If you are reading this then you most likely have a Labrador Retriever that loves to pull your arm out of its socket when you are walking him/her on a leash. So many dog owners email me questions about how to control this unruly behavior during walks and the advice given truly depends on their situation as each Labrador Retriever is different. However, for our own dogs, we proudly use the quick release prong collars for dogs during walks and training.
Now, you may be one of those people that believe that prong collars hurt dogs or can cause permanent damage to their beloved canine companion. This misconception is due to so many dog owners using the prong collar incorrectly or human being fearful just because of the look. Thanks to a avid Lab Brats Dog Blog reader, I have a great suggestion for you to test out dog prong collars before placing them on your pup. Ready?
Wear a pair of jeans to the pet supply store, wrap a prong dog collar around your leg and pull.
Does it hurt? Not in the least!
This is what it feels like for a large or giant breed dog. There is no pain. There is no damage to their windpipe. They are just corrected in a very humane way.
Try the prong for yourself; when you’ve exhausted all other dog collars (except chokers as they do damage the windpipe) and have read this guideline on the proper use of a prong collar on dogs. You will be amazed at how pleasant walks with your dog can be after all the time spent being dragged.
Remember though – prong collars are a training tool and should be NEVER be used as a form of punishment. Prong collars should NOT be left on your dog for long periods of time and should be properly fitted. NEVER leave your dog unattended while wearing a prong collar.