This past week several dogs walked into SMPR wearing prong collars. When I asked why they were subjected to such pain I was told that their humans could not walk the dogs without them. I'm glad that I was able to enlighten a few people, and save these dogs. They are both now wearing Freedom Harnesses. If a Freedom Harness doesn't guide a dog well enough there's always a Comfort Trainer as well.
If you are reading this blog and also considering obtaining a prong collar or choke chain, please do more research into how these tools should be operated and how much pain and damage they can cause. I know there's all sorts of marketing out there on television and in magazines for specific trainer's programs (Don Sullivan or Ceasar Milan, for example), but be sure to look into what they are selling before you purchase. There are many more positive trainers out there (including me) who can teach you how to train your dog using gentle guidance without pain or stress. The training should be enjoyed by all and not just a means to an end. When you train your dog you're developing a relationship with a long-term companion, not merely making another creature more pliable for you.