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You will be surprised by the great number of different types of dog leashes that are available in the market. We live in a golden age where many types of dog leashes are invented to serve disparate purposes under different scenarios for various activities. This list is broken into 3 different parts:
The first part contains standard dog leashes made of different materials or different way in construction. They are merely a variation of their constituents.
The second part consists of dog leashes that were made with a specific feature that allow them to better serve what they are made for.
The last part is made up of dog leashes that are, well, not exactly leashes. They may be a misconception of what people commonly call it or a metaphor for something else.
1. Standard Dog Leash First up is the standard dog leash. It is the most simple of dog leashes, which basically is a long piece of fabric material that connects to the dog collar or harness. It fulfils the general purpose of a dog leash and many other new inventions of dog leash take after this structure. It is usually made up of materials that are cheap to produce. The PetSafe Nylon Dog Leash, highly rated on Amazon for its durability is made of nylon for example, and remains one of the cheapest dog leashes you can find on Amazon.
2. Paracord Dog Leash Paracord derives its name from parachute cord. It is made from nylon string strongly intertwined in a particular manner that amplifies its strength by multiple folds. It is therefore a mesh of material that is so immensely robust that it is used for parachute to withstand not only a person's weight, and also the bully of the wind. This is a technology that the military had invested in, and has found its way into many everyday items in the civilian world, the paracord dog leash being one of them. The BAAPET Strong Dog Leash is a very good product in this category. You can see that its reviews were all praise for its strength and durability. It does not cost a lot either as it is afterall made of nylon, a cheap material. It also has a reflective property.
3. Braided Dog Leash The signature feature of this dog leash is the way the leash is made. It is made of string of materials that are entwined in a certain way that is characterized as and given the name "braiding". The paracord dog leash is actually a kind of braided dog leash, but at a much granular level, and thus much stronger in comparison. Braided dog leash is not restricted to any material. It can be made of nylon, or even leather, like the OCSOSO Genuine Leather Braided Dogs Leash as shown above. They are a popular DIY project that you can probably take up. Note that a paracord require a specialized machine to do the weaving and there is not such thing as a DIY paracord dog leash that some websites advertise.
4. Leather Dog Leash The leather dog leash is made of leather. Leather is organic and it comes from the cows' hide. Leather material is regarded as a premium material and they ten to have higher cost. They even have a grade system to differentiate the superiority of the material. This leather dog leash from ADITYNA can easily cost 5 to 6 times that of a standard dog leash. And the material of this dog leash is not even in the league of the high end leathers. You can check the price of this dog leash on Amazon and compare. In my opinion, a leather dog leash does not fit its practicality as a dog leash, especially its rugged functions that involves lots of pulling, by virtue of the property of its material.
It does add a stylish factor that appeal to certain communities, but as a person who prefers function over fashion, so a leather dog leash is not for me. If you are going to get a leather dog leash - invest in a top-notch one that usually accompanied by a higher price tag. There is no point to skimp here since an inferior leather gets damaged very easily. Money is not the only thing that will guarantee a good leather dog leash. Avoid getting the leather dog leash if you also do not have the patience to take care of the leash. Anything that is made of leather requires as much care as you give to your pet to preserve its material properties. Be sure of what you are investing in.
5. Bungee Dog Leash Bungee dog leash are defined by the material it is made of. As can be seen from the image of the OutdoorMaster Bungee Dog Leash as shown above, the bungee material can be stretched to allow a certain degree of elasticity without compromising strength of the leash. It produces a strong tension when pulled, just like a bungee rope, and can give you a much needed advantage to compete with your dogs in mini games of tug of war on your routine walkies.
6. Climbing Rope Dog Leash This dog leash uses climbing rope as its material. The Friends Forever Slip Rope Dog Leash is an example. It is highly popular on Amazon and is decent alternatives to the paracord dog leash in terms of strength and the bungee dog leash in terms of elasticity.
7. Chain Dog Leash This leash is made of metal chains as shown by the image of the Chain Dog Leash from by Berry Pet above. A chain dog leash is a comparable alternative to the various other durable and strong dog leashes. However, its greatest asset is that it is chew proof. Unlike the others predecessors in this article so far, its metallic material does not contain multiple thin fabrics coming together, the downside of which is that once any of the thread gives way, the lifespan of the dog leash will start to deteriorate. It is impossible for a dog to be able to break the chain with their teeth. I even have problem cutting a metal chain with a plier, let alone the teeth and the strength of a dog.
8. Reflective Dog Leash The reflective dog leash's main feature is its namesake. It is made of material, or given a coat of material that reflects light, thus making your dog visible and safe during night walks around your neighborhood. Note that it does not produce light - it reflects light. Therefore, it is not the best leash to take on your camping trips with your dogs, as there might hardly by any light from any cars or lamp posts to live up to the functionality it boasts. The LED Dog Leash is what you are looking for, and we will talk about it in a minute.
9. Rope Dog Leash Yet another alternative to the braided series of dog leash, the rope dog leash is made of, well, rope. It gives a rustic feel to the leash and I consider this a better option that the leather dog leash to balance out function and fashion in a dog leash. Just look at the FAYOGOO Rope Dog Leash above. The hues of blue and yellow blend in beautifully to give you a product is very much pleasing to the eyes. Isn't it charming?
10. Carabiner Dog Leash Nothing much for this dog leash. It simply has a carabiner attached to the end of the dog leash. No visible purpose for this type of Dog Leash. Some of the dog leashes sold on Amazon come together with the carabiner, like the Mountain Climbing Rope Dog Leash by Kula Co. With just a carabiner, some manufacturers may jack up the price when it could have been cheaper buying the leash and the carabiner separately on your own.
11. Hands Free Dog Leash The first of the next category of dog leashes designed with a specific function in mind is the hands free dog leash. This leash is attached to your waist, freeing up your hands for taking photos on your hiking trips, or for engaging in your social life on your mobile while walking your dogs. The TaoTronics Retractable Hands Free Dog Leash seems to be a good choose, which is an Amazon favorite. It has the features of a reflective dog leash as well as a bungee dog leash. Another subtle advantage is that you are now using your weight to counter the force your dog will exert on the leash. This gives you more stability if your dog suddenly springs into a run so that you will not lose balance and end up being a meme.
12. Dog Bike Leash The dog bike leash is a legendary design mean for folks who love the outdoors and cycling combination and are looking for a way to take their dogs along. The Walky Dog Dog Bike Leash, as depicted in the picture above, has a rod attached to the bicycle, with the leash protruding from it to be locked onto the collar or harness on your dog. It frees up your hands to control your bicycle and keeps the dog in the same "stride" as your bicycle.
13. Dog Leash Umbrella This dog leash has an umbrella installed along the leash to provide your pooch some cover from the rain. It consists of a solid part of the leash that cannot be bent or stretched, running from the handle to the umbrella, and a shorter but flexible part from the underside of the umbrella to your dog. The shorter part of the leash does not have much slack for the dog to roam free to the outside of the umbrella. While this keeps your pooch dry, it restricts its freedom during a walk, which makes me genuinely question the purpose of taking a walk in the rain with your pet if you are not going to let it experience rain.
Anyway, if you plan on getting one try LESYPET Dog Umbrella due to their design. The solid part of the leash is ergonomically constructed at an angle such that when we hold onto the dog leash handle with our arms and hands in their natural position, the umbrella is placed at a distance away from our legs. This prevents the umbrella from hindering our legs while walking without having to tire out our wrists or our arms by placing them in a constant awkward position to keep the umbrella away from our legs. The amount of thought the manufacturer gave for this design is underrated. It should have more positive reviews on Amazon than what it has now.
14. Retractable Dog Leash (Flexi Dog Leash) This dog leash allows you adjust the length of your leash to your liking, comfort and control. This gives you freedom to decide how much space you are going to give your dog. This especially important when you bring your dog to unfamiliar places during your travels. Dogs tend to get excited and their explorer instincts get triggered when they enter unknown territories. To prevent unforeseen circumstances from happening under heightened tension, the retractable dog leash serve as a reliable insurance against causing undesired damage to people or properties. The Retractable Dog Leash by TUG is top of my recommended list of retractable dog leashes as it has a patented mechanism that prevent entangling of the leash, something which you do not want happening when you are retracting the dog leash during an emergency. However, this still happens sometimes, as some of the customers mentioned in the reviews.
15. Retractable Dog Leash With Flashlight This is an add-on to the retractable dog leash. Manufacturers install a flashlight to the body of the gadget that holds the coil of the leash, and turns out it is a popular feature. This is only found on the retractable dog leash as it has the gadget to provide a platform or a body for the flashlight to be built inside of or attached to. Sammi's Choice has seen an impressive number of positive reviews and purchase for its idea, as you can refer in this link.
16. Double Dog Leash A two in one dog leash, the double dog leash allows you to leahs onto more than 1 dog with just 1 handle. If you have more than 1 dog, and you should if you can afford it because companionship is really crucial to the social mentality of a dog, you will find the double dog leash very useful in more ways than one. For example, you can walk two dogs and still have a hand for, say, coffee. U-pick Double Dog Leash should be the nice choose, because the part of it that is attached to the dogs is a bungee dog leash. If you can recall, a bungee dog leash is elastic and generate a pulling force against the dogs when it is stretched. This is especially crucial for a double dog leash as it is more difficult to control 2 dogs with just one leash as you can only tug the leash in 1 direction. But with the bungee leashes, it would be as though you have grown 2 pair of hands to pull the dogs to a central location, giving you more control and feel like the boss in your walks.
17. Double Retractable Dog Leash This is a hybrid of the double dog leash and the retractable dog leash. The Dual Doggie Pet Leash from WIGZI for instance has 2 buttons for you to press to retract the different leashes that you choose. Should you get this product? Well retractable dog leash have a tendency to get entangled at the mouth of the retractor while retracting, especially if the leash is not taut during the retraction process. And this happens most of the time as the dogs are very mobile creatures. The risk of entanglement is high when there is slack in the leash, and having 2 dogs is not going to help as the chances of the 2 leashes intertwining is going to be pretty high. However, while these are just my opinions, there are many customers who find that the dual retractable dog leash has sparked joy in their lives. You can read their reviews here to learn more about the product.
18. Service Dog Leash The service dog leash is characterized by the words "SERVICE DOG" on it, like ALBCORP Padded Service Dog Leash. As you know, certain places forbids dog except service dogs, who are well trained and whose main purpose is to guide their owners who are down with certain disabilities.
19. No Pull Dog Leash for Disabled Owners Some service dog leashes have features specific to the disability of the owners. The Activedogs Service Dog Leash Hands Free Leash for instance, has the handle of the leash wrapped around the body of the owner. It is most suitable for people with a handicap in their sense of sight or in their upper limbs. Being wrapped around the body, it increases the sensitivity of even the slightest movement of the owner to the dog, allowing it to better anticipate any movements. This works vice versa too for the owners to feel any pull from their canine guides.
20. No Pull Dog Leash A no pull dog leash is characterized by having 2 leashes on the same dog, one at the back and one at the front. This leash is devised to counter dog that like to pull. The mechanism works based on the fact that applying a force against a dog's pull at its chest, which is its center of gravity and most effective spot to get the dog to stop pulling. The other leash attached to the neck or back allows for the owner to give a certain degree direction control on the dog when moving off in another direction, much like riding a horse. The leash is usually sold together with the harness as it requires a dual-clip harness for the leash to clip onto at the front and the back. The 2 Hounds Design Freedom is a highly popular example on Amazon. You might find other products labelled as a "no pull dog leash" if you do a search on it on Amazon but having only 1 leash. That is because the manufacturers categorize a dog leash as a no pull dog leash as long as it has the leash attachment at the front of the dog, not at the back. And if you think about that, it simply implies all dog leashes are no-pull! Which does not make any sense to me.
21. Instant Trainer Dog Leash On the backdrop of the no pull dog leash, I will like to quickly introduce this the Instant Trainer Dog Leash. "Instant Trainer" is a brand name, not a category name for the dog leash. This is a special leash that has a standalone category in this article because of how ingenious it is designed to create a self no pull mechanism. As you can see from the picture, 1 part of the leash is attached around the waist of the dog near the hind legs, the other at the neck, with a strap connect both attachments. This creates a self pulling force by the attachment at the back on that at the neck as the dog stretches its body to break into a run. It is a simple design with resounding effect. However, it might not be ideal for male dogs as the strap at the back might be in the way of the dog's penis. I guess I do not have to describe why this would make the dog uncomfortable, or maybe comfortable. Nonetheless, it depends on the body structure of your dog.
22. Seat Belt Dog Leash These leashes have the male part of a universal seat belt attachment at the end of the leash. It only use is in a car. It relieves you from the chore having to tie knots the head rest of your car to secure your dog. Just clip and move on. You can consider Duke & Dixie's Dog Seat Belt. It is sold in packs of 2 at an affordable price with quality vouched by many of its previous customers.
23. LED Dog Leash As its name implies, the dog leash shines at night and is meant for night activities. It not only illuminates the dog and the path, but also signals to oncoming vehicles of the presence of your dog. Some LED dog leash run on batteries while others are more conveniently USB rechargeable like the Amazon's Choice from Illumiseen.
24. Guide Dog Harness With Handle Now this does not have the word leash in its name, but I am going to classify it as a leash nonetheless as it does have the features of a leash! The Dean and Tyler Guide Dog Harness example shows a handle attached to the dog's harness. The handle serves as the leash for the owner. It is made this way because it is solid and will hold its position in a certain area above the dog with a small deviation, making it easy for the owner to retrieve the handle, as compared to a loose leash.
25. Long Dog Leash These dog leashes are literally long. The Amazon best seller, the Hi Kiss Long Dog Leash, can run up to 100 feets for example. You may start to ask why and when do you need such a long leash. Well, this kind of dog leash is meant for practical training purposes only. It is generally used when you are training your dog off the leash. It gives you that extra bit of control while your dog is running around freely without the tension of a leash on him. Before you are confident that they can be unleashed in public areas without causing harm and still obey your orders, that is when you use a long dog leash for practice. Another use is to allow your dog dog run freely around in your backyard but not escape the boundaries. A long dog leash will keep the dog at bay but still allow it to enjoy freedom within the compounds of your house.
26. Harness Lead This is not exactly an official standalone category of a dog leash. It the name of the Harness Lead brand. Because of its uniquity, this as a different kind of dog leash, but in the grey area between what defines a dog harness and what constitutes a dog leash. The harness lead is both a harness and a leash, made up of a single piece of material that goes around the dog's girth and neck to form a harness, and extends a number of feets to form the leash part of the entire device. The Harness Lead Escape Resistant is a 2 in 1 device that is convenient and very ideal for traveling where luggage space is scare.
