The first step in preventing dog bites is understanding when and how to restrain a dog. But After you walk into a pet store to pick out a leash and collar for your dog, you may find the choice to be a bit more complex than you expected. The Little Rock dog bite lawyers at Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers have compiled a list of things to keep in mind while picking out the best leash and collar for your dog’s breed, medical background, and behavior.
Picking Out A Collar
Standard Collar: If your dog is well behaved and controllably sized, a standard collar is all you need. It is enough to restrict the dog if he or she gets distracted.
Slip Collar: As dog owners know, some dogs need a bit more restriction when they go on a walk. A slip collar works well in correcting distractions. While it is strong enough to restrict a dog, the slip collar is intended to be used by giving quick tugs when a dog starts to veer off course. The tugging motion brings his attention back to walking by your side.
Illusion Collar: For some dogs, even a slip collar won’t do the trick. The illusion collar is better for strong dogs who struggle to stay focused on their walk. The collar is designed to keep the slip collar at the top of the dog’s neck—which is the most sensitive part of the neck. The illusion collar makes your dog more sensitive to your leash commands.
Harness: The harness makes it easy for a dog to pull heavy objects. It forces the weight of whatever the dog is pulling on the strongest part of his body. Understandably, it isn’t the best option for misbehaved dogs because it enables them to pull you on a walk.
However, the harness is usually a safe option for dogs with very thin necks or breathing issues. Collars wrapped around the neck can exacerbate these issues while a harness moves the restraining area to the dog’s shoulders.
It comes as no surprise that a short leash gives owners more control of their dog. If your dog is in training or struggles to stay attentive on walks, a short leash is your best bet. On the other hand, owners of mellow and well-trained dogs often prefer put their dog on a longer leash.
Some states and cities will require a specific leash length (typically six feet or shorter) so be sure to verify that you have an appropriate leash for public walks.
Talk to a Dog Bite Expert
If you’re not sure which leash and collar are safest for your dog, ask your veterinarian for advice. They can give you plenty of information regarding the health and behavior problems that are common in different breeds.
It is important to remember that a dog bite can occur regardless of how much leash control you have over your dog. If your animal is feeling fearful or aggressive, you as his owner will be the first to notice. Remove him from the situation to keep him comfortable and those around you safe from harm.
If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite or animal attack, promptly call a Little Rock dog bite attorney at the Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers for a free consultation.