Got a call from my doctor this morning. Apparently my pap smear was abnormal and I'm going in for a biopsy in two weeks. (you think I might have cancer and you can't get me in sooner!?) I'm a little nervous, but was glad when it wasn't pregnancy news.
I do agree with you, however. I never use heavy corrections unless it is absolutely warranted, like a lunge (which he never has) or a jump at something. I always use just taps with a slip, or flat, or martingale. That gets him back on track, for the most part, 90% of the time. That 10% is the reason I got the prong. I just figured it would be an easy fix. I don't think the way I use a choke could really hurt my dog. One other problem I have with this, is that if he stops short to sniff something and I continue to walk, it will absolutely kill him, I had to keep a keen eye on him.
I did not really tug him hard to correct, corrected him as I would have just as quickly done with the choke, so he yelped. I just read on leerberg, "The first time a prong is used on a dog the snap should be on the dead-ring" Well, good thing I did my research.
If he doesn't shake himself off, the prong does not move. If I remove one more link, the prongs will be seriously poking into him! Is that how it should be?
Some dogs are big babies, like Evan's dog Baxter. Frag can be too if he thinks another dog is going after him. He'll just scream. The prong never bothered him though.
I've never heard anything about using the dead ring the first time though, I don't really think that matters.
When you say poking into him... can you get a finger under the prong? That's how I judge... and if you can pull it enough to get it on, you can usually fit a finger or two underneath as well.
While I agree that the prong is a safer option over a slip in regards to trachea damage, any collar can cause damage to the trachea when misused. Even a flat collar.
I completely agree. That's why I use a prong or harness for any pulling dog.