Gentle Leader vs. Prong Collar vs. Easy Walk Harness

There’s no training collar that works best for every dog, and that’s what I’m getting at with this post.

Heck, there’s not even a collar that works best for one dog in all situations!

Walking my dog downtown while carrying a coffee and shopping bags is way different than walking him in a quiet nature preserve, for example.

So in this post, I’m explaining what I like and don’t like about the three tools I’ve used while walking my 13-month-old weimaraner pup Remy:

Gentle Leader vs prong collar vs Easy Walk harness

Prong collar vs. Easy Walk harness

Which one is best?

In case you haven’t figured it out, no tool is perfect.

Truth is, my puppy pulls no matter what and it’s a work in progress, always.

Limiting a dog’s pulling takes time. It’s really about patience, training, consistency and finding whatever tool helps you MANGAGE your dog while keeping everyone safe.

I can only tell you which collars are best for my particular dogs.

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So which collar is best for Remy?

I actually like the Gentle Leader best for the largest variety of dogs (I’m a dog walker and rescue volunteer).

That being said, the Gentle Leader is the worst of the three tools for Remy. For him, it’s a tie between the prong collar and the Easy Walk harness. I haven’t decided which is best so I rotate between them depending on what we’re doing. See below.

The Gentle Leader

I love the Gentle Leader but it does not work well for my dog Remy.

The Gentle Leader fits over the dog’s muzzle (similar to a horse halter). When the dog pulls, the collar is designed to gently pull the dog’s muzzle and head to the side.

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Gentle Leader

The Gentle Leader works so well for a lot of dogs and it’s my top recommendation. I’ve used it on probably 100 dogs by now.

However, it’s not so good for Remy.

Remy closes his mouth (avoids panting), puts his head low and to the side and pulls HARD against it the entire walk. This causes the fabric to rub under his eyes, making the skin raw and his eyes bug out. It hurts him. And after a half-hour he’s nearly having a heat stroke from not panting.

When we pass people, he paws at his muzzle frantically and stands on his hind legs causing people to stop and other dogs to react.

It frustrates and embarrasses me, and Remy is also frustrated.

So, not a good fit.

I keep trying it hoping it will get better, but it’s usually pretty frustrating.

The prong collar

A prong collar is a chain collar with flat “prongs” around it that put gentle pressure on the dog’s neck when he pulls. The prong collar is limited in how far it can tighten. (It’s a martingale collar.)

prong collar vs. Easy Walk harness

People really tend to panic when I even mention the word prong collar, leaving my blog in a huff. (So, please don’t do that.)

So I have to ask, do people think prong collars are “spiked” or sharp on the ends? Because they’re FLAT.

I switched Remy to the prong collar when he was 5 months old, so we’ve been using it on and off for about 8 months.

It’s like night and day.

He’s so much happier with it and he no longer “bucks” or paws at his face. I have the most control over him than any other tool, and it’s important to have control over a boisterous, adolescent weimaraner. He’s only going to get larger and stronger.

But the prong collar is not perfect.

Remy still pulls while wearing it, and I don’t like that there’s almost constant pressure on his neck.

So that’s why I tried the Easy Walk harness …

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Easy Walk no-pull harness

The Easy Walk harness is a nylon harness that limits the effects of a dog’s pulling because the leash clips to the chest and tightens the harness around the dog’s chest and shoulders when he pulls. It gently pulls him to the side and makes pulling uncomfortable.

I bought a large, so Remy’s was still a little loose on him in these pictures, but not for long!

Easy walk harness vs prong collar

The Easy Walk harness seems to work pretty well for Remy. I like that it takes all the pressure off his neck. (Although, it does rub his skin raw under his arms. Sigh.)

Easy Walk no-pull harness

He still pulls while wearing it (of course), but it does make our walks more enjoyable and he seems happier too. The Easy Walk harness is more effective with Remy than I expected. There’s a reason you see so many people using them. They work!

My main problem with the harness is it still allows Remy the freedom to jump on people. He’s able to really LAUNCH HIMSELF at people while wearing it. Like, it seems to help him get AIR! Have you ever seen anything like it? Ha!

The prong collar works better for controlling him when he tries to jump.

Because of this, I tend to use the prong collar when I’m walking both my dogs together by myself because it gives me more control. On my longer strolls and hikes with Remy by himself, I tend to use the harness.

Let’s face it, the harness also give me a chance to sort of “check out” from training while still keeping my dog fairly controlled as long as no people are around. This is something we all need at times, adding to the popularity of this harness.

