Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Whitehorse, Yukon
Yes this can happen - one this severe was most likely due to having the collar being left on and having the prongs grow into the neck. This would not happen from a well timed, fair correction.
I agree with the rest, who said that any collar can be abused - flat, prong, choke - all are tools with specific uses.
I have had a friend purchase a prong collar from a company that does NOT file the prongs to take off the sharp edge, they are just sharp, flat metal. She called me in tears (she has used a prong collar before and knows the correct use) because her dog had scrapes on his neck from the prong collar rubbing on his neck. We quickly identified the problem, she returned the prong, got a Herm Sprenger collar and never had another occurance.
So if you go with a prong make sure you have one that has rounded, smooth prongs. Know how to use it correctly, and you are good to go!