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I've read the regs and on Chapter 2, Section 17 it specifies - "in the obedience ring" that the collars must be "properly fitted approved by the Judge". With no e-collars or prong collars permitted.

Section 26 says that when warming up, we must refer to section 17. Which goes back to the preface of "in the obedience ring". So, what am I missing - where does it say that prongs are not allowed on the show grounds at all? And why? They are more humane than all the yanking around on chokes that I see.

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I don't think I've ever seen a prong collar at an AKC obedience event. But, since non-competing dogs aren't allowed on the grounds (I believe this is a general rule, and not just at the ones I've attended), I would guess that an obedience trained dog doesn't need a prong.
 

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I'm assuming you're talking about AKC events, but I do some APDT rally obedience and I'd think the rules are similar. I bring my other dog just to work her around distractions and in that environment, and since APDT rally is such a "positive" based sport I was worried they'd have a problem with my using a prong on my dog on the grounds. But I asked the show steward if it was a problem, and she said absolutely not and went on to say how prongs are the best invention ever in dog training. So - when in doubt ask whoever's in charge!
 

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I would have to go look but I believe it is in the judges guidelines.
 

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By the time your dog is ready for trial it "should" be able to heel on a loose lead with no corrections - at any rate on the grounds you are not supposed to be "yanking" your dog around. ( I know, I've seen some people "warm up" that should be tossed off the grounds) You aren't allowed any corrections in the ring. If they're just subtle I think you just get points knocked off. I think the prohibition with prongs has something to do with image, too. Prongs don't look good.
 
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