Collars and leashes let us control pet dogs with great ease. The law requires all dog owners to keep their dogs under control as long as they are outdoors. When you take the pet out for walks put a decent collar and a matching lead on it so it is easy for you to monitor it. Here are some useful tips that will help you select the right collar and leash:
- The choice of a leash depends on how you want to use it. The leash for training a dog indoor or outdoor is different and so is the one that is meant for daily walks. For working indoors the lead has to be made of rounded nylon so it does not get stuck under house furniture. You can find very strong and colorful rounded leads online at attractive prices. For training the dog outdoors an 8-10 foot lead made of nylon is the better choice. Leads made of triple thick nylon webbing are most sturdy and long lasting. For distance training, get a 45-foot lead.
- For daily walks a 6-foot nylon webbed lead is a good choice. It will allow the dog to move freely while keeping in a close distance that will help you control it better. Match the color of the collar with that of the lead. Avoid leather collars as they are not as durable as nylon.
- If you live in an area that gets a lot of rainfall you will be better off with a nylon collar and lead. The leather collar and ropes are made of natural materials and do not have good resistance to water and hence can decompose over time. While nylon collars are water resistant and need no conditioners to increase their life span.
- Get a low maintenance collar that is low cost so you do not have to worry about cleaning it. Nylon collars can be washed in the washing machine and it does not shorten their life.
- Buy a strong leash and check it regularly to make sure the snap is strong and secure. Your dogs can run away if the clip is weak. Some nylon collars and leads come with brass hardware that makes the product most durable.
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- Measure the dog’s neck and then get the collar in the right size. If your dog is fully grown get a strong collar for it. Some pets that chew on leads need a chain leash. You can train the pet dog to stop chewing and later buy a nylon leash for it.
- Buy online from a manufacturer that will give you personalization at a small cost. Get your phone number and the dogs name displayed on the collar and the leash. This way the pet can be returned to you if it wanders off. ID Collars also resolve ownership issues well.
- Get at least two collars and two leads at a time so in case you lose one you have another one on hand. This way you will not need to place another order and will also save precious time.
- If the dog has a problem when walking outdoors consider the slip collar. Some dogs get distracted by strong winds or other dogs and a slip collar takes care of all distractions. A simple pull sideways is ample to correct the dog’s behavior. Gain the dogs attention and then continue with the walk.
About the author: Tris Vaughan is an expert at dog behavior and has trained dogs since 1997. Tris likes to share his knowledge on dogs and dog collars and leashes with others.