Re: Collar or harness?
posted at 8/4/2010 12:21 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Collar or harness?
[QUOTE]Hello again, all and thanks for your input. I'm glad that prong collars have worked for some of you but its just not an option for me, personally. I consulted with our vet over the collar v. harness issue and she also recommended using the harness more than the collar, like many of you said, based on his breed, personality, lifestyle and health history. FWIW, he's small and will stay small - probably only about 30 pounds full grown so its defintiely not a "control" issue. My overriding concern, as always, is to do what is in my little friend's best interests. (ETA - including making him a little uncomfortable in training if that's what it takes to make him a well mannered puppy)
Posted by Novembride[/QUOTE]
No offense, but my experience with Vets is that they don't know much about training or food for that matter. Ask a trainer what they think.
My guys weigh 22 and 18 lbs.
The way the prong collar works is that it puts equal amount of tension around the neck. The size can be modified to limit the amount of tension. It can be set up in a way that the diameter can "collapse" by a very small amount to a lot. And how hard you tug on the leash also has an impact. But is is much, much safer that a choke chain that can seriously injure a dog, not to mention can be infective if not positioned correctly. The prong collar is intended to mimic the way the mother would correct the dog.
I've seen the prong collar used on American Bulldogs, Jack Russells, French Bulldogs, min pins, etc. It's not the size of the dog or its temperament that plays any role.
I would go to a a pet store. Put the collar around your leg or arm and pull on it to see what it's like. That's what I did.
My dogs hate the gentle lead. They see me pull that out and they hide. But when they see me pull out the prong collar, they don't have any reaction. They actually stand still and stretch out their necks to make it easier for me to put it on.
I don't like harnesses because you can't actually use it to correct them. The goal, in my mind, is for the dog to be able to walk by the walker's side without a leash and that requires corrections and rewards. If you happen to drop your lead, your dog should still stop when you stop.
Just because a person is a vet doesn't mean they know anything about dog training. They aren't any more likely to understand dog training than a plumber or someone in any other profession.