Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Prong Collar Controversy

Today I learned just how much the average pet owner despises prong collars. Pet owners have gone so far as to call them "cruel" and "punishment".

Now, I must admit. I use a prong collar on Ellie. She likes to dart off toward another dog when she sees one, and the collar prevents her from doing this, reminding her to walk nicely by my side otherwise she'll get a little 'nip' by the collar. It makes a vast difference in our walks versus a normal soft collar.

I do have a Halti and it works, for the most part. What I don't like is that Ellie hates it. She stops every few feet to paw at her face or rub her face on my legs trying to remove the thing. Could I train her to get used to it? Sure.
However, that brings me to my second point. Most people are not familiar with face halters on dogs. Most assume that it is a muzzle because it's wrapped around her muzzle. Thus, the assumption leads to the expectation that she is an aggressive, mean dog. I do not get these kinds of reactions when Ellie is wearing her prong collar.

So that leaves me stuck. Do I please the dog-loving population and use the Halti? Or do I save mine (and Ellie's) reputations and please the general population by not using the Halti?

Any thoughts?


  1. You could put rubber covers on some of the prongs if need be
    Benny & Lily

  2. I use a prong collar with Riley. Try it out on your arm, give it a yank, it doesn't hurt. I know a lot of people that use prong collars. They don't hurt the dog if used properly. Just a quick correction with the leash is all it takes to get them into heel position again, it's not like you're constantly yanking on it or anything. Anyway, I'm pro prong collar (especially since Riley is reactive and could potentially hurt another dog that she isn't friendly with), I need to have total control.

    Halti's and Gentle Leaders seem to be a waste of time. The dog hates it, it jerks their necks around, etc.

    Anyway, just my two cents. Forget the haters and do what works for you!! :)

    Elyse (and Riley)

    1. Elyse, thanks for your response, it makes me feel a lot better! I see prong collars everywhere too and didn't think they were that big of a deal until I put up a picture of a dog wearing one on Facebook and got the wrath of angry dog owners everywhere!
      I will continue using it but just refrain from posting pictures :P