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i know many of you as do i, use the prong collar, because its GREAT! My Dobe heals well and walks PERFECTLY on it, but not on a regualr leash, i know how to train to walk on a regualr but is there an easier way to convert from a prong to regular without them noticing
 

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ive used prongs in the past, but i have known MANY dogs that have been poorly trained on it so that they do not cross over (or perhaps it is the person doing the training that has failed, which is much more likely!).

when i broke everything down and retrained, i started from scratch and used only flat collars, harnesses, or no collars at all. both of my dogs are worked this way - mya on a flat collar all the time, and bowie either with nothing at all, or a harness.

having a dog like bowie, who cannot wear a collar, made me have to become a better trainer - besides that i do not feel correcting for something you have failed to train properly is just confusing to a dog, i had to learn to keep attention and train him without force.

bowie does compete on a flat collar, but thats only because of AKC rules.

i have used prongs intermittently for certain behaviors to work on, but i do not use it for every day use or training. in the past 2 years, i think we have used one 4-5 times total, and its not for entire training sessions, but for 2-3 minutes usually at a time to work something out.

my next pup will be trained totally leashless i think (or at least i hope), so a prong will not be necessary. for a puppy i woudl DEFINITELy use only a flat collar.
 
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