Advice dog leads collars – How To Use Them

Advice Dog Leads Collars

We have had a couple of people ask about how to use and fit certain items. Here are a few notes to help you enjoy your leads & collars.

How to use and fit your Half Check Collar.

Fitting the Half Check – The half check (or choke) collar is designed so that it tightens on the dogs’ neck when the lead is pulled tight. To ensure proper fitting you MUST make sure that when the collar is adjusted the O or D rings can touch. This means that when the collar tightens, it does not tighten to smaller than the dogs’ neck size.

A couple of times customers have said that their collars are too big. Do not measure the collar to include the chain. Measure from ring to ring – not including chain.

How to use and fit your Long Line (or Dog Training Line)

Choice of length – With regard to safety, consider if you will be able to hold your dog when s/he runs to the end of your lead and do not use a head collar. This is because if your dog is likely to run to the end of the lead, he will probably get a sharp jolt.

Double up – this means that you will be able to use the lead at half its’ length, so for example a 20 metre line can be used at 10 metres.Dog Training Lead Long Line - adjustable

Washing – I’ve never washed my leads – I just make new ones! I have had customers report back saying warm soapy water then hang out to dry and they are as good as new.

Tangling – Consider the areas where you use your dog training line and ask yourself if your dog is likely to get tangled around anything?

Use as a trailing lead – Only let your dogs’ lead trail behind him / her when you are:

  • sure you have a recall any way
  • sure s/he wont get tangled
  • sure s/he won’t run off and get lost AND tangled (hence stuck and unable to move)
  • just using as a fail safe when your dog maybe doesn’t like to be caught at the end of a walk in a safe area

Use with other equipment

As stated above we strongly recommend that you DO NOT use a long line with a head collar. This is because of the potential jarring effect on the dogs neck when they run to the end of the lead. Use your own judgement if you think your dog is calm enough for this not to cause injury Simple Leader Dog Head Collarto your dog. I guess a harness would be a good compromise and any jarring will be absorbed by the dogs body rather than neck with a collar.

Brass or Nickel Plate fittings – Brass will last longer if you abuse it, ie hang it outside or leave it wet. I use brass in my kennels and they last forever. Nickel will rust and seize up. If you store them indoors they will be just fine. Some people chose brass because it looks nicer too, I will always make up leads for myself with brass as I think it looks much nicer.

How to use & fit your Simple Leader Head Collar

The Simple Leader is a figure of 8 design and comes in fully padded as an upgrade too. It simple sits over the nose and attaches around the dogs neck clipping together on top of the head. You can also buy the Safety Lead that just gives you a little extra safety.

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