27. Martingale Leashes Now these are born from a misconception of the martingale collar. The martingale collar basically consists of 2 loops of different sizes, with the smaller one completing the larger loop around the collar of the dog and attached to the leash.The idea behind it is that it stays loose and does not choke the dog when there is no pulling from the owner or the dog itself, and squeezes tight when there is an opposing force in the leash from either end. The small loops will be pulled by the taut leash and in turn tightening the larger loop around the dog's collar. The differentiating features actually lies in the collar but not the leash. But people have created names out of these vague definitions and I hope this article will address this issue.
28. Invisible Leashes These leashes have an interesting name, but they refer to anything else but a leash. One definition is purely for comedial sake. This invisible dog leash by Loftus is solid and stays afloat in the air when wielded at its handle, making you look as though you are walking your dog, except there is actually no dog.
This is something you will probably get for halloween to pull a trick on your neighbours or the traffic in your neighborhood. The other definition of an invisible leash is a technique to get you dog to stick around you when unleashed. It is part of a training, for the dog owner, to follow certain discipline and actions match a dog's school of thought and keep it from wandering too far.
When choosing what walking tools and supplies to outfit your new pup with, the variety of options seems endless! Leashes are an important training tool, and something that you will use almost every day, which means it is important for you to find one that matches your needs and preferences. You will see dog owners walking their pups on lots of different widths and lengths, styles, materials, and even different clasp and handle types. Which is best for you and your dog? Different activities are easier with different kinds of leashes.
You might find that having multiple kinds of leashes is best, depending on the things you plan on doing with your dog - whether it is hiking, going to dog training class, or walking through a crowded city center. No matter what kind of leash you choose, it should be well-made with a secure clasp and comfortable for you to use. These things listed below are some of what you will want to keep in mind when choosing a leash.
DOG LEASH CONSIDERATIONS
1 - If you are concerned about the leash getting dirty or stinky, choose one that is odor-resistant and easily washable.
2 - If your pup gets ahold of the leash and it is not durable, you may be buying several until they grow out of the habit and are trained not to chew on their leash.
3 - Do you want an all in one daytime and nighttime leash? If so, opt for a reflective one.
4 - Leash size and material should be chosen based on the size and weight of your dog. A chihuahua will be overwhelmed by the weight of a thick leash with a heavy clasp, and a Saint Bernard can easily snap a thin leash strap or lightweight clasp.
DOG LEASH MATERIALS While it is possible to find leashes in rubber - not recommended and cotton, the most common leash materials you will find on the market today are made out of the materials nylon, leather, and chain. Which one is right for you depends on you and the size of your budget.
Standard Leash This leash is the most common type you will see and easiest to find in pet stores. Standard leash lengths vary between 4 to 6 feet, with widths between 3 / 8ths of an inch to 1-inch wide.
Nylon - Nylon leashes are affordable and easy to clean. It can be comfortable in your hand if the sizing is correct and the edges of the nylon are not sharp. The thinner the width of a nylon leash, the more likely you will get leash burn on your hands if your dog pulls unexpectedly! Nylon is not quite as flexible or as soft as other leash materials, especially if you need a larger, thicker leash size for a big dog. Some dogs also chew through nylon leashes quickly. If you have a leash chewer, avoid regular nylon leashes.
Nylon leashes are a good option for short walks or for quick trips to the vet clinic, pet store, or dog daycare, and often have lots of safety options, because it is inexpensive and durable. Nylon is ideal for climates or environments that often result in a wet leash, though you will want to let it dry completely between uses. Because it is a man made fiber, you can find nylon in just about every color and pattern. There are lots of options, and they are widely available, so you likely won't have to worry about special ordering or extensive searching to find what you want. The primary drawbacks to nylon dog leashes are that it is not hard for a dog to chew through, and if your dog tends to pull the leash rubbing against your skin could create a friction burn over time.
Leather - Quality leather leashes are long-lasting and very comfortable to hold. Leather can be tough to clean if it gets dirty, so this type of leash is best for regular leash walks around town. Choose a leather leash that is water-resistant to prevent drying out and cracking, like this leather leash from Timber and Tide Outdoor Company.
Leather leashes are a high-quality item and are very durable, but may need to be treated with a leather conditioner to maintain their quality. Leather has a natural give and tends to be the most comfortable because it will soften to your hand over time. While not resistant to chewing, they do hold up well. If you have had issues with nylon in the past or are willing to invest more upfront for a long-lasting leash, leather could be the right leash material for you.
Chain - Chains are ideal for dogs that chew through other leash materials. Because they are metal, these leashes can be hefty. For a larger or stronger breed, this weightier dog leash could be a good fit. If using with a small puppy, you will want to get a thin chain that is as light as possible, then upgrade to a tougher leash as your dog grows.
Rope - Leashes made from mountain climbing rope have become more popular due to the comfort and the durability of the material used. There is a little bit of give in a rope leash, which can help protect your arm and shoulder from injury if your dog pulls on leash. Nice choose is rope leash by Ruffwear - it lasts for years and shows no signs of wear and tear, has reflective rope woven in for nighttime walks, a locking carabiner-style clasp, and has a comfortable handle that has room for attaching a poop bag holder and other accessories.
Hemp - If your dog has sensitive skin or allergies, a hemp leash is a wonderful option due to its hypo-allergenic properties. Hemp is very earth-friendly, the plant itself is grown without the use of pesticides or fungicides because of its hardiness. It's also anti-microbial and naturally odor resistant! This hemp leash by West Paw is lightweight, super soft on your hands - it gets even softer with use, and is strong and durable enough to last for years.
Retractable Leash Retractable leashes, also referred to as flexi leashes, might seem like a great idea — you want your dog to have the freedom to explore while still being attached to you, but oftentimes these retractable leashes cause more problems than that freedom is worth! Not only do retractable leashes teach a dog that pulling on leash is acceptable, but retractable leashes can cause injury to both humans and dogs.
These leashes have bulky and often uncomfortable to hold handles, and they are difficult to use as a tether if you need to attach your dog to a post or tree. The cords in these types of leashes are not very durable and can break with enough sudden pressure, or be easily chewed through. It is also easy for these cords to get wrapped around legs and trip people and dogs.
The retractable style also does not allow for much control over your dog - they have lots of freedom with the extended length, but you can not easily reel them in. With all that distance between you and them, they can easily walk into the street ahead of you, or around the corner right into a potentially dangerous situation. Oftentimes, dogs on a retractable leash practice very rude greetings of other dogs and people, rushing up to them with their owner far behind and unable to prevent jumping on people or intervene if the dogs do not get along.
Some dog owners purchase a retractable leash because they think it will help with their dog's leash pulling, but these leashes actually teach your dog that pulling works. The dog gets more leash length if they pull against tension from the retractable, which reinforces that pulling works to get them where they want to go forward! It is almost impossible to teach a dog polite leash walking when using a retractable leash, since the leash itself is teaching the dog the exact opposite of keeping a loose leash.
It is not recommended to use etractable leashes, but that does not mean you can not use one responsibly if you choose. Retractable leashes should only be used if your dog is well-trained to not pull on leash and if you are in the appropriate environment, such as the beach or a large open field where the cord can not be caught on anything and rip.
DOG LEASH WIDTH While width might not be the first thing you think of when considering what kind of leash to buy, it is a factor in selecting the right leash.
Thicker Leashes If your dog is a chewer or a strong puller, you will want to choose a thicker leash. A good width will provide more strength and keep the leash from snapping under tension if your dog pulls.
Thinner or Slimmer Leashes Small dogs or young and small puppies will want a thinner leash because these are lighter and less restrictive. With a puppy, you may need to upgrade later to a thicker leash depending on their breed and temperament.
DOG LEASH LENGTH
4 ft For highly trafficked areas, like a busy city street, the 4ft dog leash is ideal. This length keeps your dog from getting in others' way or getting wrapped around poles and lampposts. This size can also be useful in situations where your dog might feel compelled to wander before they have been trained to stay at your side.
6ft Six feet is the most common length for dog leashes and is ideal for walking in neighborhoods or less trafficked areas. A 6ft leash allows your dog room to explore, without leaving so much slack that the leash drags on the ground or gets tangled around your dog's legs or your own.
8-10 ft If you are looking for a longer leash for training purposes, you will want to try an 8-10ft leash. This length allows you to keep control of your dog, but also allows for more distance between you.
Long line leashes Long line leashes are used for distance command training, and can range from 50-150ft long. If you are training your dog in long sits or stays, or in recall commands, a long line dog leash is ideal. By using a long line leash, you can maintain distance from your dog while also maintaining a connection and some control.
Adjustable Leash Adjustable leashes are a great option for when you need to shorten the leash temporarily, need to tether your dog to your body or to a tree or post, or even walk two dogs at once using one leash. It is a great leash for attaching to both your dog's collar and their front-attachment harness. Instead of a regular handle, this type of leash has clasps on both ends, and rings at different intervals of the leash length. Based on where you attach one clasp to determines the size of the handle and the length of the leash.
This kind of leash suitable when working on training a dog to walk on a loose leash and for a tighter heel position on leash. I can loop it around my waist or over one shoulder, or shorten the amount of available leash to the dog by simply moving the clasp down one loop. This adjustable leather leash by Guiding Star is comfortable to hold, durable, and offers a short, medium, and long leash length option.
Chain Leash Chain leashes are recommended primarily for dogs that like to chew on their leash. While nylon, leather, or rope leashes might be too enticing for your puppy and can not withstand much chewing, chain leashes replace the leash length with steel chain links. This discourages chewing since it does not taste or feel that great when chewed. Dogs are unable to chew through the metal and ruin the leash. However, chain leashes can be cumbersome for every day use, since they are heavy for both the human and the dog, and uncomfortable to grip mid-leash if needed. Walking your dog on a chain leash can also make them look more intimidating than they are to some people, since chains are associated with being tough.
If your dog tries to chew on their leash, try a chain leash like this one with a comfortable padded handle, paired with teaching your dog that a leash is not a chew toy. Most dogs avoid trying to chew on the chain leash because it doesn't feel good, however some dogs still will chew heavily on a chain leash due to habit or stress. If your dog does not seem to mind chewing on a chain leash, you will need to switch to a different material of leash to prevent any tooth damage and work with a certified positive reinforcement trainer to change this behavior.
Split Leash For Multiple Dogs If you need a leash for walking two dogs and want to walk them together without having to juggle leash handles, the split leash option is for you! A split leash has one handle, and the leash splits into two separate leads with their own clasp for each dog. Choose a split leash that has a tangle-free leash coupler like this one from Mighty Paw to prevent your two pups from getting tangled together.
The leash can be detached from the split lead and used as a regular leash when just walking one of your dogs. If you already have a leash you love but need to add a leash splitter for your second dog, this Snagle Paw coupler is tangle-free with reflective stitching and shock-absorbing bungees. Before using a split leash, make sure both your dogs are trained to walk without pulling if they are not, they will encourage the other to pull with this leash setup.
Short Leash (Traffic Handle) The traffic leash style is a shorter version of a standard leash, usually with a length of 1 to 2 feet. These leashes keep your dog nice and close, which is useful for crossing intersections more safely, visits to the veterinary clinic, or when practicing the Heel cue. You can use a separate traffic leash for these instances, or purchase a standard leash with the traffic handle built in like this one from Primal Pet Gear.
Slip Lead (Martingale Leash) A slip lead style leash is a leash and collar in one, instead of a clasp at one end there is a metal ring through which the handle is looped through to create a slip knot around the dog's neck. This leash is convenient for leashing up a dog, since it only requires looping the neck opening over the dog's head and then you are good to go! Slip leads are also ideal to gain control over a loose dog, especially one with no collar on.
You should keep a few extra of these light-weight slip leads in my car in case I need to help rescue a loose dog. They can also be used to make an emergency muzzle or emergency harness. Its wise to use slip leads only for temporary use or for dogs that do not pull on leash. Using this type of leash long term, or for a dog that pulls, is equal to using a choke collar and can cause neck and throat issues, not to mention unintended behavioral consequences of using an aversive. However, this type of leash is commonly used in shelters or veterinary clinics for short-term control of a dog, not to correct leash pulling or other behavior issues.
Umbilical Cord Hands-Free Leash If your dog is your jogging partner or you want them to be, an umbilical cord style leash is your best option for a hands-free experience. An umbilical cord style leash has a waist-belt to which the bungee leash attaches and two handles, one close to your waist and the other closer to the dog for more control. Having a bungee built into the leash length helps with pulling and shock absorption when starting and stopping your jog.
Umbilical cord leashes are convenient for hiking with your dog, or if you need your hands free for other reasons, like pushing a stroller, or holding an umbrella. They are also indispensable for potty training your puppy when you need to keep a close eye on their movements indoors to prevent potty accidents, but still need your hands to get everyday work or chores done.
In addition to helping you keep your pup safe, collars also provide a place to hang your dog's identification tags which contain their name and yours, a phone number and proof of rabies vaccination. In the event your dog does get loose and can not find their way home, a collar with ID tags attached ensure that the sweet soul that finds your runaway canine will easily know how to get them home.
Safety aside, there is also another big reason for collaring, and thereby leashing, your dog: training. Get The Correct Size For Your Dog! Before you purchase a dollar or leash, it is important to make sure you are getting the right size for your pup's weight and size. You should double-check that you are purchasing the appropriate size for your dog. Some collars and leashes are designed for larger or smaller dogs, so be sure to read the item description before you purchase.
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Your dog's leash can become quite dirty with daily walks, runs in the rain, drops in puddles, and clumps of fur from your dog. It does not take much to make your dog's leash dirty. And a dirty leash is a stinky leash. Your dog's leash is built with strength to take your dog from place to place. Washing it is important, but maintaining its strength and integrity is equally important, so placing it in a washing machine might weaken the material. So, just how do you clean your dog's leash so it remains strong yet no longer smells like dog?
Your dog spends a lot of time getting dirty. He also spends much time getting clean. Though he might not appreciate not smelling like a stinky dog quite as much as you do, he might appreciate a clean smelling leash. His nose is strong and offensive odors might hit him quicker than they do you if he is attached to them on his leash. Lead the way with a clean leash for every walk. Maintain your dog's leash and enjoy your walks more without the stench of dirty dog on your hand and on your best friend. Fido will enjoy his walks will a fresh smelling leash too.
The Bowl Soak Method
1. Prepare - Prepare a leash bath with a bowl, hot water, and dog shampoo. You can use dish soap to remove tough stains or grease.
