I am strongly against using prong, choker, and shock collars. I have volunteered for pit bull rescues for the last three years and have ‘owned’ two pit bulls. Some pit bull rescues are advocates of prong collars and say this is the only way to train these dogs. I disagree. Professional dog trainers usually work with dog rescues that tell rescues how to train dogs and that’s where the rescue gets the idea that this is right. It is mandatory for anyone handling these dogs to use these types of collars.
I have talked to several professional dog trainers that say this is THE collar to use and others like Victoria Stilwell who are strongly against them. I do not believe these are OK for any dog, no matter what breed or size. Dog rescues tell me it does not hurt the dog. Yes it does! It causes pain. I have used these collars in the past, before I was educated. I have never seen a dog stop pulling using one of these collars. The purpose of these collars is to cause the dog pain so he stops pulling on the leash. The more the dog pulls the tighter the collar and more pressure on the dog’s trachea. I have never used a shock collar.
I wish these types of collars were not made period! A dog ‘owner’ once told me there is a correct way to use prong and choker collars. Really?! Even if this was true, I said what about the people who use them improperly. No answer for that. Anyone can go into their local pet store or online and purchase these.
The average pet owner will do and use what professionals tell them. That does not mean it is right or pain-free. I am not a professional dog trainer, but I do know what pain is!
Check out this short video by Victoria Stilwell about these types of collars and the damage they really cause to your dog.
Published on Aug 16, 2012
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While there are many great options for collars to train your dog to walk, there are also many bad collar choices as well. At the very least, bad collars are really ineffective for training your dog. But more often than not, bad collars can seriously hurt your dog, causing physical and psychological injury. Today, I’m going to talk to you about which collars are bad and how these should never, ever be used. I’m also going to talk to you about which collars are really good and effective for positive training of your dog.
In Teacher’s Pet, Victoria Stilwell shows you how to employ her Positively Method to train your dog the right way, growing your level of communication to strengthen the bond between you and your pet.
Have a question for Victoria? She’ll be checking in regularly, so be sure to leave your comments and questions below.
Victoria Stilwell is widely known as a dog trainer, author, and television presenter. Stilwell served as a judge on the CBS show Greatest American Dog and is best known as the host of the Animal Planet dog training TV show It’s Me or the Dog, where she counsels families with problem pets and solves their dogs’ behavior problems. In 2010, she launched Positively, the world’s first global network of hand-picked world-class dog trainers dedicated to providing the public a brand name they can trust in humane, force-free training.
More tips from Victoria: http://positively.com
Find a Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer: http://positively.com/trainers
Disclaimer: Do not expect the same results with your own pet when watching It’s Me or the Dog or any dog training show. This is a 30 minute show that does not show you everything. One local dog trainer I spoke to that has trained for over 20 years does not like any dog training shows for this reason. Let me say, I am a fan of Victoria Stilwell’s philosophy.
- Shock Collars: Necessary or Not? (smartdog.typepad.com)
- Victoria Stilwell on training dogs: Stay positive (miamiherald.com)