Dog Leads and Collars for Training

Dog leads and collars are important during the training period, but will also be of use after the training is over and you are walking your pet. The leads and the collars for training have to be chosen carefully, so that it will be comfortable for your dog.

Leads and Collars for Dog Training

During training, you should be able to handle your pet and have a lead and a collar that will help you enforce the voice commands you give to your dog. The leads and collars for dog training can be made of:

  • Soft leather
  • Nylon
  • Metal
  • Rope
  • A combination of these materials

Types of Dog Training Leads and Collars

There are several types of available leads and collars for your dog:

  • Nylon buckle collars, which can be fastened and can be used in dogs that don’t pull when on a leash. These collars and inexpensive, but may also damage easily. However, there are also nylon heavy duty collars that are chew resistant and may also be used in sturdier pets
  • Choke collars are often used in training. These collars have metal prongs, which will press on the dog’s neck when you pull the leash and you want to hinder your dog from performing an action. There are alternatives to the metal prongs: rope or nylon slipknot choke collars.
  • Halter collars are made up of a leather or nylon strap that is placed around the mouth, the nose and the neck of the pet and will be recommended for dogs that tend to pull. The halter collar and leash will stop your dog whenever you pull the lead. The caveat of this type of collar is the appearance, which is similar to a muzzle
  • Harness collars, which cover the ribcage and the torso. This is considered a humane choice, as you will never choke your dog. However, this collar may be more difficult to grab in emergency situations

Choosing the Leads and Collars for Training

When choosing the lead and collar for training, you have to bear in mind your dog’s comfort. If you get a leather collar, make sure the leather is soft, as otherwise, it may injure your dog. The collar should be loose enough for the dog to feel at ease, but at the same time, you need to be able to control your dog.

There are certain collars that contain a chain, which is used to make noise and draw the dog’s attention when needed. These collars are not recommended in dogs that have certain noise phobias or are stressed. This chain is recommended if your dog doesn’t have sound sensitivities and has a hard time concentrating; the noise will attract his attention.

If your dog tends to pull, you can opt for a halter collar and a leash that is shorter than 6 ft. so that you are in full control. You may also opt for a harness collar, but make sure it is suitable for your dog’s size and doesn’t irritate his skin.