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Dog Collars & Leashes

Dog Collars and Leashes

Does your dog start getting excited when they hear the word “walk” or when you show them their leash? Maybe they start jumping up and down, maybe their tail starts wagging aggressively, or maybe they run to the door, barking and pawing at it until you open it for them. Regardless of their cute and spastic reaction, one thing is clear – most dogs love going on walks. Matching this variety of excited reactions is the wide variety of different collars and leashes that help you keep your furry friend safe and by your side while exploring. Dogs react differently to different collars, harnesses, and leashes, so there may be a trial-and-error process before you find the best one that you’re both happy with.

If you’re looking for the perfect collar, leash, harness, and other walking accessories that will help your and your dog enjoy your time walking together, PetShip has everything you need. We have a variety of products in different styles and colors so you can find the best one for your canine companion.

Leash Training

Leash training is essential when you get a new puppy, as it helps make walks more enjoyable for you both. An overexcitable dog can injure and even choke themselves on their collar if they’re constantly pulling, which is a distressing experience for you both. While a harness can make the walk more comfortable and take the strain off their necks, there is still behavior that needs correcting to ensure they stay close to you and don’t pull. Furthermore, if this behavior never gets corrected, then when your pup grows larger and heavier, they may be strong enough to rip the leash out of your hands and could become lost this way.

Leash training starts by introducing your new pup to the collar or harness and the leash and letting them get used to wearing them. Be sure to give them treats when you put their collar or harness on and play with them so they learn it’s a positive, fun, and normal thing. Once they’re used to it, practice calling them and having them come to you with their collar or harness and leash on. This is done by teaching your pup a cue, either a word like “come” or a noise you make like a whistle. In a distraction-free environment, make the sound and then give your pup a treat when they look at you. Once they’ve learned this behavior, try doing it other places indoors until you’re confident they’ve mastered it. This is the cue that you’ll use when they pull, jump, lunge, or start pulling while walking, and it teaches them that staying close to you is good behavior. Also, be sure to stand still whenever they display this behavior, so they are forced to stop and come back to you.  

Is a Harness Better Than a Collar?

Harnesses tend to be more secure than collars, and they reduce the stress around a dog’s neck if they were to lurch or pull while on a leash. However, a collar is much more comfortable when lounging around at home. It’s a good idea to get both a collar and a harness, and most can be worn together so you don’t have to worry about transferring your dog’s ID tags every time you go on a walk.