Fido pulls leash and carrying its owner cheerfully from left to right, over the scents that tickle his truffle. The Fido daily ballad quickly becomes hell for its owner. There are many suggestions for using accessories (Necklace, Halter, Harness). Most of the time the correct situation is often contradictory. Some people seem that the use of the collar entirely creates injuries to the Neck. Some others people use only one type of collar.
I am a little tired of seeing the wars on the Internet for a question of collar or harness. I decided to explain the Dog Collar and Dog Harness and also differences between the types of Necklace, Halter, and Harness. You will be able to build your own Opinion. Let’s look at the cons and the different accessories used for walking on a Leash.
Dog Collar and Dog Harness
Dog Tie Collar
There are several models (standard fastener, adjustable clip) are traditionally used to wear as dog necklace. A tether collar is not an education or correction collar. It is not possible to give a collar with the help of the leash without risk of musculoskeletal injuries (for the handler or the Dog) especially with a strong or heavy dog (Hound, Berger). Giving collar shots leads to a high percentage of opposition reflex. The more collar you give, the more the dog Shoots.
This collar is used to attach a dog (for dogs kept out with kennels or sled dogs). The collar is also the first necklace that is put on the neck of the puppy to get used to wearing a necklace to identify it in a group. The tether collar can be used in combination with a halter or harness during educational sessions or walks.
- Varied and fashionable color.
- You can hang the Dog’s medals (rage, identification, etc.)
- Dog control is challenging to do by the owner.
- Encourages the dog to pull on a leash.
- No correction is possible.
- It may cause neck friction and irritation.
- For this Can cause musculoskeletal injuries at the neck (vertebrae of the neck) and trachea in the dog.
- It can be musculoskeletal injuries in the handlers (tendinitis, muscular laceration, muscular breakdown, pain, Tension)
- Often worn too low on the Dog’s neck, which greatly reduces its actual effectiveness.
- Provokes a strong reflex of opposition in the dog and encourages him to pull on a leash.
Dog Choke Collar
In nylon, leather or metal (chain), The Strangler has been the traditional training collar for generations. The Strangler is a correction collar. It should therefore only be used with an already educated or trained dog. This necklace should be banned during education, whether with a puppy or an adult. As the name implies, the Strangler can cause complete strangulation of the dog and Death. You should never tie a dog with this type of collar. This necklace should not be used by a novice, without the supervision of a qualified Professional. This necklace is banned by the majority of professionals in positive reinforcement education since it is not used to guide the dog, but to punish Him.
- When properly adjusted and used properly, the choker serves as a punitive flashing and horn without causing actual strangulation of the dog
- In most cases, the collar is too large for the dog, it slips and moves on the Dog’s neck and causes musculoskeletal injuries to the neck by a bad fit when used
- The punishment is never given in the same place since the collar easily moves in the Dog’s neck
- You should never tie a dog with a Strangler
- The Strangler should never be used to wear the Dog’s medals
- The wider the mesh, the heavier the collar and can cause muscle tensions in the Dog’s neck
- A German study showed a high percentage of muscle and nerve cells necrotic during the necropsy after use because it can pinch the skin and muscle during its use
- Fools misuse the Strangler causing serious injuries, see the death of the animal
- Abusive use of the choke can cause an increase in the internal pressure of the eye that can cause irreparable damage and even blindness
- Often worn too low on the Dog’s neck, which greatly reduces its actual effectiveness
- The choke should be positioned differently in the Dog’s neck if it works to the left or to the right of the handler
Plastic or metal, The spiked collar (whether you like it or Not) is an ethological necklace. It was created to imitate the jaw of the dog who nibble the neck of his puppy to teach him good manners in canine Fashion. A dog bites her puppy in the neck to calm him down or to demand that he stop unwanted behavior. This well-used and properly adjusted collar will never cause injury to the Dog. The punishment through equal pressure all around the Dog’s neck. Unfortunately, The majority of people make misuse and Misuse. This necklace should not be used by a novice, without the supervision of a qualified Professional. The user should never give a collar with this type of accessory. This necklace is banned most positive reinforcement education professionals.