2. Bowl - Fill a large bowl of hot water. Make this water too hot for you to touch.
3. Shampoo - Add a tablespoon of dog shampoo to the bowl and use a spoon to stir or mix it into the water.
4. Leash Soak Add the leash into the bowl and let it soak for at least ten minutes or until the water is cool enough to touch.
5. Scrub - Once the hot water has cooled, scrub the leash together to remove stubborn stains.
6. Rinse - Use clean running water to rinse the shampoo off the leash.
7. Dry - Let the leash dry naturally. Avoid placing it in your dryer as that could weaken webbing or damage leather.
The Scrub Method
1. Sink - Fill a sink with warm water. Add dog shampoo while the water is running to make the water soapy.
2. Add Leash - Add the leash to the water and let it soak for fifteen minutes.
3. Scrub - Pull the leash out of the sink and let the water drain. Add shampoo to areas with visible dirt and scrub with a clean, soft brush such as a toothbrush.
4. Fill Sink - Fill the sink with cool water for rinsing. Leave the leash in the water soaking for several minutes. If the water appears dirty, keep scrubbing and rinsing.
5. - Air Dry Once the leash is clean, hang it to air dry. You can squeeze excess water out with a towel to stop dripping as it is drying.
CAUTION & CONSIDERATIONS Consider washing your dog's collar or harness at the same time as his leash.
Dish soap might help remove grease from your dog's leash.
If the leash or collar will be against your dog's skin, consider using the same dog shampoo to clean them as you use on your dog.
To remove excess dirt, rub the leash together against itself or use a new scouring sponge to remove soil.
To maintain the integrity of the leash, avoid washing it in the washing machine or dishwasher.
Drying the leash thoroughly is important before use. A towel along the length of the leash can soak up excess water and assist in drying faster.
Sun drying will dry the leash quickly, but avoid leaving the leash outside in the sun for a prolonged time as the sun will weaken the material.
Consider washing your dog's leash after a day at the beach, a hike in the woods, or a visit anywhere away from home. Bringing home sand, fleas or ticks from the woods is simple to do if you bring the leash inside your home after a fun day away.
How often you wash your dog's leash is up to you.
Be sure to inspect the leash for broken webbing or other damage each time you wash it.
Did you know there is a colour coding system used by dog owners to signify specific health or behavioural issues their pet may have? Coloured leashes and ribbons are a great way to indicate if your dog is aggressive, blind or in training. Even if your dog does not fall into any of these categories, it is an important thing to be aware of so you can detect potential issues with other dogs you may come across when out for a walk.
A quick search will direct you to a number of colour-coded collars and leashes such as these. These items help give dogs of all breeds the voice they need to let strangers know what their personality is before they are approached, making dog walking more enjoyable for everyone. The colour-coded system is visible from a distance to warn others in advance, and has large embroidered writing so there is no confusion on the meaning.
Coloured Ribbons Another option for dog owners is to use coloured ribbons or bandanas that follow the same colour coding as seen above tied in a prominent spot on a dog's leash. Yellow ribbons are one of the most commonly used ribbons, signifying that the dogs who sport them need extra space when on a walk or around strangers.
It is important to know that these dogs are not necessarily aggressive but can be uncomfortable or nervous around strangers, may be experiencing pain from a recent surgery, or not fully trained. The red ribbon is also common and signifies that the dog may be aggressive if approached by a person or another animal. It is important to remember that regardless of what colour the dog may be wearing, even if it is green, it is important to always ask the dog's owner if you can touch their dog.
Carabiners might be our favorite dog walking tool of all time. Why? Because no matter what equipment you use to walk your dogs - accidents happen and equipment fails. That is where carabiners come in. If you slap on a carabiner, that failed equipment will still be attached to something else on the dog's body, usually a flat collar and your dog will still attached be to you and the leash. Carabiners are rad little dudes.
5 WAYS TO USE CARABINERS
1. Connect the flat or martingale collar to the Easy Walk Harness or other body harness.
2. Connect the flat or martingale collar to the Gentle Leader or other head halter - try a small carabiner, if the regular size is too heavy.
3. Connect the flat collar to the Martingale Collar.
4. Connect the flat or martingale collar to the prong collar.
5. Connect the leash to your belt loop or wrap the leash around your waist and secure with the carabiner - it is an extra layer of protection if you ever drop the leash when your dog decides to break dance at another dog.
To be more specific: Slide the carabiner through the ring on your dog's flat or martingale collar and through the ring on whatever piece of equipment they are wearing, let's say: the front ring on a body harness. Attach your leash as you normally would to the front of the harness.
Now, if the dog gets out of the harness: your leash will still be attached to the harness (now dangling loose), because it is attached by the carabiner to the flat collar. So your dog will suddenly have an extra few inches of "leash" in that failed harness, but ultimately, you and the leash are still attached to the dog via the carabiner clipped to the flat collar.
If a carabiner does not work with your equipment or you do not have one on hand, at a minimum, you can try clipping your leash to both pieces of equipment. You can even buy a leash with a built-in carabiner from Ruff Wear. So head over to a camping store and buy a good one - spend a few bucks and it will last you forever.
Trigger Snap Clip This clip style stands up to a lot of pressure with a spring-loaded lever that you push inwards to open the clasp and connect to a collar or harness ring. These clips are usually bigger than the bolt snap style and can withstand more pressure - it is a great clasp if you have a large, strong dog.
Bolt Snap Clip This type of leash clasp is the most common, and relies on a spring inside a shaft to slide the bolt open and connect to the collar or harness ring, before releasing the spring to close the bolt back down.This style of leash clip tends to be the easiest to connect and disconnect from the dog's collar quickly and easily. They are reliable for the most part, but over time the spring weakens which can cause the bolt to not stay closed correctly and strong dogs that pull on leash can also bend or break these kinds of clips. This clip works just fine if you have a smaller dog or one that does not pull on leash. If your leash has this type of clip, just make sure to check that it is still strong every couple of weeks.
The Nifti SafeLatch is a much safer version of the standard bolt clip. It is the only patented leash with a bolt clasp that goes all the way into a fitted hole. The Preventive Vet team tried it out and it is very easy to open and attach or detach from a collar. There is a high-powered magnet built into the hook that pulls your dog's collar ring closer to the clasp for quick attachments. You can see this in action if you look at the video on the Amazon product page. This leash is suitable for medium or large dogs.
Carabiner Locking Clasp A carabiner with a lock is my favorite type of leash clasp, ever since a previous dog of mine figured out how to unclip their trigger snap clip using a strategically placed chair and just the right amount of pressure. Many dog leashes have locking carabiners built in, like the Knot A Leash by Ruffwear. The carabiner is a bit more bulky than other leash clips, but it is the most secure option. Keeping a carabiner on your dog's leash, whether or not you use it as the clasp, is a great idea and can be used in a variety of ways! It can make it easier to tether your dog when needed, create a fail-safe if your dog likes to slip their collar or harness, and provides a great place to attach keys or your dog's portable water bowl.
When picking out your dog's gear, choose a leash that keeps your dog secure and is comfortable for you to use. Having a leash that is easy to use makes your adventures with your dog much more enjoyable!
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A walk with your dog can be a soothing time spent with your canine best friend or it can be a battle for control. The way your dog acts when he is on leash can cause serious problems. Sometimes, canines are pulling on the leash, mouthing the leash, and barking and lunging at the end of the leash.
All of these behaviors are problematic, but all have solutions. It should be no surprise that leash annoyances are so common in dogs, the leash restricts your dog's ability to move as he wants, and so he does one or all of these behaviors in order to have a certain need met. The responsibility for fostering a more relaxed, controlled walk lies on the human side of the leash, though: Once you understand why your dog does the undesirable behavior, you can redirect him to a more constructive alternative.
PULLING ON THE LEASH
What it looks like: Your dog strains at the leash, nearly choking himself. This may be the way your dog habitually walks, or perhaps the pulling only happensat the beginning of the walk or in high-distraction, exciting situations.
Why it happens: Dogs naturally want to pull against pressure rather than giving into it. Your dog learns that when he pulls, he is more likely to get where he wants to go and to get there faster. Dogs who pull have little connection with the human on the other end of the leash, they are only interested in what is in front of them.
How to change it: Gain control by only allowing your dog to move forward when the leash is loose. As soon as your dog pulls hard enough to make the leash tight, stop in place and wait for a loose leash before continuing forward. For dogs who are especially resistant to change, use a verbal marker like "oops" to mark when the leash becomes taut, and then change direction with a gentle pull - no jerking, that hinders any forward motion. When a dog is pulling to get to something, like sniffing a bush or going into the dog park, only allow forward movement while he is on a loose leash.
Once he has walked close enough to the area of interest, ask for a quick behavior, like a hand target or sit, and release him to sniff the bush or enter the dog park as a reward. In addition, carry treats to reward your canine every time he checks in and turns his head toward you or even in your direction. This increases your dog's awareness of your presence and teaches him that looking at you is more rewarding than looking around him. Teach and reward a heel on leash, or walking aligned next to you, this can be a useful alternative behavior when your dog is highly aroused. Your entire walk does not need to be a heel, though loose-leash walking allows your dog to explore and sniff, which is important for his mental health.
Ask your dog to heel until he calms down or you pass the distraction, and then release him on a loose leash as a reward. Dogs are more apt to pull on back-clip harnesses, flat collars, choke chains and prong collars. To help manage pulling and gain more control on walks, use a front-clip harness that crosses the front of your dog's chest and gently nixes pulling. For dogs who are powerful and out of control, head halters are another good choice for hindering pulling.
MOUTHING & CHEWING THE LEASH
What it looks like: Your dog grabs the leash in his mouth. Some nibble and bite, while others pull, like a game of tug-of-war. This may be done while walking or when standing still with the leash on.
Why it happens: Some dogs do this frequently, all throughout the walk, while others only do it when they are over-the-top with nervous agitation. Having something in their mouth is calming for some dogs, especially those bred to retrieve objects, like Labradors. It is also a game that gets attention and a reaction from people.
How to change it: Teach your dog an alternative behavior to do instead. For some dogs, merely asking for a heel while walking or rewarding a quiet behavior while waiting, such as a down, replaces the leash chewing. You can also take the fun out of unwanted mouthing by downplaying the behavior. Try using two leashes, one on a harness and the other on the collar. When your dog grabs one leash to mouth or chew, drop the leash to take away the resistance that is naturally created when you are holding on to the leash. Switch between leashes as needed so that there is no fun tug available with the leash game.
Swap your fabric leash for a chain leash. Chain leashes are not nearly as fun to chew on and can not be grabbed or tugged as easily as a fabric leash. If your dog is chewing the leash simply because he wants something in his mouth, give him something he can carry, like a stuffed toy or ball, to serve as a type of pacifier during walks.
LUNGING, BARKING & REACTING ON LEASH
What it looks like: Your dog will usually be reacting to something in his environment. Often it is another dog, but triggers also include joggers, bikers, skateboarders or strollers. Your dog may lunge, stand on his hind feet and strain at the end of the leash, spin in circles or vocalize with barks and whines.
Why it happens: Most of the time these behaviors are rooted in anxiety and frustration. Your dog becomes upset at the sight of the stimulus for a number of reasons, such as: He cannot approach the stimulus and check it out because he is restricted by the leash, or the leash restricts his ability to get away from a situation that makes him uneasy and anxious.
There may also be an element of chase to the sequence, especially with faster moving joggers or bikers - the dog wants to run after them as they move past but cannot because he is on a leash. It is important to note that the more a dog is punished for reacting on leash, the worse the behavior can become; punishment can cause a dog who already has a negative association with a situation to become even more aroused and upset in that situation.
How to change it: It is important in a situation like this to get help from a professional, such as a veterinary behaviorist or a veterinarian working with a positive reinforcement trainer. This issue rarely resolves on its own and requires assessing the individual dog's emotional state, triggers, level of aggression on leash and the degree to which the dog poses a risk to other animals, people and to himself through this behavior. You will need to work with a trainer to address your dog's response to the specific stimulus and provide a better alternative behavior for him to perform in that situation.
This means introducing your dog gradually to the problematic situation, like seeing another dog, and teaching him an alternative behavior, like making eye contact with you or hand targeting when he sees the other dog. In addition, in order to turn the sight of another dog or any other problematic stimulus from something bad into a signal something great will happen, it must be paired with highly reinforcing treats, play, attention - anything your dog enjoys.
Front-clip harnesses and head halters give more control and allow the animal to be turned around and away from the stimulus before he reacts. Teach your dog to turn on cue: Offer a verbal cue such as "turn" and immediately refocus your dog's attention by rewarding walking next to you as you move away. Cross the street or walk up a driveway to create enough distance so your dog no longer reacts. Visual blockers, like a car or a tree, can also lessen the reaction until the stimulus passes. These strategies can be useful for preventing the habeit from being rehearsed while the issue is being addressed with training.
If you struggle with your dog pulling on the leash every time you take a walk, you are not alone. It's probably the most common problem dog owners complain about, especially for those people with larger dogs. Teaching your dog to walk on a loose leash will eliminate leash-pulling during walks, which is safer for your dog and more enjoyable for you. This technique is not a perfect "heel," which keeps your dog strictly by your side, but instead allows your pet room to sniff and explore as long as it leaves some slack in its leash.
Leash issues are a huge problem for the dog-owning public and a leading culprit for why so many otherwise healthy dogs are doomed to life or usually more accurately, an early death, in animal shelters. Whether it's simple leash-pulling or more significant leash reactivity and leash aggression, the primary thing to keep in mind is that these issues are almost always preventable and manageable when using positive training methods. Contrary to popular belief, dogs do not pull on the leash while being walked because they want to be pack leader, top dog, alpha or dominant over their human.
There is a much simpler explanation that does not give credence to the myth that dogs are on a quest for world domination!
Dogs love to be outside, and the walk is a stimulating and exciting part of their day, so the desire to push ahead is very strong. Humans do not make ideal walking partners since a dog's natural and comfortable walking pace is much faster than ours. Having to walk calmly by a person's side when the only thing a dog really wants to do is run and investigate his environment requires a degree of impulse control that can be very difficult for some dogs to utilize.
That being said, all dogs need to be taught how to walk on a leash in a positive way without pain or discomfort so that a walk becomes enjoyable for everyone. Gradually you will reduce the number of treats and the amount of troubleshooting that your puppy needs during a walk, but it's a good idea to keep some on hand at all times so you can randomly reinforce good leash-walking behavior.
