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|A Leerburg Recommended Safety Procedure for all Prong Collar Use|
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See Why Leerburg Always Recommends
a Backup Collar when Using a Prong Collar
Patented Prong Collar Leash™
In this video, I will explain how I came to design what I think is the most functional dog training leash anyone has come up with in the last 50 years, which is about how long I have been training dogs.
I have been told that all I do is live, breath and think dog training and in a way I guess that’s true. A few months ago I woke up in the middle of the night and when I couldn’t sleep, I started to think about a better way to design a leash to work with a prong collar and a backup collar.
The result was Leerburg’s patented Prong Collar Leash™.
|Size Thickness Differences|
Leerburg Chrome Prong Collars
Set of 3
|Small||14" | 2.0mm|
|Medium||18" | 3.0mm|
|Large||20" | 3.3mm|
|XLarge||22" | 4.0mm|
|Size Thickness Differences|
Chrome Prong Collars
|Small||Neck Size Up To: 13" | 2.25mm|
|Medium||Neck Size Up To: 18" | 3.0mm|
|Large||Neck Size Up To: 19" | 3.2mm|
|XLarge||Neck Size Up To: 21" | 4.0mm|
*Up to 4 prong links can be taken out of a collar to make a better fit or additional links may be added. With Chrome Plated prong collars, you can add and remove links to fit your dog’s neck.
Stainless Steel Prong Collars
Single Extra Link
|Small||Neck Size Up To: 13" | 2.25mm|
|Large||Neck Size Up To: 19" | 3.2mm|
|XLarge||Neck Size Up To: 21" | 4.0mm|
*Up to 4 prong links can be taken out of a collar to make a better fit or additional links may be added.
These high quality stainless steel collars are going to last many, many years longer than a chrome plated collar. They will never rust. If you want the best for your dog you can purchase one of our Hand made leashes and a imported Herm Sprenger stainless steel collar. With proper care you will have training equipment that will last
Over time a chrome plated collar can rust. This will never happen with a stainless steel collar. This is a very important feature with a prong collar.
MICRO Prong Collars
|Mini Micro||For Dogs UNDER 5 lbs||Fits a 9-inch Neck|
|Micro||For Dogs OVER 5 lbs||Fits a 9-inch Neck|
These prong collars are designed for the smaller breeds of dogs. The Mini Micro prong collar is designed for dogs weighing less than 5 pounds. The Micro prong collar is designed for dogs weighing over 5 pounds.
These collars weigh under 1 1/2 ounces each. They are made in the USA with an imported chain and they are only available in Stainless Steel. Each collar is just less than 1/2 inch wide.
The links on these two collars are identical. The differences in the two collars are found in the chain. The Mini Micro prong collar has a lighter chain and a swivel ring. The Micro prong collar has a standard chain and an o-ring instead of a swivel.
It is recommended to NOT use these collars with a retractable (flexi) lead.
Extra links can be purchased for these two collars. Each individual link on the collar is 3/4 inches in length and just under 1/2 inches wide. The collar will fit up to a 9 inch neck without any extra links added.
Herm Sprenger Black
Stainless Steel Prong Collar
Single Extra Link
|Small||Neck Size Up To: 13" | 2.25mm|
|Large||Neck Size Up To: 19" | 3.2mm|
|XLarge||Neck Size Up To: 21" | 4.0mm|
Herm Sprenger Curogan Prong Collars
Herm Sprenger Curogan prong collars imported from Germany.
Curogan is a copper-tin-alloy with a high copper portion and some additives which make the material strong - but without any nickel. Therefore these chains avoid a discoloration of fair haired dogs. Some dogs (less than 10%) do react on Curogan with a discoloration.
A further advantage of curogan is the fact that it is absolutely free of nickel. More often nickel is responsible for allergic reactions of sensitive dogs and causes of some skin rashes.
Herm Sprenger advises that the Curogan will NOT rust because it is a copper/tin alloy and does not contain any iron, and only iron can rust. Curogan will darken and tarnish when exposed to the outdoor environment.
|Large||Neck Size up to: 19" | 3.3mm|
|XLarge||Neck Size up to: 21" | 4.0mm|
We have always recommended a backup collar be used along with a prong collar. We recently heard about a littermate to one of our dogs being killed when the prong came apart at the end of a training session. When the prong came apart the dog ran in front of a car and was killed. The owner did not have a backup collar on the dog. Unfortunately these kinds of SAD situations happen all to often.
