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  • How should you place a prong collar on a dog

    by David Comiskey
    An image of a brown dog. This post discusses how should you place a prong collar on a dog.

    A prong collar is a training collar that is used to teach leash manners to dogs. While we don’t recommend using a prong collar for your dog, we do recognize that this type of collar, when used correctly, can be highly effective for training dogs with behavioral problems. The biggest challenge dog owners face initially with prong collars is how to use them. This post will help you understand the most important initial question: how should you place a prong collar on a dog.

    With prong collars, when you give even a little pull, the loose skin around your dog’s neck will be pinched. This light pinch/nipping on the neck will remind the dog that the negative behavior is bad. One thing too keep in mind is that prong collars are not designed as a permanent walking collar nor are they right for every dog. Never use a prong collar with a puppy. There are many other collars available that may be more suited for your dog.

    Step 1: Get the Right Collar

    A prong collar is not only a collar or another piece of walking equipment. It is a training device. If you use a prong collar in the wrong way, then it can be ineffective and/or painful to the dog. Consult the advice of the professional dog trainer or thoroughly research how to use prong collars before you begin using one with your dog.

    Purchasing the right kind of prong collar can save your pet from potential pain and still help you to serve your purpose. A good collar will never scratch or puncture the dog’s skin. However, the size of the collar plays a considerable role for obvious reasons. If you have a 100-pound dog and you are buying a collar that is suitable for an 80-pound dog, then it is the wrong choice. Your dog will be very uncomfortable in such collars. So, choose wisely.

    Step 2: Know How to Fit the Collar Properly

    Placing the collar on your dog needs special attention. It should be placed in a specific manner around the neck for safety purposes. After that, pinch a link, unhook it, and set the collar behind the ears and under the jaw. The clip where you need to fix the leash should be on the upper side just behind the ears. The collar must not be placed below the jaw or on the side of the neck. You should fix the collar in such a way that it doesn’t move much from its place. You can always remove one or two prongs to adjust the size of the loose collar.

    Step 3: Ensure Safety of Your Dog

    Prong collars are beneficial for many dogs, but being an owner or trainer, you have to take care of many things while using it. It should not be used on puppies or smaller-sized dogs. If the collar is too tight, it can puncture your dog’s skin or even choke him to some extent. If the collar is too loose, it may cause skin abrasion at the time of rotations. The size of the collar as well as the fit of the prongs must be appropriate. 

    Keep each end of the prong collar in each hand and pinch a link to connect both the ends around the dog’s neck. This way you can get the exact fit for your canine. However, you have to keep one thing in mind that the collar must fit behind the dog’s ears and not on the down-side. Remember that you need only a light tug to communicate with your pet. So, tight the collar accordingly. 

    Difference Between The Choke Collars And Prong Collars

    Dog owners sometimes get confused between the choke collar and the prong collar. The standard choke collar will only assure that your dog can’t slip out of the collar. They are not used for correcting behaviors. There are three types of choke collars available in the market such as collars made of chain, fabric, or the ropes. On the other hand, prong collars are designed to pinch the dog’s neck if he tries to misbehave or keep pulling unnecessarily. 

    Any standard choke collars can be ordered by length, while prong collars are ordered by size. For example, when you are looking for a choke collar, you will get the dimensions like 15 inches long or 25 inches long, etc. But if you are looking for the prong collars, you will have first to measure the weight of your dog and then order the belt according to different sizes such as small, medium, large, or XL size.

    The Bottom Line

    Some people try and put a collar by slipping it over the head. This is the wrong method. The right way to do these activities is by pinching one of the links and pulling it apart and reconnecting the collar once around the dogs neck.

    • Pinch a link, unhook, and keep each end in each hand.
    • Place the prong collar behind the ears and under the jaw.
    • Reconnect the link to put on the collar on the dog’s neck.
    • Put one side of the link on the other side of the connecting link.
    • Squeeze the link with the thumb until you hear a ticking sound.
    • Use your thumb and put pressure on the link to line up both prongs.
    • Simply pinch the link to take off the collar from the dog’s neck.

    As for using a prong collar with your dog walker, rest assured that Barkly walkers will be familiar with prong collars. It is still always a good idea to notify your walker that you are using a prong collar before their first walk with your dog so that they can be prepared.

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