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Choose the Right Dog Collar and Dog Leash

Selecting the right dog collar and leash for your pet can be relatively easy, as long as you keep these few basic principles in mind. To get more ideas on how to select the right dog collar and leash, visit your local pet supply store.   

When it comes to taking proper care of your dog, it is important to make sure that everything you do and everything you buy for your pet is right for the height, weight, size and type of dog that you own. Here are a few tips to help you pick out the dog collar and leash that is right for your pet.

The first thing is to realize that a dog collar and leash is not a one size fits all situation. Different breeds require that the collar be adjustable so that the fit around the neck is secure but does not impair the pet's ability to breathe or to move the neck freely. In order to find that sweet spot between being comfortable for your pet but not so loose that the collar will slip over the head the first time your pet sees another dog on the other side of the street, you may have to try a couple different settings. Take your cue from the dog. If you see your pet is uncomfortable with the fit, then adjust the collar accordingly.

The length of the leash is also a factor in getting the right dog collar and leash combination. Here you should take into consideration the height and weight of your dog in relation to your own height. Most leashes will come in several different lengths, but they will not necessarily promote one length over another based on breed. The determining factor includes you as well. Pick a leash that is long enough for you to comfortably walk with your dog without having to hunch over, while still keeping your pet in close proximity to you. 

The strength of the dog collar and leash is one factor that has a lot to do with the size and breed. Larger dogs tend to have more muscle strength and can wear out a thinner weaker leash in no time. Nothing can be quite as disconcerting as walking your dog and having the leash or collar break at an inopportune time.

The good news is that collars often do come with recommendations based on the weight of your dog, which will help you select one that should be the appropriate strength for your pet. In selecting the leash to go with the collar, make sure you pick something that is at least the same grade and thickness as the collar. That should prove to be a good combination.