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01-23-2014 07:58 AM
blackshep HS prongs are the best. Make sure you're using a backup collar for just that reason. I use a fur saver when I use the prong and clip on both. The fur saver won't really tighten up and it wont' interfere with the prong, but if the prong fails, you don't lose your dog.

I just bought a black prong and fur saver from HS, and I love them on my black shepherd! She's looking pretty sleek right now
01-22-2014 07:56 PM
Cassidy's Mom My dogs always wear their flat collars, so rather than add a 3rd collar, such as what Leerburg refers to as a dominant dog collar, I use the short tab in this picture. One end is clipped to the flat collar, and the leash is attached to the prong and the other end of the tab. I have Leerburg leashes, and the tabs match nicely.

01-22-2014 07:38 PM
Originally Posted by Baillif View Post
I use mueller collars. Supposedly new alloy and the way of the future blah blah blah. Dunno how true that was but the boss man likes them and they haven't failed yet. As a precaution I use a slip collar aka nylon choker aka dominant dog collar and loop the leash or tab through the prong then the collar so if the prong fails the other collar is still there. That collar won't fail unless the dogs head comes off and if that happens there are other things to be worried about.
😂 now that was funny!

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01-22-2014 06:34 PM
ksotto333 We use a Secret Power/prong collar for Tess. The prong is stitched into a nylon cover, it cannot come loose. Adjust the size by the slide. It's a very nice looking, secure way to use a prong collar. We had it on her in the picture but didn't need to hook her up, it's lower on her neck in this picture.
01-22-2014 06:20 PM
Liesje If any of the links look "off", that could definitely be it!
01-22-2014 04:09 PM
Galathiel I'll have one of the trainers check the collar then. Maybe it's just a 'bad' one and a replacement won't have the same issues. To me, it seems that the offending link has straightened a bit more than it should be so that it's more at a 90 degree. Otherwise, I'll see if I can return it and order one online. The collar is not too big .. it doesn't slip around, it stays put ... until it pops off.
01-22-2014 04:04 PM
Chris Wild In many, many years of training I've only ever seen a prong collar pop off twice. Once on one of our dogs and once on another dog at club training. In both cases, the link that popped open had gotten weakened and would no longer spring back into shape after being connected. Basically after years of being squeezed together to fit through the holes in the next link, it just stayed squeezed and so could easily slip back out.

This is the one area where prong collars should be checked and "maintained". It helps to always put it on and off using the same link, so that there is only one link getting wear and thus only one link you really need to keep an eye on and replace if it is wearing out. The newer HS with the metal plate make that a lot easier, both to put it on/off but also to know which link to keep an eye on.
01-22-2014 04:04 PM
Originally Posted by Baillif View Post
Really you're just on the lookout for bent links or wear and tear or bends that shouldn't be there.
Gotcha, I guess for me that went without saying, but I don't use the same link to put it on and off every time so other than running over one link with a vehicle, I don't think I've ever had to replace one. In general, the pet store brand is "tighter". It's not an issue with certain links, it's just harder to put on/off than the HS ones, but the HS one I have now has that middle plate so the links face both directions and I like that better.
01-22-2014 03:53 PM
Castlemaid A wide leather collar like the one linked above just makes lunging and pulling more comfortable - that is why agitation collars come big - to encourage lunging and pulling. The opposite of what the OP is trying to achieve.

Galathiel - your collar issues are probably a collar quality issue more than a size issue.

You could also just have a bad batch - when I was a helper in obedience classes, the trainer would order in HS prongs for the class members, and once he got in a bad batch - the collars just kept popping off like you mention. Had nothing to do with the dogs, or how tight or loose the collars were - somehow the metal used for the collars was softer than normal.

The bad collars were returned and exchanged for good ones. Stuff happens.
01-22-2014 03:53 PM
Baillif Really you're just on the lookout for bent links or wear and tear or bends that shouldn't be there.
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