What?? A prong is to stop dogs pulling, why would you want a prong collar on such a young dog? Why not just start training him not to pull while he's young and you're stronger than him? I believe the recommended age is 6 months if you want an actual answer.I want to get diesel a prong collar what age is it acceptable to start using? He's 13 weeks now.
I have never used a prong collar (no experience) and my pup gets a choke chain at 8 weeks old:What?? A prong is to stop dogs pulling, why would you want a prong collar on such a young dog? Why not just start training him not to pull while he's young and you're stronger than him? I believe the recommended age is 6 months if you want an actual answer.
My 6 month comment was referring to prongs, not chokes. Not that I would put either on a puppy at the ages you are stating.I have never used a prong collar (no experience) and my pup gets a choke chain at 8 weeks old:
- flat nylon collar with ID tag
- very thin choke chain...not the fat ones, that look massive
Used correctly, I could make either work...but 35 years ago, I my trainer rules where, no prong - entering her class.
(fine by me...as the prong just looked more invasive)
My training starts with bypassing the flat collar...so my dobe quickly learns the difference between play & work.
On a level from 1-10...most correction are done at a #1, starting at 8 weeks old
- first month is playing and mental stimulation games/commands on the living room floor
- 2 month home, dobe gets to drag the leash around the yard
- at 4.5 months old, all off-leash training
- at 5 months old, introduce the leash, in healing
- mix & match off-on-off-leash work, walking city sidewalks in controlled OB / completely off-leash trained, as a 6.5 month old puppy
Plus I practice soft bite/muzzle control ASAP, if my pup goes bejong my comfort level.
- my index finger goes into the choke chain loop for a pull correction
Seeping in bed, if pup Amy is stiring to much, I whisper to her to be good, and a slight little tug...when I find the choke chain...with b1 finger / the click sound, is what she is being trained to.
Essentially, my choker training is "chain-link-clicker-sound-training / without the bait".
Clearly, I am communicating to a very young pup...my expectations, of good or bad.
And it works, without correcting a dog to rip its neck off or do a 180 degree air born turn.
So YES, from day1, my girl has a correction collar / because I use it so early.
- corrections are most low scale and level of improvement & continual learning is most quick, with focus and a desire to please me
The chest harness that I was talking about has the leash attach to the front and when the dog pulls ahead it causes slight pressure on the chest and shoulders. It was weird for Dreizehn at first, though not as incredibly uncomfortable (and unsafe) as head harnesses are. The link explains it a little bit.That's why we got the harness cause I hated him pulling with a regular collar. I didn't want to hurt his neck. I hope I can train him and a prong collar will be a last resort. I think his problem is he gets so distracted and wants to get to everything as fast as he can and that makes me nervous for when he gets a little bigger and I can't control him if this doesn't get undercontrol. Is an easy wal harness different then a normal harness? Maybe I'll get him one of those.
^^^^ I used the finger pull choke chain correction to TEACH soft bite initially.My 6 month comment was referring to prongs, not chokes. Not that I would put either on a puppy at the ages you are stating.
Obviously there are different training methods and different tools which work for different people. I do not believe corrections should be made for puppies who are still learning, I believe corrections are for when dogs deliberately ignore commands they already know.