Dog Collars And Leads: A Guide for Choosing the Right One Easily
When I think about my dog, the thing that makes my heart ache most is the moment when I have to put him on the leash to take him out for a walk. He’s a dog, he wants to run freely and on his own, to sniff around corners and explore what’s here and there, not be tied up and carried around like an accessory. As much as I get all that, and as much as I have a good relationship based on understanding with my dog, I can’t just leave him to run around town or the park every time he needs to get out. Why, you ask? For many reasons, one of which is plain simple: it’s forbidden by law.
Believe it or not, it’s actually required by law for your dog to have a collar and a lead every time it leaves his house. You need to carry him by yourself most of the time when he’s out and command him so he doesn’t make any problems. That being said, it would be pointless to look for a way around. Instead, I’d suggest you look for quality dog collars and leads. A few useful information can help you choose easier.
The Simple Leash and Collar Set
When it comes to choosing dog collars and leads, the first thing to have in mind is the dog’s character and behaviour. Is your dog kind of violent and hyperactive? Or maybe he’s peaceful and calm? If you don’t have any problem walking your dog around, you can get him a set of a simple leash and a collar. These allow you to keep him close to you and out of trouble. A great option for dogs that have no problem following their master’s orders.
The Slip Collar
The slip collar is a type of training lead, and as such it is great for dogs that do have obedience problems and problematic behaviour. However, ‘problematic behaviour’ doesn’t mean a bad dog, just a behavioural pattern that includes easy distraction by other animals like squirrels, other dogs and similar. This strong slip collar allows you to correct your dog’s behaviour in an easy manner and get him back on track.
The harness is like a sort of small jacket for dogs. It is put on their bodies and it’s perfect if you want your dog to pull you around, like if you’re on a bike or on rollerblades. This isn’t exactly the safest adventure you can try out but still, it is worth to know. Harnesses are great for dogs that have restricted breathing and pushed-in faces, like pugs and dogs with trachea or throat problems. In this group are also dogs with large necks, like the Greyhounds which simply can’t withstand slip collars.
Whichever collar and lead you choose for your dog, have in mind that the collar is a type of communication method between you and your dog. How you behave and how you pull the lead will influence your dog’s manner of behaving. If you’re strong and confident, that will be transferred to your dog. So will your hesitation and fear, so have that in mind as well.