WHAT IS THE BEST COLLARS AND LEADS TO USE?

 

 

 

I SELL LEADS, LONG LINES, HARNESSES, HEAD COLLARS AND ORDINARY COLLARS. I CAN OFTEN BUY IN BULK SO CAN SELL THEM AT MORE AFFORDABLE PRICES.

BELOW IS SOME ADVICE ON WHAT I LIKE AND WHAT I DON'T !

 

THIS IS MY PERSONAL OPINION AND FROM KNOWLEDGE GAINED FROM MY OWN EXPERIENCES.

 

 

CHOKE CHAINS (SOMETIMES CALLED CHECK CHAIN)

 

 I NEVER use these. This are chains that are slipped over the dogs head and tighten around the dogs neck. The idea was that you would give them a quick “yank” and release saying in a sharp voice “HEEL” ...so that the dog learns not to pull ..IN FACT, all the dog learns is that my owner “shouts and hurts me” ..

Research that has been carried out in the past has proved that Choke collars have caused tremendous amount of damage to dogs necks and backs. Some people still argue that if they are used “correctly” that they are good. I must admit I have used them in the past ..about 25 years ago......... but now I would never use them.

In my opinion any trainer that recommends their use is living in the dark ages.

 

HALF CHECK CHAINS.

These are collars with a piece of chain that tightens the collar when pulled. They can sometimes be used in conjunction with a certain head collar to stop the head collar from riding up the dogs face into their eyes. It is my opinion that there is an occasional use for them as a general rule I don't like them. Great care must be taken and they should never be used as an ordinary collar and left on the dog especially when the dog is playing with other dogs as I have known situations where the canine tooth of the other dog has got trapped in the link of the chain and caused a terrible fight as they cannot free themselves from the other dog. It is also possible for a dog to hang themselves with these collars.

 

PINCH COLLARS.

These are things of torture, barbaric and should be banned. Its a chain collar with spikes that stick into the dogs neck. Thankfully, most of you won't know what I am talking about as they are rare in this country  but I have recently been out to train a dog which had one on ...I refused to work with it until it was removed and the owners handed it over to me to ensure they would never use it again when I explained the cruelty of using them.

 

WEBBING/LEATHER COLLARS WITH A BUCKLE.

These are okay, however I have known of cases where the dog has got trapped with the collar and the handler is unable to release the collar as it has become so tight that there is no space to be able to undo the buckle.

 

WEBBING COLLARS WITH PLASTIC QUICK RELEASE CONNECTOR.

This is my preferred type of collar.

It is still the law that you must have a collar and tag on your dog with your address on the tag, this applies even if your dog is micro chipped. There are certain exemptions e.g. working /hunting dogs. So, this collar is probably one of the safest to have as an “everyday” collar. The only problem is that the plastic connectors are not as strong or reliable as a buckle but I feel the risk outweighs the danger of a buckle.

 

HEAD COLLARS.

There are many different types of head collars on the market but there are some that are better than others. Most dogs reject and dislike them at first and I would prefer to train a dog using a harness rather than a headcollar, however some dogs especially if they are rescued are serious pullers and it takes time to train a dog and so for safety sake it might be necessary to use a head collar.  I would really advise against  using headcollars when using long line training. 

Also, I would really prefer them not to be used on pups and young dogs.

 

 We have many rescue dogs that are re homed in the area and many of them have pulling problems where no training has been done previously and their new owners just cannot hold the dogs on a harness and for safety reasons a head collar may be needed.

Ideally I would like the head collar to be a temporary measure until further training can be carried out. There is a method of training a dog to accept a head collar as most dogs don’t like them.

 

 

LEADS.

My preferred lead  by far is a long leather or canvas training lead.(approx 6 feet) I use these when training dogs. I personally don't like using anything shorter than a 6 foot long lead. 

For certain parts of my training I also use long lines which are approx 25 foot long.

Chain leads can cause  damage to the handlers hands and just not usually suitable for training. Occasionally some owners find they are suitable for dogs who bite or "rag" their leads ...and very often the dog doesn't like the feel of the chain in their mouths.

 

FLEXIBLE LEADS .... YUK !!..I HATE THEM !

They just drive me nuts !! What benefit are they? What do they teach a dog?...Absolutely nothing except to teach it to pull ( in my opinion !) ...the owner lets it out..and reels it in ..lets it out...reels it in ...the dog walks 6 or 10 feet  ahead of their owner, often pulling like a train and the owner has no control over the dog ahead. There is no communication between owner and their dog. There are also a number of other issues that concern me with these type of leads eg they can can get wrapped around legs or fingers. The thinner ones are like cheese wire!

 

I would never say never as there may be certain reasons that owners feel the need to use them eg if they are disabled and find them easier to use but I would really prefer for owners not to use them.

 

BODY HARNESSES.

I love fleece harnesses. They are kind and soft and don't pull the dogs neck. I always prefer to use them where possible when I am training a dog.

I carry a variety of sizes and colours with me so I can use them especially when I am long line training so their neck is protected.

 

Using a  fleece harnesse may help with nervous dogs and “wrap” them almost like swaddling a baby and make them feel more secure.

 

 

I buy at trade rates  so can sell them at special rates. My prices start at approx £13 .....if you go to the web site "Cosy Dog Fleece Harnesses" you will see the sizes and colours available. I carry most sizes and the  regular colours I have in stock are red, emerald green, black, purple, white paws. Any other colours can be ordered specially for you.