So if you use a prong collar YOU ALSO NEED TO HAVE A BACKUP COLLAR on your dog - every time!!
The perfect safety procedure isto use a dominant dog collar along withyour prong collar. I offer this advice to ALL those trainers who use prong collars.
It is not unheard of (see the email below) for a prong collar comes apart when you need it the most. By having a dominant dog collar on the dog at the same time as the prong this will never be a problem. Simply attach the clip on the leash to both the prong and the ring on the dominant dog collar.
of why you need a backup collar when using a prong collar:
Your Dominant dog collar saved me from having to chase and catch my 1 year old Malinois around the neighborhood. Having a dominant dog collar clipped with a prong collar really puts me at ease. My prong collar had un-clipped (quick release clip) itself twice. First time the prong collar un-clipped itself was when I gave a strong correction for inappropriate pack behavior. The prong collar just flew up in the air, just like the way it was shown on your Obedience or Dominant Dogs DVD. We were indoors at the time, so my dog did not go anywhere. On the second occasion, we were out on the lawn. My dog has predatory aggression, but is not dog aggressive (thank god!). I'm thinking that his high level of prey drive has something to do with his predatory aggression. Anyhow, my dog saw a cat sitting on our lawn and it got my dog's full attention. Because of the high level of distraction, I gave my dog a strong correction (he's a hard one), and before I knew it, the prong collar un-clipped itself, AGAIN. This time, the dog did NOT go anywhere because I had a dominant dog collar on him. After the prong collar had failed, I immediately said, "NO" and picked him off his feet with the dominant dog collar , and he settled down. Such pack behavior is no longer tolerated. As for the prong collar, I have no idea why it kept un-clipping itself, but it has not un-clipped itself anymore. I think it's just a thing that happens every now and then with prong collars. The prong collar I was using was not one of yours.
I have a female Pit bull that weighs 65 lbs. and I am interested in purchasing a muzzle from your web-site, but I don't know what size to get. Could you please advise? She attacked a small dog when she got off of her pinch collar the other day, now I want to muzzle her to keep this from happening again.
I recently purchased two Herm Sprenger Quick Release Prong Collars (item no. 783) from you. I had an incident recently with one of them that you should be aware of. I was walking my dog -- a 60 pound female chow mix -- when she became agitated at a poodle that was growling and barking at us and jumping up and down. I had given her a couple of corrections with the collar and thought I had here settled down and was trying to get her away from the other dog The next thing I new she was out of the collar and going after the poodle. Somehow or another the quick release bolt snap opened up and allowed the collar to separate.
I know the collar was firmly on the dog because we had been walking for quite some time and I had given her several corrections. I can't explain what happened but you should probably look into it so it doesn't happen to someone else.
I have been reading all your articles & eBooks on your web site, I have a 7 month old Doberman. He is initially very friendly and loving and not too bad at his basic obedience although that has a long way to go. The problem I have is last month his prong collar sprung off and two ladies were walking along the road he would not come back and chased after them, he then started barking and jumping up and mouthing one of the ladies arms I ran up spraying him with water and got a hold of him. Because the lady then started shouting and screaming he started barking and lunging. A few weeks later I took him on a walk in the country, normally would not meet anyone else walking. Unfortunately their were two young ladies and he ran up to greet them, but one of them was afraid and he started to bark and mouth at her arms. Now he does not get off lead at all. Can I cure this problem or is he always going to be like this? When I purchased the prong collar I did not know it was of inferior quality until I saw a sprenger one from your site. The prong collar had flat edges on the prong which were sharp and had cut into his neck. I have now purchased a Sprenger one, but now he is very afraid when I try to put a prong on and runs off, when it his on he acts very jumpy and afraid. Should I put it on and keep it on all day untill he is used to it?
If you take a minute to review my web page on prong collars you will see that I always recommend using a back up collar along with a prong collar. This back up collar insures your dog remains under your control if you make a mistake and don’t size the prong collar correctly.
