Dog leashes are an integral part of life for modern-day dogs. They are training tools for your dogs when they are young, they act as a safety precaution for the people around you, and they also keep your dog close to you. Thus, choosing the right collar and type of leash for your dog is not just a matter of aesthetics, but also a matter of design and function. But how do we know what is what, and their functions? Let’s explore the difference between the following:
- Dog Leads
- Dog Halti Leads
- Dog Harness
- Active Walker Leads
- Dog Collars and ID Tags
1) Dog Leads
A simple lead is suitable for your dog if it is well-behaved as it is relatively loose compared to a harness, It allows you to keep your well-balanced dog safely by your side and out of harm’s way. It is recommended for easygoing, happy-go-lucky dogs without obedience problems.
2) Dog Halti Leads
There are two types of halters available for dogs- the head halter and the chest harness (which will be covered later). The head halter is a thin nylon device which loops behind the back of the dog’s head and over the nose, similar to halters used on horses. The aim of the head halter is to provide more control over your dog’s head, this helps to speed up your dog’s leash training process as it keeps your dog focused on the owner throughout the training session. You should consult your vet or a dog trainer before using a head halter on your dog as this requires some care in handling.
3) Dog Harness
Harnesses are great if you want your dog to pull you around, such as while you are on roller blades or on a bike. They are worn around the dog’s body, fastening on the back. Harnesses may be used alongside a regular collar, or on its own. They are a good alternative for dogs with head or neck injuries or for dogs that pull constantly. Harnesses are a safer option for dogs with slender necks like Greyhounds.
If you like bringing your fur kid out for car rides but are worried about its safety, fear not! There are On-the-Road options available!
4) Active Walker Leads
An Active Walker Lead is good for obvious reasons. You and your dog become exercise buddies! This lead allows you to be hands-free while keeping your dog close-by. The Active Walker Lead will be suitable for a dog that is used to a lead, as it gives the dog a degree of freedom.
5) Dog Collars and ID Tags
Every domesticated dog should have a collar and ID Tag in case they escape the house. This makes it easier for dog and owner to be reunited. If you have a small house dog that rarely goes outside, it is also useful for the dog to have a collar with a bell to make known of its arrival in the house. One very common type of collar has a flat plastic connecting clasp which can be easily released by pinching the sides of the fastening, and is adjustable by pulling the fabric through the fastening loop to ensure a good fit. These types of collars are suitable for most dogs to use.
If your pup is still growing in the first year of its life, be sure to check its collar fit frequently, and periodically after that. You should be able to slip two fingers comfortably underneath of the collar.
Take note that if you are a first-time dog owner, you dog needs to be introduced to a lead as it is not accustomed to it. Start by putting it on and letting it run around with it, just to let your dog become familiar with a lead. Then when you start taking it out for a walk, be sure to reward it for good behavior, this will surely encourage your dog to look forward to getting some fresh air and burn off that excess energy they have. Now, get out there and have some fun!