I went out this morning and bought a pinch collar. I used the information here and on another site that had pictures showing proper placement and fitting of the collar. I wanted to make sure I was doing it correctly and would not hurt or scare my Lab. All I can say is WOW!!! What a difference... He doesn't mind wearing it when we walk, he heels perfectly, doesn't tug one bit. If it wasn't so hot out, I'd spend the whole day with him walking now.
Yes...Those pinch collars do make a difference, don't they?
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They certainly do. I wouldn't have went with it but the person I got him from hasn't hardly trained him much, he was allowed to pull and tug when on the leash. I know some of it is the collar but some of it is also his willingness to learn.
What is a pinch collar- can someone tell me or supply a picture? Thanks
So it's different than what we used to call a "choke collar", right?
They are supposed to be safer and more humane. I quote
"CONSIDER THE PRONG COLLAR, PLEASE!Contrary to what you might believe about it, the prong or pinch collar (pictured here) is not a medieval torture device, but rather the most humane, safest and effective of all training collars. What makes it unique is its design. Unlike a buckle collar or choke chain, which can do irreparable damage to the dog’s trachea, a correction from a prong collar is evenly distributed around the dog’s entire neck. When a dog that’s wearing a buckle collar or choke chain pulls or lunges, the impact point is the dog’s throat and that’s how tracheal damage occurs. The prongs or links of the collar are rounded and cannot puncture the dog’s skin. Even the most sensitive dog can benefit from wearing a prong collar because the links are reversible and the collar can be fitted so that the prongs of the links can be pointed outward rather than inward. Another way to tone down the correction from a prong collar is to cut a sleeve off an old sweatshirt and slip it around the dog’s neck and then put the prong collar over the sleeve. Prong collars, which come in a variety of sizes; large, small and micro, are ideal for small people with big or rambunctious dogs because the collar acts like power steering on a car. With a prong collar, the handler is in complete control and corrections are minimal. Prong collars have been effectively used on tiny puppies to giant breeds alike. Ask your instructor for a demonstration. First and foremost, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. "
Thanks Sharon, I,ve been out of field trialing for about thirty years now and just bought my 5 yo son a female lab for his birthday. Here we go again!!! What a wonderful little girl she is. Her pedigree is so good that if she could talk, she wouldn't talk to any of us.
I'm not sure about those ! It's too easy to use them inappropriately !
I prefer training without them !