Prong collars come off because they are not fit correctly. When they are too loose they can pop apart. This always happens when people need them. In other words they always happen when the handler gives the dog a correction because it is doing something wrong. Your situations are classic. You needed to control your dog and instantly found it off leash – then bad things happen.
You have made the correct decision to keep this dog on leash. It should remain there until it is 100% off-leash obedience trained. I recommend that you get two DVDs that will get you to where you need to be:
This dog needs remote collar training. It should never go outside off leash unless it has a remote collar on. You need to become an expert on this. The DVDs will educate you is you care to make the effort. These problem would NEVER HAVE HAPPENED had you had a remote collar on your dog.
I only recommend a DOGTRA remote collar. Probably a Dogtra 280ncp.
Male Dobermans can become a little sharp as they mature. (Sharp means they bark at people) That is the nature of the breed. It is very important that people who own sharp dogs establish pack structure and training with their Dobes. This is a no fool around issue. This is a great breed but you need to step to the line and get educated. Your problems are not difficult to fix if you make the decision to change the way your work and live with this dog.
I call a prong collar "Power Steering for Dogs." A prong is probably the most misunderstood training tool there is in dog work, next to the whip. So many people take one look at it and say "Oh! I could NEVER use that on MY DOG!" Then when I explain how its used and why it is used they call back and say "Ed, this is the greatest thing since sliced bread!"
I also get asked if a prong collar is appropriate for puppies. The answer is very simple. If properly used, a prong is one of the most humane and effect training tools there are. Can it be abused? Absolutely. Any training tool can be abused. If you want to learn how to train with a prong collar get my 4 hour training DVD titled Basic Dog Obedience.
When a prong collar is used in training, the handler must first realize that a dog who required a level 8 correction before will now, with a prong, probably require a level 2 or level 3 correction. What this means is that a strong dog that had so much drive that it was too much for a small person to handle is now easily controllable without a lot of effort.
If you are a new Schutzhund trainer or a police service dog handler, you are going to need a prong collar.
The first people I usually recommend for the prong collars have 3 to 4 month old pups that pull them down the street when they take them for a walk. These dogs need a prong. There is no correction needed from the handler when a prong is worn during walks. The pup (or dog) gives itself a correction when he hits the end of the leash.
When this happens, the handler is there to soothe the shock with praise if the pup yelps. Within one training session every dog is going to be walking slowly by his handler, there is no longer any pulling. In addition the handler is not the bad guy in this work. How could he be? He is soothing and praising the dog after it yelped from a self induced correction when it hit the end of the leash?
Older dogs sometimes need a prong collar when normal corrections with a choke collar do not have the intended results (which means they do not effect the dog). My feeling is that any time a dog required a level 7 correction for normal training, he needs to be worked with a prong collar from that point on.
It's the job of the handler to read his dog. New handlers tend to go out and give the same level of correction with a prong that they did with a choke collar. This is unfair to the dog
A prong collar is designed to be snug, almost tight, on the dogs neck. Many handlers need to take a link or two out of the collar to get the correct fit. Keep these links if you have a young dog, you will probably need to use them when the dog grows up. The point is that if a prong collar is too loose on a dogs neck, the collar loses its effectiveness.
Some dogs have very large necks, if you have such a dog you may have to purchase additional links for the collars. They are sold separately.
This 4 hour dog training DVD will show you how to determine what dogs need a prong collar, how to fit a prong collar, and how to use a prong collar correctly in training. Our web page on this DVD has a complete detailed explanation of the content of this DVD.
April 28, 2011
I bought a prong collar from you years ago that is top quality. I left it outside after a brush up session with my old Malinois about 4 months ago. I just found it this morning on the window ledge and after cleaning the crusty pollen off, it’s good as new. Top quality product. It was actually a moment of stress relief to be able to appreciate such good quality. Thanks so much. I never did end up having to buy a lot of training gear because the training foundations worked so well, but I do recommend you to anyone who will listen. Particularly your feeding regimen, which is similar to how I eat now! Check out the book ‘The Paleo Solution’ by Robb Wolf for more details on that. I think you would like it. Thanks again for everything you’ve taught me.
