What kind of choke collar would you guys recommend for my dog? She's about a year and a half old. I don't really like the idea of prong collars. I mostly just walk my dog at the park or around my neighborhood.
The ones with the quick release can come undone when you need the collar the most. A PetSmart employee will discourage you from buying the prong and will not know how to help you fit it properly. Also, the collars sold at PetSmart can be cheap, make sure the edges of the prong are rounded.So the fit in one is better than than snapping one. I will go to my local Petsmart to look for one.
The problem with this method, and the reason why people usually will tell you not to let your dog self-correct on a prong collar, is that you are not actually teaching your dog that you want her to walk nicely on a leash. You've only taught her that she can't pull as long as she has a prong collar on.I didn't have 'official training' on using a prong with Riley. I didn't have to. I put her prong on (herm sprenger) and she self corrects. all I do is hold the leash. When she pulls, the collar tightens and she immediately stops pulling. I do not jerk or tighten the collar in any way.
well.. it works for us.The problem with this method, and the reason why people usually will tell you not to let your dog self-correct on a prong collar, is that you are not actually teaching your dog that you want her to walk nicely on a leash. You've only taught her that she can't pull as long as she has a prong collar on.
So if you put her on a regular flat collar, she is probably going to pull you down the road just like she did before you introduced the prong collar. The better way to use the prong would be to introduce it as a training device with the goal of going to a flat collar once she has learned to walk nicely. That requires you to actively teach her HOW to walk nicely - by praising and rewarding her for doing it and correcting her for not doing it - and eventually transition to a regular collar.
Because the prong collar, just like a head halter, front-clip harness, e-collar, clicker, etc. is a TRAINING device. It's a tool to use to attain your goal (a dog that heels nicely on a regular flat collar), not a permanent solution. It's like keeping training wheels on your bicycle for the rest of your life because "they work".Why not use the prong for every walk for the rest of the dog's life?