Posted : 10/1/2012 1:39:03 PM
If you're wanting recommendation for a studded "tough guy" type of collar I can't help you -- no dog of mine would EVER wear such a thing.
If you're wanting control, my favorite is still the Sporn harness. It's not a collar, but it really can help re-train a puller and they won't come off nor will they damage the trachea or neck.
For some dogs I like the mash insert on the front, but for most dogs I like just the straightforward harness. Essentially it's a collar but with straps that go from the front of the collar down under the front legs and up to the back of the collar so that as they pull, it tightens the strap under the front legs breaking that ability to successfully pull hard.
The first time you put it on it's a pain in the butt -- there are sherpa covers that slide over those straps. But after that first ttime, you never undo the straps - you just loosen the slide at the back of the collar and pull the straps under the feet and take it off over the head. Adjust it the first time and you're gold.
If he's a puller you don't want all that pull directly on the trachea -- that way lies damage. Something like a head halter can damage the neck (again if he's a strong puller they can really do damage to the neck fighting that).
WE use the sporn for training and then phase it out unless we're going to be in an enrionment we know is going to be tough going for some reason.