Herm Sprenger Prong Collar

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Product Summary:

Herm Sprenger Prong Dog Collar

The Herm Sprenger prong collar is one of the most recognizable and popular names in obedience training tools. A safe and effective alternative to choker collars, the prong collar puts even pressure around the neck, about every half inch, pinching the skin in a band. This collar does not apply direct pressure to the trachea so you can train your dog with little or no tugging, jerking, or pulling. Made of high-quality German steel and adjustable size, just add or remove the chrome plated links individually.


  • Interlocking links, each link equipped with two blunt prongs
  • Slightly beveled, polished prong tips
  • Easy to increase or decrease size
  • Made in Germany
14"L x ¾"W (2.25mm)
18"L x 1"W (3mm)
20"L x 1"W (3.25mm)
22"L x 1¼"W (3.8mm)

Sizing Instructions:
Collar should fit snugly just below the dog’s ears. Measure the circumference of dog's neck and add two inches.


Style Item Number Model Number UPC
14 inch Lightweight 100204 814 6423 075562064234
18 inch Mediumweight 100204 818 6421 075562064210
20 inch Heavyweight 100204 820 6425 075562064258
22 inch XHeavyweight 100204 822 6427 075562064272

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better control of the dog without worry of choking the dog or crushing his trachea.
Tammy C on Apr 28, 2019
Watched videos of training with this collar. Looked like it works great. I have a large dog that pulled hard. Waiting to see how it actually works.
Acisclo L on Apr 6, 2019
better control of the dog without worry of choking the dog or crushing his trachea.
Tammy C on Apr 28, 2019
trainer required it.
Cynthia P on Apr 8, 2019
Watched videos of training with this collar. Looked like it works great. I have a large dog that pulled hard. Waiting to see how it actually works.
Acisclo L on Apr 6, 2019
because they WORK!!
Elena c on Apr 4, 2019
Best prong out there period.
Eric W on Mar 25, 2019
ANNA S on Mar 15, 2019
Have used for 20 years. The best quality, and they keep improving it.
Ace R on Mar 1, 2019
Best quality and pricing.
Julie S on Feb 26, 2019
Recommended by my dog trainer
Sarah Z on Feb 25, 2019
I have been using a gentle lead and people think it is a muzzle. This is the collar that is used by the Lutheran Church Charities Comfort Dog Ministry.
Patricia M on Feb 7, 2019
Very good quality. Very good price. Works well on big dogs also, don't need a big heavy collar to get the best result, just add links.
Becky D on Jan 17, 2019
Based on a trainer's suggestion.
Liz C on Jan 6, 2019
I'd rather give my review after my dog and I try it out. This collar is the real deal made in Germany and not a knock off made in Taiwan or China. Will advise asap. Hoping to give a big thumbs up! Ordering was painless.
Cindy Y on Nov 27, 2018
It is the appropriate weight and size for my dog, and I like the brand.
Susan M on Nov 24, 2018
Herm Sprenger is durable and reliable. These collars stand up to daily use and will works for years to come.
Emily S on Nov 23, 2018
Best price I've found
Patricia C on Nov 21, 2018
I'm always confident I will get the real deal, not some cheap knockoff from China like you get on Amazon. And the price is unbeatable.
Virginia H on Sep 27, 2018
I've ordered 10 at a time, every 2-3 months for over 3 years, for my classes.
Can not beat the quality and price.
Becky D on Sep 7, 2018
Leash walking and herm sprenger is the best brand out there
Jennifer C on Sep 7, 2018
I use them for my dog training business, Uses even pressure and it is very gentle. great form of communication.
jason D on Sep 5, 2018
Needed a good quality collar that was not quick release.
D'Adra S on Aug 12, 2018
dog trainer we are working with highly recommended this collar and specific brand
Mary H on Aug 11, 2018
needed extra links
Judy W on Aug 4, 2018
I have used one it is a quality product.
Gary J on Jul 15, 2018
Recommended by our dog trainer. It isn't sharp at all but gets the dog's attention.
NANCY T on Jul 11, 2018
This is the only prong collar I use and have done so for over 20 years. Well crafted and easy to put on and take off.
