Is pain (prong/choke) effective at fixing a problem?
I've had a prong collar on my 10 month boy ever since he turned 6 months. it has stopped him from pulling and whenever he misbehaves i just give it a good yank to fix the problem. he is really well behaved and has free run of the house already. he stays home alone all the time and doesnt mess up anything. he walks well on a leash and doesnt pull.
But does a prong collar REALLY fix the problem? I'm beginning to think he doesnt pull because he doesnt want the pain. He still doesnt know what i want from him. i'm starting to think clicker/positive is the way to go to get him to understand what i really want. i want to get rid of the prong all together. but if i use a clicker and tell him to sit and he looks at me and says MAKE ME, then what? what is the most effective way to make a dog understand what you want him to do?
the prong has been extremely effective but im not sure if its correcting the problem or just masking it.