Rethinking the Collar – Use a Harness
Lately we have been seeing lots of pet parents walking their dogs with prong collars or choke collars. What is upsetting is that these collars are neither necessary nor humane for many reasons. Mainly, they cause pain to inhibit pulling while they do not teach dogs to walk on a loose leash. We have, over time, come to realize that most dogs do not benefit from having any type of tether or leash tied to their necks as that area is very sensitive. We recommend, for most dogs, using a harness or head collar, especially if your dog pulls, but even if your dog does not. Both of our pups walk nicely on a leash yet, for their comfort and safety, they both wear the Freedom No Pull Harness. We do not EVER want to put a strain on their necks, for any reason. There are lots of tools on the market and it is sometimes difficult to choose what may be best for your canine companion. Here are a few things to keep in mind; some harnesses are made for pulling. This might be a good type of harness for a sled dog or other pulling sports, but not for walking. Head collars, like the Gentle Leader are good too, especially for strong pullers. Keep in mind that head collars are not muzzles. They still allow dogs to drink water, take treats, and pant. This might be a good option for someone who is afraid their dog is going to pull them down. However, for most dogs they need to be trained to wear them and they must be fit properly. As always, we are available to answer any questions you have regarding the right tools and how best to use them.