Monday, February 24, 2014

Collar Tips

After recently having a conversation with a friend about dog collars and which ones are appropriate for dogs and training, I came away a bit disheartened to hear form her that a professional in the dog world recommended both a prong and/or a shock collar for her to help get "control" of her squirrely 7 month old golden retriever. I suppose I shouldn't have been as surprised as I was.  After all, 10 years ago the dog trainer that we took Piper to, also recommended a prong collar for him.  I was horrified at the time.  They looked so scary, but I am sad to say that through the convincing of this trainer,  I became a temporary fan of prong collars.  No more!  Prong collars do work, but at what price?  Looking back, I feel terrible.  Piper already had issues with dominance aggression and there I was trying to train him with a prong collar!  Lucky for us, Piper took to his training well, his aggression was curbed and no physical (and hopefully no emotional) damage was done.

Have a listen to what Victoria Stilwell thinks.

6 comments:

  1. Roxy just had a martingale. We've never even seen a prong collar.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

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  2. I tried a prong collar once because I was feeling desperate. I felt so horrible that I don't care I spent $30 on it, I won't use it again. We have martingale collars and patience now!

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  3. I would NEVER use a prong collar on a dog. I got into a heated argument with someone that condoned them. She considered herself an animal activist and supported all sorts of prehistoric training tools (shock collars, too).

    Beamer has a regular collar now, but when he was training to walk better on leash, he used an Easy Walk harness, which did the trick just fine.

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  4. Nope not for us and we just use a regular collar and we always will. There are no quick fixes we say.
    Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  5. We prefer common collars for hunting dogs, think that's the better way. Many thanks for sharing the video, that was interesting.

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  6. It's like dieting. Everyone wants a quick fix. Slow and steady wins the race and wins the dog's trust. I used a Martingale for Blueberry when I first adopted her because she tried to bolt a couple of times because she just needed to get used to the whole collar/leash concept. Now I can take her out with a harness and she does just fine.

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