The following are tools that may assist you while walking your dog. Each dog is different and a product that may work for one dog might not be suitable for another. This page is dedicated to displaying several different types of tools that will assist you on your walks.
Please see your neighbourhood pet store to talk to a pet expert. They can help you to choose the right product for you and your dog, and to make sure it is fitted correctly.
Collars and Harnesses
These are your basic dog collars. Many dogs do not require anything more than a collar for walking purposes. For proper fitting, you should be able to fit two fingers between the collar and your dog’s neck. Any looser and your dog may be able to slip out of their collar. For dogs with heads that are narrower than their necks, such as Greyhounds or Shelties, a Martingale collar may be a better option.
A very good collar if your dog happens to be a Houdini at slipping out of their collar on walks. Though the collar tightens with a tug of the leash, there is a stopping mechanism to prevent complete closure on the neck. There is no risk of choking your dog if fitted properly. It is excellent for training and everyday walking.
Head halters may look similar to a muzzle but if fitted properly do not put any restriction on the dog’s ability to open its mouth, drink, eat, pant or bark. When a dog pulls on the leash, the halter will cause their head to turn. This feels unnatural and will help deter pulling behaviour. It is very important never to pull to hard when using one. This may result in injury to your pet’s neck.
A regular harness fits around the body and the leash attaches at the back of the dog. They are especially good for dogs that have restricted airways or breathing problems, as it prevents pressure around the neck. For some dogs though, harnesses can actually cause a dog to pull more. If you find your dog pulling while wearing a harness, it may be beneficial to try another option.
An Easy Walk Harness is specially designed to help prevent pulling. It fits around the body similar to the regular harness but the leash attaches at the chest of the dog instead of the back. When your dog begins to pull, he will be guided back towards you, which will gently discourage him from pulling on the leash.
Retractable vs. Solid 4 or 6ft Leash
It is recommended to use a solid leash for training. This helps you to keep more control of your dog, and to make sure they are close to you at all times. They are also good to use for city walks or areas where there may be dangers to your dog’s safety, and allow you to keep a close eye on them by restricting their walking area. They are great for chewers too, as they come in nylon, leather and chain varieties.
A retractable leash can be purchased in many different sizes and are very good if you would like to give your dog some space to explore and sniff. Retractable leashes may be more prone to being chewed or breaking so caution is recommended. Make sure to buy the proper leash for your dog based on weight.