I have different collars for different purposes. The club, our training director have always worked eith me to apply the different uses. Dominant dog collar --I have only used that in certain situations when drive is very high and the behvior warrants it. Any type of choke even with "no yanking around" does damage to the throat--. Pinch collars or Martingale -type limited slip collars do not. You post implies prongs and e-collars are for those that yank and crank, not true. I agree with other posters--you and your club members have better insight into how the dog behaves and its drives and temperament. I would defer to them. Some people find just having the prong on with the fursaver and getting the dog used to corrections in play and tugs helps the transition to the pinch.
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