When a famous veterinarian designed a dog prong collar in 1942, he intended for it to be a viable training collar that would help dog owners to impart sustainable knowledge on their friends. Around the same time, he wrote a book named Companion Dog Training. In it are essential chapters highlighting the benefits of dog training using the prong collar coupled with the advocacy towards preventing cruelty while utilizing this gadget. However, he felt that users needed to take precautions upon investing in it. Read on to understand the uses and applications of prong collars. 

Prong collars were designed to help dog owners administer punishment to their pets by inflicting pain. These gadgets can often be used to cause severe physical as well as emotional damage to pets. For that reason, most dog owners prefer not to use them at all. The application of prong dog collars is highly appended to fainting in addition to spinal cord injuries. But what are these devices that most pet owners have invested in lately?

Prong collars are also known pinch collars. They refer to chain links that have blunted ends facing the neck of the dog. Unlike in other neck collars, their design has a small circumference with the neck collar majorly intended to help prevent your pet from pulling. This is usually by applying some form of high pressure on the dog’s neck. Prong collars should not face the neck of the dog as this can easily cause some sort of injury, particularly against the body as well as the head. At the same time, plastic tips should occasionally be put on the ends of these prongs to protect the formation of tufts on the fur.

And just like with the slip collar, a prong collar should be placed on the dog’s neck, yes, but on a high level, and right behind the ears. This must be at the neck’s weakest point. While investing in a prong collar, you should note that some dogs can free themselves from these devices, mainly if they have looped sides that shake their heads in a way that the link can pop out. For that reason, all dog trainers should invest in a second prong collar trainer. 

Our objective in this blog post is not really to help persuade you to purchase or not to buy prong collars. We are determined to write an article that can disseminate viable information regarding the uses of prong collars and their safety therein.

 According to one study on the applications of prong collars, conducted in Germany with about 80 dogs as test subjects, it was concluded that the use of these devices on dog training is on the rise. But, there were also drawbacks to the entire applications. An autopsy conducted found that the dogs died due to chokes and injuries.


So, what is the legality of prong collars? Well, in the US, they are legal. It is, however, illegal in some states, especially where people are not allowed to tether their dogs. And in case you must tether yours, then you should never leave it unattended.