Why Dogs Pull on the Leash? The biggest reason dogs pull on the leash is to get to where they want to go. Pretty simple, huh? The problem with letting them pull ahead to investigate an alluring scent is they quickly learn that pulling is rewarding.
Dogs often pull because of opposition reflex from the tension on the leash.
A dog's natural pace is much faster than our walking pace. Dogs normally like to trot rather than walk slowly, so it takes some training to keep them beside us while walking.
We normally walk in a straight line and at a steady pace which is not natural for dogs. Dogs enjoy exploring their surroundings by chasing things or following interesting scents with their noses.
Fearful dogs may pull to get back home because it's where they feel safe.
How To Stop Your Dog From Pulling On Leash: Introduce the puppy to the collar or harness and leash. Start out by letting him get used to wearing a collar or harness and a leash. Let him wear them for short periods of time in the house while you are playing with him and giving him treats. The puppy should love collar-and-leash time because it represents food and fun.
Make the puppy come to you. While he is on his way to you, still wearing the leash and collar, back up a few paces and then reward him when he gets to you. Continue the progression until your puppy, upon hearing the cue noise, comes to you and walks with you a few paces. Remember that puppies have a short attention span, so keep your sessions short, and end them when your puppy is still eager to do more, not when he is mentally exhausted.
Practice inside. Now that your puppy understands how to come to you, practice walking a few steps in a room with little distraction. Feeling and seeing the leash around him will be enough of a challenge. Offer treats and praise as your puppy gets used to coming to you, as described above, with a leash on.
Take it outside. Finally, you are ready to test your puppy's skills in the Great Outdoors. There will be new challenges with this step because all the sounds, smells, and sights your puppy encounters will be intriguing and new to him. Be patient and keep the first walks short. While you are on a walk, if your puppy looks as if he is about to lunge toward something or is about to get distracted - you will notice this because you will keep your eyes on him at all times, make your cue sound and move a few steps away. Then reward him with a treat for following you.
If you are overpowered by your dog's pulling and cannot start the teaching process for fear of being pulled over, then there are humane equipment solutions to help modify the pulling while you teach your dog to walk appropriately.
A chest-led harness is a perfect training aid, as it takes pressure off a dog's sensitive neck by distributing the pressure more evenly around the body. When the leash is attached to a ring located on the chest strap and your dog pulls, the harness will turn his body around rather than allowing him to go forward. I recommend this kind of harness for anyone who needs extra help, as safety has to come first.
Leash pulling is often successful for the dog because the person inadvertently reinforces the pulling by allowing their dog to get to where he wants to go when he pulls. But you can change this picture by changing the consequence for your dog.
When he pulls, immediately stop and stand completely still until the leash relaxes, either by your dog taking a step back or turning around to give you focus. When the leash is nicely relaxed, proceed on your walk. Repeat this as necessary.
If you find this technique too slow you can try the reverse direction method. When your dog pulls, issue a "Let's Go" cue, turn away from him and walk off in the other direction, without jerking on the leash.
You can avoid yanking by motivating your dog to follow you with an excited voice to get his attention. When he is following you and the leash is relaxed, turn back and continue on your way. It might take a few turns but your vocal cues and body language will make it clear that pulling will not be reinforced with forward movement, but walking calmly by your side or even slightly in front of you on a loose leash will allow your dog to get to where he wants to go.
You can also reinforce your dog's decision to walk close to you by giving him a motivating reward when he is by your side.
Once your dog is listening to you more, you can vary the picture even more by becoming unpredictable yourself. This means your dog has to listen to you at all times because he never knows when you are going to turn or where you are going to go next. Instead of turning away from him when you give the let's go cue, reverse direction by turning towards him. You can turn in a circle or do a figure of eight. Any of these variations will get your dog's attention. Do not forget to praise him for complying, because the better you make him feel walking close to you, the more he will chose to do so.
Loose Leash Walking Techniques
Use High Value Treats! This is all about rewarding your dog to stay at your side rather than pulling ahead. I could have had strips of filet mignon hot off the grill and it wouldn't have mattered to Haley. Besides, some dogs might not be motivated by treats.
Become a Tree The idea is to stop when the leash becomes tight, then don't move again until your dog creates some slack in the leash. We tried this for a few weeks, but as soon as I would move again, the pulling continued.
Reverse Direction With this technique, you change directions while calling your dog to you when they begin to pull on the leash. This worked slightly better than becoming a tree, but it still wasn't very effective in the long term. I am sure plenty of people got a good laugh while watching me do this for a few weeks though.
Walk Faster But slow down if your dog pulls ahead - The idea with this strategy is that dogs like to walk a faster pace than us humans so they will be rewarded for staying closer. Haley would pull less at the faster pace but she was still pulling.
Make sure your dog walks behind you This is related to the dominance theory of keeping your dog slightly behind you so you are perceived as the pack leader. I never bought into this theory but I did try keeping her close to me on a short leash. It did not help with the pulling issue.
Tips on Dog Leash Training
Choose a Leash and Collar You will need a 6-foot leash and a collar. If your dog is in the habit of pulling, it may be able to easily slip out of a regular flat buckle collar. In this case, a martingale collar is a good option. This collar is ideal for training a dog to walk on a loose leash. It looks like a regular flat collar but has an extra loop that pulls tight when your dog pulls. This keeps dogs from slipping out of the collar. However, the martingale collar has a stopping point and will not close too tightly the way a choke chain does.
Give the Command Choose a word or phrase that lets your dog know what is expected of it. Since this is not a formal "heel," something like "with me" or "let's go" works well. Start out on your walk with your dog at your side, give the cue word or phrase, and begin walking.
Stop and Go When your dog pulls at the end of the leash, stop immediately and do not budge. Never allow your dog to move forward when it is pulling or lunging. This way, you are teaching your dog that the only way to get where it wants to go is by leaving some slack in the leash. As soon as there is some slack in the leash, you can begin again. Give your dog the command "with me" and start moving forward. If your dog seems relentless about pulling on the leash even when you stop, try changing directions instead. You may find yourself turning in circles at first, but soon your dog will learn that it's not going anywhere if it pulls. It will learn to pay attention to you to figure out which way to go.
Reward the Canine! Once you step out of your house, you have a lot of competition for your dog's attention. You have to make staying close to you more rewarding and fun than running off to explore all the sights and smells of your neighborhood. For this, you can use treats, praise, and a happy tone of voice. To start, any time your dog turns and looks at you, praise it and offer a treat. This is also a good time to use a clicker if you have decided to try clicker training. When your dog's attention turns to you, click and treat.
In this way, you are teaching your dog that it is rewarding to pay attention to you. You can also speak to your dog in a high, happy tone to keep its attention on you. You may need to use a lot of treats in the beginning to get your dog's attention. Keep your hand by your side and give it treats continuously, as long as it is walking near you with some slack in the leash. As your dog gets the idea of what you expect, you can slowly phase out the treats by waiting longer between treats.
Problems and Proofing Behavior Leash training can take time - you will probably not have your dog walking on a loose leash the first time. There may be times when you simply cannot get your dog's attention. It might find what's going on elsewhere more interesting than your treats or happy talk, and stopping and starting may not be enough to distract it from whatever is holding its attention. In this case, it's best to move away from the distraction. Walk in the opposite direction, saying "let's go."
There is no need to pull your dog - simply walk away while holding the leash. Your dog will have no choice but to follow. Once it is walking with you, offer a treat and plenty of praise. To "proof" your dog's ability to walk on a loose leash, take frequent short walks, varying your routine and direction. Once your dog is comfortable with your local neighborhood, practice loose-leash walking in locations where distractions are likely. Be consistent and positive. In time, your dog will learn how to walk properly on the leash.
To teach an "off-duty" walk: This will be used in relaxed moments when the dog does not need to be in "heel" position. The only rule will be, "You can not pull forward."
Pick a word to signal this new kind of walk. You might use, "free time," or "hike," or "at ease," or another word of your choice, as long as it is different from your formal walk cue.
Decide how much leash to give your dog. If you walk your dog on a 6-foot leash, you might simply hold the loop end and let the rest hang loose. If you hold some of the leash in your hand, plan on doing so throughout the walk, rather than releasing and gathering it several times. This is to teach the dog how much leash will be available to them.
Give your dog the cue ("free time") and start walking. They can sniff, change sides, look around, lie down occasionally - anything but pulling.
If your dog pulls forward, stop moving and call him back toward you before starting again.
If your dog fixates on a person, dog or other animal, call your dog's name and if possible, move in the opposite direction. Getting closer to the distraction will be harder, and will most likely set your dog up to pull.
If you'd like your dog to walk in "heel" position, due to an approaching walker, bike, etc., bring him back to your side and cue him "heel".
Ditching Ditch the retractable leash for a regular six foot leash. Unless a retractable leash is locked, it always has tension which works against a dog's opposition reflex and the ability for them to know what a loose leash feels like.
Treat Pouch Consider buying a treat pouch that attaches to your waist so you can easily give rewards at the right time while walking.
No Prong or Choke Collars Avoid using choke or prong collars which can be dangerous for dogs that pull hard.
Head Collars Head collars are helpful for dogs that pull hard because they cause the dog's head to turn towards you if they pull. However, many dogs don't like to wear them and they are not recommended for short-nosed dogs.
Chest Harness A front-attaching chest harness is a great alternative which uses the same principle as the head collar. When the dog tries to pull forward, the harness causes their body to turn sideways towards you instead. A harness has the added benefit of taking the pressure off the dog's neck.
If Your Dog Lunges If your dog is going after something while on a walk - another dog, a car, a skateboarder, for example, be proactive. Try to redirect his attention with a treat before he has a chance to lunge, and increase the space between your dog and the target. Stay alert and be prepared before the target of his frustration gets too close. This type of behavior may be more common in herding breeds, but any dog can be startled by something he is not used to or finds exciting.
If Your Dog Barks Some dogs have the habit of barking at other dogs while on a walk. Oftentimes, this behavior comes as a result of lack of exercise. Make sure your dog gets the proper amount of mental and physical stimulation for his age and breed. If this is still a problem, use the same process as you would if your dog is lunging, as described above - create distance and offer treats before he starts to bark, so every time he sees a dog he gets used to turning his attention to you.
Dogs and people go hand in hand in many places over the earth. With owning a dog comes the responsibility of walking your furry companion. A Dog Leash Can Save Your Best Friend's Life! With leash laws in effect for most city environments, it is common to see most dog owners walking their dogs on a leash, and for good reason. Keeping your dog on a collar and leash combo is not just good fashion sense: it is the law.
Dog leash laws protect both the dog and the dog owner from unexpected accidents. And let's face it: you may have your dog under control, but are you 100% confident that the person walking towards you with two dogs off-leash has his dogs under control?
Most Dogs Love Collars and Dog Leashes and take to their collars and leashes almost immediately. Puppies can easily be trained to like their collars by introducing them right before meals and taking them off shortly after. You can gradually increase the amount of time your puppy wears her collar, and before you know it, he will feel naked without it.
As one ventures out of the city and into the suburbs one finds more dogs roaming off-leash and many are unsupervised. In rural farm areas, it is very common to see dogs that do not even have collars, let alone leashes. While it is true that many dogs have been properly trained to avoid the busy roads, stop and wait for their owner at corners, and even return to their side at command, there is always the chance - no matter how slim, that a dog will chase a rabbit, deer, or bicycle into harm's way. Simply put: the safest way to walk your dog is with a durable Dog Leash and Dog Collar.
When using a dog leash, here are some safety tips to keep in mind: Use a leash that is the correct size for your dog. Smaller dogs need thinner leashes with smaller hardware, while large dogs may require leashes of a slightly thicker width. Never pull or drag your dog with a leash. If he is reluctant to come, simply backup & call his name in a happy voice. Yanking or jerking a dog leash can injure your pet, especially younger pups and senior dogs. If your dog likes to pull, consider using a no-pull harness, such as the popular SENSE-ation Harness for dogs. Keep your leash in good shape. If the snap seems unstable or broken, replace it immediately.
Have you ever been knocked to the ground by your friend's excitement in chasing a squirrel? Holding a leash can be dangerous at times and many different injuries can occur. Many people are going for occupational therapy, after a fall, when they present with a broken wrist or a thumb ligament injury after having their hand caught around the leash. Preventing injuries that can significantly impair life and require recovery time may be avoided by properly holding a dog leash.
Wrapping your hand around the leash does not allow for a quick release in case your dog decides to get very excited and pull. Retractable leashes have been found to pose a hazard as they can offer a very quick jerk when the tension is taken up often resulting in an injury or fall. The proper way to hold a leash is to use a hold that will give you a strong hold to control your dog but will allow for a quick release. With this hold, you can easily adjust the length of the leash simply by picking up the slack and making the "U" smaller or extending the leash amount and making the "U" larger. It is important to avoid injury while out enjoying time with your dog, also while keeping them safe. This leash hold provides a way for allowing a safe and enjoyable experience for all hoping to cut down on the chance for injuries.
6 WAYS TO HOLD THE LEASH
For effective leash training, you will want to make sure you have both a shorter leash - about six feet long and a longer leash - about 25 to 30 feet. Leashing gives you 90% more control while dog walking, so developing a proper leash technique is essential. To learn how to properly hold a leash, check out some training tips:
The Pointed Finger Lock Place the leash between your pointer and middle fingers on either your left hand or right hand, then make a fist. When the dog pulls on the leash, this hold can prevent it from tightening around your hand and crushing it. This technique also helps you control the length of the leash.
The Thumb Lock This grip is similar to the pointed finger lock, except you use your thumb. Take the dog's leash around your thumb, run it over your pointer finger, then make a fist. The end of the leash should exit through your pinky side.
The Double Loop Loop the leash over your pointer finger twice, secure with your thumb, then make a fist. This is another hold that is safer than wrapping the leash around your entire hand.
The Body Anchor Find your center of gravity - the area between your hips and mid core. Grab the leash with both hands, placing the hand that is farthest from your dog against the small of your back. Next, twist your hips and lean back. This places the leash's tension on your body, saving your arms.
The J Leash When training, aim to leave enough slack in the leash so that it forms a small curve at the end attached to your dog's collar, similar to the letter J.
The Double Leash Lock Off. This crucial technique will require two leashes, a dog collar, and a dog harness. Take the back leash and anchor it using a stake or something heavy, then attach it to your dog's harness. The front leash - the control leash will be attached to their collar and used for correction. This system prevents them from moving forward, backward, left, or right.
