Prong Collars are a great tool, but in our opinion … overused or used for the wrong reason. A lot of people … even trainers will throw a prong collar on a dog and start wrenching away at the dogs neck. The Prong Collar or German Pinch Collar is a next level of stimulation. We consider it to be one level above the choke chain, even 5 levels above if used in the wrong manner. Like the choke chain, the pinch collar is designed to simulate a more aggressive bite, from a dog. A lot of people believe the prongs are designed to jab the dog, when in fact, they are designed to pinch the skin. Using a prong collar allows the handler the ability to provide a strong correction, with minimal leash force.

 

Prong Collar Use (House Pet)

  • Hardcore dogs with a higher pain tolerance
  • For those who don’t have the ability to throw a quick leash correction
  • Bigger Dogs, Smaller Handlers

 

A lot of people use the prong collar incorrectly. The prong collar, like the choke chain should have a bit of snap to the action in a correction. Pulling a prong collar, does tend to drive the prong into the skin, whereas a snap, will cause the action of the collar to close the prongs onto the prong set next in line. This will cause the prongs to pinch the skin. Even trainers over use these types of training collars. Many times, trainers want to jump right to the higher level of stimulation. We believe that many times, when a trainer jumps right to this level of stimulation, they are lacking in ability or skill. If you know what you are doing, you rarely need this level of stimulation.

 

What Size Prong Collar do I use?

When sizing a prong collar to fit your dog, the collar should lay in a relaxed state around the dogs neck. Once on, the collar should not be so tight, as to make the tips of the prongs remain on the dogs neck in an erect state. If a prong collar is too tight, the action will not work properly and you won’t have the ability to work the collar in the way it was designed to work. There needs to be a bit of slack when the collar is on. It should lay in a relaxed state, but change to a tighter, more erect state when snapped.

 

Leaving a Prong Collar on all the time

It is not a good idea to leave a prong collar on your dog, all the time. For one … it would be very uncomfortable for your dog. This can cause a dog to scratch, to the point that they scratch themselves raw or cause the prong to rub the skin raw. Either situation can cause irritation, eventually leading into either sores or infection.

 

Do I remove the Rubber Tips?

Yes … The rubber tips on the end of each prong are to be removed. These rubber tips are simply added to the prong for shipping, handling and store display. It is part of the packaging. We see all the time, people leave the rubber tips attached to the prongs. When asked why, many say they thought it was to protect the dogs neck.