Collars, Leashes & Harnesses Part I in a Series

I haven’t written in quite awhile. It’s been a very busy late Summer and early Fall for my family. I’ve wanted to write about collars, leashes, and harnesses for a long time, but haven’t been able to decide on the best way to tackle the subject. Then it finally dawned on me, it’s not one subject, it’s not even three subjects – it’s somewhere between six to ten, or more. I’ll try to outline where I’m going with this, and you can jump in or out of the conversation wherever it works for you.

This article is not a defense of my “favorite” item. Think of collars, leashes and harnesses as tools. They help you to get a job done. Choosing the correct tool is a personal decision that varies for each dog/person team. Each person in the house may need different equipment for the same dog!

Your dog’s age and your level of training are both very important. It’s always easiest to teach a brand new puppy. While it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks, it takes much longer, requires more skill & patience, and is generally more difficult. But NOT impossible! Is this your first dog? Or have you owned (and trained) many dogs over the years?

We also need to discuss what you want out of your relationship with your dog. Are you looking for titles in Obedience, are you satisfied if your dog doesn’t pull you on your face when you go for a walk, or do you want something in between?

What about strength and size? This refers to both you and your pooch. A 67 year old woman with arthritis in her shoulders walking a 100lb untrained rescue dog that she just brought home will require far different equipment than a healthy, 25 year old, man walking a 5lb puppy that he just brought home.

Take a couple of days, think about it…
I’ll be back to talk about collars.


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