March 12, 2011
Thanks again, we recieved these [Leerburg Chrome Quick Release Prong] today. They are great as expected, and since my GS is a level -100 (he yipes if the wind blows) correction he is already walking and training 100% better. Thanks again and we look forward to the next order, whatever it may be!
February 23, 2011
I just wanted to say thanks for such an informative web site.
I have a very large GSD who was uncontrollable on the lead. I had tried everything and all the training methods going. He is incredibly stubborn and strong, having had me on the floor several times. I researched the prong collar and after reading your information ordered one from your site along with the dominant dog collar.
From the first walk it's like I have a different dog. He didn't just pull sometimes, he pulled from start to finish and was continually at the end of the lead. I would get back with aching arms and hands. I couldn't quite believe the first time I used it - I had the first pleasant walk with him.
He got to the end of the lead and clearly thought better of it. He is now walking next to me and although he still tries to pull he stops quickly and comes right back. I occasionally have to give a correction but rarely more than once. He has no objection to having the collar put on so it obviously doesn't bother him if he doesn't pull. I did try it on my own thigh just for piece of mind and it helped me understand what the dog would feel. Not painful but enough to stop him pulling.
For anyone with pulling problems I cannot recommend this strongly enough.
It really works!
November 7, 2009
Now that I just took my English Shepherd on the best walk of my life, what do I do with my chain choke collar, Gentle leader front hook harness, and Halti head collar? Wish I had known sooner :). We walked down town, knocked on the ice cream shop door, got a cone to go and had a nice stroll home with dog leash in one hand and ice cream in the other. I haven't strolled with a dog in a long time.
September 23, 2009
I try very hard to train as closely to 100% positive as I can, but I do believe that dogs need to know limits and therefore they need occasional non-positive feedback. I've used prong collars on three dogs now, and I agree completely with the testimonials on your site. In my opinion, prog/pinch collars are far safer than choke chains and are more effective than flat buckle collars and head halters. My dogs *love* their prong collars. They never give any sign that they're being hurt.
As for the myth that a dog will never learn to heel correctly if she/he uses a prong collar, it's just not true. Two of my dogs have been trained to AKC Utility level and the third is well on his way to his UD.
September 15, 2009
My dog has bitten the daylights out of me and the wife since we got him at six weeks. Found your website and are now getting a handle on him. Great advice in your eBooks and can't wait to watch the DVDs. We put the prong collar on him and it was like we flipped a switch. Thanks a ton. Oh yeah, You guys sent it out on Friday the 11th. and I got it on Tuesday the 15th. Thats about the best service I've ever had. Thanks again. Its a pleasure doing buisness with you.
November 13, 2008
Thank you very much for the great prong collar. I had a traditional prong collar already but was tired of pulling apart the links. They were extremely hard to pull apart. Your prong collar is a much higher quality than the one I bought 3 years ago at Petsmart and the links come apart very easily for sizing. The shipping was extremely quick as well. It’s a pleasure to do business with your company.
April 9, 2008
I rescued a German Shepherd from a shelter here in New Jersey a few weeks ago. The dog has a wonderful temperament. She has had some training. Not much, but enough to work with. She is about a year old. The shelter found her as a stray. Our hardest issue to deal with at this point is walking her on leash. She pulls to the high heavens. Once she stuck her nose to the ground she was in her own little pulling world. I read your input on the "Prong Collar." I purchased one and took it home. I place the collar on her after making the adjustments. I placed it in the correct location. When I took her outside with her on the dead ring. She pulled enough to warrant the live ring.
Once she was on the live ring and her dominant collar... All I can say is thank you from the bottom of my heart. What a totally different dog. She walked with me the way she was supposed to. I only had to tell her no once with no help of the collar. The remainder of the walk, she walked head high right up against my side. When I stopped she stopped and assumed the sit position and waited for me to move forward. I have recently passed on your words of wisdom and web site on to a fellow Shepherd owner who mentioned his 6 month old is pulling hard. He is going to check out your site and follow what you suggest. Again thank you so much for helping with a major issue. I will be following your site a lot more closely from now on.
