The prong collar has had a fair share of publicity and reviews, some good and some bad. Having two German Shepherd Dogs of my own, I had the problem of them both wanting to pull my arm off when taking them for walks. I tried using positive training methods using treats to teach them the heal command but with no success, they were just too hyper and wanted to go everywhere except the direction I wanted them to go.
I searched youtube for some help on getting my dogs to walk along side of me, and came across one or two promoting the prong collar. I didn’t like the look of it and have heard that it is not a good product, but watching some videos I couldn’t believe this thing works as well as the video showed. At this point I also want to say that this product could be misused, and that is the worry of many comments on some of the videos I watched.
I decided to purchase one of these prong collars, and opted to go for the best one out there, which is german made I believe. Having said that, I thought I would give it a try and if I still didn’t like the idea then I could get a refund and send the thing back. Once it arrived I read the instructions carefully, many times so I wouldn’t get anything wrong, because it does actually look like an ancient torture device.
Once putting on one of my GSD’s I could not believe the results, my first dog was walking next to me within two minutes, and the collar didn’t bother him at all. It seems to work by the fact that the prong gently apply pressure if he pulls and stops, he doesn’t keep pulling because he would get hurt and he realizes this, so he just walks to however close you hold the leash. I decided to try it on my second GSD and again, to my surprise, he was walking by my side on the first attempt, amazing.
This is probably the first product that I’ve bought that actually does what its supposed to do. I don’t recommend this product unless you have a dog that you cannot get to heal trying all the other tested training methods. It does work, at least I’ve seen it work on many videos, and it worked excellent on my two dogs, but like I said, if not used correctly it can be abused or misused.
I am not sponsored by the makers or manufacturers of this product, it is just something I decided to try and so I thought I would share my findings. I will put a link up later to where you can buy one of these if you feel you need to try it out for yourself. It is a great product that, if used correctly, does exactly what it is supposed to do, but please try other methods first, and it is definitely not recommended for smaller dogs.