First of all let me make it clear that this refers to ordinary collars and NOT I REPEAT NOT check or semi check collars, e-collars, pinch or prong collars that I would NEVER recommend as a professional dog walker or even consider using on my own 2 dogs
One of the main Pros of your dog wearing a “house” collar is that it is a legal requirement for dogs to wear an ID tag on his collar with nae house number postcode and telephone number on
Despite the fact that dogs must wear an ID tag and the fines of up to £5000 can be given by the courts for an offence a lot of dogs don’t se to have a tag. It seems to be a common misunderstanding that as the dog is chipped it doesn’t need a tag or if does have a tag it says “I’m chipped” and still doesn’t have the info on. This is both illegal and not helpful. As a dog walker f I find a dog I will always look for the tag on the collar to find out the number so I can call them then and there. The chances are the owner is in the park or woods frantically looking for them. If it simply says I’m chipped this is of no immediate use
Aside from identification, collars can be great for dogs which do not pull on a leash. They are light and non-restrictive, and they enable you to quickly pop out for a quick walk with your dog.
The majority of dogs will pull in some way and even slight pulling can cause injury to your dog’s neck including damage to their windpipe (trachea) or their thyroid gland. Stronger pulling can cause damage to the bones of the neck and increased pressure within their head.
If you own a dog with more protruding eyeballs such as a pug then due to the increase pressure that a collar can cause when they pull, collars should be avoided as a risk of causing damage to their eyes is an added problem
In my view the benefits of a harness far outweigh the benefits of any collar and should be used (the Kennel club have finally caught up and now allow you to take the Good citizen scheme on a harness
Pros of a harness include
- Better control,
- reduced chances of neck injury,
- harness allow easier breathing
The harness will discourage pulling and so help with the training. Pulling with a harness on causes the dog to get lifted up in the air which gets them no further forward, as opposed to pulling with a collar on where they can get their head down and move forward more quickly.
If I am honest in my view there really aren’t many cons to using a well-fitted harness as your dog will feel perfectly comfortable in this
Everyone knows that dogs come in all shapes and sizes so it is impossible for every harness to suit every dog but there will be a harness suited for your dog. i like the Freedom Harness
Harness and Long lines
For the same reason that I mention in the cons of using a collar long can really do serious damage to a dog’s neck if the dog runs full pelt for many metres before being stopped suddenly when the long-line is attached to a collar
I’d recommend a biothane long-line. This is a rubbery, waterproof material. It does not absorb water, like a nylon training lead. Mud falls off it.