So what’s the verdict?

Well, I use the Gentle Leader for my Lab mix Ace. It works the best for him.

For Remy, I rotate between the prong collar and the Easy Walk harness AND the Gentle Leader. They all work … sort of.

There is no tool that works best for every dog in every situation!

I use three tools every day between my two dogs.

For quick potty breaks in our apartment, the prong collar works best for Remy because I can keep him under control around other dogs. I can stop him from jumping and wiggling around.

For longer walks around the neighborhood or hiking, the Easy Walk harness is best because if Remy’s going to be pulling it takes the pressure of his neck.

And for the walks where I take both dogs by myself, I prefer to have Remy on the prong collar.

It is challenging to wrangle two large dogs, pick up poop, carry the poop bags and maneuver around other residents.

It’s the worst when I’m obviously picking up poop and someone barges over with her dogs. “CAN WE SAY HI!”

Um … hi? No?

But still, I need to be able to control my dogs even if other people are being idiots. So, prong collar it is at times. Please don’t hate me.

No collar is perfect. No dog is perfect. I’m certainly not perfect!

What tool do you currently use the most for walking your dog?

Do you have any comments to add about any of these collars?

Let me know in the comments!

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45 thoughts on “Gentle Leader vs. Prong Collar vs. Easy Walk Harness”

  1. I have not used the prong collar on Willow yet, we do use the easy walk harness. It seems to work pretty good she does still pull some especially when we pass another dog. We do a lot of hiking and backpacking, we took her on her first hike we a few small obstacles last week. We were using the easy walk harness, one thing I noticed was it was interfering with her ability to climb and jump and this was frustrating to her. I think next time we will just try a regular harness for hikes like this.

  2. Faolan does best in an Easy Walk, but has gotten to the point that he is great with a flat collar for the most part. Neeko is the only of my three who tolerates a Gentle Leader. Bruce is uncontrollable without a prong. I wish I could say otherwise, but it’s true.

  3. For Allie, the Gentle Leader is the only thing that works. She’s insane and the Easy Walk did nothing to curb her pulling and neither did the Prong. In fact, with the Prong she still pulled like crazy that she had scabs on her neck that got infected. She was so good as a puppy but now she’s 120lbs of crazy.

  4. I’ve used a prong on my dog. I’ve been told by a trainer specializing in German Shepherds to NEVER use any type of halti on my dog. A big strong, fast-moving dog with a prey drive is susceptible to neck injuries if it tries to take off after an animal while wearing one of those. That’s not to say they don’t work for other dogs, but I don’t use one for that reason.

    1. Thanks for the tidbit! I just inherited a large 5year old male GSD. He is a very smart dog with minimal training previously. My husband can walk him on a chain collar (with some difficulty–the dog is still learning!), but he’s still too strong for me to feel comfortable. I was considering walking him on a prong collar for better control. Thank you for helping me with this choice!

      I used easywalk harness and gentle leader on our other dogs, until a trainer told us he preferred the chain collar training (this was for our standard poodle and newfie). The new GSD is much stronger than the two of them combined.

  5. Sometimes it feels like you have to try so many tools to find the best ones for each dog! I wish there was a rental system to try out or demo different products before committing to buy (like ski demo rentals but for dog gear).

    For under-arm chafing, I found short/thin coat dogs can do better with the freedom no-pull harness (which is more padded and lined) than the easy-walk.

    I also have found the halti better than the gentle leader for dogs prone to rubbing/chafing on the muzzle. Both the halti and the comfort trainer have side strap support, which can help for dogs who don’t do as well with the gentle leader. (It doesn’t save the pawing at it and face rubbing act, but because they can’t get the halti off that way, most dogs give up sooner and get used to it…eventually.).

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      Yes, agreed on the Halti. I don’t have one but have used them with other dogs I’ve walked. I’ve never used a Freedom harness.

  6. I have a very stubborn Chesapeake and the only thing that worked for him was a prong collar. The gentle leader was a joke……only irritated him and rubbed his nose raw. Before we even went to the gentle leader and prong I would walk him on just a regular collar with no control. He paid absolutely no attention to me. Found myself spinning in circles on the street trying to get his attention and I looked like a crazy person. ONE day with the prong collar and he was a changed dog!!

