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The Proper Walking Collar For Your Dog

Cane Bay Summerville Dog Sitting with HarnessCongratulations! You just brought home little Scruffy and he is a great addition to the family. Your kids love playing with him and your spouse, who maybe didn’t want a dog in the first place, is starting to warm up to this furry friend.

Before Scruffy came home, you realized he would need a good collar that fits well and is the right choice for his unique personality, size and breed. With the many options out there, it can be difficult choosing the proper walking collar for your dog. However, have no fear; Cane Bay is here to help make sure you choose an appropriate collar for your pooch.

Below you will find a list of different kinds of collars. We will explain some pros and cons to each one, so that ultimately, you will be able to determine which one is best for your dog.

Buckle Collars

Who Are They Good For?: Buckle collars, or any adjustable collars for that matter, are ideal for puppies. As puppies grow, so do their neck sizes. Adjustable buckle collars allow you to use one collar for awhile instead of running out to the store every few months to purchase a new one.  Buckle collars do come in sizes that are suitable for bigger dogs as well if you decide you want to stick with this collar through your pet’s adulthood.

Features: Generally, these collars come in nylon or leather and a variety of colors.

Pros: These collars can be worn all the time on both puppies and fully-grown dogs. It is easy to attach dog identification tags onto buckle collars. They are durable.

Cons: Some dogs may be able to slip their head out of these collars. Without prior training, these collars do not correct a dog’s behavior of pulling while walking.

Harness Collars

Who Are They Good For?: Harnesses are particularly perfect for small dogs and dogs with short necks, like pugs. They are also ideal for dogs with medical issues involving the throat, like tracheal damage or megaesophagus. Harnesses can also be used for dogs that pull while walking. I have a mini schnauzer at home, and we always put a harness on him when going for a walk. It helps to restrict his pulling without choking him.

Features: Typically harnesses are made of nylon, which is durable and machine-washable.

Pros: Harnesses reduce the risk of choking, because the collar is not around the dog’s neck. In most cases, they also help to reduce pulling, although this ultimately depends on what type of harness you buy. Make sure to check with an employee before making a purchase to ensure that you have the right harness, because some harnesses encourage pulling, like the harnesses that are used on sled dogs.

Cons: Harnesses may not completely eliminate pulling, and they must be fitted properly to your dog before use.

Chain and Prong Training Collars

Who Are They Good For?: These collars are only suitable for a dog to wear during training, and according to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, ASPCA, these collars are only effective for training when used by a Certified Professional Dog Trainer.

Features: Chain collars are used to briefly tighten around your dog’s neck for correction. Prong collars have tiny prongs around your dog’s neck that are also briefly tightened for correction.

Pros: May be effective in the training process, but ONLY when used by a Certified Professional Dog Trainer.

Cons: These should never be used to take your dog for a walk. Untrained professionals should not use these. These can cause aggression and fear in your dog if not used properly. They can cause pain to your precious pooch.

Head Collars

Who Are They Good For?: Head collars, or head halters, can be used on any size dog. They work to reduce pulling, in which case, they are extremely helpful to dogs who pull while walking.

Features: These generally come in nylon, which means they are durable and machine-washable. They get placed around a dog’s snout and apply gentle pressure when a dog begins to pull.

Pros: They are ideal for reducing pulling. They do not require much training after first acclimating your dog to the halter.

Cons: Some dogs may find it uncomfortable. Head harnesses must be fitted properly to avoid loss of hair around the snout. Before using a halter, a dog must first be acclimated to the head collar.

Choosing the right collar can become a bit confusing with all the options out there. Hopefully you can use this article as a guide to help determine which collar is best for your pup.

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