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IME, I never used a prong, but used the front clip no pull harness when Jackson was a (younger)puppy. It worked VERY well. BUT, it was difficult for my kids to get on him and it slipped (I've seen other threads about this and I think it's the harness I bought that is the issue.). Anyway, my point is, he was great on the harness, but wasn't learning how to loose leash walk. When I stopped using it, I had to basically start all over with loose leash walking. I somehow thought he'd have learned where/how to walk, but it didn't. It was definitely a band aid, not a cure. Now I have a bigger, stronger puppy to loose leash train, and I'm wary to let my kids walk him. I want Jackson to learn how to behave and walk correctly, without needing a device to do it. This way he will behave appropriately if off the leash as well.

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As a child my siblings and I would fit and lead each other around by our dog's prong collar regularly. I have since both allowed people to lead me, and led other people and have not experienced ANYTHING like what is described in the link Crock supplied. Does this make this trainer's experience invalid, of course not, but it is certainly not the same as mine.

That said, I do not use a prong on my dogs now, largely because I don't use any type of collar on Tribble being a brachyocephalic breed and Rocky does not respond to pressure well. However, both my dogs are reactive, and they pull. They are getting better, but it still happens. Both have developed orthopedic problems and misalignment from the front attaching harnesses. Both of them need chiropractic work, which is costly, and Tribble is having knee problems from wrenching against the harness. I have gone back to a regular step in harness from a Sensation for Tribble and have ordered a Sporn for Rocky to replace the Easy-Walk. There really is no tool without a downside, so care needs to be taken so that ALL tools and methods are examined critically.
 
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