Flat, Buckle or Snap Collars
This is the regular collar that your dog wears with their tags attached. All dogs should have this type of collar for identification (along with a microchip). Puppies should only have flat buckle or snap collars for training until about 4 months. Be conscious of the fact that some puppies are more shy than others and the “snap” on an snap or buckle collar may startle the pup.
For puppies 4 months of age and younger, most regular harnesses will do, but for older puppies and dogs that tend to pull and need more work, a front-attaching harness or “no pull” harness is recommended. A “no pull” harness has the leash clip located on the front of the harness when fitted to the dog. The front-chest leash attachment stops pulling by slightly tightening where the dog’s pulling strength is across the chest and shoulder blades. The gentle pressure steers a dog to the side and therefore redirecting his attention back towards you. Harnesses also do not cause coughing, gagging, or choking because the chest strap rests low across the breastbone, not on the delicate tracheal area.
A 6 foot leash is best for training. You can use a 4 foot leash but a 6 foot will give the extra length required to train your dog at a distance. Please contact us for a telephone conversation if you have a puppy or dog that is chewing his leash. Retractable leashes are not appropriate for training.
16-20 foot flat leashes are great for advanced training.
Corrections are too much for most pups and will cause the pup to become less trusting, or worse, fearful of his owner. Harnesses should be plain variety (not a no pull, anti-jumping, head halters, etc.) until after 4 months. Also, veterinarians routinely recommend that dogs, such as pugs with their short noses, and miniature poodles with their propensity for collapsing trachea wear harnesses.
For more detailed information click on Dr. Sohpia Yin’s blog article on “Which Types of Collars and Harnesses are Safe for your Dog” here or click on the following photo from her blog: