Prong Collar Training
The Loose Leash Walking Game
Are you struggling to walk your dog on a loose leash? Are you unsure of prong collars and how to train with them? If so…you’re in the right place!
In this YouTube video, I’m going to teach you how to use a prong collar (also known as a pinch collar) in a loose leash walking game! This prong collar training will show you how to get your dog to stop pulling. It can be a controversial training tool but when used correctly, the pinch collar is perfect for DIY dog training and structured walks.
While this tool is not for every circumstance, you can use the pinch collar to motivate response and reward the desired behaviour of paying attention to you and walking with a loose leash.
The prong collar can be used as another effective training tool for many dogs as it will stop leash pulling while you turn your walks into a loose leash walking game. I will show you how to properly use a prong collar in a safe and even fun way. Your dog will actually enjoy the walk and won’t want to pull on a leash ever again with some training! I do not suggest this tool be used on a very reactive aggressive dog as a first step OR young pups that don’t have a solid foundation with positive training first.
Learn how to make a game out of keeping a loose leash in this pinch collar training session.
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When introduced properly, a pinch collar as a training tool can maintain that excited, happy attitude in your dog even while changing the behaviours by getting the dog to think.
For the least amount of stress, you must begin training in a controlled environment. Over time, you can add more distractions, but I will tell you when you’re making him grow to be stronger, he’ll work through new stressors and become better. Think of it this way, if we never experience any stress or pressure in our lives, and then all of a sudden there’s a bunch you won’t handle well, and you may even shut down. We don’t that to happen in dog training. That’s the problem with the pressure, but it’s not the tools…it’s the way we use them.
- The prong collar (sometimes known as a pinch collar), evenly distributes the pressure all the way around the dog’s neck and it doesn’t choke. It’s not designed to choke. For dogs that have a sensitive trachea, it’s actually good because it keeps the pressure away from the trachea.
- When you put it on the dog, you’ll notice a ring stopper that stops this from going any tighter once it’s fit properly. So when you pull it, it can’t get it any tighter. It is never designed to be tight all the time.
- So we want this pinch collar to have a meaning we don’t want him to be numb to it where he pulls and doesn’t care, but we don’t want him to be nervous or scared or shut down by using it either.
- If the leash is tight at even low levels for long, long periods of time; weeks and weeks he’ll get used to it and he will become desensitized. You’ll make him tough to the collar and it won’t be as effective.
- You’re going to do two things. You will be allowing pressure (from collar) and when the dog yields you’ll release the pressure. So the concept is: “pressure and release.”
- As soon as the dog turns away from the pressure and looks at you say, “BREAK” and move backward as you prepare to offer food reward.
- As soon as the dog reaches you, pay him with a handful of food. Ideally, this is a portion of his daily food allowance. Build his food drive and use his food in training to create a happy, satisfied dog.
- Now here’s the rule: When the pinch goes on to the dog, you must maintain a loose leash.
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