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Choosing the Right Collar and Leash for Your Dog

April 8, 2013

A quality leash and collar are two of the most important tools a dog owner can have. Not only does the collar provide a means for proper identification should your dog become lost, but the leash helps you keep your dog safe while on the go. But with so many options available, choosing the right combination can be a challenge. Below, are some tips shared by the staff at a Welland, animal hospital -the  Main West Animal hospital


If your dog is well-trained for going on walks, meaning he or she calmly walks beside you and doesn’t pull, then a standard collar and leash should be sufficient. Make sure the collar you choose is the right size and fit for your dog. It should be loose enough that you can slip your fingers underneath, but not so loose that your dog could slip out of it.

Slip Collar

A slip collar is like a two-in-one tool that is perfect for dogs that tend to get easily distracted and try to pull away during walks. A quick pull to the side of this leash can get your dog’s attention and help him to focus on the task at hand instead of everything going on around him. The staff at a Welland animal hospital -the  Main West Animal hospital can demonstrate this technique to ensure that you are doing it properly.

Illusion Collar

The illusion collar is designed to work in conjunction with the slip collar. It helps to keep the slip collar at the spot of the neck that makes it most effective – the top. If your dog tends to get distracted by scents, using an illusion collar to keep the slip collar at the top of the neck allows you to easily keep your dog’s head up, away from the ground so he or she can focus on what’s in front of them.


Using a harness can be helpful in a number of situations. For instance, if you plan to rollerblade with your dog, and subsequently want them to pull you, a harness works best. These types of collars are also better suited for breeds with pushed in snouts, such as pugs and bulldogs, and for those with particularly elongated necks, like greyhounds. The staff at a Welland animal hospital -the  Main West Animal hospital  can help you determine if this is the best option for your particular dog.

Choosing a collar and leash for your dog is a big decision, but by understanding what your options are, the benefits of each, and working with a Welland animal hospital -the  Main West Animal hospital, you’ll be able to make a more informed decision and choose the perfect combination for you and your pet.