11 REASONS TO LEASH YOUR DOG (by The Bill Foundation)
1. It is a great good neighbor policy, preventing your dog from trespassing on the neighbor's property during your walk. It also keeps your dog from jumping on people you encounter, ensuring that your dog has the chance of being properly introduced.
2. Improved companionship. A well trained and leash-obedient dog is a pleasure to walk with.
3. Walking your pet on a leash will prevent the spread of disease. It is less likely that your dog will be exposed to Parvo or Distemper. A leashed dog can be restrained from sniffing the droppings of other animals.
4. A leash is commonly referred to as "Your Pet's Lifeline," protecting your pet from traffic and unrestrained animals. Accidents or animal bites are greatly reduced when responsible pet ownersobey the leash law.
5. An obedient and well behaved dog is a positive reflection of its owner.
6. Re-locating your dog into another household is 100% easier if your dog is obedient and leash trained.
7. It is a great way to reward your dog. Your dog will immediately respond with a wagging tail the moment he or she sees you holding the leash.
8. It is a great identification tool, symbolizing that the dog has an owner, and enabling someone who sees the leash and identification tag attached to the dog's collar to find you if you and your pet should become separated.
9. It is a great relief to wildlife, keeping your dog from chasing squirrels, deer, and other wildlife.
10. It is the law! The law is in place to protect other members of the public and your pet from injury
11. And finally - A dog leash could save your dog's life !
Dog collars have been around for centuries, but they have become more useful now than ever before. The collar is a dog accessory that will continue to exist and remain relevant for many centuries to come. The collar for a dog has developed from a mere control accessory to a device you can use in correcting dog behaviors and even communicate with them. Dog collars and leashes have given dog owners more confidence when walking the dogs without any fear of the animal running away.
When choosing the right dog collars, it is important to measure the girth and size of the dog's neck and choose an adjustable collar for comfort. You should also know the different collar materials available. Most dog collars are made from nylon, leather, or metal.
Some nylon and leather collars may comprise some plastic elements but the simple truth is that nylon and leather are easier to maintain than metal collars. Metal collars will eventually corrode and rust, rendering them useless after a while. You can easily wash nylon collar and dry them in a few hours, and many of these collars are water-proof, which is a desirable feature.
Aside from the material design, collars come in different options. Some do come with straps and some come in buckles. Both straps and buckles are adjustable, hence they should not be the most important features when making your final decision.
The most important thing is to ensure that the collar is comfortable on the dog. To determine if a collar is comfortable on the dog, simply try to insert two fingers between the collar and the dog's neck. If your fingers can enter without stress, then the collar is not too tight nor too loose. If only 1 finger enters through, it means the collar is a little extra tight and may need adjustment. The budget factor should be your last consideration when choosing the right dog collar.
They Aid Dog Training One of the importance of dog collars is in dog training such as agility training. You will need a dog collar to fully guide and untrained dog through obstacles. The dog collar will help your dog master jumping over and moving around obstacles until he masters such training. If your dog suffers from a short attention span, using a dog collar with a leash will help you secure his attention. Even during dog-walking sessions, you can use your dog collar with the leash to draw its attention especially when the animal is misbehaving. When it comes to choosing a collar for dog training, you should consider the most durable ones that can withstand the consistent abuse during training.
They Assist in Behavioral Check and Correction Gone are the days when dog collars are only needed in walking, exercising and controlling dogs on the road or when exercising. Today, modern collars work with remote control and receivers to stop dogs from excessive barking. These collars do communicate with a receiver that transmits signals to the collars when a remote-control button push button is pressed, and they can connect even at 1000 ft of distance.
With this simple technique, your dog will receive beep sounds, vibration or little shocks to stop barking. The type of sensation the dog receives will depend on the type of product. It is important to choose dog collars that use electric sensations to stop bad behaviors, carefully. Some dogs can be allergic to mild shocks, hence you should consider collars with beep sounds and vibration for correcting dog's behavior. Different dog collars have different adjustable levels of chocks and vibrations, hence you can personalize such settings base on your dog's reaction.
They enhance the safety of the dog and others Even if your dog is well-behaved, there are times the unexpected may happen even when you take him out for training or walk. For your dog's safety and the safety of other dogs and people along the road, you should walk your dog on a collar and leash. You do not want him to suddenly run into heavy traffic or get into a dangerous argument with other animals around.
Using your dog's collar to control their movement will help instill more discipline and protect them from hazardous situations. There are dog collars today that come with reflective materials that glow in the dark especially when bright light from a car shine on them. Reflective dog collars are preferred especially when you walk the dog in the dark, they ensure that incoming cars do not run into you and the dog, thus enhancing safety.
They Help Identify the Dog Collars are not just for guiding the movement of your dog, they can also contain vital information about the dog. Identification tags on collars are important for the dog's safety. If your dog becomes separated from you, the tag on him can help someone bring him back to you. Ideally, the tag on your dog's collar must include the dog's name, your address, and your phone number or the contact address and phone of your veterinarian office. Make sure the dog wears this collar with the tag each time he leaves the house alone or with you.
Some states may fine you if you claim a stray dog with no collar and identification. If your dog takes part in competitions, a collar will help identify him from the rest of the crowd. Having a personalized dog collar with tags is one of the requirements of partaking in all dog competitions.
Dog Collars Make Your Dog More Responsible You do not have to use dog collars all the time, there comes a time when the dog will learn to survive on his own even without such collars. A dog collar will eventually help your dog to identify trouble spots that can put his life in danger. When the dog collar is properly optimized, your dog will become more independent and even go out and return on his own without supervision.
THE DANGERS OF DOG COLLAR !
When dog owners yank on their dog's collar, they might be doing more damage than they could ever imagine, every time your dog yanks on its leash, it may be causing long-lasting negative health effects. Just imagine wearing a leash yourself, and now imagine having someone pull on it. When people think of it in this way, they often start to realize that collars might not be the best option for their dogs. How Can A Collar Hurt Your Dog?
Thyroid Damage Dog breeds that pull on their leashes a lot tend to have a lot of thyroid issues. Many veterinarians speculate that thyroid problems happen when a leash pushes on your dog's thyroid regularly; this consistent trauma can eventually lead to inflammation and bruising. When your dog's thyroid gets inflamed, its immune system sends white blood cells to the area to remove the inflammation. The white blood cells do get rid of the inflammation, but they eventually start to wear down the thyroid. Over a long period of time, this leads to a lot of thyroid issues.
Ear And Eye Damage When a dog pulls on its leash, it restricts blood flow to its eyes and ears. When blood flow is cut off on a regular basis, it causes swelling, and constant swelling damages your dogs organs and appendages.
Paw Licking Dog collars can damage the nerves in your dog's front legs. When your dog's nerves are hurt, it causes a tingly feeling in their front paws, and most dogs will lick their paws to try to make them feel better. If your dog has a problem with paw licking, you might want to consider using a harness instead of a collar.
Neck & Nerve Injury Yanking on a leash can give your dog whiplash, it is never a good idea to jerk any type of dog's neck quickly. Oftentimes, dogs do not understand why their leash jerks their neck, so they become frustrated, depressed or aggressive. The best way to prevent neck, nerve and thyroid damage is to get your dog a harness. When your dog pulls on a harness, it does not hurt its body as much as a collar does. A properly fitted harness keeps your dog comfortable, and it helps you control your dog without a risk of injury.
A dog collar is a piece of material put around the neck of a dog. A collar may be used for restraint, identification, fashion, or protection. Identification tags and medical information are often placed on dog collars. Collars are often used in conjunction with a leash for restraining a dog. Collars can be traumatic to the trachea if the dog pulls against the restraint of the leash, causing severe pressure to the neck. Use of a harness instead of a collar may be beneficial for dogs prone to tracheitis or those with a collapsed trachea.
Comfort A collar should never rub, chafe, or pinch. That is why we should skip collars made of hard plastic or metal, and instead looked for flexible, hypoallergenic materials like leather, nylon, and neoprene.
Durability The best dog collars can stand up to daily walks, rainy days, and dog park play dates. We looked carefully at the manufacturer's stated materials, from hardware to webbing, for signs of strength. To be on the list, collars had to list details about construction and preferably include a warranty. For a dog collar to last, it should not get stinky or stain easily. Your list should contain only collars that are machine washable or easy to de-mud with a soft cloth.
Safety Troubling research has shown that some cheaply made common dog products, like toys, balls, and beds, contain high levels of potentially toxic chemicals. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find out how products are made or tested when they come from large distributors or unknown brands that sell only through massive e-retailers. That is why the collars should come from brands that provide clear details on their materials and in the best cases, the sourcing of these materials.
Quality Make sure that every dog collar on your list is made by a company that clearly states where their products come from and how they stand by quality. We looked for company websites with transparent information about their manufacturing location and quality assurance process. If you can not find this information - leave the collar out of the lineup.
BASIC COLLARS Collars are made with a variety of materials, most commonly leather or nylon webbing. Less common materials can include polyester, hemp, metal, or "oilcloth" - vinyl woven with cotton. Collars can be decorated in a variety of ways with a variety of materials. The basic collars for everyday wear are:
Buckle Collars - also called flat collars, with a buckle similar to a belt buckle, or a quick-release buckle, either of which holds the collar loosely around the dog's neck. Identification is commonly attached to such a collar - it also comes with a loop to which a leash can be fastened. This is the most standard collar for dogs. A flat collar should fit comfortably tight on the dog's neck. It should not be so tight as to choke the dog nor so loose that they can slip out of it. Generally, you should be able to fit two fingers underneath the collar.
Break-away Collars look similar to buckle collars, but have a safety mechanism installed that allows the dog to break free of the collar if excessive force is applied. These collars are useful in situations where a non-quick release collar could get snagged and strangle the dog.
Safety Stretch Collars contain an elastic panel in the sturdy nylon collar, which allows escape from potential strangulation dangers such as branches, fences, gates and other dogs. Unlike breakaways, a stretch collar acts like a traditional collar when clipped with a leash.
SPECIAL PURPOSE COLLARS & ATTACHMENTS
Stud Collars also called wolf collars, protection collars, or spiked collars depending on the attachments, are collars fitted with metal studs, dulled points, or sharp points that traditionally prevented another animal from biting the dog's neck. Commonly, spikes are hand-set and tightly riveted for extra security. This type of collar dates back to ancient Greece, when dogs protecting livestock were given nail-studded collars to protect them from wolves or other predators. In modern societies, stud collars are more commonly considered a fashion accessory.
Reflective Collars usually made with nylon webbing, incorporate reflective tape that ensures that the dog will be seen at night by approaching vehicles.
A Lighted Collar is a collar that emits light in order to make a dog more visible in the dark to their owners and more importantly, nearby motorists. It is not designed to help a dog see at night, as it is well documented that dogs have very good vision in low light conditions. Most lighted collars utilize one or more light emitting diodes for the light source and can be of virtually any color, although red and blue are most common. Power is provided by one or more batteries, most common types being AAA and lithium coin cells to minimize the added weight to the collar.
A Flotation Collar or Buoyant Collar is a buoyancy aid designed for dogs. Although it is not designed to be used as a life preserver or life jacket, it can provide additional buoyant support for the head of a dog when in the water. It is often used in canine hydrotherapy services to assist in the rehabilitation of injured dogs. The collar may be constructed of closed cell foam material that is inherently buoyant or be of a type that is inflated with air.
Flea Collars are impregnated with chemicals that repel fleas. They are usually a supplementary collar, worn in addition to the conventional buckle collar.
Elizabethan Collars shaped like a truncated cone, can be fitted on a dog to prevent it from scratching a wound on its head or neck or licking a wound or infection on its body.
TRAINING COLLARS Several types of collars are used for the purposes of training dogs, though sometimes a collar is not used at all, such as in the case of dog agility training, where a collar could get caught on equipment and strangle the dog. Each training collar has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, which trainers might consider before using a select one. Training collars are typically used for training only and not left on the dog's neck all the time, as some collars can be harmful or dangerous if left on a dog unsupervised.
Flat Collars Some dogs are trained on leash using a buckle or quick-release collar.
Martingale Collar Martingale collars are recommended for sighthounds because their heads are smaller than their necks and they can often slip out of standard collars. They can, however, be used for any breed of dog. Their no-slip feature has made them a safety standard at many kennels and animal shelters. A martingale collar has 2 loops - the smaller loop is the "control loop" that tightens the larger loop when pulled to prevent dogs from slipping out of the collar.
A correctly adjusted martingale does not constrict the dog's neck when pulled taut. Others use them fitted snugly to be able to use them in a similar manner to a choke chain but without the unlimited constriction of a choke chain. The structure allows the collar to be loose and comfortable, but tightens if the dog attempts to back out of it.
Head Halters Head halters, also called head collars, are similar in design to a halter for a horse. They are sold under several brand names. Brands include Comfort Trainer, Canny Collar, Halti, Gentle Leader, and Snoot Loop amongst several others. Brand names are also used when referring to these collars most commonly Halti or Gentle Leader. This device fastens around the back of the neck and over the top of the muzzle, giving more control over a dog's direction and the intensity of pulling on a leash than most collars that fit strictly around the neck.
Pressure on this type of collar pulls the dog's nose and consequently their head towards the handler. These type of collars can aid in stopping a strong dog from pulling an owner in an unsafe direction. They are also recommended for dogs that pull as the pressure will no longer be directly on their wind pipe.
The theory behind the utility of head halters is that if you have control of the head, you have control of the body. The head collar generally consists of two loops, one behind the ears and the other over the nose. This tool generally makes it more difficult for the dog to pull on its leash. This is a management tool only, it does not train the dog not to pull.
Supporters of the head halter say that it enables the handler to control the dog's head, and makes the dog unable to pull using its full strength. They claim it is especially useful with reactive dogs, where control of the dog's head can be a safety issue. Those who do not recommend use of the head halter say that some dogs find it unnatural and uncomfortable. If the collar is too tight, it may dig too deeply into the skin or the strap around the muzzle may push into the dog's eyes.
WARNING !!! Cervical injury is a possible result from improper use of the head halter - if a dog is jerked suddenly by the leash attached to the head halter, the dog's nose is pulled sharply to the side, which might result in neck injury. If the nose strap is fitted too tightly, the hair on the muzzle can also be rubbed off, or the dog might paw and scratch at its face, causing injuries ranging from mere bare skin to severe abrasions.
AVERSIVE COLLARS Aversive collars use levels of discomfort or an unpleasant sensation to encourage a dog to modify unwanted behaviors. The use of aversive collars is controversial, with some humane and veterinary organizations recommending against them.
