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The Problem with Dog Parks

The Problem with Dog Parks

This question and answer with Ed Frawley outlines why we do not recommend dog parks. Dog parks are growing in popularity every day but they are a bad idea for many dogs. This email is from a customer who owns a dog that is showing aggression at dog parks. In this video Ed will give several options to avoid a possibly dangerous situation for him, his dog, and the other dogs at the park.


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Ask your training question

Question: My 10 week old puppy has noticed cars and wants to chase them. Can I use a prong collar to correct him?

My new border collie puppy is just 10 weeks old; I've had for 1 week. In the last 2 days he has noticed cars and wants to chase them. Is it safe to use a prong collar on such a tiny puppy? If not, what do you recommend as a correction for such a young puppy?

I have tried to distract him/hold his attention with a treat as soon as I detect a car approaching, but that is not working - he still looks away toward the car and/or tries to start after it. I want to nip this in the bud.

Thanks

Cindy's Response:

I would not use a prong collar or physical corrections, I would increase the distance between the pup and the distraction (no matter what that distraction may be, cars, people, other dogs, etc) this may mean you move 20 yards away or maybe it means 200 yards.  You need to find the distance that you can regain your pup's attention and get him to take the food.

The key is to teach your pup to engage with you and then as he gains experience, add distractions. This is covered in The Power of Training Dogs with Food.

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Puppies.

We get a number of Q&As every week, if you would like to read this week's Q&As, click here and check out the 'Recent Questions' section!

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Customer Comments

On Leerburg's Prong Collar Leash Kits

We "adopted" a year old Siberian Husky from my son who could no longer keep him. With no experience with larger, active dogs it was especially frustrating trying to walk him. He pulled non stop and even broke loose several times. We tried several collars and harnesses to no avail... the harnesses seemed to make him pull harder. I tried a large prong collar from the pet store and he escaped from that, too. I learned from the video about the proper way to size and fit the prong collar and ordered the leash kit. It arrived quickly and it took "Axis" a short time to get accustomed to the new collars and leash. It is like walking a kitten! His disposition changes when you put the collars on and actually looks forward to donning them! Outings are a pleasure now with him walking quietly by my side and when he sees another dog or person, a short tug on the leash along with a "slow" command with plenty of treats and praise gets him back in line. Thank you for such a wealth of information and quality products. We have complete control and extra insurance with the backup DD collar. Our quality of life is much better and we all get the exercise we need!

The Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers

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