The Kennel Club opposes the use of prong collars as a means of
training and controlling dog behaviour as they train the dog to
respond out of fear.
Prong collars have a number of inward facing metal prongs which
are designed to tighten around the dog's neck and cause pain and
discomfort when tension is applied through the lead. In extreme
cases they can puncture the dog's skin and cause serious injuries
that could lead to further complications. Prong collars are mainly
used on larger and more powerful dogs to reduce pulling behaviour
on the lead.
Prong collars are an aversive method of training which can pose
a welfare and health risk to dog welfare. The Kennel Club believes
that unwanted behaviour in dogs is best resolved by positive
training methods which do not compromise the dog's health or
welfare and help to further develop the bond between dog and