A prong is a band-aid. Without proper training it will help you control your dog but not totally stop his want to pull. That being said, I used one for months, and still do when I need to "brush up" on some training exercises where I need to get through to him quickly and accurately.
What worked for me with the pulling was anytime he starts pulling you towards something, turn around and walk the other way. If he runs in front of you again and pulls, do the same, and keep doing this until the dog understands that HE goes where YOU go and not the other way around. Some people have been known to do this for hours on a walk...just taking 3 steps and turning around because their dog is pulling out in front of them. You'll look stupid doing it, but its a pretty successful method of training your dog not to pull.
And as to the instructor...most of them won't just give away a long lesson plan in one lesson because you can't afford to do the other lessons. Dog training is tough to do without an instructor unless you're already knowledgeable. The instructor is there to help you overcome the weekly problems you might come up with. Or if something you're trying to teach your dog isn't working, they might have another idea on how to teach it. I don't blame the guy for not telling you all of his secrets for a lifetime of dog training in 1 session. You need to get over the pulling thing first before you even think about moving on to other more advanced things.
Last edited by martemchik; 01-10-2013 at 11:51 AM.