Collar or harness to walk your dog on a leash?

In public places as well as in town, dogs must be kept on a leash even if they are not categorized as dangerous. On the occasion of these walks, therefore, it is advisable to equip yourself with the right accessories. The leash must be completed with a harness or collar. But which one to choose?

The collar: for dogs trained to walk on a leash

Historically, the collar was one of the first accessories used for walking dogs. But specialists quickly understood the limits of this object. The fact is that its port is not trivial for the animal. During walks, when Médor gets excited and begins to pull a lot on the leash, the collar exerts a dangerous pressure on the throat. Many owners testify to it. When their dog pulls forcefully on their leash attached to a collar, they cough a lot and have difficulty breathing. In the long term, the animal can develop many pathologies: swallowing problems, intraocular pressure, hyperthyroidism, cervical risks, loss of hair in the neck, muscle pain… You will understand. The collar is therefore to be avoided. However, the game changes if your dog has already learned to walk on a leash. Indeed, as the animal is well trained and no longer exerts traction, the accessory becomes less dangerous.

The harness: more comfortable for the dog

Anyway, if you want to take no risk and ensure the comfort of your pet, prefer the harness to the collar. This very popular accessory rests on the chest and does not compress the trachea. It is recommended in several situations. For example, when your dog has heart failure. It is now known that the collar that puts pressure on the respiratory system causes heart fatigue. The harness is also suitable for learning to walk on a leash and remains recommended in the practice of certain canine sports such as canicross.

In the market you will come across a huge choice of model. The most popular is the T-harness which gives your pet maximum freedom of movement. Otherwise, there is the H-harness which is also a great classic, but which will be more recommended for daily walks and for dogs who do not pull too much. Masters who practice caniVTT or canicross will be able to direct their choice towards the traction harness. The attachment attached to the back has been specially developed to distribute the force over the entire back of the animal and not just its shoulders. Comfort is then assured.

And the leash?

To complete your arsenal, choose the right leash. This should not be too short, as it may hinder the animal’s freedom of movement. An average of 1.2 to 2 meters is recommended. Leashes that are too long or of the reel type are also not recommended, especially in public places. You risk not controlling the animal. These are only intended for dogs that have already been trained to walk on a leash.