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Old 02-25-2014, 09:43 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Where are you from OP?
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Old 02-25-2014, 09:43 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I hate pinch collars and use a prong.
Aren't those just interchangeable terms for the same thing?
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Old 02-25-2014, 09:49 PM   #13 (permalink)
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yes, maybe they thought "choke" and prong??
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Old 02-25-2014, 09:51 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I hate pinch collars and use a prong.
hahahah....

anyways yeah i agree there are many ways to make a dog simply walk well on leash so do what makes you comfortable but i say be open minded because a prong isnt a torture device. its a tool just like a clicker.
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I do think 5 months is a bit too young to be using it though. Obviously a very strong pup would be able to bounce back from it, but there are much better ways to teach a puppy. Find a trainer you're comfortable with, hopefully someone you know can recommend a good one.
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Old 02-25-2014, 10:14 PM   #16 (permalink)
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You can put a prong on an 8 week old puppy and not have issues if you are tactful and know what you are doing. You don't need to get a puppy yelping to get what you want out of them and you don't need to suppress them any.
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Old 02-25-2014, 10:24 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Basic obedience and behavior. I'd like her to walk off leash also. Nothing to fancy just the basics. I agree with watching some sessions before we sign her up again. Thank you.

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Old 02-25-2014, 10:27 PM   #18 (permalink)
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It's good to see those mistakes too because everyone pretty much makes the exact same ones.
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You can put a prong on an 8 week old puppy and not have issues if you are tactful and know what you are doing. You don't need to get a puppy yelping to get what you want out of them and you don't need to suppress them any.
What I'm saying is a 5 month old puppy should be pretty willing and biddable at that age, so it's not a necessary tool. If the OP doesn't want to use it, it's not an appropriate age for a trainer to just throw one on.
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Old 02-25-2014, 10:30 PM   #20 (permalink)
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No tool is necessary in dog training for that behavior. They are nice though. 5 months is fine to break out the prong. It sounds like tact was not used.
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