When it comes to collars, harnesses and leashes, there are so many different styles that it can be overwhelming and difficult to determine which is best for you and your pet. The right selection depends in large part on the needs of you and your dog. Everyone has their favorite approach, so we encourage you to use what works best for you. But if you are interested in exploring options, we’ve put together a guide to help you navigate the choices!
Collars & Harnesses
Collars and harnesses offer different approaches to controlling your dog’s explorations and can be a vital training tool as well as a form of identification if your dog is lost
Classic Collars are most commonly used. They are great as an everyday collar and are most useful in situations where the dog doesn’t have breathing issues or isn’t disobedient or high-energy, as dogs who pull on the leash can choke themselves or slip out if too loose. Usually have a loop for ID tags.
Martingale collars tighten slightly when there’s pressure applied. Designed to limit the amount of tightening, these are a popular choice for breeds like greyhounds because these prevent the dog from slipping out without choking the neck. Usually have a loop for ID tags.
Harnesses rest on the dog’s shoulders more than the throat or neck which reduces pressure on those areas. Two types:
Back clip: Attach on back so the tension isn’t on the neck. This can give your dog leverage to pull which can make them difficult to control.
Front clip: Attach at the chest, which helps you control and redirect the dog back towards you if they pull, however it can also hinder their shoulder movement.
Prong collars are a common training tool to properly control dogs and are very effective at correction without having to use much force or pressure. Evenly applied pressure is gentler than the constant pressure from other collar types. They also can only tighten so far, making them safe for even strong breeds.
A leash is an essential tool, and is used for both training and every day use. The proper leash is one that gives your dog the ability to explore their environment but that also keeps them safe.
Standard Leashes are the most basic, all-purpose option that’s great for everyday use. They help keep your pet at a distance that’s easy to manage and come in a variety of materials and thicknesses.
Slip leads are both collars and leashes in one. If you or the dog pulls the collar will tighten. These are best for trained dogs, who will know not to pull. They aren’t long in length which means you stay in control.
We advise against the use of these retractable leashes for several reasons. They let dogs roam too much making it hard to control them or bring them back to you. They also do not discourage pulling which can cause issues when walking. These can be hazardous to you, your pet, and others.