  7. So I found a replica of the easy walk harness at Walmart for $10 and what I love about it is the straps that go under the arms and rubbed my dog raw are cushioned with a soft fabric and I freaking love it!! That’s for my 36lb dog. My 71lb dog we use both gentle leader or prong. She walks great with a martingale or anything until she sees another dog, then she is so strong she can pull us down. We are using behavior modification training and it’s working but if a dog comes at her off lead, nothing will keep her and us or the other dog safe if she becomes fearful. She pulls even with a prong. Hopefully we turned a corner and she is feeling more secure as a dog but it has taken a lot of time and patience. I personally prefer the gentle leader but my husband feels she can rip it off if she gets worked up so he is more comfortable with the prong and a soft muzzle.

  8. Monica Schmuck

    I have two German Shepherds and for my female, I use a gentle leader and for my male, the prong collar. You are correct…these items are TOOLS. When used correctly (and with the right dog, as you showed above with Remy) are a good fit and assist in keeping the pup, and you, safe. Finding the right tool, and using it correctly, will make any outing more safe and enjoyable for all. Thanks for a great post.

  9. Currently I use a standard Martingale collar as Okami’s “main” collar because she has a tendency to try to pull out of normal collars. (she turns around and pulls backwards with her head towards what she is trying to get away from) and she has gotten out of normal collars. The one I am currently using is my second one, as she mostly wore out the brass D ring on the first one I had. (in about 9 months) its kind of like http://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiNgPzLv6DOAhUSwGMKHaxZAv4QjRwIBw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cozycritter.com%2Fmartinspecs.htm&psig=AFQjCNGgExH3N1aCrgYoeSnhBdRtBuSzIg&ust=1470150401320370
    except its black.
    The one I am currently is made from “web” material and was about $12 at a local pet boutique shop
    http://www.allnaturalpetsupply.com/ vs the one I got from petco which was a much heavier material that ended up being more problematic.

    with the Gentle Leader Okami doesn’t close her mouth and stop panting like it sounds like Remi does, What she does instead is she tips her head down, (snout pointed at the ground) and lines up so that (I am guessing) the force of the pull (at the base of the snout below her eyes) is more in line with her neck /spine then starts pulling (pushing) on the loop. then occasionally tries to pull it off with her “hands”/ front paws which doesn’t work now that I have it adjusted better.

    I haven’t tried a prong, or no pull harness, the prong because I don’t think it would work real well with her (typical) husky coat, and the other well because I haven’t tried it, partially because I am thinking of getting her an actual pulling harness and something (like a car tire or wagon) to pull around to maybe channel the whole pulling desire of hers into a “useful” outlet.

  10. I’ve tried them all! Rita is not much of a puller, but she can be reactive to certain other dogs. (Not all – but when she is reactive to one, man, she goes all Cujo! So I need to be able to control her.) We started with an Easy Walker, which worked great for my last dog who was not reactive at all, but was a BIG puller. I had no control over Rita when she got reactive in that thing. Plus, when she did, it would chaff at the front of her legs. After that, we tried a Gentle Leader. I spent 2 weeks slowly trying to get her used to it, but she still hated it. She would constantly try to get it off, and resist putting it on in the first place. Then I switched to a prong collar, which we used as a training tool for about a year. She got much better during that time. (Before, she was reactive to: gardeners, mopeds, bikes, loud trucks, etc., plus most dogs. After using the prong collar, she’s only reactive to certain dogs.) I was worried about using the prong collar since some folks react so negatively to them, but I put it on my own leg, high up on my thigh and pulled as hard as I could and it didn’t hurt. I know it didn’t hurt Rita, because she’s a drama queen, and if it did, she would have made her displeasure known – like she did for the Gentle Leader! With the prong collar, she would run over and shove her head into it, ready to go on her walk. No resisting it at all. We have since switched to a “2 Hounds Design” which is sort of like an Easy Walker but clips in the back and the front both. It works well, and I like that I can unclip one end and have a longer leash in certain circumstances.

  11. I have a 4yr old rescue folded retriever, when we walk he pulls me so try to walk in the middle of the street so that he doesn’t get near the grass,but when he sees,a deer he gets very annoyed and barks,crazy and will pull me bad. What should I use?

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      It really depends on your dog and what you’re comfortable with. When the dog is reacting to something (like deer) I find I don’t have as much control with the harness as I would with the Gentle Leader or prong collar so personally I would try one of those first. Which are you more comfortable with?

  12. I’m really glad the second harness I got was the Easy Walk since it’s been awesome. (the first one was a back clip harness that just encouraged more pulling) That sucks that it rubs his skin like that, and you’re not the first person I’ve heard mention that issue.