KRISTA A on Jul 8, 2018
high quality
Redefined D on Jul 8, 2018
Easy and effective to use on all size of dogs, very kind on dogs tracheas.
Theresa C on Jul 6, 2018
Best. Prong. Collar. Out. There. Period.
Bridget M on Jul 6, 2018
Used before. Dog had grown up and need a bigger collar. Good price.
Rolando C on May 23, 2018
dog trainng business
jason D on May 20, 2018
Superior brand.
Bo B on May 17, 2018
I like the thought process placed on the Herm Sprenger Prong Collar. The rounded edges, the center piece for symmetry, and that's about it really... It does the job.
Ted W on May 9, 2018
trainer recommended to facilitate training my dog not to pull when walking.
Judith K on May 6, 2018
Nothing compares to Herm Sprenger with reliability and quality of product.
Emily S on May 4, 2018
The best and easiest way to train a large dog.
NANCY C on Apr 29, 2018
Trainer recommendation.
Kathleen T on Apr 23, 2018
Advised that this is the ONLY prong collar that should be used. Also, safer than choke chain to prevent injury to the dog or llama being trained.
JOSH S on Apr 17, 2018
I didn't. I chose the 18" medium weight.
White G on Apr 16, 2018
makes control easier
jacalyn t on Apr 7, 2018
Recommended bya local dog trainer as the best humane choke collar to train dogs on the market.
Brianne B on Mar 29, 2018
authentic product. The only prong collar that I'll use
Tamara H on Mar 16, 2018
Best made prong collar out there
Matthew W on Mar 16, 2018
I already have this collar for my pit/boxer mix. Works well/not too much pulling. Ordered this one for a new dog yellow lab. Medium works on most dogs. I got a large for the lab and it's too heavy for me to squeeze the links to get it off and on. Will give it to a friend with a huge shepherd.
OLIVE C on Mar 9, 2018
recommended by Laundromutt, Dallas.
Amy R on Mar 3, 2018
My dog is in training and the trainer said to purchase this colar.
Colleen B on Feb 23, 2018
14" for obedience classes I teach for pulling dogs. Do not need to pull hard to communicate to dog to walk lightly on a leash.
susan b on Feb 12, 2018
My dog trainer recommended it. We tried one on my dog in a lesson one day, and my dog found that it is more comfortable to her to obey than to have the prongs poke her. :)
Donna D on Feb 11, 2018
Very good training tool.
Good quality.
Good price.
Becky D on Jan 3, 2018
I have used Hemp Sprenger collars on all my large breed dogs, they are best, without them I could not walk both my 100+ pound puppies.
Tony B on Dec 28, 2017
trainer required it.
Cynthia P on Apr 8, 2019
because they WORK!!
Elena c on Apr 4, 2019
would you get the medium weight for a Lab? My dog is 5 months old but is growing fast.
Margie G on Aug 22, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I have a two year old German Shepherd and have purchased the 14 inch lightweight for her. So far, I have had very good results with this on. My trainer told me today that eventually I may have to go to a bigger one but as long as it's working for her I wouldn't need a heavier weight. Also, my trainer only recommends this brand too. Hope this helps.
Please, what is the difference in the Herm Springer collars? I can't decide which would be best, heavyweight or xtraheavyweight. I have a prong collar now that keeps falling off - even after adjusting individual prongs with pliers. I thought I would try yours but don't understand the difference. My 91lb German Shepard is extremely protective of me but I am able to manage her with this type of collar.
A shopper on Apr 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I'm a professional trainer. You do not want the Heavyweight herm sprenger prong collar. You do not need anything more then a 3mm mediumweight. If you have ordered the heavyweight one I would return it and get the mediumweight. The Herm Sprenger prong collars are made in Germany and are completely rounded on the tips. A lot of poorly made prongs can fall apart very easily. If you're using pliers on yours it's time to toss it away for good.. but before you do that compare the Herm Sprenger to the one you own now and be amazed at the quality differences.

