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Collars, Harnesses & Leashes
Collars
Collars
Dog collars can serve several different functions such as holding identification or others tags, helping to restrain or control a dog, allowing you to walk your dog safely when a leash is attached. For most dogs, a basic nylon or leather buckle collar will be sufficient. However, there are many different collar options available for you to choose from depending on your intended use and personal tastes.

Dog collars come in a vast array of styles, widths, materials, and colors and selecting the right color can sometimes be overwhelming. The basic styles of dog collars are flat or adjustable buckle, martingale, and chain slip. In an effort to help you select the best collar for your dog, we’ve listed some of the attributes of each option below.


Buckle Collars

Flat or adjustable buckle collars are the most common type and they come in a large variety of sizes, colors, and materials. Flat buckle collars have a metal buckle and a selection of holes. Adjustable buckle collars snap together and usually have an adjustment that enables the collar to be made larger or smaller. Both of these styles are easy to adjust, making them a good choice for growing puppies. A third type of adjustable collar is a rolled collar. These are a slight variation on the flat buckle style and are usually made of leather.

Martingale collar

Martingale collars have a regular style collar with both a non-active and an active ring option. This type of collar is designed to provide more control over an animal without the choking effect of a slip collar. They are also known as greyhound, whippet or human choke collars.

Chain slip collarChain slip collars are a length of chain or nylon rope with rings at either end such that the collar can be formed into a loop around the top of the dog's neck, just behind the ears. The ring which connects to the leash goes over the back of the dog's neck, not under. When the leash is attached to the dead ring the collar does not constrict on the dog's neck. When the leash is attached to the live ring the chain slips (adjusts) tighter when pulled and slips looser when tension is released. This type of collar should never be left on an unattended dog and always removed when the leash is removed.

When measuring for or fitting dog collars you should keep in mind that the collar should be snug with room to fit two fingers between your dog's neck and his collar. Collars should never be so tight that they restrict your dog’s breathing or cause it to cough. On the other hand, with the exception of chain slip collars, the collar should not be loose enough to slip over the pet's head. In order to determine proper collar size you should measure your dog’s neck and then add two or three inches.

Harnesses
Harnesses can be a useful training tool for your dog and also offer a safe solution for small dogs and dogs that pull when being walked. Unlike collars where all the force is placed on the dog’s neck, a harness secures around the dog’s body and even distributes the pulling force on stronger areas of your dog’s anatomy, reducing the possibility of injury to the neck, spine, and windpipe. Harnesses come in numerous materials and colors, but there are four major harness styles that we carry.
Step-In harness

The Step-In harness is designed to make it simple to harness your dog. To put it on, simply lay the harness flat, place both front paws in the openings and snap the harness closed at the back.

Roman harness

The Roman harness slips over the dog's head, one leg goes into the armhole, and the bottom strap is brought around and buckled.

Vest Harness

The Vest or Sport style harness can either be designed in the step-in or roman style. This type of harness places the D-ring for the leash farther down on the dog’s back, away from the throat.

Head Collar

Head Halters or Head Collars provides gentle guidance to stop dogs from pulling while walking. Designed for the optimum in positive reinforcement, the head collar simplifies training by letting you control your dog's head allowing his body to follow.

Front Attachment

The Front Attachment harness is generally a step-in style and has the leash attachment on the front of the harness to prevent the dog from pulling.

Like collars, harnesses also come in a diverse range of shapes, sizes, colors, and materials. Nylon and mesh are common materials for harnesses and most are available in either padded or non-padded options. Colors range from standard black to fun prints to florescent colors.

When measuring your dog for a harness there are several measurements you should take. The first is the neck measurement should be taken around your dog’s neck where the collar would be. The second is the girth measurement and should be taken around the dog’s body, at the largest area of behind the front legs. The third measurement is the chest width and should be taken from where the girth measurement was on the left side, across the chest, to where the girth measurement was taken on the right side.

Leashes
Leashes
Leashes are critical for controlling your dog in any situation and can be used in conjunction with collars or harnesses. They are available in a variety of materials such as leather, nylon, chain, or cotton web and can be found in a vast array of colors. Leashes also come in numerous different lengths from the most common six foot length to thirty foot training leashes.