Adam shows how to properly fit your dog’s prong training collar. (Also frequently called a “pinch collar”).
jvolk0122 writes to me, asking about the pinch collar: Hi I adopted a lhasa apso terrior mix which is about 20 pounds and have started to train her. I have a pinch collar and have it fitted correctly. The problem is that I think it may be to aggressive for her. When I give a pop she yelps the first couple of times and listens well. After the first couple of times she starts to get really submissive by rolling on her back, peeing, and laying down not making eye contact. When this happens I am Read more [...]
JoyceAnn writes to me: We have two Havanese puppies. The oldest is five months. She, Bonnie, is a wonderful puppy, but I am having difficulty getting her to walk on a loose leash. Is she too young to use a pinch collar? Our male, Clyde, is 3 weeks younger. He is more relaxed and will often just lay down when he doesn’t want to walk. What age is okay to use the pinch collar? Adam replies: Hi, Joyce: Typically, around 4 months of age. When you see the adult teeth start to come in. I think Read more [...]
1.) The pinch collar was designed to replace the choke collar. About the only thing that the choke collar has “over” the pinch collar is that it has been in the public eye for the last 20 years and is now widely accepted. The pinch collar, in contrast, is relatively new to the public. When people first see it, they think it is some kind of cruel Nazi torture device. Instead of seeing prongs, they see spikes. The immediately form a rash judgement and refuse to look into the behavior benefits and Read more [...]
Keith writes: We have a 3 month-old Labrador Retriever (Shadow) that is naturally a bundle of energy. We have really learned a lot from your book/tapes. We have started using a prong collar on a limited basis and she responds pretty well except when we try to walk her. I have listened to your tape and read the section of your book on training to walk on a loose leash but shadow doesn’t understand her part of the plan. Instead of walking she just sits or lays on the ground. I tried to give her a Read more [...]
Buster writes: I tried the pinch collar on my Westie a few days ago and he freaked out. He hated it, would not move and let out a little cry like he was in pain. Now I am afraid to try it again. Could he be too sensitive for this pinch collar? It was not too tight. After his initial reaction, he then began to skulk around next to me. At the time, I was with 2 trainers who teach in a dog training club I joined. They recommended the prong collar to me. They said he would get used to it. Any advice? Read more [...]
A reader asks: Have you ever done any research on the origin of the prong collar and it’s original use? Also, I’ve heard it used in different ways, for example, leash getting hooked to one ring or both rings of the pinch collar? Which information are you privy to and what technique do you use? I’m always open to learning true information. Thanks for your time, Jag Dear Jag: I do not know the history of the pinch collar. It’s a good question. If I learn anything about it, I’ll write about it here, Read more [...]