You and your canine friends could have a walk to remember with just a few key tools. How can you make every dog-walking opportunity a great success? The right equipment can give you and your favorite pet an experience that demands an encore! Below are three dog training equipment must-haves that can put the pep in you and your pup's step:
Leashes- You and your pet are unique. Size, the dog's shape and even the level of comfort displayed while utilizing a leash could all play a role in determining what type of leash or leash material works best. Heavier styles such as chains aren't advisable for small dogs and can cause undue harm. Lighter chains on larger dogs are also ineffective in training them how to maintain a comfortable walk. Four to six feet in leash length is ideal for pets and owners to achieve ideal comfort. Overexertion from ill-fitting leashes wreaks havoc on your arm and train your dog that walks with overly loose or overly taut leashes is normal.
Collars- If you wish to ensure your dog has the proper identification in case your escape artist canine friend decides to make a quick get away, a flat collar or no-slip collar (also known as the Martingale collar) is a usable alternative to a harness. It's all about the fit. If your pet is prone to jerking or pulling away from the leash, an ill-fitting collar could lead to damage of your pet's trachea. Fulfilling the role of a good back-up to a harness, the right collar shouldn't cause harm to your treasured friend but facilitate safe practices while you both enjoy a leisurely or brisk stroll.
Harnesses- For training dogs, the well-fitted harness is key. The smooth range of motion is pivotal in walking your dog the proper way and can prevent future health issues from occurring. Some trainers recommend a front connecting harness in the beginning stages of training and then transitioning to the rear connecting harness as your dog familiarizes itself with your gait. Take the stress off your pet's neck by using harnesses that distribute the pressure on your dog's strong sternum. Martingale collars are helpful in lieu of utilizing the harness if your pet is prone to escaping (while in training).
Comfort is key. When you and your pet are both comfortable and content, every walk should be a walk in the park!