Aisha is a German Shepherd and is 5 months and has been wearing a choke collar for about 2 months now. She had this cute little red one with puppy paws on it but my husband could not look at it any more!
I heard those prong collers are beter and safer for dogs. My friend just started working for a dog trainer and she always hated those prong collers, but they use them at her work. The trainer was explaining to her that they do not choke the dog nor does it cause any pain, it just applies gentle pressure to the dog instead of choking it and is very effective in training. She even put it on her own neck to see and she was amazed at how gentle it was and that it only applied pressure. The choke chains and even normal collers can cause more damage. Those prong collers sure do look nasty but they really arnt! Maybe you could try one of those.
I agree with Sydney, the choker chain concentrates on the trachea, while the prong collar pinches pressure evenly around the dogs neck. They have small ones just like they do chokers. IMO the prong is better.
i found a really neat choke collsr at Wal-mart. It is made of nylon, adjustable and does not pinch there necks. My sis uses one on her male pitbull and I use them on my male basset because he doen't want to listen when on the lease sometimes.
I myself would not use the prong or the choke collar... Our obedience trainer last nite said that dogs that have been autopsied that wore the prong collar had alot of nerve damaging around their neck, and that ones that had choke collars (the chain ones) had alot of damage to the trachae You could try making him LOOK or FOCUS, my teaching him when you say the command he makes eye contact and then gets a treat, we're working on that right now in class.
Well, it applies pressure, and after your dog is trained, I would switch back to a regular collar. Even with 'nerve damage," I would still train with choke, martingale, or prong collars. ---Allie the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?41063 ---Mönica the Kitty http://www.catster.com/?57596
I think like Aisha said, that if used properly they shouldn't be a problem. I think either one can do serious damage in the wrong hands. My dad found a golden retriever once that had to have one those prong collars surgically removed from his neck it was imbedded in there so bad. But he also had a giant chain attached to the collar. So someone was abusing him bad...so sad.