I have a 91 lb German Shepherd who is very protective of me. Which weight is best? We are in a very dire situation-someone she didn't know came too close to our boundaries when I was out. She went out to bark him away...and too many outside occurances happened. She did her job. And grabbed the person that tried to grab me. So , I need something very strong because I will not lose this part of my family.
A shopper on Apr 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I have a 100+ lb Rhodesian Ridgeback and an 85lb lab. The Ridgeback uses the heavyweight prong collar, and the lab uses the light weight. I found that since getting the heavy prong collar, the Ridgeback is calmer, and easier to handle. I weigh 130 lbs and I can control him with the lightest of fingers. It took a few times for him to understand who is in control. But a few tugs, and he got the message. Good Luck. I can tell you also, that now I also, when walking him, make him sit and stay with every passerby and with cars. Just to let him know he cannot pull or walk ahead of anyone.
I am a little confused. I thought you I was never to slip it on over the dogs head, as this meant it was the wrong size? I have bought a prong collar unfortunately not a Herm, I need help every time I need to put the collar on its so hard I cant get it off also. So have I bought the wrong one? Thanking you in advance
Cathy D on May 19, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Hi Cathy, you are correct, you never pull a closed prong collar over a dog's head. Our trainer showed us a great way to over come this: use nail polish or hobby paint, something durable and indelible is the point here, and mark one of the prongs that sits at the back of the neck facing the dog's back. This will be by the chain portion where you attach the leash. This is the prong you will open EVERY time you want to place the collar on your dog. With the collar now open, come from under neath the neck and gently close the loop at the back of the dog's neck. Squeeze prong ( the one you marked with paint) to insert into the next prong. By using this prong each and every time, you will loosen just enough so that it is not a pain to do. If the collar is too big ( it should never be tight) only time it should correct is when you gently but firmly pull the leash to press lightly into the neck. Herm Sprenger collars are ideal because they have smooth rounded ends. If collar is too big simply remove a prong one at a time until you have the perfect fit. Ideally, show your dog in collar to a highly respected trainer to confirm you are doing it correctly.
Mine is loose on our field retriever. She rarely requires a "check" because she knows the collar means obey : ) I hope this helps!
How many links are on the 18 inch?
A shopper on Mar 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There are 10 links on all the Herm Springer collars.
My german shephard is 40kilo wot size do i need ?
A shopper on Oct 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Below I have listed the sizes, their measurements and how to fit your dog. Weight does not have any factor in which collar will work. It will be determined by measurement

