Collars & Leads/Harnesses
It isn't just a question of putting a collar and lead/harness on a dog and expecting them to want to just stay with you and not pull or be distracted. There are easy steps you can take to avoid your dog getting into bad habits or creating a bad situation that may last the whole of your dog's life. A little thought and research, and getting advice and training for yourself is invaluable.
Also, a collar can cause damage to the dog’s neck muscles and also his thyroid.
In some countries it is law that a dog should wear a collar and identification tag.
The first and foremost need is to keep your dog safe. Certain collars, such as the shock collar, are cruel and should not be used on dogs.
There are various leads available - a normal cloth lead for walking is all that is generally required for your dog. There is a good case for using harnesses rather than leads in many cases and taking advice from a professional when you go to socialisation/training classes is a good step towards making your dog's experience comfortable and a good one.
Training leads are common as they are longer and allow freedom for the dog to get used to the world while keeping them safe and under control.
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