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03-02-2014 10:10 PM
aqueous18 Thank you all for the great info. I ended up taking another prong off as it was spinning a little too easily. I'm going to try it with the ring on the right going forward! Really excited for this to be working so well.

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03-01-2014 07:15 PM
David Winners Truthfully, it's not so critical until you start using really light pressure. I don't like the leash interfering with the dog's head, and I want to be able to feel the dog give the slightest movement in the direction I am pulling so my timing of the release is accurate.

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03-01-2014 06:55 PM
NancyJ David so glad you replied with the voice of experience on this one.
03-01-2014 06:18 PM
David Winners IMO, it depends on what you are doing. If I'm working on leash pressure, I want the collar to be in a place where the pull of the leash is going to apply the smallest amount of lateral pressure on the collar as possible. So if the dog is in heel position, I have the rings below the dog's right ear. If I am working on recall, outs or downs, the rings are to the front. If I am working on having the dog back up, I put the rings to the rear of the dog's neck.

If the collar walks a bit in training, I don't worry about it too much unless I'm working on very light pressure in heel work.

To simplify it, I want to avoid spinning the collar with the leash by placing the rings in a direct line of pull as much as possible. I also think the direct pull provides better directional feedback for the dog.


ETA: I don't worry about the prongs going across the trachea because I don't use much pressure on a prong, and I have never heard of this causing trouble.
03-01-2014 06:17 PM
Wild Wolf
Originally Posted by mego View Post
I use side of neck so leash connects near lower right chin since this is basic heel position and many commands come from my dog at that position
This makes a lot of sense... going to try it this way next training day.
03-01-2014 05:24 PM
NancyJ I have certainly seen experienced people use it both ways. I honestly am not sure, now...
03-01-2014 05:21 PM
Originally Posted by jocoyn View Post
Oh sorry the malinois in the Leerburg article. I am not going to lay claim to being an expert on this by a long shot. This is just the way I was also shown to fit it. Take it for what it is worth.

Leerburg Dog Training | How to Fit a Prong Collar

Oooooh I see! And you're right, the article says to have the D ring on the right side of the neck or rather against you. Strange that they didn't make that clear in the video of how to fit it. I will fix accordingly. Seeing as I am kind of winging it using the expertise here and online using videos, I am more inclined to listen lol
03-01-2014 05:15 PM
Springbrz I'm curious as well. I have used the right side of the neck and the top behind the ears to see which way works best. The right side of the neck seems logical to me. But when we "free" loose leash walk and my girl gets on my right, corrections (if needed) are awkward.
Maybe David Winners or Lou Castle can offer help with this one. I would trust what they have to say.
03-01-2014 05:06 PM
mego I use side of neck so leash connects near lower right chin since this is basic heel position and many commands come from my dog at that position
03-01-2014 04:56 PM
Wild Wolf Now I am curious, My dog wears the prong with the live ring middle back of head... it that correct or is it supposed to be to the side of the head?
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