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Old 11-23-2012, 09:55 PM   #31 (permalink)
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I see so many dogs who are supposed to be therapy dogs that drag their owners around when the prong collar isn't on.
Therapy Dogs are only allowed a flat collar, because someone could get their finger caught in another type. That's what I was told in my group anyway -it makes perfect sense.
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Here's my problem with "prong collars equal awesomeness"....

Your dog will become collar smart. You need to train in a positive way with rewards (whether that reward is treat, toy or release of pressure). Mine was collar smart. If the prong wasn't on her, she could care less and pull like a freight train.

So don't replace real training and building a relationship with your dog with a tool. Use the tool to train and work on proofing your dog so you won't need to always use the prong collar. I see so many dogs who are supposed to be therapy dogs that drag their owners around when the prong collar isn't on. IMO, that means your dog isn't trained...it's just collar smart.
I did reward her, multiple times. We actually did replace the prong to a regular for a daily walked and she did fairly well.

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Therapy Dogs are only allowed a flat collar, because someone could get their finger caught in another type. That's what I was told in my group anyway -it makes perfect sense.
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I see so many dogs who are supposed to be therapy dogs that drag their owners around when the prong collar isn't on. IMO, that means your dog isn't trained...it's just collar smart.
If your dog drags you around when the prong collar is not on...they aren't trained...they are just collar smart.

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Therapy Dogs are only allowed a flat collar, because someone could get their finger caught in another type. That's what I was told in my group anyway -it makes perfect sense.
While that might make perfect sense....Correction collars are not supposed to be on a therapy dog because they are supposed to be trained and not supposed to require one.
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She was just fine for the first day with&without prong.
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If she did fine with & without the prong then why use it? All I'm saying is make sure you are training and proofing without the prong so your dog is actually trained...not just smart to the collar. It will save you the grief I had.
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While that might make perfect sense....Correction collars are not supposed to be on a therapy dog because they are supposed to be trained and not supposed to require one.
I'm confused - do you mean that the collar shouldn't be used at all on a Therapy Dog prospect? Obviously once the dog no longer needs it, it would go back into the toolbox. I understand that a dog can become collar smart if it's used as a crutch, without any training to go with it. But the way you said it, it sounded like a Therapy Dog will drag its owner around - so not only would it be collar smart, it would also be surroundings smart, since they can't wear a prong collar while they work.
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I'm confused - do you mean that the collar shouldn't be used at all on a Therapy Dog prospect? Obviously once the dog no longer needs it, it would go back into the toolbox. I understand that a dog can become collar smart if it's used as a crutch, without any training to go with it. But the way you said it, it sounded like a Therapy Dog will drag its owner around - so not only would it be collar smart, it would also be surroundings smart, since they can't wear a prong collar while they work.
Stop being stuck on the therapy dog part. It was an example. I did not say EVERY THERAPY DOG...I said I've seen therapy dogs...as an example of a dog that is supposed to have pretty good training on a flat collar.

What I'm saying is the dog is NOT trained, simply collar smart. It has nothing to do with surroundings. I'm not sure how much plainer I can state it...If the dog is dragging its owner around when the prong is not on the dog then the dog is not trained.

I see many owners use the collar as a crutch thinking their dogs are trained when it is simply the collar administering self corrects when the dog pulls. Take the collar away and you have an untrained dog.

My point being...finishing training your dog and don't become dependent on a training tool.
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Okey dokey. But you do know there are probably millions of people who use all the different devices (prongs, head collars, harnesses, what-nots) and couldn't give a hoot that their dogs aren't trained? They're just happy to be able to walk them, lol.
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If she did fine with & without the prong then why use it? All I'm saying is make sure you are training and proofing without the prong so your dog is actually trained...not just smart to the collar. It will save you the grief I had.
No. I said she did fine with the prong, so when I switched it for a test she did okay for the first day with reg. Collar?
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