  13. I haven’t tried Link on a gentle leader. I don’t think his muzzle is long enough for him not to be able to slip it right off. It seems like the gentle leader is always either the best decision ever or the worst. Every dog I’ve ever seen on it seems to be very well-mannered or completely losing it from pure hatred of the thing. I tried two different front clip harnesses on Link. They both gave him welts under his arms, but I found that starting with short walks and gradually adding distance seems to have increased his tolerance and he no longer gets the welts. Haven’t tried a pinch, but I did try a chain training collar and it just didn’t phase him. It also gave him a welt. I guess my precious little flower is just sensitive, heh.

  14. I love our easy walk harness! But to be honest it made it easy for us to just ignore Ranger’s pulling instead of training him out of it. But on a rainy winter weekday after a long day of work, sometimes I just need to walk the dog and be done so I can get back to my cozy couch. It is one of those things that I just gave up on. He’s totally manageable on the easy walk, so I’m not about to fight the battle to get him to walk well on a regular flat collar…

  15. Thank you Lindsay for this great article. To be honest with you i haven’t thought about trying different leashes or collars with my dog, but after reading your article i will definitely give a try to other leashes or collars with my dog.

  16. OMG I own EVERY collar amd harness and head colalr known to man and Lager pulls on every single one! So frustrating. She too rubs the skin raw with the gentle leader, halti, holt…you name it, we make our neck pick like sausage with a prong collar and a regular harness forget about it! We just pull harder and do the snow plow version on those. I even have a no-pull harness and I just laugh…they have not met my dog. On a egular buckle collar I am afraid she is going to break her larynx/wind pipe 🙁 Have had her since 10-12 weeks she is 2 now and NOTHING helps. Can’t do the stop every time she pulls as it would take an hour to get down my drive way and I have not an hour for that nonsense. Looks like Lager = 1, mom = 0 but mom isn’t giving up! Not to mention we get over excited seeing other dogs and so we pull and yelp (or scream as I call it) trying to get to the other dog becuase all dogs were put on this earth for her to play with….*smh*. At least my other dog walks politely 🙂 Glad to see we are in good company with others in the pull arena!

    1. Has the dog gotten a clear correction with the prong? I first let the collar do the work with a verbal reminder, but if my dog didn’t self correct, I’d give a collar pop and verbal correction. *pop!* “I said HEEL.”

  17. Thank you for this great article. I have been reading your posts for over a year and have tried every collar for both my large rescue dogs. One is very prey driven and one is leash reactive to other dogs. We have been training since day one but still battle (I lose) when one sees a rabbit or the other sees a large dog. Your article gave me the courage to try the prong collar – I purchased the black Herm Sprenger martingale prong collars – WHAT A DIFFERENCE! The prong collar almost “self=corrects”. I rarely have to use a quick “pop” – it is as if all the training we have done is simply reinforced. Neither dog pulls and the reactive one is less interested in other dogs. And neither minds putting on the collar. Thank you again for pointing out that prong collars are not cruel but sometimes necessary! I love walking my dogs again.

  18. Bought an Easy Walk harness about 3 weeks ago. I almost took it back because I was convinced that it would be just one more ‘fail’ and reminder that my dog pulled because of me and he would be perfect with someone else! My dog is 7 and a 37-pound Retriever-mix and strong. We have tried lots of other options. I love the Easy Walk. I did start out really slowly-10 minute walk at first when I was fresh (therefore less likely to lose my patience). It has been life-changing. It’s fairly loose, so no chafing issues. I am so glad I tried it. Simon can still pull, but nothing like before!

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      Oh that’s good to hear! Nothing is perfect. Remy pulls with every tool I try as well. The fact that this is helping you gives me hope.

  19. Hope changes everything, doesn’t it? I appreciate the fact that you are open to various tools realizing that there is ‘no one size fits all’ for every situation. That is such a help to us who read your blog. Thank you.