- well-adjusted, This necklace imitates the adult who punishes the puppy, or the adult who wants to calm another dog
- A German study showed a small percentage of muscle and nerve cells necrotic during the necropsy because well adjusted, it does not pinch the skin or the muscle well-adjusted, It is positioned in the right place on the dog’s neck to adequately correct
- Poorly used, This collar can pinch the skin and cause musculoskeletal injuries at the neck
- Fools sharpen spikes and use it abusive, causing serious injuries with pierced skin
- You should never tie a dog with a spike collar
- This type of necklace should never be used to wear medals
Martingale Dog Collar
The martingale is from the cross between the tie collar and the Choke. The martingale is designed as a spike collar but without spikes. This collar can in no way cause complete strangulation of the dog or cause an opposition reflex as large as the tether collar. The middle between the tie collar and the strangler, the martingale has become very popular in Canada and the United States.
- Martingale allows minimum correction without risk of serious injury
- The martingale allows better control of the dog when well fitting
- Properly fitting, the martingale is positioned in the right place on the dog’s neck to adequately correct
- Ambidextrous, the martingale can be used to walk left or right without having to reverse it (while a choke must be inverted and positioned differently if the dog walks to the right or left of the Handle)
- The nylon martingale also has a fixed ring and few, therefore, serve as a tie collar
- The martingale should be adjusted every time it is put or removed from the Dog’s neck
- One should never attach a dog with the mobile ring (correction) of the martingale
- The martingale should not be used to wear medals (except on certain models with a fixed ring where medals can be worn)
- Used abusive (violent collaring), martingale can cause musculoskeletal injuries at the Dog’s neck or the level of the handler.
Regardless of the type of collar, when poorly adjusted or misused, it can cause musculoskeletal injury to the dog (neck, trachea), and to the level of the handle (forearm, arm, shoulder, back, neck). Regardless of the type of collar, a tension or a collar when meeting between congeners can be triggered by Aggression. The pain caused by a collar stroke can be associated with a primary stimulus causing conditioned Aggression. Improper use of a collar can lead to an anxious response caused by stress, which may give rise to fear, anguish, distrust, and Aggression. Improper use of all types of collars can cause problems for the dog and the Handler.
P.S. in response to those who argue that a metal collar is noisier than a nylon collar or harness and that so it can irritate the dog by the noise it causes, since the dog has a better hearing than ours, I answer this:
The medals worn at the Dog’s neck are a much greater potential source of noise irritation than the collar. In addition, all our electrical and electronic devices (television, computer, radio, light, etc.) emit vibrations and negative energy sounds… even when they are turned off. This negative energy is perceived by all cells of the body (animal or human) and can cause negative effects on long-term health. As for the hearing of the dog, he perceives all these sounds that act as a constant cillement in his ear and are much more irritating to the sound than any of the collars quoted So-high.
Inspired by the equestrian world, the first 2 dog halters were placed on the market under the trade names “halti ™” and “gentle Leader ™”. Many other models have been put on the market ever since. Some are equipped with a tie under the Chin. Others are provided with a tie at the neck level. With a tie under the chin, the first halters were often (and still are) poorly used. With a neck-level attachment, these halters are less safe.
Compare the canine halter with the equestrian Principles. The rider runs the horse using 2 reins, whose 2 attachment points are connected to the halter or flange, and are located on either side of the muzzle (if it wears a jaw) or under the chin (if it wears an ethological flange with a “bosal” type without jaws). These 2 points of attachment allow the rider to control the movements of the horse, whether it is mounted or that it works in long reins.
Working with a dog should also be done with 2 points of Attachment. The handler should use a 2-carabiner leash, one of which will be attached under the chin and the other to the Dog’s collar.
The attachment under the chin is used to direct the muzzle towards the desired direction (turn right or left), while the collar attachment is used to prevent the dog from moving sideways. How many dogs wearing a halter with a single attachment point under the chin face each other with their handler? many, because the halter is not designed to be used with a single point of attachment when walking on a Leash.
During the walk, the halter is unsafe to use on its own (without a collar, without a double leash), as the band that passes behind the Dog’s ears can slide and allow the dog to remove the halter, especially in the case of the fox-pulling dog (pulls On the leash while Receding) or when the halter is poorly adjusted.
