a-bull wrote:I don't use prongs or chokes, so I'm just curious~
Will Reno always have to use a prong, choke or both to control him? What would he do if you just put a flat collar on and took him out for a walk?
No, he will walk politely on his 2" flat leather collar as well. We switch his collars up a lot - For example, his choke chain stays attatched to his leash, as we often loosen his leather collar while inside, so usually he is at least on a choke chain (but keep in mind - he doesn't pull, so it's not often used) however, on walks when we approach our friends or one of his doggie friends, I will switch him to his leather to play. I also have him on his flat collar sometimes for walks as well. The thing with the choke chain is that we don't actually use it for choking the way I've seen some poeple do...it's a quick jerk and release, much like the prong. He doesn't pull on the leash, so he isn't being choked all the time.
When he starts trying to pull us around, the pinch collar comes back for a couple of days, and then speratically for a week or so. (still occasionally on his flat) Again, this is a quick jerk - no dragging, no choking, and yes, it's a tad less effective by us doubling it with a choke, but then I'm not out to stab him to death, just get his attention. Also, it helps even out the area of the pull (though prong calllars really are a pretty even pressure), and again, is a safety measure if for some reason the links on his prong were to come apart. It's rare that we use this, though. Usually he is on a flat or choke.
We currently live in a 2-story apartment (til the end of this month! YAY!), so he spends a LOT of time on a leash, since every time he needs to go out he gets a mini walk. We also take him with us on car rides, walks, roller blading, etc. Repetition, environment differences, corrections and collar changes have all been great for his leash behavior.