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Hello! I'm just asking out of curiosity here, I don't have a dog myself but I want to adopt one in the future (when we have our own place, and are more settled, etc) and I volunteer to walk dogs for a local rescue centre. In the mean time I am looking at more info about dogs/etc to try and make sure I'm an awesome dog owner when the time comes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br>
I was just wondering what type of dog collar/leads your dogs wear and why. The ones at the shelter either wear choke-collars or harnessess, and I wondered why they didn't just have normal ones. I looked it up online as well and found a lot of conflicting info, and also a load of other types (like prong collars which just look leathal!).<br><br>
So I was just curious really <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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We use the gentle leader for one and a regular harness for the other.<br>
I do not like choke collars or retractible leashes.<br><br>
When I volunteered at a shelter they used choke collars and slip collars for "safety."
 

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My dogs wear collars for identification purposes, but the Pug needs a harness, and I just feel better using a harness on my other dog because walking them by the neck seems like it would be painful. A harness also allows for more control so they seem to just behave better on a harness, they don't try to pull as much, and a harness is better in situations where you might need to quickly gain control of your dog, like if a dog is trying to attack them or they want to chase after a squirrel or into the street, then pulling on a harness wouldn't hurt like quickly pulling on a collar would. I used to use retractable leashes without the choker, just attached to the harness, because if they pull a lot then having to wrap a normal leash around your arm to keep them close hurts. The retractables are nice because they can automatically hold the leash shorter for you, and since they had more of a handle instead of a rope it doesn't hurt to hold. Now my dogs are better at walking, though, so I just use a leash coupler and just a plain nylon leash attached. My dogs are small, though, so I guess it just depends on the type of dog you want and the size. The build of the dog can make a difference, too. My cocker spaniel mix is taller, longer, and a bit heavier than my Pug, but if she's trying to chase something on a walk and pulls, she's not nearly as strong as the Pug, who has a tough build and has very little fat and more muscle and bulk. When I got him he was less than ten pounds and very skinny, but until I got him properly trained to heel he was still about to pull me down if he was excited for a walk.
 

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Peanut wears a harness because he was attacked by coyotes once and now he has neck problems. We use a retractable leash when walking him so can sort of reel him in if need be.
 
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