Going out for a nice brisk walk with your pooch is one of the great joys of pet ownership. But, it can turn into a battle if you don’t have the right equipment. A tough, stylish and durable collar is an important purchase, and having the correct lead can make a huge difference to the enjoyment and safety of the walk for both you and your dog.
A collar is absolutely essential for your dog. There are a wide range of collars available, from traditional nylon and leather to those used for specific training purposes. If you walk your pet with a collar and leash rather than a harness, perhaps consider a collar that will not come undone with excessive pulling like the durable Pawtitas Dog Collars. The type of clasp is important: metal can rust and the smaller plastic clips can break. Consider spending a bit more to get proper stainless steel and secure clasps.
A collar should be snug enough not to come off over the head, but you should be able to fit 3 fingers underneath. As a general rule, try to choose a wider collar so that if your dog lunges against the leash, the force applied by the collar against the dog’s trachea is spread over a larger area.
Also think about your dog’s daily activities, for example, if your dog likes to swim regularly then a leather collar is not ideal. If your dog does swim, we like the PAWTITAS PET SOFT ADJUSTABLE REFLECTIVE PADDED DOG COLLAR, made of neoprene so that it repels water and also is reflective. This style is safe to leave on even when your dog gets wet.
If your dog is very energetic or frequently lunges against the leash, a harness will be safer and more comfortable when walking. Harnesses are also much more secure for dogs that have a tendency to slip their collars.
A front-clip dog harness gives you much more control, as most harnesses that attach behind the shoulder blades actually allow your dog to pull with his entire body-weight, similar to a pulling a sled. This can be particularly bad if you have a strong dog or shoulder issues. With a front attachment point your dog soon learns that if he pulls ahead it is very difficult to walk in a straight line, and walking by your side is much easier.
Harnesses are also recommended for very small dogs because their tracheas can easily be damaged when they pull against a collar, which is why they will often cough. Dogs that have flat faces and shallow eye sockets are also at risk of eye damage when pulling on a collar or choke chain.
If you regularly take your dog in the car, many harnesses have an additional loop that allows you to thread through the seat-belt. It is a legal requirement to have your pet restrained while travelling in a car and this ensures the safety of your pet should you brake suddenly.
There are several main types of leashes:
Two Dog Leash
If you have two dogs, consider a double leash that will allow you to walk both dogs at once. We love the Two Dog Leash .
For dogs that pull
A great option for dogs that pull is the Rope Dog Leash from Pawtitas. This includes a bungee section that absorbs shock, sending it back out to your dog rather than up your arm. This really can save you from shoulder injuries when walking a larger, strong dog.
DURABILITY AND STRENGTH : In order to increase the tensile strength of the product, is constructed of a single piece of rip-stop nylon. The reflective ribbon and neoprene is sewn on. The product is folded over and reinforced for strength and durability. Making the product a great choice for any pet.
A great option for running with your dog is the ANTI-SHOCK Running Dog Leash from Pawtitas. Neoprene padding added for enhanced comfort in the belt and leash handle.
We hope this guide has helped you decide which basic equipment you need to walk your dog safely and identify your dog. Buying good quality products ensures longevity and durability. For something that is used daily it is worth spending a little more for something that will last and reflect your personality and lifestyle.