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November 4, 2020
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What to Look for in a Leash and Collar for Your Canine

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Before deciding which collar and leash will be best for your dog, consider how these items will be used. This will help you get the collar and leash that are best for you and your pet.You need to have an appropriate collar for your dog. Regardless which type of collar you select, remember that a good rule of thumb for fitting a collar is being able to slip two fingers between the collar and your dogs neck. If your dog will spend a lot of time outside, you want to be sure she has a safe collar. A breakaway collar will protect your dog from strangulation, if snagged. The breakaway collar is made to snap open when caught or tangled on a fence other object, so your dog doesn't choke. This collar delivers peace of mind even when you can't see your dog. If your dog slips out of her collar easily, or has a narrow head, you may want a martingale collar. This collar tightens when the leash is pulled; but, doesn't close around the neck. A head collar provides a gentle form of correction. It helps your dog learn to walk on a leash and heel. If the dog pulls on the leash, the halter on the collar makes the head turn. Although effective for training, this collar shouldn't be left on your dog when she's alone. Several types of collars are meant to make corrections during training. These include the choke collar, which tightens around your dog's neck. These collars pose risk of strangulation and serious injury. Please consult a professional about using a choke collar before purchasing one. You may own a large breed that is unruly, and choose the metal prong collar. These collars have metal prongs inside designed to help correct your dog during training. Never leave your dog in this collar alone. A serious type of collar to correct certain behaviors is the shock collar. True to its name, this collar delivers an electronic shock to your dog. These collars are controversial, and are used to stop a dog from barking or wandering out of a yard if used with an invisible fence. Please talk to your veterinarian before deciding to use a shock collar so you can make an informed decision. You may need only a simple collar and leash for your dog to walk around the neighborhood. You can forgo collars all together and choose a harness. If your dog likes to pull you forward, harnesses are a good choice because your dog will be unable to choke herself. Standard leashes are sold in various lengths. However, if you'd like your dog to have more freedom to run, you can use a retractable leash, which lets you control leash length. It works similar to a tape measure, and is great for letting your dog run around, just be sure you grip the leash well in case your dog suddenly lunges forward. A retractable leash is not recommended for a dog without leash training. If your dog likes to bite her leash, a chain leash is unpleasant to bite and will stop this behavior. However, it's often heavy for you to hold.Leashes and collars are one of the most important supplies a dog owner can purchase. When used correctly, they will help your dog enjoy a bit of freedom while you still maintain appropriate control of your pet. Once you've picked the best option for your dog, then you can begin your training or walking.

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