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Within this video, you’re gonna find out whether to use a harness or to use a collar. Just like the leashes, there are so many choices out there. Which one do you use? Every dog trainer has their preference, but personally, I don’t like to use the harness. First off, it’s hard to get it on and your dog is wiggling all over the place. You have to try and get it on and wrestle with the dog to get it on, and it’s kind of annoying. So that’s one reason, I don’t like harnesses. But also think of a sled dog. When they’re pulling on the sled, as soon as they feel that pull against their chest, it gives them that dominance, like “Yeah, I’m big and bad, haha.”, you know, and they start pulling even more. So it doesn’t matter what size your dog is, it could be a small little chihuahua, or Maltese, that two pounds. As soon as they feel the pull against their chest, then they’re going to start pulling even more. It’s like the Napoleon Complex, like, “Yeah! Big, bad. Haha! We’re just going to keep on pulling.”
I don’t like the halter but just the collars are great because it’s not going to hurt their trachea, not inhumane or unsafe. So just make sure when you’re choosing the collar– if it’s a bigger dog, you want a thicker collar than this. Because if it gets too loose, and it’s not around the neck here and it goes to here, where like Adam’s apple is, right there then they’ll start coughing. And the problem with that is then you’re thinking that you’re hurting the dog’s trachea and it’s not true. You have more control with the collar than you do with the halter. So you’re not moving the body around, you’re actually moving the head where you want the dog to be, okay?
This is for a tiny little, dog or a tiny puppy. The thicker the nylon leashes/collar is, the better because the thicker that it is, then it’s not going to get loose and it’s not going to move. As long as you can get your fingers underneath the collar then it’s not too tight. You don’t want it too loose because it can slip over the head. Once the dog knows that they can slip the collar off of their head then they’re going to try and do it as many times as possible, and they’re extremely smart. If they know they can get away with something, they’re going to push it for everything that they can no matter what.
For a thicker collar, making sure that it’s not too tight but not too loose is extremely important. And the class on this is you don’t want to get a flimsy plastic clasp you want to make sure that it buckles on nice and tight. There are so many different brands out there, but the coastal collars are really good because it either has a plastic clasp that works very well or they actually have like a metal clasp.
Metal clasps are great because you know for a fact that it’s not sliding off. The problem with plastic is sometimes it can wear and tear. And with puppies biting and biting and biting on the plastic then it can slide off. So a metal clasp is better than plastic. And the thicker the collar is the better. And of course, you can do nylon or you can do leather. So it’s your preference and there are so many different collars and designs and everything. So that is my preference for collars better than a halter. Thank you very much and I’ll see you soon.