Shock Collars also called e-collars, remote training collars, electric collars, zap collars, or hunting collars, are electronic training aids developed to deliver a low intensity electrical signal, vibration, tone, or light signal to the dog via the collar. They are used primarily as a means of remote communication and widely accepted as a primary tool for the training of deaf and working dogs. These consist of a radio receiver attached to the collar and a transmitter that the trainer holds.
When triggered, the collar delivers an aversive. The specific aversives vary with different makes of collars. Some emit sounds, some vibrate, some release citronella or other aerosol sprays, some apply electrical stimulation. A few collars incorporate several of these. Of these, electrical stimulation is the most common and the most widely used. Early electrical collars provided only a single, high-level shock and were useful only to punish undesirable behavior. Modern electrical collars are adjustable, allowing the trainer to match the stimulation level to the dog's sensitivity and temperament.
They deliver a measured level of aversive stimulation that produces a wide range of sensation, from a mildly irritating tingle or tap sensation to severe discomfort or pain. Collars startle without risk of producing permanent physical injury when used correctly. Shock collars are prohibited or restricted in some places. Attaching a leash or lead to an electronic collar can pull the contacts too close to the dog's skin, causing lessened effectiveness of the collar and discomfort.
Prong Collars also called pinch collars, are a series of metal links that fit together by connecting through blunt prongs that point inward toward the dog's neck. The design of the prong collar incorporates a chain loop connecting the ends of the prong series, such that it has a limited circumference (a martingale), unlike choke chains, which do not have a limit on how far they can constrict on a dog's neck. The leash attaches to this chain section. There are two options on the prong collar for leash attachment, the dead ring and the live ring. The live ring is used when a dog needs more correction as it gives more slack when the leash is popped.
The dead ring is used most commonly when first training a dog to use a prong. The leash is attached to both rings and as such there is not as much slack as when attached to the live ring. This section commonly has a swivel at the point of attachment to lessen the twisting and possible tangling of the leash. The limited traction of the martingale chain combined with the angle of the prongs prevents the prongs moving close enough to pinch. The collar is designed to prevent the dog from pulling by applying pressure completely around the dog's neck. Unlike flat, martingale, or choke collars the prong protects the trachea as it distributes pressure evenly. There are also prong collars that buckle and do not restrict.
Prong collars must never be turned inside out with the prongs facing away from the dog's skin, as this may cause injury against the body and head. Plastic tips are occasionally placed on the ends of the prongs to protect against tufts forming in the fur or, in the case of low quality manufactured collars with rough chisel cut ends, irritating the skin. Like the choke chain, the prong collar is placed high on the dog's neck, just behind the ears, at the most sensitive point. This is perhaps one of the most ignored factors of proper prong collar use. The fit and placement of the prong collar are the most important factors when using this training tool.
Like any collar the prong collar can fail. After being used for a while or the prongs simply fall apart. It is recommended by many trainers to include a secondary form of attachment such as a dominant dog collar, or regular flat collar in addition to the prong collar so if this happens the dog does not run loose. Some dog training organisations will not allow members to use this type of collar.
Force Collars are leather with metal prongs or studs lining the inside - similar in effect to prong collars.
Choke Chains also called choke collars, slip chains, check collars, or training collars, are a length of chain with rings at either end such that the collar can be formed into a loop that slips over the dogs head and rests around the top of the dog's neck, just behind the ears. When the leash is attached to the "dead" ring, the collar does not constrict on the dog's neck. When the leash is attached to the "live" ring, the chain slips or adjusts tighter when pulled and slips looser when tension is released.
Training with this leash involves a quick jerk with an immediate release, called a "leash pop", "snap", or "correction". This is supposed to correct a dog's unwanted behavior, such as leaving the "heel" position. Pulling harder or longer on the choke chain presses on the dog's trachea or larynx and may restrict breathing.
Fur Saver Collars are a kind of slip chain that contain fewer and longer individual links than a close link chain, also known as a long link fur saver collar. Fur saver collars can be used both for long and short-haired breeds limiting damage to the dog's fur. It can be used for training and daily use as well. The fur saver collar can be "locked out" preventing it from constricting by attaching the leash connector to any link within the chain, this mitigates the unlimited traction effect associated with a slip chain.
No-Pull Harnesses No-pull harnesses or restricting harnesses rely on a level of discomfort, force and avoidance to alter the dogs behavior. When the dog pulls, a strap within the harness tightens applying an uncomfortable pressure on the dog's body which the dog must actively alter the pulling behavior to avoid.
DOG COLLAR TYPES by Sara Logan Wilson
1. Head Collars Head collars are perfect for headstrong dogs, both those that are playful and those that just do not know their strength, and reminiscent of a horse's halter. One strap goes around your dog's neck, just behind the ears, and the other around their muzzle. The leash attaches to the ring on the muzzle material. Head collars work by controlling your dog's muzzle, and the amount of leverage (pulling power) your pup has. Proper fit should be used and do not hesitate to ask a trainer or sales clerk at your local pet store for fit tips.
2. Pinch & Prong Collars The pinch collar, also known as the prong collar, is a metal collar made of various links which can be expanded or shortened by removing or adding an additional link. Each of the links in the collar has a set of prongs which sits against a dog's skin until the dog puts tension on the leash, then the prongs pinch the dog's neck, pulling them to attention and thereby making them mind. The pinch collar also has a small silver ring to attach a dog's leash and this ring sits on the back of the dog's neck.
3. No-Bark Collars It is important to note that while no-bark collars address the issue of barking itself, they do not address the root of barking. For more insight as to why dogs bark, and the proper training methods to address it, check out Why Dogs Bark and How To Stop It. Here are a few no-bark dog collar options you can read more about.
Spray Collars Spray collars work by spraying a non-toxic substance in the dog's face when it senses that your dog is barking. In theory, your dog will get tired of being sprayed in the face every time they bark and will subsequently learn that no barking = no spraying. The citronella spray collar is considered the most humane of all the aversive collars. Read more about it in our Citronella Dog Collar article.
Sonic Collars The sonic (ultrasonic) collar has a device that sits against your dog's throat, and when they bark, it detects the vibration and sends out a high-pitched noise, only detectable to your pup, to deter them from barking.
Shock Collars Shock collars, like the sonic collars, have a device that sits next to your pup's throat to detect when they begin barking. Only, instead of sending out a sound you can not hear, it sends a shock to the back of their neck. There are several different shock levels you can use in increasing measure if your dog won't stop barking. Unlike the sonic collar that is untestable because it is undetectable to the human ear, you can test the shock collar against your own skin before using it on your pup.
Until recently, GPS dog tracking was expensive and therefore reserved for professional settings. Today, however, tracking devices have become affordable and easy to use and with that in mind getting a GPS dog collar is a great idea for every pet parent whose canine companion spends a lot of time outdoors. Being able to locate your dog at any time does not only make your life easier, but it can literally save your canine dog's life. GPS collars are completely safe for dogs - if used appropriately. That being said, putting a GPS collar on your dog does not mean your pet is completely safe.
You should never let a dog roam freely counting only on the collar to tell you the location. Pet microchips do not have GPS and are not designed to reveal your dog's location. Microchips commonly implanted in dogs use a technology called radio-frequency identification (RFID) to reveal information stored in the microchip when scanned, such as your contact details. In this way, microchips help identify a lost dog, but they cannot be used for tracking a lost dog's location.
GPS Trackers are not Only for Lost Dogs! Many dog owners can benefit from dog trackers, not only those whose pets have escaped. Dog owners with extensive lands whose pets are free to wander through the grounds. Dog owners with fast, active, and adventurous dogs who can bolt fences like no one. Equipping them with the best GPS for dogs will make exploring the outdoors carefree for both the dog and the owner. Dog owners with dogs who like to run away or hide behind beds, under laundry, and closets.
Hunters - if you are in the woods with a hunting pack spotting your dog can be difficult. Dog GPS reviews claim that GPS collars can solve this problem, too. Military and civilian rescuers who send rescue dogs beneath the rubble, searching for survivors. There are no perfect GPS trackers, and you should always try to keep your dog safe and close to you. Even the best GPS dog collar will not prevent your dog from escaping or wandering off if they are unsupervised. However, it will make locating them much easier!
How Does a Dog GPS Tracker Work? GPS stands for Global Positioning System, and it is the best, and most commonly used, location tracking technology on earth. The GPS system was created by the US government, but today it is used around the world for commercial as well as military purposes. GPS is essentially a network of 24 satellites circling the earth. Via these satellites, it is possible to determine the exact location on earth of any device capable of sending and receiving GPS signals. Now, GPS works on its own, but it does not need access to the internet.
However, in order for you to see your dog's location, the tracker needs to be able to send you data. This is why most trackers these days are also equipped with data and Wi-Fi connectivity. This way, it becomes possible for you to see your dog's location in realtime. Most pet GPS trackers these days use a sim card, but it is usually integrated in the device so you do not need to do anything. The SIM card is needed for the tracker to access the mobile data network in order to transmit your dog's location to your phone.
How to Choose a Dog Tracking Collar There are actually quite a few GPS trackers for dogs available these days. First of all, before choosing on a tracker make sure that it is designed to work in the country where you live, since not all of them have global coverage. Other than that, here are a couple more things to take into consideration before making a decision:
Size and Weight GPS trackers can get quite bulky and heavy. On the other hand, some of them are really small. So, what is the catch? Well, most of the time, the smaller trackers will also have a less powerful battery, so that is always something to keep in mind. The truth is, if your pup is a large breed, they will most likely not notice any type of tracking device for dogs. On the other hand, size and weight become really important if your dog is on the smaller side. You do not want to make them uncomfortable, after all. The best GPS collar for dogs should fit snugly around your pet's neck. It should not choke them or slip off over their head. If you are buying a tag, pay attention to the size and the weight of the device. You should not purchase heavy and bulky trackers as they will burden or hurt your dog.
Range and Accuracy A proper GPS tracker should be able to locate your dog anywhere on the planet. However, not every tracking device is actually equipped with GPS. Some of them use Bluetooth or similar technologies and are only designed to locate the dog inside a small area surrounding you. So, make sure to check what the tracker actually is before buying.
Regarding accuracy, most GPS tracking devices will tell you the exact location, but not all of them do it with the same frequency. The best trackers will update the location of your dog every 2-3 seconds, but some lower quality options have a bit of a lag in updating the location. That can really make it hard to actually find your dog, since we all know how fast they can move.
Real-time Mapping The best dog GPS tracker should show you your dog's location in real time and make it easier for you to find them.
Durability Any good GPS tracker must be designed to withstand the outdoors. There is no point in a tracker if your dog will lose or break it. That is why your GPS dog tracker must have a hard outer shell and it must be waterproof too.
Battery Life Battery life is extremely important when it comes to GPS collars. If your furry friend pulls a disappearing act, you will want the battery to last for long enough in order for you to find your pet. Look for trackers that have a battery that can last for at least 2 days. Any less than that and it completely beats the point of the tracker. The stronger the battery, the better.
User Interface A GPS collar is what collects the data about your dog's location, but you need to be able to see that data somehow. These days, most pet trackers come with an app dedicated to this that you can access from your smartphone and sometimes the computer too. Additionally, some trackers can send you notifications via SMS or even email.
Monthly Costs & Subscription Since most dog trackers use mobile data to transfer your dog's location to you, they usually require a monthly plan. So, make sure to consider this when checking out the price of the device. Usually, plans cost less if you pay for the whole year.
Notifications and Alerts The more ways in which you can be alerted of your dog's location, the better.
Water-resistance Water-resistant trackers will survive heavy rains, splashing in ponds, and rolling in mud.
Handheld Device Helps you find your dog in areas with no cell coverage.
Additional Features Every GPS dog collar can track a dog's location, but some of them do more than that. Most of these trackers will allow you to create a virtual fence - geofence, which is a designated area inside which it is safe for your dog to be, such as your backyard. Once the dog leaves this area, you get a notification. Additionally, some trackers give you the option to record commands that can then be played to your dog. Some also emit light and sound signals when your dog is lost so it is easier for you to find them. Finally, some GPS trackers also act as fitness trackers via the accompanying apps. That is not really essential, but it can be fun to have.
No bark dog collars are devices embedding a microphone that triggers a static shock, unpleasant smell or sound as soon as the dog starts barking. No bark dog collars were made to control a dog's barking. How they work depends on the type of no-bark collar you use. In general, a no-bark dog collar is able to detect barking by sensing vibrations in the dog's vocal cords. When this occurs, the collar provides a stimulus to the dog, warning him that this is the consequence for barking.
Static Shock vs Citronella vs Ultrasonic Bark Collars There are three main types of no-bark collars: static shock, citronella and ultrasonic. All three collars fit snuggly against your dog's neck when they are fitted correctly. It is important both for safety and for proper training that the collar is fitted by a professional or by an experienced dog owner.
These bark collars have a nylon collar which fits similarly to a regular nylon dog collar. At the front of the collars there is a mechanism which releases the deterrent of choice, this mechanism fits against your dogs throat so that the vibrations caused by nuisance barking can trigger the mechanism.
Shock Collar The shock collar mechanism that sits against the dog's throat sends out a static shock that travels down two metal prongs that touch your dog's neck. The shock in some of these collars begins with a small shock which increases in intensity up through a variety of levels as your dog continues his nuisance barking. You can personally test the shock collar on your hand before using it on your dog if you are worried about the intensity of the shock.
Citronella Bark Collar The citronella collar mechanism sends out a spray of citronella scented liquid when your dog begins to nuisance bark. For most dogs, the scent of the citronella is unpleasant and will deter any further barking.
Ultrasonic Bark Collar The ultrasonic bark collar, some are just sonic collars, mechanism sends out a very high pitched and unpleasant sound which is intended to deter nuisance barking. Bark collars can be a particularly difficult thing to fit to individual dogs and it is recommended that you discuss which bark collar is right for you with your veterinarian.
Anti-Bark Vibration Collars Considered less efficient on older and bigger dogs, the anti-bark vibration collars are amazing to be used on puppies and smaller breeds. Indeed, they are a safe and humane way to refrain your dog from barking. Very easy to use and to set up these collars are effective and provide results quickly. The only issue is that the vibration, as strong as it can be, will not suffice for many dogs and there are not many models in this category of bark collars.
How Do No-Bark Collars Work? Several variations of no-bark collars exist on the market, most of which have multiple levels of stimulation based on how quickly the dog learns. So, if the dog does not stop, the collar will continue to provide increasing levels of shock until the dog learns. These are engaged in a manner which allows the dog to learn and recover, but the question is - how safe are these no-bark collars? Even if there is no evidence of physical damage, are our dogs suffering unnecessary stress and anxiety through their use?