March 5, 2008
We just received the fur-saver the other day. It’s a fantastic product and does exactly what it says on the tin. I also received your catalogue in the post which made interesting reading - some really clever and inventive items. I’m going to place an order for a harness and a bigger chain (he’s not getting any smaller!) tomorrow. I’m currently at work and don’t have his info girth to hand. . I’ve sent your web address to some friends to have a look too as they have very active dogs also – so if you get any other dog-mad Irish folks e-mailing you, you can blame me! Take care and thanks for the seriously fast packaging & shipping. Do you guys have a feedback/testimonials section?
Martin, Ann & Fletch the Rottweiler
October 15, 2007
Hello Ed-I just wanted to take the time to thank you and your staff for your web site and products.
I have a 95lb male German Shepherd pet who is like no other dog that I have ever owned. I have had Shepherds since I was a child and thought that I understood their personality and drives. I adopted Boone when he was a year old and have been working on his leash aggression issues ever since. He is a wonderful, loyal pet and exercise buddy with one big issue. Over the past three years, he has become progressively worse at being aggressive towards anything that moves on our daily walks (cars, people, other pets). He does not have aggression issues when inside a building (my home, my job, the vet, boarding kennel), just when I walk him. We have been through obedience school and have tried several collars (choke chain, halti, gentle leader, etc). I have also tried pet store brand prong collars, however Boone howls like he is being beaten when he pulls while wearing this type of sharp pronged collar.
I found your web site and ordered the Herm Sprenger prong collar and dominant dog collar. I fit both collars as described in your directions and have seen amazing results. While Boone still shows an interest in the usual distractions on our walks, he no longer lunges and pulls. He seems more relaxed and does not seem to want to keep every moving object away from us. He is calm and does not react in pain as he had to the other prong collar that I had used. He virtually ignores cars and simply looks at passing people and dogs. This may seem like a small change to most people, but because we exercise everyday, this has made a huge difference in our life. I actually look forward to our walks and am no longer on the look out for his triggers. I know that a collar is not a substitute for training and socialization, but I can testify that this collar has made a big difference to me. Thank You!
October 20, 2004
The prong collar is a dream come true. My shelter rescue purebred white GSD all of 3 years old and close to 100 lbs. would walk on his hind legs for almost 1/2 a block pulling on his collar and sounding like he was going to die but would not slow up. When he saw another dog or cat it was even worse and he dragged my wife and daughter at different times after prey. The prong collar worked in the first minute and has continued to work to where he is an absolute pleasure to walk for anyone in the family. As far as treating the dog humanely, he wasn't walked for three weeks before I got the collar because it just wasn't worth it. Which is more humane? 5 seconds of minimal correction or never getting out of the yard? Your customer service is top notch and your products are worth every penny. Has Ed ever considered auto mechanics or dentistry?
Cardston, Alberta, Canada
June 10, 2003
Just received the stainless steel prong collar today-brilliant piece of equipment!"Stein" is now 10 months and an absolute fireball in his nature however learns very quickly-except for the heel he has had very hard corrections on a choker and has literally been back flipped shaken himself and then continued on his way.From your definitions of a hard pup he fits the bill perfectly.Put the the prong on this afternoon and tried him on the dead ring and the response was minimal to nonexistent I then changed onto the live ring and the difference was unbelievable after charging hard a couple of times at other 4 legged objects then yelping slightly he settled down. Thank you very much for a great product (also purchased a double handle sleeve - fantastic!).
"Everything I have received from Leerburg is top notch. There's cheaper stuff out there, but you get what you pay for. You might as well buy top shelf."
"Leerburg only sells superior products. Everything I've purchased rated at least 5 starts including the videos."
December 23, 2008
I just received my order - and I am Impressed with the leashes I now have!! I all ready know they are well worth the money - and the quality will never be beat!!
I recommend these leashes to everyone.
Thank You again!
April 2, 2003
Thank you! I have received the prong collar and it works. The dog is not pulling now and she has no intention of pulling again by the expression on her face. One lesson learned very quickly and painlessly, I would say, because there was no distress what-so-ever. It was,"Hey, don't think I'll do that again!"
I bought the basic obedience video and the prong collar for our 9 month old Rottie. Wow! I love this collar. It's like we have a different dog now.
