Prong Collars

By November 27, 2018 Training

One of the most controversial topics that surfaces every few months on social media and online Forums is the use of “Prong Collars.” One thing is for sure, you either find this collar to be an effective training aid for your dog or you despise it and have already labeled it to be a barbaric torture device used by dog owners with no common sense or heart.

It’s without question the Prong Collar, or Pinch Collar as some call it, has a very intimating look to it which instantly presents the idea that this collar inflicts a lot of pain on the dog. I’m truly convinced that 99% of the people who oppose of the Prong Collar are people who have absolutely no knowledge or experience on the collar and simply react with disgust based on the appearance of the collar. However, the truth is that the Prong Collar is actually designed to be a lot safer than most other collars due to the design and function. The Prong Collar is designed to stop pulling force by tightening around the entire neck vice pulling back on the throat which poses a serious risk to damaging the trachea. Each year many dogs are seriously injured by normal collar and choke collars which put all the stopping power and force on the dog’s trachea which in turn can cause injury. With the Prong Collar this is impossible due to the design which is why the collar is actually safer than a regular collar for a dog with pulling habits while on a lead.

The Prongs on the collar are blunt (not sharp) and do not penetrate the skin in any way. In the event a dog is pulling hard on a lead the prongs are meant to grip around the entire neck and cause discomfort which certainly aids in training a dog to stop pulling while being walked on a lead. Most dogs really don’t need to be trained with a Prong Collar because most of them may learn quickly that pulling while on a lead is not acceptable. I wish I say this was the case with all dogs but it’s not and some breeds, like the Bull Terrier, are a lot more stubborn and have the will power, drive, and force to continue the habit of pulling with extreme power while on a lead. Normal collars and harnesses are excellent for dogs that may not have the overly excited will to pull with all their strength and determination when on a lead. An owner with a mild-mannered dog may be quick to say they trained their dog to stop pulling by using a harness or normal collar. That is wonderful but their means of training a different dog may have proven to be unsuccessful and the dog may simply develop a worse habit of pulling knowing he or she can get away with it.

A popular photo which gets circulated all over the internet by those who are against the Prong Collar is the one that depicts a dog with serious injury to its neck from the prongs digging into the skin and leaving lacerations around the entire neck. The exposure of this photo is to project the idea that the use of this collar caused this injury when in fact it’s far from true. The prongs will NOT cut into the dog’s neck from proper use as they are not sharp enough to do so. What this photo illustrates is a neglected dog that was obviously left outside somewhere for many weeks where the dog outgrew the collar which was left on him and unfortunately grew into his neck. So as the dog grew and its neck widened it became tighter and tighter on the dog thus causing the prongs to embed into the neck. Sadly this exact thing happens with all kinds of collars and some require medical attention in order to cut the collars off these dogs in order to remove the collar which has embedded deep into their neck causing a lot of injury. I’ve also seen photos of harnesses which were left on dogs that quickly grew and caused the harness to dig deeply into their skin. This is pure neglect from irresponsible owners but let’s not be ignorant to the truth of the injuries when we see photos like the one I have posted here.

There are some countries that have banned Prong Collars simply due to the ridicule the collar has received by pet owners too stubborn to educate themselves with the safety and effective use of the collar. It’s a shame too because there have been thousands of happy dog owners that have used this collar to train their dog to stop pulling while on a lead. Many owners only required to use the Prong Collar for a short duration of time due to how effective the training worked and the success it earned by teaching the dog not to pull.

Please understand that I am NOT trying to suggest that ALL dog owners are in need of using this collar to train their dog. There are many alternative and excellent methods used for training a dog to stop pulling while on a lead. However, I feel that it’s important for people to know the truth about an effective and safe training aid for a dog that may have an above average desire to pull while on a lead.

In the event that you wish to use the prong collar to train your dog to stop pulling but do not wish to deal with the dirty looks and scorn from uneducated and ignorant people who may falsely judge the love and dedication you provide your dog there is a Prong Collar made by a company which fashions these training collars to appear as normal collars. These collars would probably receive praise by those that would normally rebuke the use of a prong collar. After all, those that scorn the use of prong collars have no knowledge on their use, function, and safety and are solely basing their disgust on appearance and assumption only. Here’s the link to a more fashion orientated and better appearing Prong Collar –

For those who truly care about the welfare of all dogs I encourage you to watch the following video on this collar so you can be rest assured as to the training benefits as well as safety. I may not use this collar on my bullies but I certainly won’t condemn a product I have researched and studied. I know many have had great success with this training collar. For those that don’t like the collar, well don’t use it with your dog but don’t criticize a product that may be a lot safer than the collar YOUR dog is currently wearing.