is a large variety of leashes, collars, and harnesses for dogs.
Some of them can be quite specialized, such as harnesses for
activities and sports like skijoring or dog carting.Let's
first look at collars. Flat buckle collars are the most
common type. They will have a D ring to attach your dogs tags
to.While they are a useful way to display your dogs
identification, they typically are not the best choice for walking
your dog. Only dogs who have been trained Loose Leash Walking should
be walked on a flat buckle collar. Flat collars can, overtime cause
damage to a dogs trachea and/or neck if they are pulling on
walks. ..."according to a study in the Journal
of the American Animal Hospital Association in
2006, pressure generated when dogs pull while wearing these collars
raises the pressure in the eye. As a result, it may worsen the
clinical signs or disease progression in dogs with glaucoma, thin
corneas, and other eye conditions where the pressure in the eye is an
issue" from Which
Types of Collars and Harnesses are Safe For Your Dog?Choke
chains, pinch, and prong collars.These styles carry the same
risks as Flat Buckle collars, potentially causing damage to the
trachea and/or eyes.Keystone Training does not allow these types
of collars in our group or private classes.These collars are
typically used by Traditional trainers to give the dog collar
corrections or leash pops.Since Keystone Training never uses
these methods, but rather positive reinforcement, we have no need for
a 'correction device'.Martingale or Half-choke collars.Same
risks as above. These are accepted by Keystone Training only when
Flat Buckle collars slip off of a dogs neck. And again, the dog
should not be walked on this style of collar if they are not walking
on a loose leash yet.
are the alternatives?
are just as many varieties of body harness as there are collars.
standard body harness can be a great alternative for smaller dogs as
it takes the pressure off of their throats and necks. Photo Here.
this style can actually encourage larger and stronger dogs to pull
MORE. A standard harness gives them the ability to use their
shoulders and body weight to pull, instead of just their neck like
they would in a Flat collar.
larger/stronger dogs there are several harnesses marketed to help
stop pulling. These are not all created equally. One style may help
one dog yet create other problems for a different dog.
some examples of styles and brands check out Dr. Sophia Yins blog
'Which Types of Collars and Harnesses are Safe for Your Dog?
a general rule, a front-clip harness is preferred over a back-clip
harnesses (no-pull) will cinch up on the dogs shoulders. Be sure that
your dog does not have any pain or injuries in the shoulders before
choosing this style.
Halters are similar to those worn by horses. They give the walker
more control over what direction the dog is facing. This allows you
to more easily 'turn' the dog away from a distraction and bring focus
back to you.
should be TRAINED to accept head halters (and muzzles). Having a
foreign object placed on the face and in their line of view can be
very stressful and aversive to dogs.
instruction on teaching a dog to accept a Head Halter (or muzzle)
watch this video here.Head Halters should be used for management only, not for training. By design, they do deliver aversive stimulus. These halters/collars are not a replacement for training your dog to walk on a loose lead. For more info Click Here.
we need to clip something to our collar or harness of choice.
popular and most recommended is a standard 6 foot nylon or leather leash.
your dog has a tendency to pull or lunge we recommend using a
hands-free leash system. Hands-free leashes buckle or clip around
your waist. This saves the walkers shoulders and potentially their
wrist and fingers should the dog lunge while the leash is wrapped
around your hand or thumb.
choosing a hands-free leash it is important to take into
consideration your dogs behaviour (do they tend to lunge or pull
REALLY hard), and your dogs strength and weight.
brands will have a metal collar clip but plastic buckles for around
heavy/strong dogs a metal buckle should be chosen as plastic buckles
run the risk of snapping.
understand that all of these options are SAFETY devices only. They
should be used to keep your dog close to you while you work on
training proper Loose Leash Walking and reliable recalls. All
equipment has the potential of breaking and failing.
Where to buy:In Lloydminster Pet Planet has a wide variety of harnesses and head halters. They also carry hands-free leashesThe Lloydminster Animal Hospital carries Easy Walk Harnesses and Gentle Leaders. Their staff is trained to fit harnesses and haters properly.The Lloydminster Companion Animal Care Centre also carries Easy Walk Harnesses and Gentle Leaders.In Wainwright Wags and Wiggles Pet Store also carries a variety of harnesses and head halters, as well as hands-free leashes.In my experience all locations will happily help you with your purchases. If you do not see something on the shelves just ask. Staff will be happy to do their best to order the proper equipment and proper sizes.