14"L x ¾"W (2.25mm)
18"L x 1"W (3mm)
20"L x 1"W (3.25mm)
22"L x 1¼"W (3.8mm)
Sizing Instructions:
Collar should fit snugly just below the dog’s ears. Measure the circumference of dog's neck and add two inches.
Sorry but, I am I correct in thinking once I have adjusted the collar to the correct size, I can then just slip it over his head? Thanks Cathy
Cathy D on May 19, 2014
BEST ANSWER: No! Never slip the collar over the dogs head. You need to release using the prongs (you can pick any one and it gets easier to master over time). Once you've properly fit the collar (high and tight under the ears) you want to pinch any one of the prongs and lift out so the collar is one long chain, put it on the dog, then pinch a prong and ensure the "pinch" part is securely in the little eyelets of the "s" shape. You can practice taking it on and off your leg until you feel comfortable. Putting it on over the dogs head will scrape their face/ears etc. If you can't figure it out, I'd suggest googling a "balanced trainer" in your area for help with the proper fit. There is a technique, proper fit and timing associated with these collars, so getting help will ensure you don't use it incorrectly and/or hurt the dog :)
I have a beagle/blue tick,coon hound mix about 50lb. ALSO have a lab mix who is 62lbs. What size prong collars do I need?
A shopper on Jan 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Hi, I've been training dogs...labs, dobermans, etc., for many years with the 14 inch Lightweight (2.25mm) collars. I recommend you purchase the 14 inch Lightweight (2.25mm) for each of your dogs. Also purchase a few extra links of the same size 2.25mm. Be sure all links are the same size...2.25mm) You do not need anything any bigger. In fact the 14 inch Lightweight will have more links than the medium weight or heavy weight. More links to fit around a large neck give you more control so don't worry about how many links it takes to fit the collar. Again, you do not need the larger sizes that you see on dogs your size. Bigger is not better. It needs to fit snugly just below your dogs' ears. Your fingers should be able to fit between the collar and the neck. Your goal is have a loose leash when walking. Hope all this helps. Carol
My prong color comes off my dog once in a while when she shakes. Am I not putting the collar on correctly?
Irene H on Feb 19, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The collar should never come off that easily. It could be that it is too loose. You would need to take out a few links. It is rather hard with the 22” XHeavyweight because they are so big. The collar is design to be taken off and on by disconnecting from any link, NOT pulled over the head. It would be too loose if it can be pulled over the head. Honestly, the 18” collar works great for most large dogs and is easier to disconnect the links to put on or take off the dog. You can YouTube a video on how to put on the pinch collar. It is a great tool for training if used correctly.
My dogs 12 pound dogs swim in the Gulf waters along the shore on leash. The prong training collars from Petco rust, even though I rinse them off with tap water, dry them and even place in a warm oven to dry completely. I then have to use WD-40 to remove the rust. WILL these rust? The description in Google claims they don't. Petco said their's don't rust....but they do.
Christine H on Jan 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I've used these collars for over 20 years and they have never rusted. The edges are nice and round too and I've never had to use the rubber tips.
We need a collar for a 4 month old Jack Russell?
Mattie on Dec 10, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I would try the 14" collar first and remove links, this may still be too big. Remember it must fit high and tight just below pups ears. There is a micro sized collar out there but not made by herm sprenger, you may want to try both.
remember this does NOT slip over the dogs head instead you must assemble each time you put on the dog.
Please get training first before you use this powerful tool. a very light touch (NEVER a correction) is all that is needed and remember to release tension the second the dog complies.
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What is the best size for 65 lb Alaskan malemute?
Timber on Apr 24, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I would use an 18 inch for a Malamute, although you may need to buy an additional link or two. If you have any issues with dexterity or arthritis in your thumb/forefinger, I would definitely suggest getting the quick release version of this collar. I train dogs for a living and have never bought anything larger than an 18inch (I just add links if needed). Hope that helps!
my dog is 6 months old, should I buy a larger collar?
A R on Apr 22, 2018
BEST ANSWER: That depends on the size of your dog. All Herm Sprenger Prong Collars can have links added or removed to customize the fit. The collar should fit snugly high on the neck behind the ears. You should have to take it apart at a link to put it on and take it off. There should be just enough play in the chain part to be able to pull the chain tighter to allow for a squeeze and release action. I personally would get the lightest weight I could get away with for the size of my dog. Hope that helps. - KC
What size should I get for a 33lb 4month old standard poodle?
