Tis the season!

For walking your dog, that is.

Accompanying your trek with the correct collar and leash is very important. While it can be intimidating to know what is best for your dog while looking over the various choices, we’re here to help.

If your dog is a good walker and doesn’t cause any issues, a super simple collar and leash is probably just fine. 

If your dog has issues walking next to you, a slip collar and training lead can be a great investment. Dogs that are easily distracted by cars and squirrels are easily pulled back to the place they’re supposed to be in with leads such these with one, firm pull. 

If you’re walking more than one dog at a time and are fed up with their leashes tangling, duel leashes are amazing. With only one leash to hold onto, with a fork on the end to attach to two different collars, you’ll never have to untangle two leashes again. 

Retractable leashes can definitely give well-behaved dogs more room to explore. If you’re going on nature walks that aren’t very crowed, this leash can provide more freedom and fun for your dog. But, if your dog is overactive or hard to manage, retractable leashes aren’t recommended, as your dog shouldn’t be given much leeway, and may hurt themselves if tangled in the retractable cord. 

Pinch collars should not be worn as everyday collars, and should be used only for training purposes if necessary. Large dogs that pull a lot, may be trained to better walk beside their owner with a pinch collar, as the metal prongs rest against a dog’s neck skin and pinch into them if they pull. These collars should not be used on small dogs, as they have more fragile bodies. 

Most leashes and collars come available with some kind of LED lighting or neon reflective strip, which can be really beneficial for visibility during nighttime walks. 

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to your local pet store if you have questions on this or any pet related topic.