Tips for choosing the right training collar and leash for your dog

When it comes to dog training, there are a few things that you should know a lot about and just two of these things are the collars and harnesses that can be used to help make the dog training experience even easier. Some of these items to be used when training dogs have been discussions talked about in many a heated debate; some believe that they should be used and some believe that they shouldn’t. Incidentally, the choice to use them are down to the individual dog owners.

First of all one of the collars and harnesses that people seem to have very different opinions on when it comes down to dog training are the electric collars. These are designed to give the dog a small electric shock when a button is pressed to ensure that the dog knows that he or she is doing something that goes against the commands or actions that you have ordered. Although these have been proven to be effective with dog training, it can be argued that it is quite cruel to the animal even though it doesn’t actually hurt them, it just shocks them into stopping what they are doing. This is perhaps a better option for slightly bigger dogs or dogs with a more temperamental personality.

For smaller and easier going dogs, there are simple collars and harnesses that can be purchased which are designed to be both more comfortable for the dog and also easier for the owner to handle. These could include the collars on a lead which is retractable, allowing the dog to only go where you allow them to go. This is a great item to use when dog training out and about away from the home. It can help to teach the dog to wait before running across roads and also prove to be useful when teaching them not to pull on the lead which can prove to be both difficult for the owner and fairly painful for the dog.

The harnesses can be bought for any size of dog and there are some with protective padding and specifically placed straps as to not rub or pinch the dog in any way. This is great again for outside dog training and the owner will very often find that they have more control over the pet to ensure safety is of the highest standards.

It can be argued that harnesses are better for dog training than collars as they give the owner much more in the way of control as well as allowing the dog to have a certain amount of freedom, bringing the best of both worlds. They can also prove to be safer especially with bigger dogs which take more in the way of handling and dog training to ensure that they are sociably accepted by other dogs as well as being friendlier around humans.

At the end of the day, the debate between collars and harnesses will continue to go on and if you are a dog owner you will generally find that one may be easier to use than the other or maybe even using both is the best option.

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