Prong Collar or something else?
Hey guys, basically I am trying to teach my boy not to lunge at other dogs from excitement and to heel properly at my side. I currently have a martingale but it is not doing it's job and as a result he is pulling through it causing too much force/correction. I've done my research on prongs and don't want to turn this into a prong vs no prong, abuse vs no abuse debate. I am pretty set on getting a prong as he is 10 months and would like to walk with him at ease. I have spoken to my previous postive re-inforcement/clicker trainer and was wondering if anyone can vouch for what he says or argue against it and provide valid reasons for doing so?
He has recommended doing private lessons with the following regarding usage of a prong collar:
"Group classes are beneficial after some foundation work as it's a way to test for reliability while dogs are around, but it's not the best way to start working with reactivity. Positive reinforcement is actually the only way to go with dealing with reactivity, because if you apply aversives whenever a trigger is presented, you may stop the reaction, but you are classically conditioning the dog to start hating the trigger. That means a still dog that doesn't move but is frustrated and dislikes dogs. That is very dangerous to have. He is just excited about dogs now which is not abnormal for an adolescent GSD so let's not make him start hating dogs by nailing him whenever he sees one."
Would you guys agree with what he is saying?