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  1. #21
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    I have to disagree that a prong collar is a lazy method of training. I have never had problems training any dog that I have owned up until now, which is what brought me to this post. A year after taking in a 18 month old dog, I am still struggling with her to walk on a lead properly and obey simple commands. After an extremely frustrating situation yesterday, I am now looking for a trainer to help. And if all else fails, I would seriously consider a prong collar. I have seen them used by Cesar Millan and I believe as he says, if used correctly they can be a saviour.

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    Karlbarl

    Have you tried a front attach harness like one of these
    Softouch Concepts, Inc Homepage

    A prong collar may achieve what you want - but you need to be trained how to do "escape training" first ie teach the dog what to do - in an environment with no distractions - what it needs to do in order to relieve the pressure of a prong collar.

    So you still need to find training help. I would recommend contacting
    Steve at K9 Pro The K9 Professionals; Dog Training and Behaviour Site and asking him to recommend someone in your area to help.

    Personally I believe Cesar Milan has done a lot of harm to the world of dog training because his methods are not suitable for pet owners to try without supervision from trained and experienced dog trainers. Copying what he does often gets people bitten and nice dogs traumatised.

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    I have used one short term on a full grown male Rescue Nefwfie who was bombastic and pulled everyone over. We tried all different methods on him first and his next stop was PTS.........He was an 80kg untrained who just would not do rewards and was impossible in the front fitting harness and the check chain.
    We re-trained him and he now goes well in martingale collar at his new home. I feel they have a purpose and are a good training tool. We were taught how to use one a few years ago. I feel both hubby and I have the timing required for it's use. just like a check-chain need feel and timing. But we ride and train horses and that teaches you timing.
    But I would never like to see a check-chain or a prong in untrained hands.
    Pets are forever

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    Thanks Hyacinth! I haven't seen front attach harnesses before, so it's definately worth a try. I spoke to my husband and as soon as the weather dries, I will be getting her a trainer. She has come so far in the year or so we've had her. I'm proud of her progress.

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