Dog Training Prong Collar
Choosing to train your dog with a prong collar is not a decision that should be made without thorough research and understanding. A dog training prong collar is made of interlocking metal links. Each link has two prongs that protrude inwards. When the collar is placed over the dog’s head, the prongs sit against his neck. When the animal performs an incorrect action or pulls when being walked, the trainer corrects the behavior by tugging on the leash, which in turn causes the prong collar to tighten and pinch together the dog’s flesh.
Dog training using a pronged collar is the subject of much debate and many animal welfare organizations, as well as numerous dog trainers are strongly opposed to the idea. The intention of this collar was for use only on those dogs who failed to respond to other training methods and who required stronger, more authoritative corrections. While we adamantly feel that the prong collar should not be used under any circumstances and that there are much more kind and effective training methods and tools available, we also recognize that some dog owners and/or trainers will continue to use this device. Therefore we strongly urge people to avoid using the prong collar on those dogs who display tendencies towards being, shy, submissive, nervous or timid. These types of dogs do not do well by being ruled and trained with a heavy hand and harsh methods. In fact, it can have a lifelong, negative effect on the dog’s overall personality, in his interactions with other animals and people, and can lead to major behavioral problems.
In addition to the fact that the dog training prong collar can result in having negative effects on a dog, it has also been known to have absolutely no impact on the behavior of a dog at all, with the exception of increasing the dog’s pure will, and pain tolerance level. Many dogs, after having the prong collar used on them for a period of time, eventually build up an incredible tolerance to the painful pinching effect of the collar, and as a result become even more difficult to walk or train. If this is the case with your dog and you turned to the prong collar as a last resort, you surely have made the training task a much longer and more challenging event than it needs to be.
Overall, the dog training prong collar is an ineffective, harsh and unnecessary training tool. Without a doubt there are many other viable and successful options when it comes to training those dogs who may be a bit more hard-headed than others. In the end you will always be serving both you and your dog better by employing a training method that encourages and rewards proper behavior, rather than by inflicting pain and punishment. Additionally, you will be ensuring the training process is fun and enjoyable for you both, all while creating a trusting and respecting relationship between you and your dog.
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