Is your dog a puller and constantly coughing? Does he chase after every squirrel or leaf that blows by? Collars and harnesses are tools to use for walking your dog, but will not fix the problem of pulling. To properly teach your dog how to walk on a leash, you need to train your dog with positive reinforcement.
Maybe you just adopted a dog and headed to the store to get all the essentials. You froze in the dog accessory aisle with glazed-over eyes, staring at all the options. No matter what personality or breed of dog, there is a perfect harness or collar for each one. Use these pros and cons to find it.
Collars are very popular and the original way to walk your dog. There are many types ranging from flat collars to martingales to GPS collars. Collars can be useful for identification. Choke, prong, and shock collars should never be used. They only inflict pain and a negative feeling towards walking. Positive reinforcement and proper training are the avenues to take with a dog who pulls.
The Humane Society of the United States states, “Some trainers use aversive collars to train “difficult” dogs with correction or punishment. These collars rely on physical discomfort or even pain to teach the dog what not to do. They suppress the unwanted behavior, but they don’t teach the dog what the proper behavior is. At best, they are unpleasant for your dog, and at worst, they may cause your dog to act aggressively and even bite you.”
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Walking dogs with a harness has increased because they fit certain breeds better and overall are a gentler approach. There are multiple types of harnesses like a front clip, back clip, and head harness. They are more gentle than a collar because they do not put pressure on the neck. Instead, a harness attaches around the torso and pulls on the body. The head harness attaches over the muzzle and gently turns the head of the dog to face you.
With so many choices out there, it can be hard to decide if you want a collar vs. harness. Each dog is different and will require a different solution depending on size, manners, breed, and training. It is worth the effort to find the perfect fit so your dog can enjoy the walk without harm. No matter which you decide, be sure you attach identification tags in case your dog gets away.
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