- Well used (in combination with a tether collar or a martingale), it is an excellent tool for walking on a leash
- Safe when used properly, it does not cause musculoskeletal injuries
- ethnological, It orients the movement of the dog in the right direction, as well as the pace (walking Speed)
- It is necessary to find the model that will fit well to the shape of the muzzle of his dog
- May cause injury to the soft part of the muzzle when misused, i.e. if one blows with the leash on the attachment point located under the muzzle
- can cause irritation at eye level when poorly adjusted
- Some dogs become completely inhibited when wearing a halter, lying down on the floor and refusing to move
- Some dogs turn into a rodeo horse during the first sessions of use of the halter, since it can create a reflex of opposition
Once again inspired by the equestrian world, the dog harness was created to draw a sled or a car. The dog was harnessed for centuries and served as a trait animal. Excluding harnesses designed for the line, many styles of harness have been placed on the market in the last 2 Decades. Here are the 4 major main types of harness:
- Traditional type harness with the attachment point on the back (leash attachment is on the spine, roughly mid-back)
- Modified harness with the attachment point to the Tourniquet (leash attachment is between the Dog’s 2 shoulders, at the Tourniquet level, close to the Neck)
- “Easy Walk ™” type harness with the attachment point on the chest (the leash strap is located in front of the dog, on its chest, between the previous Members)
- “halti ™” type harness with double attachment points (one leash attachment at the chest and one at the top of the back near the Tourniquet)
- The harness does not create any pressure at the neck level (no injury at this Level)
- The Double-point harness ensures excellent control of the dog and does not cause musculoskeletal injuries
- A harness that covers the back well covers a good area of the back. Which can also help the nervous system.
- The harness to a fastening point on the back, as well as some models with an attachment point at the level of the tourniquet. Can cause a herniated disc or other musculoskeletal problems in the dog as they do not remain fixed and rotate…. the attachment point is Moves to the outside of the back, the dog moving diagonally (see picture) which is extremely dangerous and unsafe for the dog, the dog that shoots diagonally can end up with serious injuries to the back or limbs.
- Most harness models encourage the dog to pull on a leash (except for Easy Walk ™ and Halti ™ Types) by allowing the dog to walk in front of the handler and can cause musculoskeletal injuries in the handler and/or dog
- A harness that is too large and/or poorly fitted will have no positive effect on the safe leash, regardless of the type of harness used
- A poorly used harness can cause pressure and/or musculoskeletal injuries to the chest, back, shoulders or limbs of the dog
- A harness can cause friction or irritation of the skin by rubbing
- “Lupi ™” type rope harnesses often cause irritation and cuts under the armpits
- Not all harnesses are comfortable for the dog since some will cause irritation
- The harness offers no control of the dog in case of aggression, the only possible control is offered by a handle sewn on the belt passing on the back of the dog and of which are equipped with certain models of harness
Summarize the whole thing:
The dog wearing only a harness is often thought to be freer. It has (with the exception of the Double-point Harness) greater ease of movement and can therefore easily and quickly turn to bite in case of pain or Provocation.
When the dog is assault mode the harness does not allow fast and effective control. The harness allows the dog to get ahead of his handler while on a leash. which can help reduce the effectiveness of the Dog’s control by the handler and facilitate the Dog’s aggression. For example- A bite in the face of a child he crosses on the Street.
The harness with a handle on the back increases the control of the dog by the handler in case of aggression. But leaves the head of the dog free of Movement. This can then bite its handle before the aggression phase is over. With a collar, the handler can keep the Dog’s head away from the arm and wait for the end of the aggression phase, while minimizing the risk of biting. With a potentially aggressive dog, it is better to use a combination harness-collar or collar-halter.
In terms of the creation of these tools (collars, halters, harnesses), They were created for specific needs. ethologists, biologists and other academics in animal behavior have observed the social interactions between adult dogs, puppies and teenagers to conclude that the bite to the neck, the imbalanced by imposition of a paw or head, the Lifting by the neck, closure of the mouth, lateral decubitus, grunting, chattering of teeth are used naturally in the dog to correct, punish or reprimand a congener.
All the accessories (necklaces, halters, Harnesses) were created based on the natural behavior observed between congeners and inspired by the work done with the Horses.
Regardless of the model or type, their use always has a risk of injury. The safety of the dog and the handler is not always evident in their use.
Which necklace, halter or harness should you use in the education of a pet dog?
Which necklace, halter or harness should you use for the Ballad of Fido?
Use One/two accessory (s) adequately, Minimizing any risk of injury to you and your Dog. Use One/two accessory (s) adapted and adjusted to your Dog. Choose the accessory or accessories you will be comfortable With. If necessary, consult a qualified professional to coach you in their positive and safe use.
None is perfect! All can cause injury! During games between congeners. All accessories (necklace, halter, harness, bandana, medal, Garment) can cause injury to the other dog or damage his teeth. It is totally wrong to pretend that only the collar can be the cause of the problem for the dog.
To end the stories of collar and harness posted in Canine education, Canine behavior, useful info.