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The dog's essential ammunition: collar, leash, harness. How to choose?

Varle. lt’s pet product specialists have put together a useful guide for dog owners to help them choose the right collar, leash and harness for their pet.

How to choose the right collar for your dog?

Every dog must have a collar, but choosing one is not as easy as it may first seem. Collars for dogs can vary according to different breeds, life situations and training. According to experts, two fingers should fit easily between the collar and the dog. They also point out that the optimum length is 2-3 cm more than the neck circumference, as a smaller collar will strangle the dog and a larger one will make the dog wriggle.
For smaller and shorter-haired breeds, we recommend a narrower collar, while for larger and longer-haired breeds we recommend a wider collar.

Walking collar

This is the most common type. As you know, they usually have one semicircular ring for attaching the leash. It can be close to the clasp, but it is better to choose a leash that does not strain the buckle during pulling, so that the leash lasts longer. Don’t forget to take the collar off after walks to keep the dog comfortable, the fur from rubbing and the skin breathable.

Collar for control

These collars are usually used at shows or during training. The strangulation felt with a control collar is naturally accepted by the dogs as an educational action in a pack: the bitch educates the puppy by lightly gripping its neck. However, this type of education must be purposeful and short-lived, otherwise it will lose any educational value. Before using such a collar, an experienced trainer should explain and demonstrate how it should be done correctly.

For dogs that are frequently or permanently outdoors, it is best to choose a fabric collar. Such collars are not afraid of humidity and temperature changes.

Attention important! When choosing a collar, don’t forget the ID tag, which can be used to write the pet’s name and contact details of the owner.

What is the best collar for my puppy?

When choosing a collar for your puppy, keep in mind that it will grow and will need to change its collar or choose a model that can be enlarged. As the collar grows, the free part should not be too long to prevent the puppy from moving freely. For puppies, it is best to choose a soft collar, so that you don’t traumatize the puppy and so that the pet feels comfortable.

How do I choose the right leash for my dog?

The leash is another important part of your dog’s ammunition. There is a wide range of leashes to choose from, but experts point out that not all leashes are designed for walking. Many new puppy owners make a very big mistake by choosing a leash that they simply love, without considering its purpose. When the leash is in use, it is often found to cause discomfort not only to the pet but also to the owner. In order to avoid such mistakes, specialistsThe main types and purposes of dog leads. The choice of leash depends on the size and breed of your pet and what you want to do with it during walks.

Flexi automatic leads

This leash for your dog is basically for walks in the city. Your four-legged friend is free to run in all directions, run the length of the leash and come back. At the same time, the leash itself does not get tangled in the ground and stays clean. The distance can be easily adjusted by means of a locking mechanism. The automatic leash should be chosen according to the weight of the pet. It is suggested to buy a leash for growth. For example, if your tail weighs 10 kg, it is better to choose a leash for dogs between 10 and 20 kg. This is so that if your pet suddenly decides to chase the cat, the leash will not break during a strong tug.
It should be noted that leashes are available in different lengths (from 3 to 8 metres). In urban conditions, the optimum length is 5 metres.

Automatic leashes come in two types: they arecable and rope.

Rope leashes

Rope leashes are for smaller breeds of dogs. It is more comfortable to use than a strap leash because it does not twist, but it is less reliable than a strap leash.

Ribbon leashes

Ribbon leashes are considerably more reliable and stronger. They will easily hold strong, active dogs of small and medium breeds. However, it will twist during walks and will need straightening.

Leashes for walking and training

Ribbon leashes with a loop at one end for holding and a carabiner at the other end for attaching to the collar are designed for large and larger breeds.

For small breeds, leashes can be made of a wide range of materials. Such leashes are also excellent as a decoration.

It is recommended to choose leashes of at least 2 metres for large breeds and at least 5 metres for dressage. A longer leash will make it more comfortable to train the dog for commands at a distance.

For breeders, experts also point out that shock-absorbing leashes are still available. If your pet suddenly decides to whip the cat, it will not hurt itself with such a leash.

How do I choose the right harness for my dog?

Many dog owners probably think that all their pet needs is a collar and a lead. There are times when owners do without even these accessories, thus putting the pet and others at unnecessary risk. However, experienced dog breeders are well aware of dog harnesses. They allow for better control of the pet and the development of its strength and endurance. Even with strong tension or tugging, the dog will not be strangled.

They can be used for a variety of purposes: daily walks, sports activities or service work. In winter, they can be used to pull sleds. It can be used for entertainment or even for training the dog’s strength and endurance. Either way, good emotions are guaranteed!

Braces for dogs come in several types: forstapled and fastened

Dog harnesses for dogs

The main advantage of clip-on braces is that you can put them on your dog very quickly and go for a walk right away. However, this type of brace can cause the dog to fall out of the brace when walking backwards.
Clip-on dog braces

Buckled braces take a little longer to put on, but with this type of brace you have full control of your pet in your hands. You can be sure that your four-legged friend won’t get out of these braces.

When choosing a dog brace for your dog, be sure to measure the dog’s chest circumference. In some cases it is also necessary to measure the neck. As with the collar, add 2-3 cm for slack. This way your pet will feel comfortable with them.

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