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Old 08-02-2006, 06:29 PM
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Hi everybody I am new to the forum and wondered what you guys think of Prong collars and Martingale Collars. I am thinking of getting a martingale collar for Lizzie my bc mix. Thanks!
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Hi Welcome to Chaz. whats Prong collars? and Martingale?
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Old 08-02-2006, 06:30 PM
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Hi everybody I am new to the forum and wondered what you guys think of Prong collars and Martingale Collars. I am thinking of getting a martingale collar for Lizzie my bc mix. Thanks!
It depends on why you need a special collar? What behavior are you trying to address with a control collar? Oh, and welcome!
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Old 08-02-2006, 06:45 PM
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Hey there- welcome to the forum!

I use a martingale on my Shiba bitch. Most people in Shibas reccommend that you walk them on a martingale because their uniquely "bullet-shaped" head allows them to back out of a collar only too easily. And once a Shiba has slipped it's collar....well, good luck catching her! (As a breed, Shibas are known to be absolutely HORRENDOUS when it comes to recall).

All it took was one nerve-racking experience with my first Shiba boy- and I bought a martingale the next day.

Suzanne- a martingale is very similar to a regular flat nylong buckle collar, except in this case it slips over the dog's head instead of buckling. It has an extra loop of material on which the d-ring is connected to that allows it to tighten slightly so that the animal can't "back out" of the collar.

Prong collars are metal training collars (vaguely similar to a choke chain) that have an even distribution of prongs all the way around. These apply even pressure on the dog's neck if it pulls. A lot of people use them with dogs that are difficult to control when walking.

I would advocate spending some more time training a dog to walk appropriately on lead than using a prong collar, which is more of a "band-aid" than a solution. I have seen some cases with rescue dogs that were completely out of control where the use of one was necessary. These were animals that were nearly impossible to walk, and a solution was needed *immediately.* I wouldn't want to walk a dog on a prong for any extended period of time, however.
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Old 08-02-2006, 07:01 PM
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Well my bc pulls some on a regular collar so right now I have a gentle leader harness but it is not giving her any type of correction for pulling. When she has a buckle collar on and she pulls so she it starts to ckoke her but it seems to have no effect on her so she will keep pulling. She also goes crazy when she sees this one dog outside and will not stop crying and pulling. What should I do?
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Old 08-02-2006, 07:09 PM
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I don't think a change of collar will help at this point. Training collars can help, but only if you know how to use them to help teach your dog. Try searching the forum for information about walking on leash. There's a lot of good info on how to teach a dog to behave on leash. You may find that a special collar is not necessary.
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Old 08-02-2006, 10:54 PM
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Thanks Gempress!!!! I will do just that!!!! What do you guys think of the Gentle Leader Harness? Which is better a Martingale or Gentle Leader Harness for a dog that likes to pull when other dogs are around?
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Old 08-02-2006, 11:20 PM
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Hmm, tough one.

I think a martingle collar gives you more direct control over the dog. However, it doesn't necessarily do much to stop pulling (depending on the dog).

A Gentle Leader Harness makes it very difficult for a dog to pull. I've never used one, but it looks like the downside is that it actually gives you less direct control. For example, I think it would be difficult to keep your dog in a heel position with the harness.

But overall, I do think the harness is the better of the two options.
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