Dog Walking Equipment
We get a lot of questions about what the best walking equipment is, so here is some information on the different items.
- Flat Collar: Walking your dog on a flat collar is fine if you have a dog who does not pull. If you have a puller, it’s best to use a head halter or harness, so no damage is done to the trachea or neck from pulling. We do not recommend prong or choke collars. If you do a lot of outdoor activities with your dog, such as hiking, we would recommend a harness. In the case of an emergency where your dog gets snagged on a tree or rock, flat collars can do a lot of damage and strangulate your dog.
- Harnesses: There are many models of harnesses out there. Which one is best for your dog is very dependent on your dog. If you have a puller, front clip harnesses (Easy Walks) are great for reducing pulling. As the dog pulls, the harness turns their body towards the leash, thereby not allowing them to pull. Back clip harnesses are a great tool to use that won’t damage the neck or trachea, but if you have a puller you will need to actively work to teach them not to pull, just as you would with a flat collar. The style of back clip harness you need will depend on dog body type, dog behavior, and personal preference.
- Head Halters: Head halters are a great tool for dogs who like to pull. Head halters (Gentle Leaders), loop around the snout and hook behind the ears, similar to a horse halter. If you have control of the dog’s head, they won’t be able to use their body weight to pull you. Some dogs find head halters uncomfortable at first, so you may need to desensitize them to wearing one, but once they are used to it, it’s great.
- Leashes: Standard flat leashes are perfectly great for walking. We do not recommend retractable leashes. They teach your dog to pull, can be dangerous for humans and dogs, and reduce the amount of control you have over where your dog goes.
If you need help figuring out which equipment would be best for your pooch, feel free to ask TGDS staff. We are extremely familiar with all types of walking equipment, and can help make recommendations. Best of all, we sell a lot of items in our lobby and can help you fit them on your dog.