Selecting the right collar and leash for dogs

Dog collars and leashes come in a wide variety of colors, styles, fabrics, and sizes. This will be one of your first purchases for your newly acquired pet. Dog collars and leashes help teach and lead when in training mode. The collar should always have a tag that includes your name, address, and phone number in case your pet gets lost. Most cities in the US have a “Leash Law”, which means that you must be in full control of your dog at all times outside the home.

The different types of collars for your dog include:

Charm necklaces that can be personalized with initials, designs, nicknames, buying the charms separately.

Jeweled necklaces are generally made of nylon and come with fake gemstones in different shapes and sizes.

Leather collars are always a classic and can come studded in various shapes, spikes, patent leather, flat or rolled.

Nylon collars can be quilted, quilted, mirrored and dry very quickly. These come in many different colors, including camouflage.

Designer necklaces can be found with sterling silver designs and brass hooks, real gemstones, and they are very stylish and trendy.

Training collars can be useful for dogs that are a bit more aggressive or stubborn. Electric collars give a jolt when improper behavior is displayed with a buzzing or tingling noise. These are also used to train hunting dogs and dogs that constantly bark.

The different types of leashes for your dog include:

Cable straps are plastic covered steel cables and are not extremely flexible. These resemble the cable that you wrap around your bike to protect it from theft.

Nylon is usually single layer and can come in a variety of designs, colors, and sizes. These also come adjustable for two dogs with a “Y” in the middle for less tangling.

Leather straps will always be a favorite. They are strong and durable with many different designs including a flat and double braided shape for added strength.

The retractable leashes give your dog a little more freedom when walking. They have a braking system for added safety and come with a hard or soft plastic grip. Different length ranges are available.

When purchasing your new collar or leash, consider the size and weight of your dog. A small, lightweight collar would be ideal for a Yorkie, but would not be suitable for a Great Dane. A heavy chain leash would weigh a small Pomeranian, but would be ideal for a Rottweiler. You should be able to place at least two fingers between your dog’s neck and collar to ensure the correct fit, and as your pup grows, be sure to check that the collar is tight. If you live in an area that rains frequently, you may want to choose a collar and leash that are rust and corrosion resistant to avoid buying a new one every month.

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