Are No-Bark Dog Collars Safe? While industry claims that no harm is done to the dog, obviously the sensation provided by the no-bark collar is not something the dog likes. If it did not hurt them, they would not worry about barking freely despite the consequences. That being said, we do not know of any severe injuries or deaths caused by no-bark collars, and if the dog learns not to bark, it won't be shocked anymore.
We can not help but wonder how this is restraining some of dogs' natural functions or causing undue stress and anxiety. Furthermore, consider the fact that in Europe shock collars are illegal. It is always important to consider the alternatives to no-bark collars, such as traditional disciplinary measures or other means which avoid inflicting physical or emotional pain or stress on the dog. If possible, it is best to discipline dogs in this way, than to cause any unnecessary suffering by using a no-bark dog collar.
Whether you have a pup with a penchant for persistent barking, or you'd like to train your dog to stay in the yard, you may have considered a shock collar - electronic collar, e-collar or remote training collar. As with any method of behavior modification, there are pros and cons. We suggest NOT using these collars until your dog understands basic commands like sit and stay. That way you know that they comprehend what you are asking them to do and they can draw the association between any negative behavior and the "shock".
How Does A Shock Dog Collar Work? Shock collars are a type of aversive training initially used in the 1960s to train hunting dogs. These days, shock collars are often used to curb a variety of stubborn and unwanted behaviors in family dogs, from excessive barking to food aggression, as well as to train pups to stay safely within a property line or to stick close by while off leash.
Shock collars are not intended as a punishment but more as a deterrent to negative or unsafe behavior. The theory is that your dog will associate the unwanted behavior with a slightly uncomfortable jolt and stop doing it until they no longer require the reminder. The shock administered by an approved shock collar is safe, so while it is certainly enough to get your dog's attention and deter certain behaviors, it won't do any lasting physical harm.
With most shock collars, there are several levels of enforcement, so you can set the level to reprimand the unwanted behavior accordingly. For example, many shock collars will administer a beep or vibration as a warning before an actual shock is delivered to your dog. The beep also allows you to give a verbal command ("No!" or "Down!") with the warning beep or vibration to further disrupt the unwanted behavior. With boundary training - often marketed as an electric or wireless fence, the shock collar is triggered by wires placed underground along the property line so the dog learns exactly how far they can go before they reach the boundary.
Once set to "shock" mode, there are usually varying levels of intensity delivered by a two-pronged device attached to a dog collar. If you are using a shock collar as a barking deterrent, the collar responds to the vibration of your dog's vocal cords. If you are using the collar to deter behavioral issues like food aggression, jumping or leash aggression, a remote control allows you to administer the shock in conjunction with the unwanted behavior.
Keep in mind, using a shock collar does not make you a bad pet parent, and it does not mean you are torturing your dog, especially when used on the lower non-shock levels. It is unlikely that an electronic training collar would destroy your relationship with your dog. In fact, shared training sessions could improve your bond with one another.
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Advantages Of Shock Collars For Dogs
1. Adjustable Intensity - Most modern shock collars give you the flexibility of a warning beep or vibration mode, and adjustable shock level. This can be comforting to people who are on the fence about using a shock collar. Other collars, such as spray collars, which administer a harmless but foul-smelling blast up a dog's snout, are usually not adjustable.
2. Fast Results - Some pet owners report that it only took a few shocks to correct an unwanted behavior in their dog and after that, the beep or vibration was warning enough - for us we never even needed the shock at all. Shock collars can also be very effective at keeping your dog on your property, which will help keep them safe while giving them freedom. Of course, more stubborn dogs may take longer to train.
3. You Do not Need To Be Present - Shock collars, when used to control chronic barking, work even while you are away from home or inside the house. This can be especially helpful if you have had neighbors complain about your dog's loud protests. The same goes for shock collars as boundary control, although they do require some hands-on training. Personally, We would not leave our dog unattended with a shock collar as I would be scared of overcorrecting while I was not there to observe and adjust to the situation, but this is your choice. Also, we do not recommend leaving your dog unattended outside for extended periods of time, with or without a shock collar.
4. Affordable - A shock collar can be a cheaper alternative to a professional dog trainer or fence. Shock collars range in price from $30 to $250+, depending on features such as remote control, adjustable warning and shock levels, a range of distances - usually 30 to 400 yards, and the number of collars included.
Disadvantages Of Shock Collars For Dogs
1. The Shock - Most dog owners can not fathom causing pain to their pet. But even with the ability to control the intensity of the correction, you are still using aversive behavior modification. Many dog trainers choose positive reinforcement (reward) as a means of behavior modification over negative feedback.
2. The Fear - Fear in dogs can be dangerous, so you never want to train a dog with fear. With shock training, some dogs may learn to fear people, objects, or situations they associate with the collar. One pet owner we know installed a wireless fence and then their dog refused to go outside after training with it. It even started urinating in the house instead of going to the back door to relieve itself in the yard.
3. Over-Correction - Without you there to control when a shock is administered, automatic bark collars and electric fences may deliver shocks unintentionally or too often. This unnecessary shock could confuse your dog by "correcting" a problem that was not even there.
4. No Positive Reward - On their own, shock collars do not reinforce good behavior with a positive reward such as your affection, verbal approval ("Good boy!") or a tasty treat. So while a shock collar may effectively deter negative behaviors like jumping on visitors or running after the mail carrier, it does not reward positive behavior such as sitting patiently or obeying a command to "Stay!". As with any training, you should always reinforce positive behavior with a reward of affection, playtime or a small treat.
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Some dog owners choose to use a harness rather than a collar on their dog to make him more comfortable or to reduce the chance that he will slip off the leash. Some harnesses can be tricky to figure out, but they are easy once you get the hang of them. The most important step is to make sure the harness is snug, but not too tight so that your furry friend is safe and secure. There are three different types of harnesses - this step-by-step guide will give you all the information you need:
STANDARD DOG HARNESS Different types of harnesses need to be put on in different ways. Let's start with the steps for putting on a standard harness. A standard harness has one loop around the ribs, one loop around the neck, and a D-ring on the dog's back to clip the leash to.
1 - Stand, sit, or squat behind your dog and put him in a standing or sitting position. It is best to do this when your dog is calm.
2 - Slip the harness over your dog's head. Make sure the harness is positioned so the D-ring is on your dog's back. The wider loop - the one with the buckle, goes on first, and the narrower loop goes on second.
3 - Slip your dog's leg through the first leg hole of the harness. The leg should now be in between the loop that goes around the ribs and the loop that goes around the neck.
4 - Buckle the harness, so that your dog's other leg is in the proper leg hole. If the buckle does not reach to allow you to close it, you need to loosen the strap.
5 - Once the harness is buckled, adjust it so it fits properly. You should be able to slip two fingers underneath any strap. Try to pull the harness over your dog's head to make sure that it is secure.
STEP-IN DOG HARNESS Now, let's look at the steps for putting on a step-in harness. The difference between a standard harness and a step-in harness is that the former forms rectangles around your dog's legs, while the latter forms triangles.
1 - Lay the harness flat on the ground, so that you can clearly see the two triangles. The buckles should be on top of the D-rings.
2 - Hold your dog from behind and place his front feet in the two triangles.
3 - Pick up the two ends of the harness and clip them together on your dog's back.
4 - Adjust the harness accordingly. Try to pull it over your dog's head to make sure it is secure.
FRONT CLIP DOG HARNESS A front-clip harness has the leash clip in the front over the dog's chest and is designed to discourage pulling. Some front-clip harnesses are shaped just like the standard or the step-in harness. If this is the case, follow the steps for those harnesses. However, some front-clip harnesses have a different design, with one loop that goes around the ribs and a single strap that goes across the chest. There is no divider in between the dog's legs. If this is the type of harness you have, follow the steps below.
1 - Kneel to the right side of your dog while he is calmly sitting or standing.
2 - Put the loop of the harness over your dog's head. The harness label should sit on his left shoulder, and the metal ring for the leash should be at the center of his chest.
3 - Reach underneath your dog's belly and fasten the belly strap.
4 - Adjust the harness to fit your dog. Make sure you cannot pull it over his head.
Walking your dog and providing exercise are important elements of dog ownership. It is important to select a good leash or harness to make these experiences enjoyable for both dog and human. Knowing your dog's walking personality will help you make an informed decision on which product to buy.
There are benefits to using both collars and harnesses. Pups should always wear a collar for visibility and identification purposes, but it depends on you and your dog's lifestyle on whether a harness or a collar is right for going on walks. Collars are the usual solution when walking a dog. They come in a wide variety of styles. If your dog is not doing well with a collar or harness, there are other options like a head halter which wraps around the muzzle and head, though it is not meant to curb barking or nipping by restricting mouth movement like a soft muzzle. It is simply another option that offers a bit more control for a dog who is easily distracted.
The above photo shows how many sensitive things are found in a dog's neck and how pressure on those things can cause or worsen certain conditions. Clipping a leash to a dog's collar is mostly works out fine for the dog. They might need some chiropractic adjustments or might cough when they pull, but that is normal. But is it okay for a growing puppy to be stressing the nerves, joints and tendons in their neck each time the handler or the pup pulls on the collar?
Some are intentionally designed to constrict or cause discomfort when a dog pulls as a means of training, but we do not recommend them as there are other training options that use positive reinforcement instead. Choke and prong collars fit into that category. But a common, traditional collar that does not constrict is fine for dogs who do not have respiratory problems and are not prone to pulling on leashes.
They may also be more comfortable for some dogs, especially if you plan on leaving it on all the time. A harness usually is not as comfortable for all day use. Also, if your dog has long hair, it might get caught up in a harness. A collar does not have that problem. Let's break down your wagging walker into three categories from easiest to walk to most difficult: Calm Canines, Perky Pooches and Hyper Hounds!
Calmer Canines Calmer Canines are pups that can handle themselves on a leash. They have good walking manners. Ordinarily, they do not pull and are happy to walk beside their master. Calm Canines do not feel the need to chase a sneaky squirrel or run after other dogs. Calm Canines also respond easily to your commands during a walk. They are generally content to walk and sniff. For a dog that is well behaved and attentive to their human, a basic leash is usually all that is needed. These leashes simply attach to their collar and allow you to have moderate control of your dog. Leashes certainly come in all different colors and patterns now, but if you frequently walk your dog when it is dark, a reflective leash is best.
Perky Pooches Perky Pooches are dogs that are generally good on a walk but can get very excited or distracted over a few choice things. Not all stimuli can cause a reaction in this type of dog, but you need to be able to redirect your pooch. For this type of dog, a harness is a good choice. A harness is different than a leash because it goes around the dogs' shoulders and torso. There are two types of harnesses basic and no-pull. A regular harness is meant for dogs that pull. The harness tightens around their body and gives you more control. A no-pull harness is different. These are recommended for pups with flat faces, such as a pug, or those with breathing problems.
Hyper Hounds Hyper Hounds are almost impossible to control on a regular basis. They are referred to as "leash pullers". Anything can distract them and usually does. Hyper Hounds can also have issues with other dogs so if you live in a populated area walking can be a challenge. But have no fear! There are options available that can make walking possible, if not moderately enjoyable.
The suggested choices for a hyper hound are head harness, choke chain, martingale collar and a pronged collar. For a daily wild walker, many people recommend the head harness. This is thought to be be better for daily management of tough pups. While some people say it might be a little awkward for the dog at first, they do get used to it. Also available are the choke chain and pronged collar. When used appropriately and correctly they can be helpful for the toughest pullers. A martingale collar is recommended for pups who like to slip their leash.
Harnesses are becoming more and more popular as dog parents discover the advantages they can offer. They are great training tools for puppies learning to behave on leash, and they allow walkers to have a bit more control. Harnesses discourage pulling and allow you to stop your dog from jumping up on strangers without worrying about choking. Dogs on harnesses are also less likely to be tangled up in the leash accidentally.
According to veteranians, 91% of dogs who had neck injuries had also been exposed to jerking on the leash by the owner or been allowed to pull hard on the leash for long periods of time. For the sake of your dog's health and your own, training your pup to walk calmly beside you with a loose lead is a must. However, while you are still working on that, a harness can be a useful tool to ensure you and pup are comfortable when walking. Most assistance dogs, security dogs and dogs working in the public realm wear harnesses.
Why? It is certainly not for control, these dogs are incredibly well trained and focussed. No, they wear harnesses for the sake of their health. Neck pressure caused by a collar caused a significant increase in baseline eye pressure. This did not occur with the use of a harness. This type of intraocular pressure can cause serious injury to dogs already suffering from thin corneas, glaucoma or eye injuries. The collar rests on the area of the neck where pressure is applied to the lymph nodes, mandibular and thyroid gland as they are pushed against the trachea and oesophagus. Trauma can occur whenever the dog or owner pulls on the leash.
COLLAR ADVANTAGES They are good for pups who dislike the feeling of a harness and crave comfort.
They provide visibility and function. It is easy to put your dog's tags on them and are easy to take on and off.
COLLAR DISADVANTAGES They are not ideal for training.
Any slight pulling could increase the likelihood of a neck injury.
They create eye pressure, which can worsen any existing eye problems like glaucoma.
Positively also outlines more severe problems such as thyroid issues - the collar could damage the gland, behavior problems due to pain and injury, and ear and eye issues from neck pressure.
HARNESS ADVANTAGES They are a good training tool for puppies that have not yet learned to walk on a lead. A harness will prevent him from getting tangled up in the leash and possibly hurt in the process.
Harnesses offer better control, which is especially important on busy streets or in crowds.
If you have a strong or very large dog, a harness gives you much better control and is also easier on your arms and back.
Very small dogs can be prone to injury from pulling or tugging on the leash. A harness disperses pressure over a larger area of his body, reducing strain on his neck and back.
Harnesses discourage pulling. When your dog is wearing a collar and pulls on the leash, he is still moving forward, which makes him think the pulling is successful. A harness, whether attached on his chest or between his shoulder blades, redirects him - there is no reward because pulling does not get him anywhere.
If your dog needs a little assistance standing after lying down or sitting, a harness pulls him up gently without causing him any pain or discomfort.
Harnesses are great for specific breeds like Pugs, who risk their eyeballs protruding from the sockets if too much pressure is put around their neck.
They provide better control over your dog because it discourages pulling and jumping.
They keep distracted pups focused.
They are great for dogs with short noses, like Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, and Pekingnese.
Dogs with respiratory problems and neck injuries benefit from harnesses because pulling on a collar can provoke coughing.
