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Leather Leashes And Types Of Body Wear Collars

New body harnesses have been produced to close on the body of the dog behind the forelegs producing some discomfort when the dog pulls on the lead. They appear somewhat effective, but I am skeptical of their long term safety and efficacy. I also feel that this harness sends a mixed signal to the dog simply in its design.

Pulling promotes pulling. Punishment to the dog via body tension is inappropriate after stimulating the dog to pull. Dogs surely can learn how to appropriately suppress the discomfort by not pulling on the lead, yet I am certain that there are easier ways to teach a dog not to forge on the leash.

Leather collars are soft and come in a flat or round shape. They tend to be gentle on your dog's neck, and in general the wider the collar (one and a half to two inches), the more comfortable the fit. The round leather collar is more likely to produce hacking behaviors if your dog forges. Some leather collars are sold for training German shepherd dogs, rottweilers, and other competition protection breeds. They are two inches wide and made for comfort during agitation and bite training.

Leather Leashes: Most dog owners prefer harness leather leashes over latigo (typical) leather although latigo is strong enough for most breeds of dog. You may also prefer to have your obedience leash to be braided on both ends with a quality brass snap and no stitches or rivets. Personally, when I use a lead for protection training, I prefer the lead to be double stitched and riveted. These leads are one-half inch thick and three-quarters of an inch wide and four to six feet in length.

The length and width of a leash has to do with the height of the handler and the size and weight of your dog. A tall handler with a small breed of dog will need a very long leash in order to keep the leash slack enough to offer comfort and taut enough to have control of his dog. A short handler will need a short lead if they have a large breed dog.

For example, a person who is five feet ten inches tall with a dog sixteen inches high, weighing thirty pounds, would pick a six-foot leash that is one-half inch wide. Heavier dogs need wider, stronger leads. And keep in mind that with age, maturity, and growth, equipment use is changed from the soft and frequently colorful puppy equipment to more functional attire.

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