Many dogs who were not properly trained pull on their leashes. This behavior can be dangerous for both humans and dogs; dogs can get loose, choke, and strain or pull muscles and people can injure themselves. Along with proper training, there are products to help curb this unwanted issue, starting with the collar. A dog’s collar is the most important thing when training a dog to properly walk on his leash without pulling. Here are three suggestions to consider when choosing the proper collar for pull-free walks with your pooch.
Martingale No-Slip Collar ($8-$15)
The Martingale style collar is affordable and discourages pulling. The double ring system tightens around the dog’s neck if he pulls; when the dog stops pulling, the leash loosens. The dog will quickly associate pulling with the unpleasant feeling and will automatically be relieved when he stops pulling. It’s better than a traditional collar because it is loose and comfortable when the dog isn’t pulling; you actually slip it on and off the dog’s head (no clips). Read more about the Martingale collar here.
Buy it at PetSmart, $9.99
Easy Walk Harness ($20-$30)
This harness is great for training dogs who constantly pull on their leashes, especially medium to large breeds. The leash clips to the front of the harness, meaning when the dog pulls on the leash, it turns them to the side and ultimately, all the way around to you. It does not go around the dog’s neck, so it’s impossible for the dog to choke or gag. This is great for moderate-strength to strong dogs, including Labrador Retrievers, American Pit Bull Terriers and German Shepherds, but works just as well for smaller dogs. Read more about the Easy Walk Harness from Premier, the makers of the harness here.
Buy it at Pet Expertise.
Gentle Leader Headcollar ($15-$20)
This collar attaches around the dog’s mouth, like an open muzzle. It isn’t a muzzle; dogs can eat, drink and pick things up with the Headcollar on. This is my favorite of the three collars to stop pulling; this will stop every breed from Chihuahua to Rottweiler. Some dogs can get easily frustrated and upset with it on, especially when they aren’t used to being muzzled. Every dog is different and for some dogs, it calms them, reduces anxiety and even curbs barking. This collar applies pressure to the back of the neck instead of the front of the throat and will not choke the dog– much like a horse collar. It can be a great distraction for especially aggressive dogs but is not a muzzle and should not be used to prevent biting. Read more about it here.
Shop for the Gentle Leader at Nextag.
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