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How to Choose the Right Collar and Harness for Your Dog

When it comes to dog collars and harnesses, one size does not fit all. In fact, one product doesn’t even fit every activity you will likely be doing with your fur buddies. It is not uncommon to have both a collar and a harness or two. Here’s how to decide what’s right for you and your canine companions.

Dog Collars

A clip collar is considered to be the most basic of collars, and one that every dog wears the majority of the time. The D-Ring is the perfect place to put your dog’s ID tags, which they should have on them at all times. If you have a larger dog, you may want to try a Wide Clip Collar for a more comfortable fit.

Training collars are meant to be worn only while you are training your dog and then removed immediately afterwards. There are many different types of training collars, some with chain and others with all-webbing, but none of them should be worn all the time.

Pictured above is our office dog Moe modeling the new shark attack pattern clip collar and leash.

Dog Harnesses

Many people prefer walking their canine companions with a harness rather than a collar because they take pressure off the dog’s neck if they begin to pull. If you have a dog that really likes to pull during walks, you may want to try a No Pull Harness to correct this behaviour. This type of harness would be worn only during walks to gently correct your dog’s walking behaviour.

Alternatively, if you and your fur buddy are the adventurous types, you can encourage pulling with an Ultimate Pulling Harness. Worn during outdoor adventures such as hands-free jogging, bikejoring or skijoring, this harness encourages your dog to pull, providing the exercise they want while keeping you both safe.

If you travel with your dog, keep them safe and secure during car rides with a harness that has a car restraint feature. These seatbelt attachment loops will protect your dog from sliding around the vehicle in the event of a sudden stop. They also keep them in their place and avoid them from trying to jump on your lap while you’re driving.

Some harnesses are made with small breeds in mind and cater to their smaller frames. These are often bright and colourful, and can be worn all day due to their comfortable nature.

Dogs wearing soft dog harnesses

Check out Molly and Eddie sporting the pink comic sounds Cirque Harness and the pineapple parade Step in Cirque Harness


As you can see there are many options to choose from when it comes to both collars and leashes, and it all comes down to the types of activities you will be enjoying with your dog. Comment below if you have any specific questions you’d like us to answer.

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Jocelyn McDonald
Thursday, June 14th, 2018 at 5:39AM
My husband recently got me a puppy for my birthday, and we're looking for the right collar and leash so we can start walking her. Your article had some great tips for choosing a collar and harness, and I really liked how you mentioned that training collars should only be worn occasionally and taken off as soon as training is done. Thanks for the helpful post; we'll keep this in mind when choosing the right collar for our new pup.https://goodthreadsllc.com/shop/dog-collars/

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