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Old 11-05-2012, 01:42 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Well, I tried the small and was impressed. On correction outed the ball with no argument or growling and no corrections needed for subsequent outs and I was not heavy handed.

It is apparently an off brand even though the prongs are rounded and seems a bit flimsy. The individual prongs are 1-1/8 inch long...so I think I am going to buy an HS since it is so much easier to hook with the metal plate.

I could snug it up more it rode higher on the neck and popped back after the correction (I think the tension on the chain) I am sold.

Now the different materials.......chrome steel vs stainless - any strength difference or do chrome just eventually rust? My current collars are years old and have no rust but I don't know what they are.
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:55 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Chrome will usually rust after a while
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:50 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Also wanted to add, the smaller prongs seem like they may be more likely/easier to get pushed together which could result in them possibly opening up more easily. I used a quick-release collar so that I was not bending them to take the collar on/off so that it wasn't an issue (I had the collar fall off once before I switched to the quick release but never after.) Although I know some people say the quick release is not as secure I never had the quick release come apart. I always used a 'safety strap'/backup collar though if there was a chance that the collar coming apart could be a problem.
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Old 11-06-2012, 07:28 AM   #24 (permalink)
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I am def going to use a backup with this and get enough links to realize that they could be more prone to bend. But I am not doing bitework, so he won't intentionlly be all ramped up, and it seems I can get good results with a lighter correction.

I have had a QR come apart in the past. It seems to me that twisting and using the collar not like it was intended is where links are most likely to bend.
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Old 12-17-2012, 03:56 PM   #25 (permalink)
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What is the appropriate age to start using a prong collar for walking? I have an 9 week old GSD and he already likes to take the lead. I don't want to have any negative effects with him.


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Old 12-17-2012, 04:06 PM   #26 (permalink)
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If you really take the time with it NOW while he is young you may not need it at all. But certainly I would completely avoid before a minimum 6 - 7 months. I am not going to try to repeat some of the very good avice on loose leash walking. ..there is probably already a sticky note on that. It helps to realize a walk is not to "go anywhere" at this age do don't get frutrated if all you do is go back and forth in a cul-de-sac.
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Old 12-17-2012, 05:52 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Yea I have been going around the house right now.


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