Dog Training Collars: Using Metal Prong Collars

Metal prong collars are special type of dog collars that dog owners use for effective dog training. These collars, made of a series of chain links that are fitted on a dog’s neck, replicate an alpha dog’s behavior to show dominance over his pack. An alpha dog sinks its teeth against the neck of a pack member whenever the latter disobeys. Metal prong collars give the same effect.

Training Dogs with Metal Prong Collars

Metal prong collars, like some dog training collars, work by creating an unpleasantness that dogs dislike. This allows the dog owner to train the dog by jerking the collar every time the dog displays any bad behavior. The unpleasant feeling that the collar creates programs the dog to act in a way that does not cause the collar to constrict. Dogs react to stimuli much like people react when something causes them pain. This cause and effect theory is the reason behind the invention of this dog training tool.

Fitting a Metal Prong Collar

A metal prong collar may hurt a dog if it wasn’t measured and fit in properly. Below are steps on how to fit a prong collar correctly.  For this purpose, you need a measuring tape to measure the size of a dog’s neck.

Step 1. Measure the Dog’s Neck

Measure your dog’s neck size using a measuring tape. While ordinary dog collars can be ordered depending on the dog’s neck circumference, prong collars can be ordered in three different sizes: small, medium and large. Choose the right size according to the dog’s neck measurement.

Step 2. Fit in the Prong Collar

Unhook one end of a link in order to have the collar in a straight line. Fit the collar into the dog’s neck. Make sure it is placed above the dog’s regular flat buckle collar. The flat buckle collar keeps the prong collar from falling low on the neck of the dog. Place the collar in a way that it is located just below the dog’s jaw line and just behind his ears. Hook the other end of the link to form a circle. Make sure that the collar is not too loose to allow the dog to go free. Nevertheless, it should not be so tight also as it may be painful for the dog. Metal prong collars should not be fitted with the prongs turned inside out. Doing so may cause injury to the dog.

Step 3. Attach the Leash

There is a hook on the collar that can be attached to a leash. Attach the leash to the prong collar and to the flat buckle collar as well for added security. Although prong collars work well even without a flat buckle collar for support, it is best to use both. Some dogs can set themselves free from the prong collar by shaking their heads. A secondary collar is sometimes necessary.

Every two weeks, check the attached metal prong collar. Ensure that the collar remains fitted on the dog’s neck; not too tight nor loose. If the dog had grown tall or had increased in weight and size, it means it is time to replace it with a collar one size bigger.