Hello:
I'm currently researching for a project on
whippets.
I'm adding a section on prong collars and
would like to know what your first thoughts
are?
(As far as your problems, if any, with the collar goes)

Thanks for your thoughts.
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Hello: I'm currently researching for a project on whippets. I'm adding a section on prong collars and would like to know what your first thoughts are?

on a strong dog that pulls hard, or on a dog that pulls to the point of choking themselves, i like using a prong collar.
however, whippets have really thin skin, and i'd be hesitant to use a prong on them for that reason. there's a type of collar called a "martingale", that's specifically designed for sighthounds. i'd guess that this would be a better option for whippets.
-kelly
Hello: I'm currently researching for a project on whippets. I'm adding a section on prong collars and would like to know what your first thoughts are? (As far as your problems, if any, with the collar goes) Thanks for your thoughts.

Is your question only about prong collars on whippets, or prong collars on any dogs? Do you want to know my first thoughts about prong collars when I'd never tried one, or my first thoughts when you bring up the question now? I don't have a whippet and want to know if I should chime in here.
Lia
I'm currently researching for a project on whippets. I'm adding a section on prong collars and would like to know what your first thoughts are?

Prong collar on a whippet???
I'm not entirely anti-prong (if used correctly), but I can't fathom why it would be needed on a dog so small and delicate.
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I'm not entirely anti-prong (if used correctly), but I can't fathom why it would be needed on a dog so small and delicate.

Hm. I don't think I'd describe Whippets as "small and delicate"; are you sure you aren't confusing them with Italian Greyhounds??

AKC standard is for up to 22" tall, and despite their fine-boned appearance, they WERE originally working dogs. IIRC, the AKC website description of them includes the word "tough".. ... Yep- from the AKC website: "The Whippet is a hardy, tough, swift and powerful athlete".
As far as the OP's question goes, it's hard to tell if s/he is asking about prongs in general, or as specifically applies to Whippets and/or sighthounds.
I think they could work quite well- certainly better than a slip/choke collar - if fitted and used correctly; however, given the very fine coat some Whippets have, I'd be inclined to suggest that investing in the rubber tips for the prongs would be a good idea.
I'll also comment that my overly-sensitive lurcher isn't bothered in the slightest by a prong.
Howdy All,
I've handled a friends Whip in the open field that wore a prong collar. No different in handling my Salukis with their choke collars.

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I'm not entirely anti-prong (if used correctly), but I can't fathom whyit would be needed on a dog so small and delicate.

Hm. I don't think I'd describe Whippets as "small and delicate"; are you sure you aren't confusing them with Italian Greyhounds??

Their skin certainly is delicate, much like a greyhounds. They have no coat and the easily torn skin.
Their build is more substantial than a IGs, but they are still light.
As far as the OP's question goes, it's hard to tell if s/he is askingabout prongs in general, or as ... Whippets have, I'd be inclined to suggest that investing in therubber tips for the prongs would be a good idea.

I would be very concerned about skin damage and slipping it - plus most whippets I know are prone to sudden burst when they see somethign and forget they have a lead on. How much can a whippet pull? Even some of the bigger racing whippets?
I'll also comment that my overly-sensitive lurcher isn't bothered in the slightest by a prong.

I would be more concerned about physical damage - wouldn't be my first choice that's for sure - (sensation harness would be a safer choice). There is a reason you have the larger padded/soft collars for sighthounds..
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Hm. I don't think I'd describe Whippets as "small and delicate"; are you sure you aren't confusing them with Italian Greyhounds??

No, I know what whippets are. They're not tiny dogs, but I do think of them as small.
I will sometimes recommend a prong for a big, strong, heavy-necked dog who is pulling hard enough to be dangerous (i.e., knock somebody off their feet, pull the leash out of their hands). And I'll try a GL first. I just don't see a prong collar as the first tool of choice with a dog like a whippet. Maybe their necks aren't as delicate and thin-skinned as they appear, but the thought of a prong around one of them kinda makes me wince.

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