Dog Collars and Harnesses
Ready to buy a dog collar, leash, or harness for your beloved four-legged friend? We’ve got everything you need to know about selecting the best product to meet the demands of your dog’s breed, size, and temperament. Should you require more information, one of our product specialists would love to help you choose dog collars and harnesses in one of our pet good stores.
The ideal type of dog collar depends largely upon the size of your dog. Options include:
- Cotton – Cotton collars are great for small dogs but may not be as effective for larger dogs.
- Nylon – Nylon is strong enough to handle most dogs and is commonly used along with retractable leashes.
- Leather – Leather is a strong, durable, attractive natural material that works as well for large dogs as for small.
- Metal – Ideal for large, heavy breeds. They often are used with strong metal clips or buckles that are not likely to snap.
To fit the collar properly, you want to fit no more than 2-3 fingers between the dog’s neck and the collar. Most dogs do well with a standard-style collar, so long as they do not suffer from issues with breathing, disobedience, or hyperactivity.
Do you have a dog that is always tugging, lunging, or jumping on the lead? Are you worried about how the pull of a large-breed dog may affect your body over time? A dog harness may offer better control and weight distribution than a standard collar for your situation. You may consider:
- Shoulder dog harnesses – Instead of coiling around the neck, these harnesses distribute pressure around the shoulders and chest. Shoulder harnesses are great training tools for puppies to get used to walking by your side. Even older dogs can benefit from a shoulder harness if they suffer from respiratory problems or they constantly tug and choke on the leash.
- Halter dog harnesses – Halter collars go on over the nose, fits snugly behind the ears, and snap below the chin. They look similar to a muzzle, but without covering the nose or restricting jaw action. This is the ideal solution for a German Shepherd, Great Dane, or other large breed dog who tugs ahead. As the dog pulls, the leash gently brings the dog’s head to face you, gently discouraging unwanted behavior.
- Martingale dog harnesses – This slip harness is often seen at dog shows and with sight breeds whose heads are smaller than their necks — like Greyhounds, Whippets, Borzois, and Salukis. When the dog pulls, the pressure tightens – but less harshly than a choke-style collar.
Dog leashes vary by type, length, width, and material.
- Standard dog leashes: Most purposes can be suited by a straight, fabric leash with a loop at the end for easy holding. Some leashes have reflective material for evening walks. Most leashes are made from nylon or leather. Lengths range from 4-8 feet, with 6 being the most common. The shorter length is good for city dogs who need to remain close to your side at all times. When choosing a width, you may opt for a more lightweight, narrow leash if you’re buying for a puppy.
- Long dog leashes: You can find longer leashes from 50 to 150 feet if you are training for long sits, stays or recall.
- Retractable dog leashes: A retractable leash features a thin nylon cord that slides out of a measuring tape-style holder and extends up to 30 feet. A locking mechanism and retraction button gives owners greater control if necessary.
- Adjustable dog leashes: Adjustable leads are a compromise between the standard and retractable. You can adjust from 3 feet for a puppy to 6 feet for an adult dog by adding or removing loops, or by clipping along the length. These leashes are good if you’re doing short heel work sessions in addition to regular walks.
- Martingale leads: A Martingale leash is an all-in-one collar and leash system that loops around a dog’s neck. A clip under the chin prevents the leash from overtightening.
- Multiple dog leashes: Multiple dog leashes come with a two or three-way coupler, allowing you to hold one handle and connect up to three dogs together without getting the leads tangled.
Nylon is the most common leash material. It dries quickly and is easy to clean in your washing machine. There are many different colors and patterns for dog owners to choose from, which is another reason people like this type. Treated leather leashes are attractive and strong. Some dogs love to destroy leashes – particularly nylon and leather – in which case, metal chain is the best option.
Other Accessories for dogs
In addition to collars, harnesses and leashes other dog accessories available from Pet Goods include:
Dog ID Tags
Traditional dog ID tags attach to a ring in your dog’s collar and provide people with a name, a phone number, and sometimes an address, should your dog become lost. New digital ID tags allow the inclusion of multiple phone numbers and email addresses – and even alert local shelters – if your dog goes missing.
Dog clickers are used for positive reinforcement when leash training. When the dog is walking correctly, you press the clicker button, which makes a pleasing sound. You may also give a small treat to reinforce the reward.
You can pick up your dog leash, collar, harness, ID tags, and a basic clicker from a knowledgeable pet expert at any Pet Goods store today.
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