Many dog owners and trainers are yet to come to terms on which leashing technique to employ for their dogs, collars or harnesses. Although the harness has seen increased popularity of late, this is because many dog owners prefer to use it. However the most important question to ask is which is most appropriate for your dog, the collar or the harness?
Dogs are like human beings– they have varying needs and exhibit different traits, personalities, and physical attributes. What might be ideal for one dog may not be best for another.
Benefits of collars
As the most traditional approach, collars are great for dogs as they are used for training and walking dogs. They can only be used every day as a good option for dogs that do not experience any respiratory or trachea issues. One good thing about using collars is that they can be used on any kind of dog irrespective of age, size, specie, and so on.
Even when a dog tends to slip out of its collars which may be as a result of his physique or build, there are special collars suitable for such situations. One of such is the Martingale which is also known as a greyhound collar. It remains fitted around the dog’s neck even when the dog tries to pull or back up. so the collar is a more common choice because it is convenient. An ID tag can be placed on the collar while the dog is either conveniently taken on a walk or left alone with a collar on its neck.
Benefits of harnesses
Harnesses are suitable for leashing untrained dogs that are sometimes very restless and irresistible. Some pulling dogs, such as small dogs, dogs that are not well trained to ignore distractions, and dogs with trachea or respiratory issues, a common problem with short-nosed dogs, can be safely leached with a harness.
Harnesses help to distribute and spread the pulling force exerted by the dog to other parts of the dog’s body because it secures around the body of the dog. Thus, the eruption of some common problems such as spine, neck, and windpipe injuries is significantly reduced.
With a harness, a dog is safely guarded. The five points of adjustment on a harness make it very difficult for a dog to wiggle itself out of the control of its owner or trainer. An example of such harness is the Web Master.