The type of collar you get for your dog depends on a few different things.
First, consider the age of your dog. Puppies should never wear collars because when they tug and pull on the leash, they risk damaging their trachea. While you might not notice the damage when they are young, you will certainly see it at an older age. Puppies should always wear harnesses that do not focus all the tug weight on the neck region.
Second, the type of collar you get for your dog will depend on their temperament. Dogs who are not well behaved on a leash and require a little more support should be wearing a harness. Dogs who know how to walk well on a leash can wear a collar, and dogs that are prone to biting might need a muzzle attached to their collar.
The three different dog collars and their benefits are discussed below.
The harness is the best option for owners who have not had success with training their dog to walk on a leash yet. They have three loops. The legs go through two adjacent loops while the neck goes through another, and then a piece that goes over the back will connect those loops. Some harnesses are more filled out than others, but which one you choose depends on your preference and the best fit for your dog.
Harnesses are best for puppies that are learning how to walk on a leash, dogs that are prone to lunging and tugging on the leash, and dogs that might need extra support as they walk. Harnesses act as a wonderful way to help a dog stand if they need assistance, and help the dog walk while the owner lends them some support.
A dog collar should only be worn during the supervision of a person. Most collars will have a mechanism that will release in case the dog gets caught on something, but it’s better to be safe rather than sorry. The benefits of a dog wearing a collar include an easy place to attach tags and licenses for the dog and aesthetic appeal.
Dogs that are well-behaved on the leash and never pull on the leash can walk with a collar.
Muzzles are an option for dogs that are prone to biting or napping while they are out on a walk or if they need to go to the veterinarian. Muzzles do not restrain your dog from breathing or harm them in any way if they are used properly. They can be attached to a collar or a harness, or they can be used freely. The leash will still need to be attached to the collar or the harness, and not the muzzle.
Muzzles should only be used for dogs that have a tendency to bite out of fear while they’re in the public.
Keeping your dog safe and comfortable can be done with all three of the aforementioned options. Take stock of your dog’s character before you decide which one to purchase for him or her. Remember, they may need a different option for a different situation, so it’s alright to have all three on hand!