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Is the Prong Collar a Good Thing?

Updated: Jan 11

When used properly, the prong collar is an invaluable tool that promotes safety for both the handler and dog. The unfortunate truth is that as humans we tend to fear things that we don't understand and we can create assumptions based on other peoples' opinions without truly giving something a chance.

The prong collar is an incredible tool that is widely misunderstood and I'm about to set the record straight, so lets get into it. The modern day prong collar was invented by Herm. Sprenger Metallwarenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG. in the late 1800s, however the origin of the collar dates back to around 530 BCE. Today the prong collar is regaurded by trainers worldwide as an unparalled aid when working to solve everyday issues with dogs of different breed, age, and background.

The prong collar we use today was created to establish a clear line of communication through gentle leash pressure resembling "pops" as opposed to continuous tension. Designed to mimick a mother dogs correction of her pup, the prong collar is one of the most effective communication tools on the market. With proper understanding of leash etiquette, you are able to streamline your expectations within a moments notice. The prong collar is effective for both directional and correctional guidance.

Designed to be used on a loose leash, the prong collar should be used without constant tension allowing the dog to make proper choices without having to feel "forced" in any one direction. The collar allows you to make suggestions through "pops" of pressure in whatever direction you would like your dog to move in. The prong collar requires specific "mechanics" on our end to be used properly, this is best taught by a trainer that understands the ins and outs of this tool.

The design of the prong collar consists of interlocking links with blunted prongs, the prongs mirror one another at the center plate distributing pressure evenly around the dogs neck. The collar is designed to be worn two-finger tightness at the top of the neck with the chain facing upright. When placed properly and used with a loose leash you're able to maximize control over your dog via "pops" of pressure, say farewell to being dragged down the street.

Teaching heel is invaluable when it comes to using the prong collar. It allows the dog to understand the expectation of position outside of the walk itself. At Lucky, we teach heel through luring- heel is traditionally taught on the left side with the dogs right shoulder behind your left leg. When your dog is more focused on you and your cues, they're less influenced by exterior distractions. Does your dog pull on the leash like a maniac? Heel can help with that. Dog reactivity? Heel can help. Now is it a cure all? No, I wish. However, it is extremely beneficial when it comes to giving your dog clear expectations when out in the world.

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