight. You can do this by adding links to the collar as necessary. It’s also important to understand that the collar should only be used during walks – don’t leave it on your puppy unsupervised.

So why do prong collars work? The reason they are so effective is not because they cause pain. While it’s true that a prong collar can cause pain if it is used incorrectly, the efficacy of the collar comes from the pressure and release conversation you have with your dog: you walk your dog, and when they start to pull, the collar gets tighter so they stop pulling.

That’s it. 

Reward With Food Or Praise When Your Puppy Stops Pulling

To make the training even more effective, you can mark and reward with food and/or praise when your puppy stops pulling. They will come back for the reward and now you have laid a solid foundation for teaching the “heel” command. 

Prong collars work for all breeds and sizes of dogs

Have you ever wondered if a prong collar is the right tool for your dog? If your dog is having trouble with pulling on the leash during walks, a prong collar may be the right tool for you.

Dante started using a prong collar at 10 weeks of age

If you’re looking for a balanced dog training approach that uses both positive reinforcement and corrective tools like the prong collar, please contact us today. We would be happy to help you train your dog in a way that is safe, effective, and humane.

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