Does your dog pull uncontrollably when on leash? Have you discovered that using a prong collar makes your dog easier to control? Many people do.
The problem I have with such tools is that they put the entire responsibility on the dog … and allow the handler to ignore the most important thing: the relationship and their role in developing and shaping that relationship.
In my view, using a tool that makes your dog easier to control is a poor substitute for developing a relationship where the dog follows you because he trusts you and your guidance and wants to be with and work with you.
If you truly NEED to use a prong collar or an e-collar, then by all means you should do so. However, this should be a short-term solution while you develop the skills and habits that make your dog willing to trust you and follow your lead. That puts the onus on you - the dog handler.
Your dog is not a lab experiment or a battery-operated robot - your dog is (or should be) a cherished member of your family (pack). It is your responsibility to learn to teach him to be calm, obedient and respectful.
Who you are to your dog is everything …
Much of 'modern' popular dog behavioral training seems to be focused on changing, redirecting or struggling to understand why dogs develop behavior issues, and treating the symptoms of those issues. In my opinion, far too much of the emphasis is then placed on changing the dog and not enough on changing the way the human owner relates to and behaves around the dog. In my experience, the most common behavioral issues tend to be created or exacerbated by the humans' input or lack thereof. For better or worse. The posts in this blog share my views on the human-dog relationship and how to effect it in a way that creates balance, calmness, fulfillment and obedience.