Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Re: lunging after other dogs
I would not jump straight to a pinch/prong collar. I have a GSD, a tad bit older and he is also wanting to bark and lunge at dogs. However he is a pretty "soft" dog, the prong collar is inappropriate for him and for these behaviors, despite his pulling. I tried it once and it did nothing, if not make him more frustrated and make it worse.
Generally, if the dog is lunging and barking, then you're simply too close to the other dog. I prefer gradual desensitization to change the threshold, rather than put the dog near another dog and then try to correct him into submission.