As a dog person, I constantly have my eyes open for the newest dog accessory. In my house, we are fully equipped with a variety of collars, leashes, and harnesses. We have a head halter and a cage muzzle. We have tshirts, a life vest, sun screen, poop bag holders, clickers, and treat bags. So what are the best accessories? What stuff is worth coming back to?
So here is a run-down of what Leroy is currently, or most often sporting.
The Freedom No Pull Harness is an awesome tool. There is a latch in the front and back of the harness, and it comes with a double connection leash. You can choose to hook one part on the front and one on the back, two on the front, two on the back, or just one to create a longer leash. I usually opt for both sides hooked to the front, or one on the front and one on the back. However, my favorite part about this harness is the velvet armpit straps. The Freedom is similar to the more readily available Easy Walk harness (being modeled on Drake), which is found at most pet stores. But the nice straps help with rubbing and are especially appreciated for the short haired dogs.
Commonly mistaken for a muzzle, the Holt Walking Collar is probably the best training tool I’ve found. This tool helps to control your dog’s head. It works the same way as the horse bridle; so when you control the face, you can easily control the body. The downfall to this tool is that it takes some acclimation, and Leroy often tries to rub it off on the grass. But despite some random grass rolling, he walks much nicer in this than anything else. I especially like the Holt brand of head halters because it has an additional clip to attach the halter to the dog’s collar. The Gentle Leader makes a head collar that simply has a leash attachment. However, I feel much more secure knowing that my leash is attached to Leroy’s head halter, which is also attached to his collar. So this, is my go-to walking accessory.
And the daily accessory; Leroy’s martingale collar and name tag. I have a lot of dog collars. More than I need, certainly. But I have grown to really like the martingale. Granted, I don’t use it for walking. But it is very secure, and super cute 🙂 It needs to either be adjusted or vigorously pulled over his head if I want to take it off. I like knowing that it is really on him. So if I ever had to grab hold in an emergency situation, the collar and tag would be sturdy. The ID tag is a simple, custom, adorable, neck tie design that is engraved with his name and my phone number.
As you may have noticed, the training tools and techniques I use with Leroy are all known as “Force Free” or “Positive Reinforcement”. No prong collar, force, intimidation, or pain is used. But I would like to know- What do you use? What have you tried and not had very much luck with? What are your dog’s accessories? 🙂
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