  20. Prongs etc will appear to work, but you are leaning on the device rather than training your dog. A gentle leader will normally mask a dog’s behaviour, but you’ll never remove the need to use one. The only way is to train your dog. A flat collar and leash is all you need, plus time and dedication. You also need to look past all of the main stream garbage, food, clickers, quadrants etc etc. People are making nice money, but it is always the dog that takes the hit. If you are walking dogs for people, and these people do not train their dog, then I can see why you would use a device like a prong or leader, the dog gets walked and you get paid. BUT, if the dog is your own then you really need to see that you are reliant on the leader or prong if you use one, but never actually address the problems your dog has. There is a one size fits all, or should I say, one method fits all for every situation, but you, the owner have got to want to put in the time with your dog. I have a dog that is very high drive, far higher than anything normally seen. His line has is full of champion dogs for at least the past 5 generations. With this unfortunately comes ability to think, to push past devices. I as an owner was not ready for the challenges he brought. I’ve worked with several so called top level trainers, none of who could figure him out in so much as he would do everything they said, but nothing they wanted. So I was told on more than one occassion that my dog was the problem owing to him not responding to their methods. He is reactive to other dogs and animals, and through my lack of understanding he gained more and more control over situations, and also over me. BUT this has changed now, and is continuing to change everyday the more I work with him. My dog can sit, heel, wait, fetch, retrieve, cast, place etc etc, he could before I started working on his issues, and that was another problem. I had trained him everyday and the picture looked great, and because he was well trained, it made it more difficult to understand why for example, I would do retrieving with him. He would retrieve time and time again, then decide to not to and wander off. Or if something was more interesting I could not get him to listen, even though we might have just done 30 minutes training. Now I understand why, and I have gone back to basics, sit, heel etc, but using a method developed by a person who, over more than 20 years, studied dogs and developed an understanding of them that is so very profound, it isn’t until you work this method do you appreciate just how much more there are to dogs than we appreciate. I’m not here to advertise a new wonder method as it is not my place to do so. Also, to work this method you must want to do it, you must be able to look past the mainstream garbage, past the numerous tips/advice etc, and also accept that The Science of Dog Training is one of the biggest money making but also one of the most flawed things to ever enter the dog training world. The internet is riddled with dog experts, all of who can promise you miracles with your dog. Some of these experts even get TV shows…………………but remember, with TV shows the producers want excitement, want ratings, so you always appear to see a dog with issues, then the expert works their magic, and the dog is wonderful. You never need to use pain, violence to train your dog, nor do you need prongs, e collars, leaders etc, and above all never use food in training………………….yep you did hear correctly, never use food. This will, I know, cause issue with the clicker crew, the people who use food. BUT remember, a dog is born with basic instincts, as everything is. One such instinct is to eat. So yes, a food trainer can easily paint a picture of greatness using food as if a dog realises that if it sits it will get food then what is it going to do? But the dog’s motives are as rotten as the training method. Also, if something is more interesting than the food, the dog will invest in that. There are also other reasons not to use food, that was just a quick example. Sadly, people think they are doing what is right by rewarding a dog everytime it does something they want, when in reality they are causing longer term issues. A dog trainer should work with any dog, and any issue…………..how many food trainers will work with aggressive dogs, dogs with bite history etc. Any way, I have read a few article on your blog, you do have a desire for what is best for dogs, but have fallen into a few of the mainstream traps. I know this because I tried numerous different things with my dog. I’m not going to mention the name of the person I am now working with training my dog, it is not my place to do so, and this is your blog any way. I only happened upon your blog by chance, and I am not here to advertise anything. The method I am now working involves you surrendering a lot of what you thought you knew about dogs and their behaviour. But if you can, then you will enter into a whole new relationship with your dog you never knew existed, and you will be able to see things for how they really are, and how things align through nature. Believe me, this is not a weird method at all, but it teaches you things that make sense. A quick example before I wander off. My dog is reactive to cats, he would like nothng more than to chase them all over the place. He doesn’t want to hurt them, but will try his hardest to get to them. So, whenever we were out and he saw a cat whilst on the leash, he would go mad, pulling, barking, trying to get out of his collar, and obviously the cat would see this and run off. Never would a cat stick around. Since I started working this method, my dog is still reactive to cats, albeit not so much as before, and we are working through this. However, I no longer worry about encountering cats, I actually want to encounter them as it allows me to work with my dog. I now see and understand what is going on, and have the confidence to deal with it. Another thing that has changed is, when we do encounter a cat, the cat will now just carry on doing what it is doing. Yes my dog is still getting excited, but the cat knows now I am in control of the situation. Everything aligns through nature, and no this is not a new age hippy method lol, it is pure dog training, but training using a method that allows you to understand motives, why your dog is behaving in a certain way and removing/working through issues and resolving them, rather than click/treat, prong etc. I would point out something though, your artice here http://www.thatmutt.com/2015/12/06/when-to-euthanize-a-dog-that-bites-three-stories/ is an example of main stream failure. A dog is, on the whole, just a dog. People get it wrong. Stories like this can be avoided if you understand what is actually making the dog behave in a certain way. Yes it would have taken time, and No, using normal methods could not have worked. Three very sad stories where once again the dog took the hit through people’s lack of understanding.

