Collars & Leads How To's

Choosing the right dog collar and lead

Written by Nancy Boland

The dog collar and lead is one of the most important and necessary tools you must have. But with so many different types out there, the options can be overwhelming. How do you choose the right one for your dog? And how do you use it to its full potential?

Simple dog collar and lead

If you don’t have any issues walking with their, this can be all you need. It allows you to keep your dog safely by your side and out of harm’s way. A great choice for those without any obedience problems.

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Slip collar

For dogs with issues on the walk, this can be a great tool for correcting behaviour you want to eradicate. If your dog is easily distracted other dogs, cars or people, this type of collar is great to combat behaviour issues.

Give a quick, firm pull sideways on the lead. If you pull straight back, your dog will pull against you. Instead, by giving a quick tug to the side, you knock him off balance and get his attention. Always keep your dog’s safety in mind when giving corrections.

Harness

The harness can be a great tool if you want to enjoy activities like rollerblading or running with your dog.

This is also a safe option for dogs with pushed-in faces that restrict breathing, such as pugs, dogs with trachea or throat problems, such as Pomeranians, and dogs with elongated, overly slender necks, such as Greyhounds, may have to avoid certain collars, such as slip collars. It can also help to eradicate pulling from stronger, stockier breeds like Staffordshire bull terriers and help even out the weight distribution and limit pulling.

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No matter what collar you use, pay attention to how you’re using it. The lead is like a form of communication. You’re telling your dog where to go, what speed to go at and when to stop and wait. Be confident and sure of what you’re doing with the lead, and your dog will be too.

If you’re really unsure of the best lead and collar get for your dog, ask your vet or simply do your research! However you choose, taking your dog’s medical and breed background into consideration can be paramount in making sure you keep your dog safe!

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About the author

Nancy Boland

I'm Nancy, owner of a very spoiled, one eyed Jack Russell called Basil. I'm a trainee veterinarian with a love for all things dogs. I'm especially passionate about dog adoption and always advocate rescue and enjoy writing about canine health and nutrition, alongside overall well-being tips for happy dogs!

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