The prong collar invokes all types of feelings in people and some are not necessarily good feelings. I must admit, I was one of those people who were 100% against using a prong collar. Why? Because I had seen some of the horror associated with one and assumed that the majority of those injuries were caused by the collar. What I did not realize at the time was that it was caused by the person using the collar, and not the collar itself. Yes, that is correct, the collar itself should never cause injuries to your dogs neck when used properly.
As seen in the picture, a prong collar is a series of chain links with blunted ends turned towards the dogs neck. The collar is designed to stop the dog from pulling by applying pressure at each of the points along the dogs neck.
When worn correctly, the prong collar should be placed high on the dog’s neck, just behind the ears at the most sensitive point. When using a prong collar, it is wise to have a back up collar in place on the dog connected to the prong and the leash. The prong collar links can pop out with a correction or even sometimes if the dog shakes it’s head. This will enable you to still have control over your dog.