Prong (Pinch) Collar
One of the first controversial pieces of equipment
in this section, this german collar is very
popular with Schutzhund trainers. Without getting
heavily in to the pros and cons which you will
find on other sites, I personally have found
a prong collar to be an invaluable tool when
walking dogs, a prong will stop any lunging
and pulling behavior. I call it my "power
steering"! It does not need to be used
roughly to effect a response, and is a useful
correction tool when the dog is high in drive;
in protection for instance. In order to work
effectively, it must be fitted correctly, enough
links should be removed that it sits snuggly
the ears. It is also worth knowing that the
smaller the links, the harsher the correction.
Big dogs do not necessarily equal big links.
But the bigger links should be used first, usually
a medium or large prong is a good size for a
German Shepherd. You can move to the smaller
links if the dog does not respond in the desired
manner. The only problem with the larger links
is getting the length absolutely right.
As far as when and how to use a prong and the best size for your dog,
ideally an experienced trainer should be consulted. They can show you far more easily than words can explain
and they can also tailor the use to the temperament of your dog.
How to fit a Prong Collar
To open a prong, ready for fitting, hold adjacent links in each hand and pull upwards on the link with the prongs.
To fit a prong, squeeze a link near the prong end and insert the two prongs into the adjacent prongs loops. This can require
good finger and thumb strength with the larger collars. Some collars come with a quick release clip next to the swivel ring.
Care must be taken to ensure this is fully shut so the collar does not come off in work.
The prong should be fitted high on the neck. It should fit snug enough to stay in this position. Some
links may need to be added or removed for this. My 70lb GSD wears 8 medium links.
The prong collar can be used by attaching the leash to both large rings on the chain. One of these is
usually a swivel ring. Using the prong this way, means that it does not tighten and exerts most pressure
to the front of the neck.
The leash can also be attached to just the swivel ring. This allows the prong to tighten when the leash is
pulled and exerts most pressure on the back of the neck at the first prongs on the dogs neck after the chain.
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