How to Train Your Dog : How to Use a Prong Collar as a Basic Dog Training Tool

Information and tips on how to use a prong collar safely and effectively on your dog is discussed in this free video.

Expert: Melanie McLeroy
Bio: Melanie McLeroy co-owns the award winning Taurus Training dog training facility in Austin, Texas. She is also certified in animal CPR and first aid.
Filmmaker: EV studios



  • tobigforyou

    February 28, 2008 - 6:26 am

    lady you did not fit it porperly! take this video down! owners are going to watch this and damage their dogs!!! you don't know how to use this thing. take this video down lady

  • Katy Scott

    June 18, 2008 - 2:24 am

    Finally someone who knows how to fit and use a prong collar intelligently without harming the dog.

  • Eraly

    August 25, 2008 - 10:38 am

    +1 .

  • mark ballest

    March 12, 2009 - 2:28 pm

    I have been teaching the usage of prong collars for 13 years and have never seen such a bastardazation of misuse as in this video. Please do let the dog exert dragging latent tension on this tool!.

    RUN PEOPLE!! this person is a flake!

  • cathrynxox

    May 1, 2009 - 6:00 pm

    i agree. she has no idea what she's doing.

  • AmberFaithChloe

    June 25, 2009 - 7:05 am

    I though the prong collar should be be high up on the neck & behind the ears?

  • nerrej

    November 12, 2009 - 6:00 pm

    Please ignore this video and search leerburg. Thank you.

  • Dennis Fehling

    January 15, 2010 - 3:56 pm

    in the hands of a skilled tainer a prong collar never needs to be used. Find another trainer if they suggest this to you for your dog. Woman you are a hack.

  • linwau

    March 9, 2010 - 12:18 am

    Exactly what I've always been told.

  • J.R Paiva

    April 11, 2010 - 4:05 pm

    For being a totallly untrained puppy, it sure knows how to stand still and is super submissive, how would you go about using the prong collar, with a dog that pulls like a freight train.

  • Jen Martin

    July 24, 2010 - 10:17 am

    Wrong. Completely Wrong. Don't listen, better videos out there on how to use a prong collar.

  • cson johnson

    August 3, 2010 - 8:14 pm

    wow. where did she learn this? totally the wrong way to use a prong collar. what she is doing needs a choke chain.

  • JO Smith

    October 9, 2010 - 11:48 pm

    was she just correcting her dog for no reason???

    prong collars are ment to be snug and fit close to the ears, this person doesn't know what she's talking about

  • Gonny015

    October 11, 2010 - 6:41 am

    is it okay if i use prong collars for rottweilers??..or i really have to use other methods to train my rotty?? answers please. i can't really decide.

  • Steven Weinstein

    October 21, 2010 - 11:03 pm

    Great way to train your dog and very safe if used properly. Some people just refuse to understand that!

  • MeinPartnerHund

    November 11, 2010 - 11:55 pm


  • Jamie Schommer

    January 7, 2011 - 3:04 am

    Never ever let a dog pull on a prong collar! You're giving a correction for absolutely nothing in the beginning of the video. You do not know how to fit it right. The collar should fit up behind the ears, and should not slide around. Why would you make noise to get the dogs attention, give them a collar pop and keep walking. You keep looking back at the dog and slowing down when he does. Walk your pace, it's his job to walk in heel position, not yours to constantly wonder where he is.

  • Terry McCormack

    February 22, 2011 - 10:07 pm

    EXPERT VILLAGE?!? What??? The only expertise I see is how to make a fool of yourself in front of real trainers. I have been training dogs for over 25 years. I have not seen such a wannabe in my life. This woman does not know how to fit a prong colar let alone use one.

  • Christopher Johnnson

    May 11, 2011 - 9:37 pm

    You use it totally wrong!!! One leash should be connected with the Prong while another leash is connected with a normal(soft) collar! You lead the dog on the normal collar and only use the Prong for correction(if he does something wrong)! Leading a dog just on a Prong itself is wrong!

