As much as you’d love for your pup to run wild and free like Lassie, it’s just not a smart risk to take. The key word here being risk, because no matter how well-behaved your pup is, there’s always the chance that they won’t heel when hollered for, or come when called.
They could run off in play and lose their way home, or worse, dart into a busy street. That’s why a collar and a leash is a must for every pup. Before you decide, take a look at our collar and leash guide to find what combo fits you and your canine best.
1.Types Of Dog Leashes
While the best leash for you is ultimately the one that feels most comfortable in your hands, certain types of leashes are better for certain situations.These extendable leads with their iconic plastic handles are a great option for walks in the park, field explorations or basically anytime your pup has a little room to romp. We’d be wary of using this type of lead in heavy traffic, at a crowded park or anytime you need to have a little more control.
2. Flat Collars
Flat collars are your standard, everyday dog collar. Often made from nylon or other hardy materials, flat collars generally have plastic or metal quick-release closures, and should fit comfortably on your dog’s neck.
A good rule here is you should be able to fit 2 fingers under the collar easily
In addition to helping you keep your pup safe, collars also provide a place to hang your dog’s identification tags which contain their name and yours, a phone number . In the event your dog does get loose and can’t find their way home, a collar with ID tags attached ensure that the sweet soul that finds your runaway canine will easily know how to get them home.
The purpose of a training collar is for you to be able to guide your dog when he’s on-leash and, if necessary, to check your dog. A check is used mainly for abstention training, which is when you want your dog to stop doing something that he wants to do but you don’t want him to do, such as chasing other animal. The check creates an unpleasant experience for the dog, which he can avoid by stopping the unwanted behavior.
When using a pinch collar, put it on your dog about two hours before training him and leave it on him for about two hours afterwards. If you put it on immediately before training and then take it off immediately after you finish, he’ll quickly become “collar wise,” meaning he’ll only respond to commands when the collar is on. The same applies to any other collar that’s used to train a dog.