Walking Equipment Options

Training your dog to have lovely lead manners can be made a lot easier if you have the right equipment, especially when paired with some lovely treats and rewards for loose leashes. All of these options come in different colours and styles, so with a little experimentation you’re bound to find something to suit you both.

Flat collar – the most popular for a reason, these traditional buckle collars can be made of cotton or leather, and are simple and easy to use. Fuzzyard dog colours have a variety of patterns, from space invaders to pink cupcakes, and have a secure locking buckle to prevent breaks and escapees.

Martingale – these are like a flat collar but with a chain link or separate material section that will tighten a certain way, and then stop, if the dog pulls. These are ideal to stop canine Houdinis slipping out of their collar, or for a little extra control with high-spirited hounds. Rogz half-check collars are good quality and come in range of basic colours.

Harness – these were originally designed for sled and tracking dogs, and were intended to encourage pulling against the lead. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t use one; some dogs will pull less when put into a harness. It is simply a case of trying and seeing. In particular they are perfect for low energy or well trained dogs, or for those with back or neck problems. Ezydog have a range of options for different body shapes and preferences.

Front Attach Harness – ideal for medium pullers, these are designed to turn the dog around to face you if they forge against the lead, allowing you to regain control and bring the dog back to you. Although chronic pullers will find a way to brace against it after a while, when paired with training and treats they can be just the edge you need to have a loose lead walker. Gentle leader ezywalk is a nice example.

Head-Halter – for strong pullers, these are designed to sit around the dog’s face just like a halter on a horse. Generally they are used for dogs that can pull you off your feet when they tug, or for dogs that bark and lunge whilst on the lead. They do stop pulling completely, but many dogs can find them invasive and will need to be taught to enjoy wearing one. Try a halti head-collar if you have a particularly exuberant dog.

Check chain – a thin metal link chain that will tighten when the dog pulls, these are designed to be used with a jerk on the lead to issue corrections to the dog. Check chains should only be used on the advice of your qualified trainer, and be a high quality chain in good condition. If you are looking for a check chain try Grizzle Four Legged Wear.

Prong collar – illegal in NSW anyway, these are not necessary except in very exceptional circumstances.

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