|12-20-2012, 07:19 PM||#141 (permalink)|
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: California, US
NE Ohio - a fine interesting place to live where I spernt a few years many years ago around the Wooster/Akron area and kept and showed GSD's way back when!
Prong collars are a great training tool when used properly - just like a clicker can be a fine training tool when used properly
Do all of the police dogs in NE Ohio wear prong collars while working? THAT would be most unusual from the areas where I have seen working canines.
Some people may not have your skill with handling large powerful dogs (like GSD's), and may need the additional control that a properly used prong collar can offer.
|12-20-2012, 07:37 PM||#142 (permalink)|
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Denmark, Ohio
I never got the hang of a clicker. I know I have one some place.
I don't know if the K9s use them when they are working, but they certainly do when they are training. I have seen them, even on old and retired k9s, they use the prongs regularly.
Years ago I had a trainer put a prong on a dog and show me how to do a good correction. That was a one day seminar, and by the end of the class hour, the dog was doing better. I had another trainer take the same dog, and demand removal of the prong, and use of a halti. The dog HATED the halti, and kept slipping it to boot.
Eventhough I am not a fan, nor a user of prong collars, which trainer did I have more respect for? Which trainer is more respected in the area? Which trainer did I show with, and did I place under a judge when she did not? And at another show did I place with two dogs, two venues, when she was NQ'd. Ah, yes. use or non-use of certain tools does not make you a good or bad trainer. I think 95% of the dogs in my current trainer's classes use prongs, and that trainer is by far the best trainer I have worked with thus far, but I don't use a prong in her classes, and she doesn't push it.
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