With the many different leashes, harnesses, anti-pull equipment, and collars, it can be hard to decide what walking gear your dog needs. What’s the difference between a leather leash and a nylon? What is a head halter? Does a choke collar really choke your dog? Below many of the popular dog walking gear is explained to help you choose which best suits your dog.
- Snap and buckle collars are the most popular collars. The former snaps together, and
the latter buckles like a belt. They are also adjustable and come in a variety of colors.
- A choke collar does just what its name implies. When your dog pulls, the collar tightens, eventually cutting off breathing if your dog continues to pull. For your average dog, this collar isn’t a good idea. Not only is it frightening for your dog, a choke collar can also give him injuries or even cause death. However, a dog that is seriously aggressive may benefit from such a collar if it is used properly. If you think it would help your aggressive dog, consult a professional dog trainer. Never use a choke collar without professional assistance! Also, a choke collar is not meant to be worn constantly. It could catch on something and strangle your dog to death. *
- The prong collar is somewhat similar to the choke collar. It does not, however, choke
your dog. Instead, it pinches. As with the choke collar, though, it is not for your average dog. It is more suited for training dogs who are very aggressive. I think that the pinching correction is better than choking. However, the prong collar is not meant to be worn all of the time. It should only be worn every once in a while or the prongs will start cutting into your dog’s skin. Also, you should consult a professional before putting one on your dog. *
- Shock collars, like choke and prong collars, should not be used on your typical dog. When used, it should be set on a very low shock and only when under direction of a professional dog trainer. *
*Should never be used on puppies!
- A Nylon leash is the most popular when it comes to canine leads. 4-6 feet long, this tough, durable leash is perfect for casual training and walking. Also, it comes in a wide range of colors. One downside, however, is that it will give you rope burn if your dog
- Leather leashes are durable as well as stylish. A leather leash will most likely last longer than a Nylon and won’t give you rope burn.
- A traffic leash has two handles, one at the end of a the 6 ft leash and the other nearer the dog’s head, giving you a short and long leash all in one. When crossing the street or simply to get more control, you can switch to the handle which makes the leash shorter.
- Retractable leashes can be a great way to give your dog freedom while also making sure he doesn’t escape. However, these are not appropriate for places with traffic or people. This leash’s rope will give you painful rope burn and can cause injury if your dog should wrap it around someone. Also, it doesn’t give you good control as your dog can be trailing 16-25 feet ahead of you, eating who knows what. In a quiet neighborhood or country setting, however, it can be a great way to give your dog a little freedom.
- The traditional harness can be helpful for dogs who get choked when being walked with only their collars. Your traditional harness, however, may encourage your dog to pull even more as it makes doing so very comfortable. Harnesses are especially
beneficial for small dogs as it reduces the tension on our little necks.
- There are many different anti pull harnesses to choose from. Rosie wears a mesh anti pull harness which is comfortable and also discourages pulling while not choking your dog. Check it out on Amazon.com.
- A head halter goes on your dog’s face and is like a horse halter, giving you control of your dog’s head. It does work on certain dogs, but be aware that people may mistake it for a muzzle and avoid you in public. Also, it can make some dogs very uncomfortable. When your dog pulls, the side of his face becomes uncomfortable. It can either give your dog a feeling akin to a push or a terrible pain, depending on how hard he pulls. Such a thing might frighten some dogs, causing them to dread walks.