  • Christopher Johnnson

    May 11, 2011 - 9:37 pm

    The Prong either will lose its effect(the dog can get used to it)or you can create a dangerous dog(because of the repeating pain he might think it comes from other things, like people, other dogs, cats, cars, etc!).
    Also isn't it a bit too late to train a 9 month old dog? That clearly shows a mistake a lot of stupid people do, they train their dogs too late! And is the dog fully grown up he becomes harder to train and so they use pain and violence(Prongs, Electro shocks, etc) to train them!

  • Christopher Johnnson

    May 11, 2011 - 9:37 pm

    Stupid people shuldn't own a dog!!!
    PS: To the people who say the Prong has to be right behind the neck and tight, need a doctor! You perverts always know where it hurts the most!!!

  • 14Raine14

    August 21, 2011 - 11:27 pm

    @fetterArsch no, it's to be being the ears and up on the neck so you don't KILL your dog.

  • 14Raine14

    August 21, 2011 - 11:30 pm

    @laneige45 At 6 months old a prong collar is not the tool you want. Not only will it set your pup up for not responding in the furture, but you could seriously damage a growing pupppy. I suggest a Martingale collar, and many a haltie to teach not to pull.

  • Christopher Johnnson

    August 22, 2011 - 3:32 pm

    @14Raine14 I'm not talking about killing, I'm talking about PAIN and the damage it can cause on throat and spine!

  • 14Raine14

    August 22, 2011 - 6:39 pm

    @fetterArsch no, you cause damage and pain by letting the collar slide. Not only do you have to apply a quarter of the amount of correction for the dog to respond, but there is no way you can damage the spine and thraot if you are up close to the ears and using the collar properly. The collar also doens't hurt the dog, go to the store and put one around your leg and pull. No punctures, no pain, a slight bit of annoyance.

  • 14Raine14

    August 30, 2011 - 4:05 pm

    @laneige45 A Haltie is not a halter, it is a head collar. The only thing you'll want to watch with a harness is that if he does start pulling a harness will actually encourage him to pull, and pull hard! They can put all their weight into the front peice around the chest, which gives them twice the power. Good luck with your putty!

  • Christopher Johnnson

    September 26, 2011 - 1:40 am

    @14Raine14 Lots of people make the mistake and lead the dog on the Prong collar only! Normally he needs a second(normal) collar to lead and if he needs correction then use the Prong.
    Not all Prong collars have rounded ends! I saw a lot that still have sharp and partly uneven ends and some companies even sell some with pointy ends!:(

  • Christopher Johnnson

    September 26, 2011 - 1:40 am

    @14Raine14 Lots of people make the mistake and lead the dog on the Prong collar only! Normally he needs a second(normal) collar to lead and if he needs correction then use the Prong.
    Not all Prong collars have rounded ends! I saw a lot that still have sharp and partly uneven ends and some companies even sell some with pointy ends!:(

  • Jamie Schommer

    January 30, 2012 - 3:56 pm

    @dogwhisperer2 I have only been using a prong collar for 2 years but that drove me nuts watching this video. She clearly lets the dog drag on the leash at the beginning of the video. She also popped the collar for absolutely no reason except to tell the world about correcting the dog. I would never have just popped the collar. She is also just nagging him with the collar. DO NOT TAKE THE ADVICE OF THIS WOMAN!

  • Zercez

    June 21, 2012 - 12:28 am

    Please do not listen to this woman! Nothing in this video is correct.A prong collar should be tight and firm at the top of the neck under the jaw. A loose sagging collar as she places it is what causes them to un hook when correcting . You would also never use a prong collar on such a calm and relaxed dog. These collars are for dogs who are harder headed and need more correction. A flat buckle collar would have done anything needed here. I have 15+ years of training dogs and working with prongs.

  • Zercez

    June 21, 2012 - 12:34 am

    It goes behind the the ears to PREVENT damage. If you don't know what you are talking about keep quiet. You are running your mouth about something you know nothing about and are going to cause people to seriously damage their pets. Unbelievable how much people want to spread stupidity.

  • Zercez

    June 21, 2012 - 12:36 am

    Prongs are not painful nor violent and a dog can be trained at any age without problem so as I told your un educated ass a min ago learn before you speak and stop spreading your stupid thoughts!!!!

