Designed for the puppies and small dogs this collar produces an even pressured safe pinch for an effective correction training collar available
Pinch collars come in four sizes: large, medium, small, and micro. The large size appears to have been made for elephants. For a large, strong, and rambunctious dog, the medium size is more than adequate. For golden retriever–sized or smaller dogs, the small size is sufficient. For toy dogs, use the micro version.
Herm Sprenger Pinch Collar – with Quick-Release. The Herm Sprenger Pinch Collars are manufactured to last. These dog training collars provide easy to use control for strong or unruly dogs. This collar is one of our go to training aids for owners of strong dogs who have difficulty managing pulling and forging behavior. The collar can be adjusted to fit by adding or removing links and we advise the small size for dogs 15 – 50 pounds and medium size Herm Sprenger for dogs over 50 pounds.
To Pinch or Not to Pinch Collar
Leerburg Dog Training | How to Fit a Prong Collar
First adjust the collar by removing links or adding lengths to get a "good" fit - a fit where the dog will be comfortable when he is in the proper position but will become uncomfortable when he gets out of position. If the dog is wearing a regular collar, place the pinch collar in front of the regular collar and check frequently to be sure the pinch collar is not hanging up on the regular collar. We suggest keeping the pinch collar low on the dog's neck and walking at a slow but steady pace the first few sessions using a large (25' - 30') circular, figure 8, or box pattern. After several sessions, you should be able to progress to a varied pace, and quicker and sharper turns and stops. Placing the pinch collar higher on the dog's neck usually causes more discomfort and a better response in dogs that have not responded after several sessions. Also, a collar with smaller diameter prongs will usually elicit a better response for dogs that have been slow in responding.With my dog, I use the heaviest weight pinch collar. I feel the weight of the collar adds to the correction, in any event I am satisfied with the correction it gives my GSD. I do know people who use the micro pinch and are happy with the correction it gives their dogs for the reasons you mentioned. I would never in a million years accuse those who like the smaller pronged pinch of abusing their dogs because they obviously aren't.I am a member of a Great Pyr Club and also a Pry owner. Last Spring we had a Club Picnic and they had 2 women that were canine law enforcement officers that were the guest speakers. They had with them one of their “officer dogs” and he was quite awe inspiring. They put on a fantastic demonstration USING Prong Collars. They also showed that the “pinch” was to replicate the bite a mother dog would give one of her pups. My 4 year old Pyr does just fine with a regular collar, but my 5 year old Golden Retriever can back out of any collar I have tried – except the prong. They and other members of the club talked about spine and throat problems with the choke collars. These do Not happen with the prong. The major thing is to be sure that the Prong fits right and do not Yank the leash. I am sure there are many discussions about this, but for some dogs the prong is the answer, without harming the dog. People just need to be educated on how to use them correctly and if they are necessary. As I said, my Giant Pyr does not need one, but my smaller Golden has to have one. Do your research – Do what works best for Your Dog!While these collars are meant to be used with small breed dogs they also serve a dual purpose. Many people prefer the micro prongs for their large breed dogs because the distance between prongs is shorter. This creates a more spread out less deep pinching effect. If you are using the micro prong on a larger dog, or your small dog with a large neck, extra links are available. Each individual link on the collar is 3/4 inches in length and just under 1/2 inches wide.