When can you put a collar on a puppy?

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Types of Harnesses

Harnesses keep pressure off of the neck by fitting around your dog’s chest and torso. They come in a variety of materials and styles, but there are two main types that you should be aware of.

Back-Clip Harness.

The D-ring is located in the middle of the back and is the most common type of harness. These harnesses tend to be more comfortable for dogs, and are a good choice for brachycephalic breeds, which are more prone to tracheal collapse. They are a better choice for dogs with long, delicate necks, like Greyhounds, as they tend to be more fragile.

One of the drawbacks of back-clip harnesses is that they can encourage pulling. Alaskan Malamutes are bred to pull heavy objects. Fratt still recommends back-clip harnesses for jogging, biking, or hiking. They are great in situations where comfort and freedom are the priority for the dog or in situations where a bit of pulling is expected.

There is a front-clip harness.

The front of the chest is where the D-ring is located. This design is meant to discourage pulling, which can be a good choice for heavy pullers, especially large breeds who could jerk you off your feet. Depending on the design, some front-clip harnesses can cause damage to your pup. Fratt says that having a strap that shortens their stride and pulls them to the side is bad for their posture and musculature. The front-clip harness that has a strap across their chest should be Y-shaped.

Flat or Rolled Collar

This is the basic dog collar. The leather, woven nylon or cloth varieties of these collars can be found in a variety of cute colors and patterns, and they can also be adorned with bling, bow ties, bandanas and other ways to show off your dog’s personality. They are easy to find and are great for displaying ID tags. Because they are raised from the neck and can catch on things more easily, they are not recommended for puppies.

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The standard types of collars have a major problem. The damage to the trachea can be caused by both flat and rolled collars. The collapse of your dog’s tracheal rings happens when your dog breathes in and out. The narrowing in your dog’s trachea can be caused by this. Puppies learning to walk on a leash and older dogs who pull can be at risk.

Fratt is the founder of Journey Dog Training. Once my dogs are trained to walk on a leash, we simply use a flat buckle neck collar. I use a back-clip harness to protect their throats until they walk nicely.

There is a chance that these types of collars can increase eye pressure. A 2006 study in the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association found that the force generated by a dog pulling against a neck collar can increase pressure in the eyes, and shouldn’t be used on dogs with eye conditions.

Choke Collars and Prong Collars

In training, these types of collars are used. When a dog pulls against a choke collar, it tightens uncomfortably and is lined with blunt prongs that place pressure on the neck. The purpose of the collar is to get the dog’s attention, and not as a means of punishment.

Many trainers don’t use these collars because they don’t respond well to other training methods, like on high-drive breeds like Belgian Malinois, who don’t always respond well to other training methods. She recommends using games and treats to teach your dog not to pull. Puppies younger than six months should never be used on these collars, they are not for everyday use and should only be used under the supervision of a professional trainer.

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Back-Clip Harness

The D-ring is located in the middle of the back and is the most common type of harness. These harnesses tend to be more comfortable for dogs, and are a good choice for brachycephalic breeds, which are more prone to tracheal collapse. They are a better choice for dogs with long, delicate necks, like Greyhounds, as they tend to be more fragile.

One of the drawbacks of back-clip harnesses is that they can encourage pulling. Alaskan Malamutes are bred to pull heavy objects. Fratt still recommends back-clip harnesses for jogging, biking, or hiking. They are great in situations where comfort and freedom are the priority for the dog or in situations where a bit of pulling is expected.

Front-Clip Harness

The front of the chest is where the D-ring is located. This design is meant to discourage pulling, which can be a good choice for heavy pullers, especially large breeds who could jerk you off your feet. Depending on the design, some front-clip harnesses can cause damage to your pup. Fratt says that having a strap that shortens their stride and pulls them to the side is bad for their posture and musculature. The front-clip harness that has a strap across their chest should be Y-shaped.

While a flat collar is best for everyday wear and for displaying ID tags, our experts agree that a harness is the safest option for going on walks and other outdoor activities or situations that might cause your puppy to pull on the leash. The best harness for you and your dog is the one that is comfortable for both of you. I always recommend taking your dog to the pet store to try on harnesses and pick out the one that fits them the best and is the easiest for you to put on your dog.

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