September 24, 2002
You offered some advice for my obnoxious Saint Bernard cross, Drake, and I just wanted to thank you. I have purchased a prong collar and read your articles on the proper use of it. I can't believe it. One session, 2 corrections, and it did more than months of gentle training and positive reinforcement ever did. Working on my fiance is a whole other issue, but I feel that he could probably be trained with just as much patience (and maybe a prong collar! Kidding.) Again, thank you.
I am a volunteer for Pets & People Humane Society. We rescue young adoptable dogs (and cats) at area pounds on the day they are to be eternized. We adopt out more than 3500 a year. Many are large lab or shepherd mixes that have never been worked with - just thrown out in the back yard. When they're about a year old the nice owners take them to the pound cause the dogs jump on them and are unmanageable. I get the unruly ones (lucky me) and have to train them in the shortest possible time. The prong collar is invaluable!
I only weigh a little over 100 pounds - less than many of them - and it is truly magical. I can usually teach them to walk nicely on a leash in less than 10 minutes. Then I teach them not to jump up - I do this by stepping into them and running over them. It's a method a dog trainer friend taught me - works much better for me than the knee in the chest for most. It also saves bruising my knee! Anyway, anybody who thinks that prong collars are inhumane are just plain ignorant. These big boys (or girls) laugh at a choke collar, but a prong collar does the trick. I put it on my own thigh and yanked the hell out of it just to see what it felt like. It's uncomfortable, but it didn't break the skin. If I can get these dogs to walk on a leash and not jump up they are adopted almost immediately and we can go rescue more! I'm not a professional trainer, but I sure look like one using these handy little gadgets.
I just found your web site tonight - was told you were a real meanie and how appalled I would be at your training techniques. I haven't read all your training articles yet (I will!), but so far I am utterly impressed. Haven't seen anything yet mean or cruel. I have to be tough with some of the dogs. I've used the Koehler method of hanging a dog when it came after me or another dog, but I figure if I can't cure it will be eternized. Maybe I'm mean and cruel, but most of these dogs have been successfully adopted - I screen carefully. I've failed with only two. Keep in mind that we try to select friendly well-adjusted dogs when we rescue. I'm sure my success rate would go way down if I got some of the real hard-core dogs. I don't usually rescue shy shepherds and I love shepherds dearly (my own dog, Rudy, is a strong shepherd mix). I figure its bad breeding. I personally had a shy great Dane (from the time she was a pup) and I did everything imaginable to cure her and never could, including putting her with a professional dog trainer that had a very good reputation. She was truly dangerous and I held her while the vet "put her to sleep." This made a believer out of me that it's not always the owner and the way they were raised.
Thanks so much for your advice and testimonials on the prong collar. We own a Yellow Labrador Retriever who is three years old. We took him to puppy training school when we first got him and were advised that prong collars are cruel and they he needed a Gentle Leader. We have hated that thing as much as he has. . .miserable the entire walk and he still pulled like a race horse!! After ordering our collar from your company and ONE walk with our dog, we are believers! Thanks so much for a fine product. Our dog seems much happier. Many times we have contemplated giving him away because it was so much work to get him exercise and he was just so rambunctious. My husband is in the military and gone frequently and it was nearly impossible to walk the dog and push the stroller! Anyway, Thanks again!
I wrote you last week about my 3 mo. old GS puppy, Abby, who did nothing but bite every time I touched her ...petting, putting the leash on or off. etc. I tried everything you suggested and it didn't help at all....she just would not listen to NO or NO BITE and any kind of correction would not stop the biting or jumping on the couch and grabbing the sofa pillows. You said I should get the puppy prong collar and it came in late yesterday. I started using it this morning and I can't believe the difference it has already made. I can pet her and put the leash on, and lo and behold! no bites...just licks my hands. If she acts like she wants to bite I say NO BITE and she doesn't! I have only corrected her twice with the prong collar ...maybe level 4... and she's already like a different puppy. She even minds when I tell her NO when she starts to jump on the couch and I haven't corrected with the prong collar for that yet...just the biting. I can't thank you enough for your help ...I think I'm on my way to having a very good pet. I have your Puppy 8 Weeks to 8 Months DVD and have ordered your Basic Dog Training DVD. I plan to train Abby as well as I possibly can (with your training techniques) to be a well mannered, obedient, loving and happy dog. Thank you again for your help and guidance.
