What tools work best for your dog
Walk into any pet store and you will inevitably be overwhelmed when it comes to picking the right tool for you and your dog.
We thought it would be important to make a comprehensive list of our favorite tools, the pros and cons of what is marketed to dog owners and most importantly, make it easier for you to understand what will work best for you.
Invest in a quality leash. Your dog should not need more than 6ft. when on walks. Walks are a great opportunity for structure and training time. For this reason, we strongly disagree with retractable leashes. These leashes are down right dangerous. You have little to no control of your dog, the cord is unreliable and we have unfortunately seen a lot of serious injuries on dogs as well as humans because of these leashes.
The proper fit of any type of collar on a dog, is imperative in order for the tool to do it's proper job.
Flat collars should not be able to slip over a dogs head. It should be loose enough that you can spin it around the dog's neck but tight enough that it stays in place. More times than not, we hear or witness dogs in ill fitting collars that result in the dog slipping the collar and escaping or an injury.
When walking, we found that pinch collars and dominant dog collars work best to help maintain focus and calm.
A pinch collar can sometimes deter people due to what they look like however, when used properly, they have huge benefits to prevent pulling and unwanted behaviors on leash.
Proper placement is at the top of the neck behind the ears. The leash should clip on the top of the head, not under the chin. The cool thing about pinch collars as well as dominant dog collars are that they distribute pressure evenly around the whole neck versus flat collars will only put pressure on the most delicate part of the dogs neck.
The placement behind the ears is important because the closer you are to the head, the more control you will have. This leads me to gentle leaders or haltis. The concept behind these tools is that if you have control of the nose, the body will follow.
Dogs work in this order: nose, eyes, ears. By placing a collar up higher behind the ears or using a halti, you immediately have better control of those senses. However, using a halti for the first time can totally freak your dog out. These tools come with a pretty good tutorial so make sure to check that out before using it for the first time.
Now remember, if we have control of the head the body will follow? Well that is the exact reason why we do not use harnesses. Harnesses were created for one thing: pulling. The origins of this tool came from sled dogs. Unless your dog has a medical condition, or pulls carts, there shouldn't be a reason to purchase these for your dog. Harnesses strengthen a dog's strongest points on their bodies; their chests and back which makes it easier for the dog to gain a ton of strength and of course, pull.
No pull harnesses, in our opinion, do little to no work teaching the dog to not pull. These harnesses simply just inhibit your dog from making a full stride making pulling difficult.
Remote collars are a great tool for any type of dog with any type of behavioral issues. This is such a universal tool, meaning the sensation sent to the dog will not differ handler to handler.
We introduce remote collars as attention getters. The quality of the remote collar you purchase is incredibly important. This is an investment so do not go for the cheapest collar you find.
*recommended brands: garmin, sport dog, IQ, dogtra.
What you are looking for are collars with a large range of levels. Just as you use your voice, our collars should be able to adjust for situations where you need to whisper compared to times where you need to speak louder. The level of the collar stimulation will be based upon your dog’s energy and distraction level.
Education on how to use these collars is essential and we highly recommend if you choose to use one that you work with a professional that uses it in a balanced way.
We use this tool because we want to give our dogs more freedom which means less time attached to a leash!
Our goal as a company is to give dogs more freedom and people peace of mind knowing their dog will be safe and responsive whenever they need them.