    1. Your reply says a lot -but- without any reference as to where we can look to get the same information. I’m sure Lindsay wouldn’t mind IF you gave us an IP address to check out or at least some kind of hint as to where this info can be obtained. I too obtained a rather “High Energy” dog. A Gerberian Shepsky. (GSD/Husky) A combo of two working breeds and he needs LOTS of attention.

  21. I also have every collar, harness, halters, gentle leaders, prong, flat and others I don’t remember. When my 12 year old GSD was a puppy I only knew of the flat collar. We used the flat collar for the first three years, until we found out that her larynx was crushed. Found out from the vet that the prong collar was the most human if people learn how to use them. I love tools and what ever is best for my dogs and me that’s what I use. We have had some people come to us for help with their shelter dogs try to act superior and try to put me down for using a prong collar on my Rottie. Until they see how they actually work. Again I love tools and will try different ones to find the best! Thanks Lindsay for another GREAT post!

  22. The ‘Pack Leader’ collar works best for me. (I’m a pet sitter and often have a fortnight or less to try to train out bad habits). It sits VERY high on the neck which pulls the head around when the dog pulls. And most importantly, it’s nowhere near the shoulders/chest which are the dog’s strongest areas and where they naturally pull from.

    A pic here (not my pic though but an example)

  23. I have started using a body harness and it has worked well since it does not choke the dog or rub areas raw. Amber is a Golden Retriever and I have been training her to walk on leash since 8 weeks. She was pulling and I was afraid of choking her so went to a body harness and can pull her away from things she shouldn’t have, and keep her out of trouble by actually moving her whole body not just her head and neck. I plan to add a backpack when she is older to tire her out more quickly and carry my water bottle!

  24. Bruce Joseph Bolduc

    For Elly, our patterdale terrier, the harness works great. When she pulls in a walk, it immediately pulls her to a side and voila, no pulling. And she is strong for a25 pound dog

  25. Thank you for your posts, I love hearing that other people are going thru the same as I am. I have Gauge my 9 month lab mix. We love to go for walks but he has to sniff every blade of grass, so he pulls. I have tried gentle lead yeah not happening. I’ve tried a harney, so right now my go to collar is the mighty paw that I received. I am going to try a prong collar. Thank you again for all your posts.they do help.

  26. I was just looking up alternatives to the gentle leader a couple of days ago. It worked ok for my Border Collie, but the constant rubbing under her chin has caused an abscess. We’re trying out a harness now. So far, she seems much happier to wear it and “smiles” on walks. Hopefully the pulling doesn’t return.

  27. The prong collar works perfect for my German shepherd/border collie mix. No matter how much training, she is a 95 pound very strong dog. She easily pulled me to the ground a few times. With the prong collar I rarely even need to put any pressure on it anymore as she walks right beside me. I know prong collars freak people out so I will wrap it around my thigh and pull as hard as I can to show people that it isn’t sharp it just puts gentle pressure on the dog’s neck. My girl WILL let you know if she’s ever in ANY pain (believe me!) and she has never “voiced” anything about the prong collar. It helps us control her from jumping on people and at other dogs. The prong collar won’t work for all dogs but we tried harnesses, halti, regular martingale collars and this is the ONLY thing that works that she can’t get out of and doesn’t give her rashes!!

  28. Favorite training collar for ANY dog over five pounds and older than four months is a Mini Educator remote collar. Everything is taught on a regular flat buckle collar or prong collar first ( prongs MUST be fully rounded, not flat cut or sharp in any way. I use my Dremel tool and sanding belt to round any that are not).With the remote collar I train the dog to understand when they feel a stimulation on their neck they need to look to the handler for information. I start with the lowest level the dog can actually feel, my Mini Educator is a high quality model, about two hundred bucks, and worth every penny. I won’t use or train with the cheap china made remote collars, as I have found them to be unreliable and can hurt the dogs. Your dog’s life will depend on having a reliable recall if they are off leash, I won’t take a chance using a model that I cannot rely on. I layer the e collar over basic obedience for heeling position, place command, redirecting from bad choices on the dogs part, and of course recall. All this can be done on low levels, and I’ve found it to work with any dog of proper size and age. Medium to higher levels can be used for life threatening things like livestock chasing, counter surfing, and aggression in some instances. Timing and ability to read the dog is very important on the higher levels, and a qualified balanced trainer is recommended for this. Most often since the dog understands there is a consequence for their actions, a low level is all that is needed for them to comply. Truly a tool that bridges the gap between human and canine communication.

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