Spiked collars for dogs

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Spiked collars for dogs
A spiked or pronged dog collar (Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Spiked collars for dogs should only be used for training purposes. These collars are also known as prong collars. Spiked collars are best suited for large and powerful breeds of dogs.

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Spiked collars for dogs are used to control a dog by correcting undesirable behaviour with a short jerk of the leash.


The spiked or prong collar works by pinching the neck of the dog combined with a choke sensation. The trainer puts tension on the collar by pulling and the collar becomes smaller. As the collar reduces in size, prongs pinch into the neck of the dog.


Dog trainers prefer to use a standard choke collar in lieu of the spiked collar. Except for extreme cases, a standard choke collar is safer for the dog and trainer.


Large, powerful dogs that are highly aggressive will benefit from the use of a spiked collar. The strong correction that a spiked collar supplies to an aggressive dog is usually enough to control the undesirable behaviour.


Spiked collars can be dangerous if used improperly. They are unsuitable for small breeds as the prongs can cause damage to the trachea.

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