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How to use a Prong/pinch collar

Posted by on September 28, 2015

Collar lengths may be adjusted by adding or removing prongs. The collar should fit so that when tightened, the collar fits firmly around the dog’s neck. The correct position for a prong collar is to sit right behind the dog’s ears and under the jaw line.
Place the collar around your dog’s neck either by squeezing a prong and unhooking the collar or by using the quick release connector. Then put the collar around your dog’ neck and refasten it.
Once the collar is in place, rotate the collar so the rings are in the proper spot on the dog’s neck. This is usually on the right side of the back of the neck. Attach your leash to the live-ring of the collar.


Remove the collar the same way as you put it on. ALWAYS take off the collar when your dog is unattended, in a crate, or playing with other dogs.

The goal in training is for your dog to follow your voice command. If your dog fails to follow a command that he knows and understands then your dog needs to be corrected. It is important to be able to use your voice as a correction. Using a word such as “NO” as a means of communicating with your dog can become a tool to shape your dog’s behavior in the learning phase of training. It can also become a powerful correction that your dog respects and listens to. Without sounding angry, a simple “NO” should be said in firm (not loud or mad) voice. A voice correction should always be given before a collar correction. Consistency in training is important. When your dog first refuses a command, simply give your voice correction (NO!) followed by a collar correction or leash pop that is appropriate for your dog’s temperament. Some dogs will need a light leash pop while others will need a stronger leash pop. For the correction to be effective, your dog must associate the correction with what he did wrong. The rule of thumb is that a correction should come within a 1 ½ seconds of your dog’s mistake.

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