How to Correctly Fit a Prong Collar

a prawn collar is designed to pinch the

skin and then release at that perfect

timing I got to get the right size for

myself hi Jeff Rowley here with Newberg

want to talk a little bit today about

prawn collars and more importantly how

to fit or how to properly fit a prawn

caller starting out with there are a ton

of different styles or types of prawn

collars out there on the market and they

are not all created equal so we prefer

herm Sprenger our firm stringer prong

collar is hands-down the best prom

collar available on the market they are

the industry standard bearer there is no

other prong collar out there that is

better than a harm Springer the herm

Springer's also come in a few different

styles and different sizes so we've got

a few of them out here today so they

come in Chrome as well as stainless

steel ultimately a stainless steel

collar is going to be better than a

Chrome collar chrome collars are

slightly less expensive and some dogs

are allergic to the nickel that's in the

stainless steel which would make you

want to go to a chrome plated collar

only really kind of not the only but

really the downside of a chrome versus a

stainless steel is when you put prong

collars together you have to pinch right

here so that they can go into the other

side the stainless steel are going to

last a lot longer they're gonna last

forever whereas the chrome after enough

on and off and pinching are gonna start

to get a little weak they're gonna start

to bend they're not gonna hold together

as well we'll get into a little bit more

of that in a minute but that's really

the big difference between the stainless

steel in the chrome is the dirt

durability and how long they last also

along with stainless steel and chrome

herm Sprenger offers a kurgan prong

collar and this is a prong collar that

is designed for the dogs that have that

nickel allergy so if your dog is wearing

a stainless steel prong collar or

first savor and you start to notice an

irritation around the dog's neck odds

are it's an allergy to Nick Nicol it's a

skin irritation you should try a Keurig

on prong collar rather than a stainless

steel last but not least on the herm

Sprenger side of things we have these

neck tech collars the neck tech collars

are nice because they don't come apart

as easily and as I said I'm going to get

into a little bit of them failing and

them coming apart here in a little bit

but the neck tech ones stay together

really well it's actually super well not

super hard but it's not easy to get

these things to come apart when you're

adjusting the size so that's a little

bit about the herm Sprenger prom collars

we also have micro prom collars micro

prank callers are for your small toy

size dogs or some people like to use the

micro prom collars in their obedience

with their full-size dogs because you

get I guess more pinched per inch would

be the right term for that but you have

more prongs rather than a four

millimeter an extra-large prom collar

like this on a big dog that has very few

prongs you're not getting as much

pinching versus a micro or a small prong

collar here that you're gonna get a lot

more prongs in the surface area so

that's why some people like to use the

the micro prongs for their large dogs we

also have the keeper collar or the

hidden prongs these prongs are really

great because the exact sizing does not

matter quite as much so rather than

having to get that perfect fit you have

some wiggle room here with your ability

to adjust the tab at the end that allows

you to really kind of fine-tune and get

that perfect size the one downside on

the keeper collars is that they don't

have as much flexibility so when you're

using just a standard prong here the way

that they work when you apply pressure

on the leash they're gonna tighten and

then the links come together causing

that pinching so they're actually going

to get a little bit of the skin and

they're going to cause that pinching

this also then allows for perfect timing

in our Corrections when we release that


caller opens up and the prep the

pinching is instantaneously released so

it allows for a perfect timing on your

correction whereas in the hidden prongs

are attached to this material this uh

leather and nylon material on the back

that does not allow them to flex as well

so for taking my dogs on a walk I would

use a keeper collar or a hidden prong

collar they're great because you never

have to worry about them failing they

come together with a snap here we have

another option with a leather tab and a

buckle the leather tab the buckle offers

you even more flexibility on your sizing

because it's got three little holes

there that you can adjust even better

but wind prongs fail they fail at the

time when you need them the most

generally when your dog is lunging at

the end of the leash trying to get at

that other dog and suddenly the prongs

pop apart and your dog is free with the

keeper collar the hidden problems that

can't happen because there is no way for

the prongs to come apart it's attached

at this buckle you have a solid piece of

material on the back that it's going to

secure that collar on your dog's neck so

the pros are the sizing is easy and you

don't have to worry about a backup

collar you don't have to worry about

your prom failing the downside is that

they're not gonna flex as much so that

timing for your obedience training is

not going to be as perfect but they both

serve their applications so that's a

little bit about the keeper now let's

get into what this video is actually

about sizing our prom collars so I've

got Sonny here on a pole Sonny's keeper

or Sonny's uh herm Sprenger prom collar

I've got a black one here to show you a

Sonny I've already got this size

correctly for Sonny so we show you how

it should look and then I'm gonna add

some links and show you how it shouldn't

look so I'm Sonny sit when you come in


put the prong collar on I'm gonna then

spin it around on his neck so it's

facing the right way

I've got my tab back there rode click my

leash onto and you can see that the

prong is riding high up on his neck

right at the base of the skull this is

where you want your prom caller to ride

this is what's going to get your most

effectiveness out of the prong collar is

right at the base of the skull so that's

a little bit of what I was saying with

the keeper collars are nice where they

have this ability to adjust the tab

because on a regular prong your only

option is to add and remove links so you

really have to work in almost sunny No

get back in your bed you really have to

work with almost one inch increments so

I'll go ahead and look I thought I had

extra prong for this but we're just

gonna use a different one I can show you

show you what it would look like so I've

got this chrome one out here now that's

