Pet shops and online stores are full of different types of leads / leashes and collars. As mentioned before they can be made from leather, nylon and other synthetic materials. I have lost count of the amount of tacky supposedly “designer” leads and collars there are out there covered in bling but these are hardly any use if you want to train your dog to walk confidently beside you. Besides, with some I’ve seen there’s a good chance the owner and dog will be blinded by the bling !!!!!
My personal favourite is the good old flat collar and lead. I have never had any problems with my dogs with one of these. However, our little Nelly is so small you just cannot use one of those. Therefore, we have to go for a Harness. I would hate to put any pressure on her trachea by making her wear a flat collar as she is so fragile.
When you are starting your training with a young dog the correct choice can make a huge difference in your training and walking. Just remember when you have a young dog it is a good idea to get a lead, collar or harness that is made of strong durable material as the youngsters do like a bit of a chew.
If your dog barks, a Martingale Collar is useful
The idea of these collars is to apply uniform pressure to the dog’s neck when they pull. As soon as the dog feels the pressure and following constriction it is likely to heel. Be aware the pressure and constriction is only momentary. Due to the design they are made from high quality durable materials so not to cause discomfort for your dog.
These collars are also used on dogs who will try to back out of their collar and for dogs with small heads like Greyhounds.
Head collars are designed to prevent pulling, jumping and lunging. These are extremely popular in the dog training world but you must be sure it is fitted correctly. If in doubt ask a pro.
The collar acts like a horse halter as it fits around the dog’s snout and behind it is ears. This ensures that when your dog pulls the harness redirects it is head and helps him or her to stay calm and refrain from pulling again.
Good points to note are that there is no choking involved, it is fully adjustable for a comfortable fit and your dog can still drink, eat and bark away happily.
No Pull Dog Harness
These are designed to pull your dog to your side if they try to pull from you. The difference between these and standard harnesses is that these have the lead attachment on the front and to the side. Normal harnesses have the attachment on the back.
If your dog tries to pull away from you then the harness will apply pressure to your dog’s chest therefore preventing them pulling forward with their full weight.
As with the head collars there is no choking involved and due to the added padding it is extra comfortable for your dog.
Slip Rope Lead
I have mentioned these before as they are quick and easy to use. These can be a big advantage if you have a bouncy energetic puppy. They fit over your dog’s head and adjusts around it is neck. They are also very good for dog’s that are liable to try to pull if over it is head and run off without any notice. This is because they loop while tighten automatically.
My only words of advice for these are please be very careful if using these with puppies. Remember they are fragile and it can be very easy to over exert yourself if trying to calm down your puppy.
So here are just a handful of examples of the type of training leads and collars you can but for your dog. The list could go on and on. Remember, if you are shopping online, one lead may be called something in the UK but something completely different in the US. Try amazon.co.uk or amazon.com
If you have any tips, great ideas, or comments, please drop me a line.