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Walking the Dog, Part 1: Collar or Harness?

When it comes to walking your dog which is best? Collar or harness?
There are benefits to both and many folks use a combo of collar and harness.

Collars are hands down the best way to attach identification to your pet. (Even with a microchip having a name and
number for a person to call immediately is extra insurance). It’s also a convenient way to control your dog when
someone comes to the door. But what about walking your dog? Is a collar suitable for daily walks?
Well, it depends. If your dog is a puller then a collar could damage the throat and trachea over time. Of course if
your dog walks on a slack leash most of the time a collar should be fine as long as it isn’t too tight. (Two fingers
should easily slip in between collar and neck).
Help! My dogs neck is as wide as his head and the collar slips off!
A dog with a thick neck, (or narrow head), can easily slip out of a regular collar.
A martingale is a type of dog collar that prevents the dog from pulling free without the choking effect of
choke chains.
Martingale dog collars are also known as greyhound , or whippet collars.
For more information on choosing and fitting a martingale collar click on the link below:

Should I choose a harness?
Harnesses have a lot of benefits when walking your dog. They eliminate the strain on a dogs neck. If fit properly
your dog is less likely to slip out of a harness than a collar.
If you have a dog that pulls, a harness with a front clip will minimize pulling.
There are many types of harnesses which we will dive into in part 2 of Walking the dog

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