A Guide to Dog Collars and Leashes

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Dog collars and leashes are some of the most important items that you’ll ever buy for your pet. They ensure that your pooch doesn’t run off in play and lose their way home, or worse, dart into in busy traffic. Additionally, they play a significant role in training your dog. That’s why every pet sitter should have the right leather dog collars and leashes. In this guide, we’ll help you make more informed decisions about what’s right for you and your dog’s needs.

Common Types of Dog Collars

  •    Flat Collars

Flat collars are your standard type, everyday dog collars. They are so named because they lay flat against your dog’s neck (unlike spike or training collars). Flat collars provide an easy way to attach ID tags. The extensive choice of materials and colors is a sure bet that there will be one to suit your pooch regardless of breed and size.

  •    Martingale Collars

Martingale collars consist of two interconnected loops – one wrapped around the dog’s neck and the other connected to the leash. These collars were initially designed for dogs with necks wider than their heads like greyhounds and whippets. Today, they are common among dogs that slip out of regular collars or those that pull on the leash. Although they are much like flat collars, they tighten when your dog pulls. For this reason, they should be adjusted properly to prevent them from strangling your dog even at their tightest.

  •    Choke Chains

Choke chains are formed into a collar when one end is passed through a ring at the other end. They are electronically welded for maximum strength and nickel or chrome plated for durability. Their design helps to correct pulling or lunging dogs by inflicting pain and discomfort. Although many people believe they’re the ideal training aide, they can cause severe emotional or physical damage to dogs and should be used sparingly if at all.

  •    Pinch Collars

The pinch collars are made of a series of prongs (fang-shaped metal links) with blunted points. Much like the martingale, these collars tighten around a dog’s neck when the handlers pull or jerk on the lead. While they can be helpful in training strong, aggressive dogs, they can sometimes inflict pain. That’s why they are not recommended unless you have professional knowledge on how to use them properly.

Common Types of Dog Leashes

  •    Standard Leashes

Standard leashes are by far the most common type of dog leashes. They are made of leather or nylon, often with reflective patterns for beauty, safety or nighttime visibility. The leashes typically come in lengths of 4, 5, or 6 foot, where the shorter variations are ideal for Shetland Sheepdogs. They come in different widths and styles to allow you to find an excellent match for your dog. Our Quality Leather Dog Leads, for instance, are suitable for everyday use – walking in neighborhoods and less trafficked areas.

  • Retractable Leashes

Retractable leashes, on the other hand, can extend up to 26 feet. They can be convenient for letting your dog explore without much control. Additionally, retractable leashes allow you to keep a steady pace while your furry companion can freely sniff things that interest him. However, they are not advisable for everyday use because of the potential danger they pose to the dog or even the person who is walking them.

Need Help Finding The Right Collars And Leashes?

If you’re in the market for quality leather dog collars and leashes to keep your pooch safe, Quality Leather Dog Collars is your place. Our selection of materials, styles and sizes allows you to find your pet’s accessories based on your functional needs.