Dog Freaked Out Over Pinch Collar

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? Is there a way to ease him into it? – Buster.

Dear Buster: Yes… if you’ve got it sized correctly, what’s happening here is that your dog is manipulating you. He throws a tantrum and YOU RESPONDED TO IT AND STOPPED. He’s training you. Next time, glue the leash to your belt buckle and just keep walking. Don’t jerk it. Don’t say anything. Don’t coax or baby him. As soon as he learns that you aren’t going to stop (may be a bit now that you’ve already showed him you’ll stop) he’ll realize that the tantrum doesn’t get rewarded and he’ll start walking. As soon as he does, PRAISE HIM… BUT CONTINUE WALKING WHILE YOU DO!