Finally, harnesses are a great solution for those little escape artists that are on the lead one moment, then you blink, and they have wriggled out of their collar.
Your dog might just not like the feeling of a harness.
Back-clip harnesses might not be 100% effective. They have a tendency to train your dog to ignore you because when you pull on the leash, your dog's attention is directed away from you rather than toward you.
Looking for a dog harness and do not know how to choose the right one? We are ready to help you to make a right choice. Nowadays there is a wide range of harnesses meant for different purposes. We will try to tell you in details about each type of harnesses. First of all, you need to decide what the main purpose for purchasing a dog harness is. There are lots of options for dog harnesses out there, though there are two main styles to choose from:
Back clip harnesses clip at the top, over your dog's back.
Front clip harnesses clip at the chest
You can use it for:
Warming a Dog's Body in Winter
Guide and Assistance Work
Rehabilitation After Surgery
Walking in Style
DOG HARNESS CONSIDERATIONS
Budget There are a wide variety of dog harnesses which will fit almost any budget.
Fittings You might notice that there are few types of metal fittings which are used for producing dog harnesses. How to know which type of fittings is the best and safest for your dog? As a low budget solution, we recommend choosing steel nickel plated hardware. This material will make the fittings strong and durable. In case if your budget allows, you can choose brass for the hardware. Brass has all the beneficial qualities of nickel plated steel, but it is also well-known as good material when it comes to dogs with sensitive skin and high sensitivity to allergic reactions.
Size It is very important to measure your dog properly before purchasing a dog harness. Be attentive measuring your canine for a harness as it will help you to avoid the hassle of exchange. Many harnesses are adjustable to certain degree.
Material For wet weather and high humidity climate, please choose a nylon dog harness, for dry weather both nylon and leather will do. It is important to mention that constant occasional usage of leather conditioner will allow you to use a leather harness in wet weather as well. Please treat your product well to prolong its service time.
Padding Using natural felt paddings to make harnesses more comfortable for wearing. Is this feature important? You definitely should consider it while choosing a tracking or training dog harness. Padded dog harnesses are always more expensive, but you might find that the difference is not so big, especially since you invest in a timeproof dog harness.
Handle or No Handle You will enjoy using the handle on the top of the harness as a control tool. When your canine is off the leash and you need to grab your dog fast, the handle is the best and easiest way to do it without any troubles. Some people consider that a control handle is not important for a small dog harness because you are not going to control your doggy using this handle. But sometimes it is the fastest and easiest way to lift your dog securely.
Reflective Trim Reflective trim. It can save your dog's life. This reflective trim makes your pet visible for drivers and other passers-by in the evening. It is also a great feature for you if you love night walks with your furry friend. Walk your dog safely and be a responsible owner.
Pulling Dog Harness It can be used for developing dog's muscles. It is possible to attach a cargo to it, so your doggy will have to work hard to pull it. The example of cargo is a wooden box with sand, bricks or stones inside. You can also attach car tires of different sizes and weights. There are some professional types of dog pulling that are popular during different dog competitions. Most of the working dogs are also taught how to pull.
Here is another idea how to use a pulling dog harness with more fun. Our customers do jogging, rollerblading or bicycle pulling. Just be very careful and remember that you are responsible for your canine's well-being. You can choose a nylon or leather dog harness. Nylon is a budget and more functional variant, it fits perfectly for walking in high humidity climate or when raining or snowing.
On the other hand, leather is rich-looking, this material is natural and does no harm to your dog's health.
Training Dog Harness There are many different ways of dog training, and sometimes you need a durable harness for this purpose. The most popular ways to use such a dog harness are attack/protection training, sports competitions, Schutzhund training, French ring, training of police and military dogs. This training supply is strong and easily withstands excessive overloads. It has comfortable soft padding, so your dog won't feel any discomfort wearing this item. A well-fit training dog harness allows him to breathe freely, so he will be able to stay focused on the training process. Also, there are some types of harnesses with a special handle on the top which provides a handler with a better level of control.
Walking Dog Harness This harness is great for well obedient dogs which have minor behavior issues, such as aggression toward dogs, strong prey or hunt drive. While there are many tools and techniques for dog's behavior corrections, such as choke collars, shock collars, pinch & prong collars, a harness is considered to be the most humane way to apply correction when needed. The main reason is that a harness will not hurt your dog in any way, it will just allow you to keep your dog safe and out of danger.
Assistance Dog Harness This kind of harness fits for the dogs whose job is to provide physical or mobility assistance. Usually, it is reinforced for additional durability and provides as maximum comfort as possible. The durability and shape of such a harness depend on its usage: whether the dog is the leading one or a brace for the assisted person or if he pulls a wheelchair. A pulling wheelchair harness may have the design similar to sled dog harness model.
Tracking Dog Harness Such a harness is used for both sports competitions and search and rescue missions. You need to make sure that your dog's movements are not restricted by harness design; also it should be lightweight and well padded for additional comfort. The light weight of a tracking harness will guarantee longer tracks distance while soft padding will help to avoid skin rubbing and irritation. There are leather and nylon tracking harnesses. If tracking trials or rescue missions include contact with water, better choose a nylon harness.
Coat or Vest Harness It is made of cold resistant fabrics and keeps your dog's body warm during cold winter walks. There is a handle on the top, so you can assist your canine when snow is too deep in certain places. Also you can attach a leash to this harness, as it has a D-ring, that is why there is no need to put a regular collar on your dog's neck.
Guide Dog Harness Specially designed to be as comfortable as possible, this harness is a link between a guided person and a guide dog. It has a handle for better control. There is also a similar dog harness called "Assistance Dog Harness". It is mostly used to help older dogs to climb a hill, get into the vehicle or climb porch or stairs.
Identification Dog Harness A must-have item for service dogs. Military, police, security, search & rescue, patrol and many other working dogs should wear an ID dog harness as part of working environment regulation. We offer ID dog harness with removable Velcro patches which indicate the type of work your canine is involved in.
Rehabilitation Dog Harness Such design harnesses are used to help injured dogs to go through therapy period and get well. Some of those harnesses remove tension and pressure from the problematic areas, some - can be connected to the special wheelchair, which helps to allow a dog to move in a case when his hind legs are injured. You can use a handle located on the top to lift your dog when it is necessary.
Decorated Dog Harness The main purpose of such a harness is to show off your dog and make him look stylish. But we also make decorative harnesses as functional as possible by adding a special control handle and by making it comfortable for wearing. Dogs also deserve to be in trend.
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There are so many tools available out there, that will help you train your dog properly. If you are having troubles with your pet while you are taking it on a tour, my suggestion is to try a dog harness. Dogs can develop bad habits that keep repeating them every time, the second way is out, and the best way to deal with taking care, which is to work on solving the problem. Therefore, if your dog keeps tugging on the leash and refuses to walk by your side, a dog harness is the answer. It is more comfortable than the standard collars and it will keep your pet right by your side. Harnesses can either be front-attaching or back-attaching.
Reasons to Use a Dog Harness If a dog harness is well fitted and it sits on your dog the right way, it will take the pressure off its neck. This is very important because you surely do want to keep your four-legged friend happy and content. You will be able to communicate with your dog more efficiently if he or she is in a harness. The harness will help you "speak" with your dog in the right way. By gently pulling, the leash and the dog will understand your signals perfectly without any additional strain on the neck that might leave him or her feeling very nervous and agitated.
Various Types of Dog Harnesses Dog harnesses come in different sizes and shapes so it is crucial that you read all the dog harness reviews you can find before you actually purchase one. Back-clip harnesses are perfect for smaller dogs that have sensitive necks and these types are very easy to be accustomed. They are made for walking and the majority of dogs simply love them.
On the other hand, if your dog is a bit temperamental, controlling it with a back-clip harness might be a bit more challenging. Pulling harness is more suitable for unruly dogs because the harness will tighten up around the chest area if a dog makes any sudden movements. This type of dog harnesses will help you train your pet properly. Walking harness is the most basic one and they have a clip in the front. They will provide you with enough control during your outings and they are very gentle to your pet neck.
Making the Selection Selecting a perfect dog harness for your pet mostly depends on the purpose. Different harnesses are used for walking, hiking, or running. First, you need to know the size of your dog in order to get the right fit. Start by measuring its collar, and then move on to the length of your dog's back, as well as the girth of the ribcage right behind the front legs. Secondly, you need to know your dog's personality and if he or she behaves well on your walks or not.
If you are training your dog to be always by your side and not to tug on a leash, experts recommend using a pulling dog harness. However, if you plan to take long walks with your dog or you two are going jogging through theneighborhood, a simple walking harness will do the job perfectly.
You should definitely invest in a high quality dog harness if you are going hiking because it needs to be durable and withstand long usage. It is also important to point out that a back-clip harness can be used for this activity as well because it will allow your dog to move freely with almost no restrains whatsoever.
BEST DOG HARNESSES
Dean & Tyler 34-Inch to 47-Inch Dog Harness Dean & Tyler 34-Inch to 47-Inch Dog Harness comes in black color only and it is suitable for medium to large dogs. Smaller breeds might not fit in this one so if you have a tiny dog, we suggest looking up some of the other harnesses from my list. The harness is heavily padded because it is intended for dogs who are moving around a lot, durable, and very comfortable to wear for hours. You will also receive a six feel long leash made from high quality materials alongside the harness. It is ideal for therapy and working dogs, but the can be used on your pet as well, especially if you are going on long hiking trips that last for hours or days. Make sure you have your measurements right before you order this harness.
PetSafe Reflective Easy Walk Dog Harness Just as the name of this product suggests, the Easy Walk Dog Harness is made for long walks and training your dog. If your pets have not used a harness before, this one should be the first one. It comes in different sizes and you will easily find the one that will fit your dog perfectly. You will be able to choose from a couple of color combinations: black and silver, and red and black. The dog harness reviews are very positive and both dogs and the owners seem to adore it. The leash is attached to the front of this harness which will give you enough control and you will be able to keep your dog by your side at all times. It is very comfortable and easy to put on as well.
Dean and Tyler Viking Leather Dog Harness If you want to buy your dog a unique harness that will definitely stand out from the crowd, your choice should be Dog Harness. It is made of leather from the outside, but the inside is padded. It will fit medium sized breeds but a slightly larger dog might fit in as well. Additionally, it is very comfortable and suitable for walks. It is a back-clip harness so it might not be the best choice for dogs that are just starting to learn how to behave on a walk. This harness has many details that will look stunning on your pet and he or she will be very noticeable. The quality is outstanding and it will last you for a long time.
Hot Weather Half Vest K9 Harness Even though this harness might look a bit heavy duty, it is simply amazing. The dog harness was inspired by the military vests and it has multiple purposes. Besides providing your dog with comfort, it will keep him or her cool at all times, especially during long hikes. It will fit medium or large dogs when properly adjusted. It has several extras such as the ability to fit light supplies and accessories in the side pouches. This harness comes in three colors - black, coyote, and ranger green. Therefore, if your dog enjoys long walks through the nature and you want to get him or her proper equipment for your numerous adventures, this right harness will please both of you and make your hikes even more enjoyable.
Mod-Tec Service Dog Harness Designed with service and therapy dogs in mind, this harness by Mod-Tec is simply amazing. It is made of durable materials and it will last you for years. It also has removable storage bags that can be placed on the sides of the harness. It is very easy to put on and once the straps are adjusted, the harness will not move, letting you have a complete control of your dog during your strolls. It is available in four sizes, so you will not have any trouble finding the right one for your four-legged friend. It is intended for working dogs but you are free to use it as well because I think that it is exceptionally made. Additionally, you will receive a service dog patch that can be placed on the harness if needed.
Ruff wear Omnijore Joring System If your canine friend and yourself are fans of Joring and enjoy this activity a lot, Ruffwear System will make it even more exciting. This Joring system comes with a dog harness, a towline, and a hip belt. When it comes to the harness, you will be able to choose from three sizes, but have in mind that the harness itself is easily adjustable and you will make it fit your dog in just a couple of minutes. The towline is durable and safe. The hip belt can be easily detached from the towline in a case of an emergency. It is adjustable as well. Once you get all of these parts together and test it out in the field, you will see how great this activity really is. The Joring System is strong and reliable, that is for sure.
The Original AllSafe Harness This multipurpose dog harness has been among the most popular models for years because this excellent product is useful in multiple situations. It can be worn as a safety harness in your car if you want to keep your pet safe while you are driving. You should simply attach it to the seatbelt and your dog will be protected. This product have passed several car crash tests and it does work. It can be easily turned into a comfortable walking harness as well. It is made of high quality nylon that is tear resistant and it features reflective stripes on the front. It comes in four different sizes and the chances are your puppy will find the right fit after brief adjustments.
Dean and Tyler the Victory Solid Brass Hardware Dog Harness Dean and Tyler really excel at making interesting and stylish dog harnesses. The Victory Solid Brass Hardware Dog Harness is another model from their selection that will allow your dog to move easily while still providing you with full control. The outside material is leather and the padding is on the inside of this harness. The harness is handmade and even though it might be a bit pricey, it will last for years, so it truly will pay off in the end. The fit is suitable for medium or large dog breeds and the brass buckles can be adjusted and tightened up. You can order it in either brown or black color, which is quite alright for a leather dog harness. It is really easy to use and your dog will be in or out of it in no time.
Adjustable Car Harness We have already pointed out the importance of your dog's safety while traveling. Investing in a good harness that can be used in your vehicle should be on the top of your list. This adjustable car harness might seem basic, but it will keep your dog secure. I love the fact that a dog is able to move or lay down on your back seat while still strapped in this harness. It comes in three colors and two sizes, but has in mind that the straps can be made bigger or smaller. The seat belt connector can fit all car models. This harness will protect your dog against sudden movements and possible accidents, so investing in a car harness is definitely
Dog Harness Premium Leather Leather harnesses are very useful if your dog likes to chew on anything he or she sees. This product is made of premium leather so it will not be so easily damaged. It is perfect for learning your dog how to walk because it is very firm and you will be able to communicate with your pet with just a slight movement of your arm. What I personally love about this harness is the fact that you can assemble it yourself and each piece is replaceable. It comes in two colors and you will be able to combine them in order to create a completely new design. Your dog will feel very comfortable in this harness and that will make the learning process a lot easier for both of you.
Final Thoughts When it comes to choosing a perfect harness for your dog, take some time and read dog harness reviews. You will definitely learn a lot about a certain product and that will help you make the right decision. With that said, I think that the best and the most versatile dog harness is Mod-Tec Service Dog Harness. You can use it for both long and short walks and it will suit your dog perfectly once you adjust all the straps.