Can anyone tell me how to properly use a choke collar? I bought my dog a prong choke collar and cannot figure out how to put it on her. I have looked everywhere on the internet and it came with no instructions. I guess I could go to the pet store and ask them how to use it, I just don't want to look like an idiot Any tips? Thanks!!
A prong and choke are two different collars. This is a choke collar (they also come in nylon): http://www.max200.com/max_storefront...?idproduct=100
I think what you're talking about is a prong: http://www.max200.com/max_storefront...?idproduct=104
To put a basic prong on (like the one in the link), you have to take the collar apart at one of the links, put it around the dog's neck, then put the links back together. Click on the first link here to see a video on how to do it.
I don't want to pry, but how old is your dog, and what type of training are you doing to have to use the prong? If you are just doing basic obedience, have you exhausted all other avenues as far as training goes ie. buckle collar, regular choker style collar (chain or nylon) and treats? Usually, consistency works well, not saying that you aren't being consistent in your training - but most dogs do not need prong collars if you are just doing basic obedience commands.
Personally, I don't recommend a prong collar until at least 12 months of age or older, depending on dog. Some dogs are more 'softer' than others and may not take very well to the prong collar, and then you have some work cut out for you to 'retrain' your dog, because the prong collar was too harsh of a correction.
I am a big fan for treat training (and lots of happy praising), until they get what I am looking for from them down pat. Then I wean off the treats and just reward with treats very seldomly. I have found that regular choker chain style collars/ and flat buckle collars have worked well for the lab pups that I have.
Last edited by blacknyellow; 09-30-2009 at 10:26 PM.
She is 8 months. She is AWFUL on a leash, has been to and graduated from obedience school, and barks/growls at people everytime we go outside. I have tried gentle leaders and she HATES them! She rubs up against things and I feel bad b/c it's got to be tight on their neck/throat to be effective. The trainers teaching obedience school told me a choke collar may work...however now I may think I got the wrong thing. I didn't realize a choke collar was different from a prong collar, but now that I think about it and looked on the internet I realize there is a huge difference. I definitely don't want to hurt her, I just don't know what to do about her pulling and barking.
My pup is 8 months also and I use a prong collar as well as training...she walks fine on a leash until she sees people or other dogs, then she nearly pulls my arm out of its socket and does not respond to me at all. Using a prong collar has made a HUGE difference. Her whole demeanor changes with the prong on and she is perfect, right from the first time we used it. She's not soft at all and the prong collar does not hurt her. Like I said, I also train her with the prong, it's simply a tool, not the solution. It's only temporary, until she "gets" it.
On the other hand, I would NEVER use a choke collar as it can cause damage to their throats.
Mazie is now 9 months and is responding well to our walks on leash. I was always going to get a different collar for months and have put it off and put it off. Now i'm glad I did... she still pulls some but not near as much as months past. Time, consistence and practice,practice and practice. No choke collar for her!!!!!
Not saying that a prong collar shouldn't be used, because in some cases they are a great training tool. I just don't recommend them before the age of 12 months. I have used them on my rottweilers that I owned in the past, and they have worked and didn't have to use them for long.
The reason I don't recommend them on pups under 12 months of age is because they are still very young, and just may not be understanding what you are expecting of them. You could undo some hard training that you have already done by using one - and cause the dog to actually fear or begin to think that walks are a form of punishment. Some dogs are harder to train than others, and need a little extra training time, and a lot of patience on the human end of the leash.
If you are going to use the prong collar for the purpose of a forceful correction because your pup growls and barks at people when she sees them, I again strongly don't recommend using a prong collar, as it may create an even worse problem if your dog is showing aggression. I would recommend consulting an animal behaviorist, especially since she graduated from obedience - it does sound more like an aggression issue rather than disobedience...
Most damage to a dogs throat from a choke collar is the result of improper usage ie. put on the dog backwards ( the correct way when you put it around your wrist, it should look like a "P"), being too big for the dog, allowing it to hang down on the dogs neck and allowing the dog to continuously pull on it and drag the owner down the street. I don't usually recommend choke collars, but some dogs do need that 'extra' in the correction, but not as much as a prong collar would offer.
Everyone has their opinions on training equipment. So you will get varying answers. Not saying that one or the other is wrong, as most including myself (on the rotties around the age of 18mos) speak from their experiences using them and have had excellent results. The problem with that, is every dog is different -without a professional evaluating your dog thoroughly, what may have worked on someone else's dog may not work on your dog.
Last edited by blacknyellow; 10-01-2009 at 05:34 PM. Reason: added to the post
I use a prong collar on my pup PURELY because he hates wearing a collar and I do not make him wear one in the house. He digs and digs at it till his neckline is bleeding. So I use the prong collar just to go outside to go potty. It is nice because it just slips over his head and I can easily take it off and on quick! Actually, I only use it to walk him to the backyard and then take it off of him to rome on his own. But he doesnt at all seem to have a problem with wearing it. But watch out because if it is too loose they can get their little foot stuck in it while walking. If my pup didnt hate wearing collars I probably never woulda got a prong collar. I would never use a choke collar though because it can pinch nerves in the neck and do damage. With the prong collar it will pinch its skin before damaging the neck. Good luck with your collar situation....
A prong that is properly adjusted should just "slip over their head". They should be fairly snug and need to be unsnaped to be removed. see links below (with photos). using a prong incorrect is just as dangerous as using a choke chain improperly (or even a regular collar!)
a prong is a collar - I have no idea what you mean by "my dog hates wearing a collar so i use a prong". It is the same thing. But I do agree with not using a flat collar if it chockes them (as it does when they haven't learned proper leash manners yet).
A choke collar, properly used, should not ACTUALLY choke the dog. It is a misnomore. But yes, should not be used willy nilly.
proper fitting of a prong:
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