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Before you finally decide to train your dog with a Prong collar, you have to do a careful research to determine whether or not it is proper to use to your dog.

A Prong collar is made of interlocking metal links. Each of these links has two prongs that stick out inwards. So when the collar is placed over your dog’s head, the prongs sit against its neck. Prong collar training works like this: When the dog performs a bad behavior, the trainer tugs on the leash, as a result the prong collar tightens and pinches the dog’s flesh.

The use of such collar for training is in fact a controversial subject in many animal welfare organizations’ debates. However, prong collar was basically designed only for dogs who failed to respond to other training methods.

Many dog owners are mistaken in the use and fitting of Prong collars. It is very important in such collar training that the owner perfectly understands how to use the collar.

– This kind of collars should never be left on your dog all the time. Such training tool must be put on and taken off before and after training sessions.
– A comfortable fit is required. Try to remove some links so that the collar fits snugly.
– Positioning of the collar is important. Place it right behind the ears and up under the jaw and NOT down at the shoulders of your dog.
– Attach the leash to the dead-ring for normal to average training. This will allow the collar to remain the same size during training while providing less force.
– Allow your dog to become comfortable with the collar. Place it about 20 minutes before training and remove it about 20 minutes after the training as well.

If you are considering purchasing this training tool, take extra effort to learn its correct use. Also, prong collars are not supposed to be permanent collars. Never use this type of collar all the time as your dog might develop a tolerance and you’ll effectively eliminate any training value of the collar. On regular days, just use an ordinary collar. Do not leave the collar on your dog when you are not training.

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