I just wanted to thank you for writing your article on, "How to properly fit a pronged collar." I have a 9 month old GSD male who can be a bit stubborn at times. I know his stubbornness is my fault. I have had dogs in the past, but not larger breeds. Anyway, last night I worked an overnight and was reading your article mentioned above on my break. I then realized that I had his collar to loose. When I woke up from my sleep I decided to jump right into his training, but before that I needed to take out one more of the clasps on the collar. When I put it on, I thought maybe it was too tight, but he was breathing just fine. (typical new dog owner response I'm sure.) Well we started off and right away I noticed a difference. Usually right away in the beginning of our training sessions he tries to give a little guff by not heeling properly, and walking just slightly ahead. When he did this I told him, "NO" then I gave him a second to correct himself. (A tip from another one of your articles.) So I popped the collar, probably a level 4 correction. Right away he heeled and stayed heeled. He did not give me any attitude the rest of the 20 minutes.
Anyway, once again I would just like to thank you for sharing your knowledge of dogs and the proper way to train them. I have only begun to scratch the surface of your web site and have multiplied my wealth of knowledge several times over.
PS. Which type of treats do you recommend using while training?
Just wanted to let you know that I received the collar - it works like a miracle. My dog used to pull me around the block and now she walks right by my side. It's so great that I just had to let you know how much I appreciate it. Thanks again.
I recently bought your chrome plated quick release prong collar for my now 7 1/2 month old yellow lab. At the time I got the cheaper chrome model not knowing if this collar would be what I wanted to use on my head strong dog. I can tell you that it made an immediate change in his demeanor and it is now a pleasure not a chore to walk him. We walk around 4 miles a day and its enjoyable for both of us. The only problem that were having is discoloration of his hair around the neck. I'm hopping that the stainless steel model won't cause this. I also used your "Basic Dog Obedience" video and found it to be very good. It confirmed my conclusions that clicker training only, without a correction phase, was not working for me and my dog. Our obedience training is coming along much better now.
Thank you for so quickly shipping the micro prong collar I recently ordered. It has quickly brought my Italian Greyhound under control. It's amazing how strong a 14 pound dog can be. I tried the "Easy Walk" harness. It slowed him down a bit but was worthless for controlling his aggressive reaction to other dogs. The prong collar got his attention with only a slight "pop" and kept him right at my side. I am now ordering prong collars for my two young whippets!
I've read everything I can on prong collars and am trying to learn the art of using one without doing damage to my dog(s) or myself. My collar never sets down on the dog's neck like it should. It doesn't look right compared to the pictures I see of everyone else's. There seems to be too much space between the neck and the collar (I don't mean loose) but instead something's just not quite right. I have noticed a definite difference between my male Doberman's responsiveness. I don't have to give half dozen corrections on this collar compared to my choke chains but I still know something is wrong. Could you go about describing how to size one properly and to put it on the dog correctly???
A prong collar is meant to fit very snug when the collar is right behind the ears and behind the jawbone. There should be no slack. The collar should be snug. It is not meant to be pulled off the head by coming over the ears, eyes and nose. To take it off a link is manually disconnected.
Just to say I purchased a Prong Collar from Leerburg a time ago, but I waited a bit for the pup to get a bit of age on him before using it, now he is just 9 months old.
It is a great collar and keeps the pup steady and controlled with no stress to him of pulling back like I did on a chain collar.
One question I read your article on fitting it must be 20 times, and I see it is fairly in a firm position, The pup did not like it being put on, I suppose my lack of expertise in putting it on may have pulled it a bit.
Can this collar be left on the pup during the day and night or must it be removed after every time using it?
Also thanks for the Brilliant Quality Leather Collars and Leashes I bought and for the most informative DVDs.
Last of all the Forum which we learn so much, at times with a little bit of misunderstanding, but it is the best forum on the Web for GS's.
Thanks for the kind words.
We don’t recommend leaving the collar on 24/7.
There is nothing wrong with using MARKERS and a food treat to put the collar on. In fact put it on –Mark it – reward it – then take it off. Then do it again until you desensitize the collar going on. Do this 8 or 9 times a day.