  • Christopher Johnnson

    August 6, 2012 - 11:27 pm

    They are painful, that's why they work so good and quick. Someone should pull you around on such a collar, then we can talk again how painful it is! Your anger and fowl language doesn't make you look very educated, I have a dog and at least take my time and research about the animal(dog in this case) and the effects of those tools.
    It is possible to train a dog at any age but a lot easier to train the dog when he still is a puppy, so older he becomes so harder he is to train.

  • Zercez

    August 7, 2012 - 2:00 am

    There is nothing at all hard about training an adult dog. I have been training dogs for over 12 years! This video doesn't at all show how to properly use this tool and no it is not painful. If your not going to educate yourself on what your talking about again DON"T TALK. You have no idea why they work and are making a fool of yourself trying to sound like you know what you are talking about.

  • Christopher Johnnson

    November 17, 2012 - 4:34 am

    Always depends on the dog, but it is usually a lot easier to train a puppy. Nice how you boast around for training dogs for 12 years, but maybe 12 years of doing it in a bad way? If it is not painful, why does those chains have lots of 3cm long metal spikes/prongs inside?
    I managed to train my dog without any fear and pain, why not you? And I always find it amusing how people that hurt animals get so loud and aggressive. There must be a connection.;)

  • l4dyfett

    December 9, 2012 - 10:17 pm

    "always be loose"
    Then the dog cant feel the correction around the entire neck, completely ridding the device of its intended purpose.

  • 14Raine14

    February 23, 2013 - 4:21 pm

    At 6 months old a dog is still a baby, especially a larger breed dog. Prong collars can and do work for many dogs, my Saint Bernard is walked on one and many of my grooming clients put them on their larger dogs. The problem I have is that people go from 0 to 100 instead of taking steps. I find that puppies trained with prong collars need huge force as they grow older because they have been trained using lots of force as puppies.

  • AmberFaithChloe

    July 8, 2013 - 12:01 pm


  • mitchluckerthelegand

    August 5, 2013 - 12:29 pm

    ….i have to use one on my AKC akita

  • Scuba Mike

    November 8, 2013 - 5:49 am


  • The SamsungExperiance

    February 19, 2014 - 5:42 pm

    Fail on lose prong collar do NOT listen to this lady of a fail

  • Debra Daniel

    August 22, 2015 - 11:51 pm

    You are so wrong!!! You dont even know how to fit the collar on the dog!
    Dont listen to her!!!!

  • Debra Daniel

    August 22, 2015 - 11:59 pm

    There!! I reported your video!! You shouldnt go making videos that could harm peoples dogs.
    Putting a prong collar on this way can destroy the trachea!
    It's suppose to fit snugly behind the ears.

  • Suzie H

    February 1, 2016 - 7:55 pm

    This prong collar is on wrong. Why is this video still up? Spreading false information about a training tool that gets such a bad rep already…

  • BrownieCat

    November 22, 2017 - 7:47 pm

    Prong collars are horrible! Never use it on a dog no matter what!

  • Comarxx G

    January 20, 2018 - 3:45 pm

    This is a very good example of “INCORRECTLY USING A PRONG COLLAR.”.
    Totally weong use of prong collar. I admire you for trying to help others but instead your video is very misleading. Totally wrong. Please remove your video.

  • Connor McDonald

    February 12, 2018 - 3:19 pm

    There is no right way to use a prong collar. It shouldn't be used at all. Any training can be done without that barbaric and inhumane device

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    March 29, 2018 - 8:20 pm

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  • XantiaD

    March 13, 2019 - 4:13 pm

    You would, of course, not mind having that collar used on your own neck, right?

  • Brynley Lewis

    July 30, 2019 - 5:51 am

    YOU TOTAL COMPLETE AND UTTER RETARD!! you should be banned for life from keeping animals, you are totally clueless and cruel beyond words, how about we place sharp nails under your chin to make you walk properly with your head held up straight? Fancy that? BOW YOUR HEAD IN SHAME — YOU ARE NO DOG TRAINER LET ALONE EXPERT

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