Rethinking Prong Collars -- Not Mr Vick Not Pet Edge

 |  Sep 27th 2007  |   20 Contributions


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If you, like me, are concerned about the use of prong collars, then check out this new blog -- Not Mr Vick Not Pet Edge. Okay, the name is a bit strange but the reason for the blog is a good one.

I know many trainers and others use prong collars on large dogs with the idea that the added pain will help the handlers control the dogs. Unfortunately, that's just not usually the case. Instead, prong collars can cause permanent and painful damage to canine necks by chipping vertabrae. As someone who has lived with large dogs most of my life, I can tell you that when large dogs become excited they are very unlikely to notice the pinching of a prong collar until they are being permanently injured.

Why? Because most prong collars end up on the lower part of dogs' necks. If the collar is at the base of the neck, the handler really does not have control over the dog's head, which means he does not have physical control over the dog.

I wish the site offered some options to prong collars. Just telling people NOT to do something is not nearly as effective as giving them options for change.

So if you have a large dog with control issues, please look at some other options such as Gentle Leaders and check out this new site.

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