Friday, April 27, 2018

Why This Veterinarian Hates Prong (aka “Pinch”) Collars

By Dr. Patty Khuly VMD

Being a veterinarian means I’m in an ideal setting to survey my clients’ slant on managing their dogs’ behavior. And nowhere does a dog owner’s approach to training seem more readily on display than when his dog is decked out in a prong collar.

Typically, these owners believe they need an aversive collar to control a big or strong dog, especially one who pulls on the leash. Alternatively, other owners just seem to like the testosterone-infused "flash factor" that prong collars and spiked collars tend to evoke. In either case, prong collars are usually completely unnecessary. I mean, why use a jackhammer when a shovel will do? Read the entire article

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