A shopper on Jan 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have a 100+ pound mastiff, which is MUCH different (in build and behavior/ drive) from even a standard poodle- particularly a young pup. Please keep in mind that a prong collar is a training tool ONLY! If you do opt for a prong collar engage it with briefly, with restraint and only as needed. Another, less extreme option might be a martingale type leash. It utilizes some of the same... gripping sensation with significantly less potential for injury. Good luck
Can this collar be safely used on a French Bulldog?
Beverly P on Feb 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely! As a trainer I have used prong collars for over 30 years. I wrote an article regarding prong collars where a found a neurologist vet & a chiropractor vet that did there own studies and they found prong collars do the least amount of damage to the dog. It is important to fit properly and I only use Herm Sprenger brand
Have one of these, can you buy additional prongs?
A shopper on Jan 8, 2018
how many links in the lightweight hermsprenger prong collar?
A shopper on Aug 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: There are 10 links in the collar. How many you use depends on the size of your dog's neck. the collar should fit around the neck but not tight or really loose, just touching. If you have a big dog extra links may be needed. You let the dog pull to use it. NEVER pull on the dog.
How do these go on the dogs neck?
Robert L on Feb 26, 2019
BEST ANSWER: You have to unattach two of the links by gently squeezing and giving a little twist as you pull them apart. Then you can hold the collar around the dog's neck to size it. You may have to remove a couple links - the collar should not be too loose or too snug. When it is fitting properly, you should be able to fit your hand under the prongs. Be careful that you seat the prongs correctly in the slots when reattaching the links. If they don't snap in, the collar may open up somewhere along the road.
Does this collar have quick release? I'm looking for one without it
Jennifer A on Jun 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Just an FYI, the larger the prongs, the harder they are to squeeze to fasten and unfasten. A quick release may actually be better for a collar this size.
herm springer lightweight prong is 2.5MM prong?
A shopper on Jun 4, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Either will work and last just fine. That said, learning pressure release techniques and proper leash skills from a trainer, will aid you in having success with this collar. Also be aware that some dogs (often Pitfalls) have sensitivity issues with metal collars. Watch the area of the neck that makes contact with the collar for red irritated skin. If that is an issue for you, you can purchase rubber nubs to go over the prongs, potentially remedying this problem. A proper fit will be dictated by being able to insert no more than two fingers between the collar and the back of the neck. Proper fit is crucial. Hope this helps.
Can this collar be used safely on a French Bulldog?
Beverly P on Feb 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Usually yes, but you might want to consult with a professional trainer that uses prong collars first. I only put pinch/prong collars on dogs with owners with the appropriate leash management skills. Proper fit and use are very important.
Why does the collar turn my dogs neck black ?
A shopper on Mar 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: In all the years I've been using herm sprenger collars, I've never seen that. As a professional dog trainer, I can only think that maybe dirt gets caught in the individual prongs, especially if collar is on for any length of time, also maybe from getting wet, and another reason is dog could be allergic to the metal. I hope this helps you.
Active pit bull with 18 " neck. Which prong collar for him. Chrome or stainless steel?
A shopper on Nov 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: 20" heavyweight, make sure it is sized correctly and remember any dog can learn to pull on any collar. It's up to the leader to teach them what we want.
are these collars stainless steel or chrome steel?
A shopper on Jun 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They have a chrome coating. The chrome can rub off on dogs with white fur. Just a heads up
my dogs neck is 15in and he is about 45lb, is the 14in lightweight going to fit?
Cleo C on Apr 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: https://www.dog.com/ContentFiles/Sizing_Charts/100204.jpg

Sizing Instructions:
Collar should fit snugly just below the dog’s ears. Measure the circumference of dog's neck and add two inches.
Can you add or remove links to adjust the size?
A shopper on Dec 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, below imagine in summary item does state removable links.
A shopper on Jun 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Measure the circumference of dog's neck and add two inches. Collar should fit snugly just below the dog’s ears.
My pit lab mix has a neck circumference of 19 in, 18 if I’m tight. I’m wondering if a 22 in is the best size or the 20? I’m just afraid the 22 will be too loose.
Ramon B on May 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: For this is you are measuring circumference and adding 2 inches.
I have a 40 lb medium golden doodle. what size prong collar should I buy? If i buy a medium, can I take links out ?
A shopper on Apr 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Please seek to the size chart located by the add cart button, and follow measurements to measure for item correctly and then that will determine sizing.