Prong collars are designed to punish dogs for pulling by inflicting pain and discomfort. They can cause serious physical and emotional damage to dogs and should never be used.
The metal spikes of prong collars pinch the skin around dogs’ necks when they pull and can scratch or puncture them. Over time, this can cause dogs to develop scar tissue (which has no feeling) and/or build up a tolerance to the painful pinching sensation and thus continue to pull, making walks even more difficult. Dogs may interpret the tightening of a choke or prong collar around their neck as a stranglehold (which it is, after all!) and become fearful or even aggressive.
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Guys, there’s only 5,000 signatures on this and I checked the facts and yes, these are still legal in the UK! :(
We use this on our pit bull who came from a fighting back ground and was extremely agressive. She never ever had damage like this but it did calm her down quickly based on her own actions.
As with everything in the world… Some asshole is going to come along and use it wrong. That alone does not mean they should be banned. They should, however, only be sold by trainers with a training class as they are a training tool you want to use only if you have tried and exhausted all other options… and they are for training, not everyday all day wear or out door chaining.
Shock collars and choke chains can also inflict damage like this.