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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.


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

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  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!

  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.

  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

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

  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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