a 4 millimeter or an extra large I'm

gonna put it on sunny this is an extreme

exaggeration but notice that's riding

way down on his neck

obviously extreme you're not going to

get that pinching when it's all the way

down there now I doubt that anybody's

gonna go this big but even a less

drastic demonstration here I'll take

I'll take two links out

and this is probably more of what you

commonly see with dogs that have

improperly sized prongs where I mean it

kind of looks like it fits but it's all

the way down you're not getting that

pinching action that you would if it was

up here at the base of the dog's neck

dog's necks are also tapered which means

that if you get it fit right it should

stay at the top of that neck and not

slide down to the base of the neck now

to adjust them you just saw me do it

it's really simple you have prongs you

have basically a male end of the prong

and a female end of the prong and you

can take out or add as many links as you

want we sell additional links for those

dogs that have too big of necks for the

standard sizes you can buy extra links

and basically you pinch these together

you pinch the prongs together and slide

the male end into the female end here

now that's another added benefit of the

keeper collars or the hidden prongs get

back get back is that some people don't

have the greatest dexterity and their

fingers and struggle putting on and

taking off a prone collar you don't need

a lot of dexterity but you do need a you

do need to have the ability to apply

some pressure to pinch these together

and then apply more pressure when you

squeeze them together to get them back

through whereas on something like the

keeper collar the hidden prong you

simply have a buckle so if you don't

have that strong dexterity in your

fingers go with one of these it's too

easy to take on and off same thing on

these fits right at the base of dog's

neck and I have this tab that I can

adjust this with here to tighten it up

loosen it if I want to that tab though

you also don't want it too tight because

that on this is where your correction is

applied was it tightens the collar

together so the long story short of this

entire video that you're watching right

now is fit at the base of the dog's neck

I can't say that enough you want a tight

snug fit right at the base of the dog's

neck one last thing to talk

quick as far as the functionality and

fit of a prawn collar is that if you're

going to be using a standard prawn


you should always use a backup and as I

said at the beginning when a prong

collar fails it fails when you need it

the most

when your dog is lunging down the street

trying to get out the rabbit or get up

the dog or whatever it is it's on the

other end of that leash that they want

prong pops apart suddenly your dog's

free how do you prevent that use a

backup collar so we'll put the prong on

Sonny here got my prong on him

I like to use a slip collar a dominant

dog collar just because it's going to

add that extra level of safety you can

use a flat collar if you want but

basically just gonna put another larger

collar down the dog's neck further and

now you have two separate collars you

can either hook these two the same leash

if you're using an oversize dominant dog

collar if you're using a flat call

you're not gonna want to do that because

then you're not going to get that

correction or that right pull on the

prong but we have a solution for that as

well in the form of a prong collar leash

so a prong collar leash has get back two

tabs at the end you've got a short tab

that attaches to your prong collar and a

longer tab that attaches to the backup

collar this way when you apply the

pressure on the leash the short tab on

the prong collar gets pulled whereas the

longer tab that's now on my backup

collar does not have any pressure so I

can apply a correction to the prom that

does not come on the other backup collar

this way if you're walking your dog down

the street he's lunging at the end of

leash uh-oh

prong fails I still have positive

control of my dog so for a safety reason

I recommend utilizing a backup collar

anytime you're using a prong as I said

if you're using one of the keeper

collars or the hidden prongs that's not

necessary because you basically have a

built-in backup collar now

braum callers are an amazing extremely

useful tool to get a bad rap I get it

they look kind of like some type of

medieval torture device however that

could be cannot be further from the

truth and any trainer out there that

tries to tell you that prong callers are

cruel and evil they simply lack

experience they have not trained enough

dogs to see a dog that needs a prong

collar they're probably under the purely

positive camp who are notorious for

giving up on dogs and having them put

down rather than resort to a prawn

collar to simply train them to walk

lightly on the leash I would much rather

add a slight correction in the form of a

pinch than have a dog that's gonna drag

somebody down the leash until the point

where they're putting their dog down so

I could sit here and talk about the

myths and dispel all the myths of prawn

collars again that's not really what

this video is about all that I will say

is that a prawn collar is designed to

pinch let's see how I put one on let's

see a prong collar is designed to pinch

the skin and then release at that

perfect timing

I got to get the right size for myself

ah there we go so when I pull on this I

can feel the prongs coming together and

pinching my skin as soon as I release

that pressure is gone now if you're

allowing your dog to pull into the leash

on a flat collar that flat collar at the

end of a leash can collapse the dog's

trachea and cause permanent severe

damage whereas a prong collar is not

going to cause permanent severe damage

and if you're one of those people that

is gonna try to say we'll look at all

these pictures of dogs with holes in

their necks

don't leave your prong collar on 24

hours a day it's a training tool it's

not designed to be left on your dog if

you leave the prong collar on your dog

and your dog gets wet and then goes sits

in the crate for eight hours and this

rubs yes it is going to cause some

little sores on there but it's not

designed to be left on your dog so again

a lot of those myths can easily be

dispelled by simply utilizing the prom

collar for it's correct purpose anyways

I digress into all of that as I said in

the beginning this video is about how to

properly fit your prongs and a few

different types and styles of proms so

high on the dog's neck so that it does

not slide down it will work effectively

right at the base of the skull it's easy

to add and remove links and you can

purchase additional links for those dogs

who have a larger neck than whatever

size prom color you choose to go with

thank you