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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-22-2011, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
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Collar uses how?

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I have searched the forums and cannot find an answer so please help me out. When using a buckle collar for regular wear and a chain/choker for walks and classes, do I need to remove the buckle collar to use the choker? My trainer says it's find to have both on but hubby keeps taking the buckle/flat collar off. The collar is leather, Gracie is 9 mos old. I know there are many that do not have their dogs collared in the house, but I like her to have her tags as she is not yet chipped. Thank you in advance.
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At the times I have used a chain/slip collar along with a leather collar, I always left them both on. Just for the reason you said, so that their tags/ID were always on them.
I also have my dogs collars on at all times. I just make sure to check the collars every day for wear and correct fit.

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I'd toss the choke collar and get a prong. You can leave the flat collar on and place the prong above it.
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when I use a choke collar I sometimes remove the collar and sometimes I don't, it depends on what I'm doing and where. when I use a prong collar I almost always remove the collar and i always place a fur saver or choke chain as back up, I hook the leash to both prong and fursaver, just in case the prong comes apart which has happened to me mor than once. if I'm off my property or out of my complex my dogs always have a collar on with tags. I don't usually have my collars on in the house unless I know someone's coming over, then I put their collars on with no tags. my tags are attached to clips so they're easy to take on and off if I need too.

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I always leave the buckle collar with tags on. Jamie is microchipped, but I still keep her collar w/ the tags on no matter what. I slip the walking collar on above or below the tagged collar or I use a harness for her. The harness is great because I have better control of her and I don't have to worry about messing w/ the two collars thing.

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I'd toss the choke collar and get a prong. You can leave the flat collar on and place the prong above it.

First I say than kyou for the responses, I am grateful

As to switching to a prong, do you suggest it for control benefit or for ease of use with a buckle collar. And do I need to have a prong collar fitted for her? I have considered this already but I am on the fence. A little more control with her would be nice. Sometimes she just drags me and it is uncomfortable and embarrassing. Heal is not coming easy for either of us.
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Personally I hate seeing choke or prongs used as lifestyle collars. They are training collars; and dangerous if you have multiple dogs that rough-house and are not supervised. At the very least a dog could catch a tooth in the chain or link and break it's tooth, if not their jaw.

I have no problem with the use of those types of collars when used properly. But, they definitely are not what I like to see at the dog park.
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I also suggest the prong instead. It gives you a lot more control, hurts the dog a lot less, and is easier to pair with a flat buckle collar. I never use chains with flat collars because the chain slips down and gets all tangled when it's loose. The prong stays far above the flat collar though, making it perfect. I always pair the prong with a flat or chain and double clip the collars in case the prong twists and breaks, so that I still have control of my dog.

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Personally I hate seeing choke or prongs used as lifestyle collars. They are training collars; and dangerous if you have multiple dogs that rough-house and are not supervised. At the very least a dog could catch a tooth in the chain or link and break it's tooth, if not their jaw.

I have no problem with the use of those types of collars when used properly. But, they definitely are not what I like to see at the dog park.
Absolutely- neither prongs nor chains should be kept on a dog when not actively training, and should not be allowed in dog parks. We don't allow any type of training collar in our park.

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As to switching to a prong, do you suggest it for control benefit or for ease of use with a buckle collar. And do I need to have a prong collar fitted for her? I have considered this already but I am on the fence. A little more control with her would be nice. Sometimes she just drags me and it is uncomfortable and embarrassing. Heal is not coming easy for either of us.
Prong will give you more control and is a better correction collar. The choke can also injure her is she just pulls through it.

Yes, the prong will need to be fitted to her. Here is some info on how it's fitted: How to fit a Prong Collar You'll also need to learn how to make a correction with the prong, it should not be a self correcting collar.
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