14 APR 2014- WALKING EQUIPMENT((i.e Leashes)) are becoming more and more mandatory whenever you dog is outside their own home/yard. Using leashes PROPERLY reduces the chance the dog will run away, get in a fight with another dog, hurt another person, etc.
Choosing the proper type of walking equipment((Leash)) for you and your dog can lead to a wonderful walk without the dog pulling, or being distracted by other things around them. Sometimes an owner will have to TRY DIFFERENT((i.e. invest)) types of leashes until the correct one is found.
How Do I Choose?
SLIP COLLAR: For dogs with issues on the walk, this can be a great tool for correcting misbehaviors. If your dog is easily distracted by squirrels, other dogs, or just a strong gust of wind, the collar allows for quick corrections to get your dog back on track.
ILLUSION COLLAR: The Illusion Collar helps keep the slip collar at the top of the neck, which is the most sensitive part of the neck; your dog will be more sensitive to your movements and react to what you are trying to communicate. Keep your dog's head up.
FLAT BUCKLE OR SNAP COLLAR: This is a collar that just goes around the neck of the dog/cat. Positive: can attach ID/Rabies tags; can wear all the time; Negative: When pulling, puts strain on throat/tracheal which could cause damage; can slip out of
HEAD HALTER/GENTLE LEADER: This is a collar that goes around the muzzle. Positive: effective to eliminate or reduce pulling. Negative: need to acclimate your dog to the device; some dogs will paw off device; if not fitted properly can cause rub area's on snout
HARNESS WITH RING ON CHEST((FRONT)): Positive: reduces pulling; Negative: can be complicated to put on/take off; some dogs will STILL pull with device on; must be fitted
HARNESS WITH RING ON BACK: Positive: Good for small dogs; no pressure on tracheal; Negative: can increase the need to pull
COKE CHAIN: Positive: 0 Negative: Can cause tracheal damage, coughing, pain; may attribute to behavior issues such as fear and aggression.
PRONG COLLAR: Positive: Very effective when PROPERLY used; Negative: Can cause pain; must be fitted correctly to prevent damage; NEVER leave on 24hrs/day; may contribute to behavior issues such as fear and aggression.
LEASHES which come in FABRIC, LEATHER((4-6 feet lenghts)), chain((for those dogs who chew the other type)), retractable-which can be dangerous to both owner and pet if not used properly, long-line that may range from 10-30 feet.((these can get easily tangled around posts, bushes, trees, etc.)) frequent checks on welfare of dog IS REQUIRED.
I hope some of this information helps those who have trouble walking their dogs on leashes due to constant pulling. Take a class, talk to different people who use different types of devices, educated yourself to educate your furry family member.
GOD BLESS and HAPPY NON-PULLING ^5