Choosing the right collar, leash and harness for your dog calls for a trip to the pet store. When shopping for a collar, be sure to test the collar for size, weight, and fit.
[MUSIC PLAYING] Choosing the best collar, leash, and harness to suit your dog's specific needs calls for a shopping trip with your dog by your side. Here are a few tips to help ensure a better walking experience for you and your dog. Your dog should always wear a collar with a rabies tag as well as an ID tag in case you get separated. When selecting a collar for your dog, the most important factors are size, weight, and fit. There are many types of collars available, but two common types are flat and martingale collars. Flat collars are effective for most dogs and come in a variety of materials, but are most commonly seen in nylon. Martingale collars have an extra loop that softly tightens if your dog tries to pull away. These are a good choice for breeds like sight hounds, since their neck widths are often equal to or wider than their heads. As a general guideline, use thinner, lighter, small sized collars on small dogs and wider, heavier, large size collars on bigger dogs. Your dog's collar should be snug, but with enough room to easily fit two fingers between the collar and her neck. Anytime you introduce a new collar to your dog, have treats on hand or a new toy to help her associate it with good things. Harnesses are an excellent choice for all dogs, but especially puppies, small dogs, or dogs with delicate throats. They're also ideal for dogs that can escape from their collars. Some harnesses may reduce pulling issues, but not for all dogs. If pulling is a concern, try a front clip or a no pull harness instead of one with a buckle on the back, which could allow your dog to pull more easily. Just like with collars, the most important factors when choosing a harness are size, weight, and fit. You should be able to fit two fingers under a harness at any point. It is very important to try this while your dog is in a sitting position, because that's when the harness is most snug. With so many leashes to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you and your dog? A good place to start is with a standard flat nylon leash that is four or six feet long. This allows you to maintain direct control over your dog for regular walks and training, which is an important safety factor. Try holding a few different leashes to see which ones are most comfortable for you. A retractable leash can extend a great distance and allows your dog more freedom to explore on a walk. However, these are best suited for dogs that have been well trained to walk on a leash. Use these leashes only when walking in controlled, open areas like parks and beaches. No matter what type of leash you choose, be sure to follow manufacturer's instructions and inspect the clasp before each walk to ensure the safety of you and your dog. Choosing the right collar, harness, and leash is an important part of going on safe walks with your dog. To learn more about walking your dog on a loose leash, consider enrolling in an interactive dog training class with a certified professional dog trainer. [MUSIC PLAYING]