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It’s time of buy your dog a new leash and collar. There are a wide variety of collars, harnesses and leashes to choose from. Stores are stocked with a huge assortment, some are used for training, some are just for walking. It could be very confusing.
When buying a collar, harness or leash, you must consider the age and size of your dog and the purpose for which you intend to use the items.
There are a few factors to consider when choosing a collar and leash for your dog from materials to training styles.
Nylon – Nylon is the most common materials that leashes are made of. They come in a large variety of colors, sizes and styles. Nylon collars are better for puppies.
Chain – Chain leashes are durable but can be difficult to hold. They can be hard to hold and they also tend to tangle.
Leather – Leather leashes are durable and comfortable They are easy to grip and the leather softens in time. Leather leashes come flat and braided.
I prefer leather. I always bought leather collars and leashes for my dogs. I liked the look and the way I was able to handle my dogs. It also held up well.
Cotton – Cotton leashes are good to use if your dog loves to swim. It tends to hold up well in water.
Flat-buckle Collars – This is the most basic type of collar. It’s a plain collar that snaps or buckles closed. It is used primarily for ID tags, rabbi tags and dog licenses and for dogs that are calm and walk nicely on leash.
Head Collars – Head collars are used to leash train your dog and give you the best control. They go over your dog’s nose but he can still breathe, eat and drink. Head collars control your dog’s neck and head. So they have to be fitted correctly.
Martingale Collars – Martingale Collars, slip collars, are designed with a length of material with rings at each end and another length of material running through the rings. These collars are good for dogs with slender necks. When your pup attempts to slip out of the collars it tightens to prevent him from getting loose. It comes in nylon and also nylon and chain.
Choke Collar – A choke collar is a thin chain that tightens as your dog pulls. When the leash is pulled, the collar will tighten around your dog’s neck and relax as the tension on the leash relaxes.
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Harnesses And Halters
Body Harness – A standard body harness with a back attachment is good for small dogs. Some harnesses hook in the front and some hook on the back. A body harness will not choke your dog. They are more effective if your dog is trained. . If your dog pulls you should use a standard collar. If you are using a long line for exercise and more freedom, you should use a harness.
Step-in Harness – This vest is popular for dogs that participate in sports. This vest if comfortable, easy and safe.
No Pull Harness – This harness has clips both in front and in back for training and everyday use.
Standard Leash – This is the most common of leashes used. Standard leashes are used for large dogs, small dogs and puppies.
Retractable Leashes. – Retractable leashes are usually made of nylon, These leashes give your dog more freedom to move and give you less control during your walk. They are commonly used for smaller dogs.
Trainers do not approve of retractable leashes because they teach the dog to pull.
When you are ready to choose your leash, you must consider your dog’s level of training, age, size and activity level.
Using a collar and leash keeps your dog safe when you are out for your walks. So it’s important to choose a collar and leash that fits properly, is durable and is comfortable for you and your dog.
They could be a training tool. A tug on a leash with a command is a stronger than just a command.
You should also place identification tags on the collar containing your dog’s name, your name and your phone number.
There are so many collars and leashes to choose from. You can get designer collars and leashes, fancy collars and leashes with embroidery and collars and leashes that glow in the dark.
Do your research. Remember whichever you choose, it is for a precious member of your family, your furry child.