PetMeds Spotlight: Choosing a Collar, Harness, or Halter

Today’s spotlight is on attaching a leash to your pet.  The 3 most common methods are a collar around the neck, a harness around the body, or a halter around the muzzle.

Most people are familiar with collars, attach the tags to them, and the leash, but depending on the breed, collars can cause a collapsed trachea.  Smaller dogs, generally under 20lbs, can be prone to the condition, and there are few ways to correct the issue when it occurs.  For smaller dogs, you might consider a harness instead.

The harness comes in a variety of forms, some go in front and back of the front legs coming together just above the shoulders. Others go around the front legs and the rib cage and attach at the top.  These are generally used for smaller dogs and ones that are well trained on a leash.

The halter gets it’s name from the action it provides, considered an alternative to the “prong collar”, it attaches around the muzzle and is intended for dogs that pull with great force.  The leash attaches near the snout and when the dog goes forward beyond the length of the leash, it will turn it’s head, letting it know it’s gone too far.

You know your pet better than anyone, but you should speak to a professional if your having trouble with your pet on a leash.

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