I have 2, one came with Doerak, and the other is a Herm Sprenger, which I have never used.
If you get one from a store, make sure it does not have any sharp edges on the prongs. Those are the cheap ones. The prongs should be nice and round and smooth.
The Leerburg page is a good start to see about fitting. Chances are, whichever you buy is going to be too big and you will have to take links out. You should NOT be able to slip it over the dogs head, nor do you want to. You put it on the dog by removing a connection in the links and then restoring that connection. Unless you have one with a quick release.
Prongs are nice, but do you really need one?
Balto is a tank. He was the strongest 3 month old, 15 pound puppy I ever met. I even tried it tie the leash around my waist when we went for walks and that HURT! Balto still pulls when I let him get his way. However, when I insist, he will keep a slack leash.
How do I insist? I use the often heard methods of 1) being a tree, and 2) walk the other direction. I have never tried the "no-pull" products and my 2 prong collars are hanging on a hook in the garage. I once tried using the prong collar on Balto. Never seen anything like it before. Didn't slow him down one bit!
Just want to put that out there. I'm not against the prong, use it for a little while during a training period. But I am against using it for the life of the dog as a crutch and ignoring training.
BTW, if that's a photo of Abby in your avatar, she's adorable!!
(Balto has his CD and RAE, so he knows how to heel. LOL!)
Last edited by BlackPuppy; 02-26-2011 at 02:07 PM.