I am lucky enough to have a dog that was trained on a flat. I did have to get her a prong when I went to the GSD club..that is there rules. I did put it on her a couple times, but I never had to give a correction. I never went back to the GSD club either, mostly because of this. I finely called them back because I wanted to go there and they told me I didn't have to use a prong. I understand they are a tool and once the dog is trained they should be fine, but my biggest concern is that I see lots of dogs with them on and they are older supposedly trained dogs. Lots of people go back to using them in certain situations, which makes me believe the dog wasn't trained to begin with. How many years are they going to use the prong for?? I would also like to add that my dog turns into a different dog with the prong on, she kinda looses her spirit and mopes. I didn't like that reaction from her and since she doesn't need one I won't do that to her, but I do not past judgement on those that do use them and do so the right way.
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