The leash and collar is one of the most important tools you have. In most places, it’s even required by law when your dog is outside. But there are many different types of collars, and the options can be overwhelming. How do you choose the right one for your dog? And how do you best use it to gain control on the walk?
Pick a leash that you feel comfortable using- the ASPCA has a great article on picking the right walking equipment for your dog. Some people prefer the feel of leather leashes, while others find different materials easier on the hands. Keep in mind that a type of leash that’s appropriate in one situation might not be appropriate in others. For example, you might walk your dog in the park on a Flexi retractable leash every day so that he can roam and get lots of exercise. However, you’ll probably want to switch to a leather or fabric leash when in other situations where you need to keep your dog closer to you and away from others, such as when walking in crowded places, at the vet’s office or in pet stores. It’s for this reason that we strongly encourage owners to keep their dogs on a 4 or 6 foot leash coupled with a collar when entering or leaving daycare. This helps keep our lobby a safe place to be!
You should ensure that your collar has a safe place to clip tags- Rabies, registration and your microchip tag if your pet is micro-chipped. Here at Lucky Dog our dogs are kept naked. Except for their arrival at day care and departure at the end of the day, the majority of the pack dogs don’t wear collars or harnesses. Accidental strangulation is surprisingly common and completely avoidable. Removing collars/harnesses also avoids wear and tear on the collars, dogs getting caught on each other mid play, or sharp metal tags cutting tender mouths. If we’re working with a dog, we will put them on a martingale and 6 foot lead to work with- but the dog with the martingale is moderated while in the pack.
If you have any questions regarding a good leash & collar combo for your pet, be sure to ask one of our staff when you drop off or pick up your pet!