“The walk” is often the main event in a dog’s day. Unfortunately, it’s just as often the biggest hassle of yours. If your dog pulls, wiggles out of his collar or resists keeping up with your pace, you may come to dread the whole exercise. Using the right collar or harness can make all the difference.
Most people are familiar with the flat collar, made of cloth or leather and closed with a clasp or buckle. It’s ideal for your dog’s identification tags, but it’s not always the best option for walking. According to NuVet Plus reviews, if your dog doesn’t pull on walks and he isn’t a breed known for trachea or breathing problems, a flat collar is a fine option. You may also want to keep a flat collar on your dog for ID purposes, while using a different collar or harness when walking.
A martingale, or slip, collar is a variation on a flat collar. It has the same look and shape, but features a section that gently becomes flush with your dog’s neck when he pulls or moves backwards. The slight pressure acts as a correction while preventing your dog from slipping out of his collar. It’s a good option for dogs with thick necks – bulldogs or pit bulls – or breeds with little difference in size between their head and necks.
A head collar is a third alternative, ideal for serious pullers or dogs that outweigh and therefore can overpower you on a walk. These collars sit at the base of the head and wrap around the muzzle with a leash attached under the chin. It allows you to direct the dog’s attention to you when he pulls away, without putting strain on his throat or building the neck and back muscles, which would only make him better at pulling.
Dogs with flat muzzles (including pugs or bulldogs) or those having predispositions to medical issues with the throat or spine (such as Pomeranians, Dachshunds or toy breeds) are best served by a harness. NuVet Plus reviews mentions that back-attaching harnesses work well for these dogs, as the leash attachment on the back applies less pressure during correction.
Larger dogs with pulling issues should wear a front-attaching harness. The leash correction coming from the front gives you more control. The attachment is between the legs and tightens when pulled.