Obedience Training For Dogs | Ultimate Training Guide

Dog Collars and Leashes

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Dog training leash

There’s plenty of training leashes on the market to choose from. Leashes made of leather, nylon, fiber, etc…and they can be found on all sorts of colors too. There’re also some types of leashes you should be aware of that can be very helpful on your training sessions.



Standard leash

A common leather leash is advisable, as it’s strong, durable and soft on the hands. This leash should be used in a day-to-day basis, as it’s the most versatile to both walking and dog training.


Adjustable leash

Works just like the standard leashes, but with one difference, they are adjustable. Can be useful for training, but usually as a more practical usage. For example, you can secure a dog to a pole and give him a little bit more space, or not, depending on the situation. Remember, no dog should ever be left unattended while tethered.


Martingale Leads

These types of leashes are very useful for short walks with dogs that are not trained to walk with a loose leash. This is basically a martingale collar with an integrated leash.


Dragging leash

A dragging leash should be used in off leash training. It should consist in a lightweight rope, made of nylon or fiber without a handle attached to it, so it won’t get entangled in any obstacle.


Retractable leash

This can be used in a similar way as the dragging leash, this kind of leash can be very useful for teaching your dog to come in crowded areas, because you have full control over him, but he is not aware of it. See the off leash training for details.


Jogging leash

There’s lots of jogging leashes to choose from in the market. A jogging leash is no more than a lightweight leash that you can comfortably use to take you dog for a run. Before you use this kind of leashes you must first teach your dog the off leash techniques so he can keep up with you easily and to make sure you’re not dragged along the way.


Dog training collars

Dog collars are an indispensable tool in your dog’s life. You will use them for walking, running and training. There’re all sorts of collars in the market, different shapes, sizes and colors. We'll not discuss wireless fences like the pif 300 or the shock collars usually used to correct the dogs instantly. We'll see only the cheap "manual" collars, but also very effective when used correctly. There are some types that you should know about that are very important for your dog training. We’ll see them in detail in the following topics.


Standard Collar

A standard collar is your dog’s everyday collar. You will usually use it for walking your dog around the block. Leather collars are usually more comfortable for the dog, and prevent hair loss in the neck area when compared to the metal ones. You can leave the dog unattended with this type of collar.


Prong Collar

A prong collar or pinch collar, as a very ruthless and harsh appearance, but this is one of the most effective collars for training. But be careful, this collar is not always necessary. It depends on the dog and must be used with extreme care. Don’t use a prong collar unless you know what you’re doing. If used improperly this can have a very negative effect on your dog. Don’t leave your dog unattended with this type of collar. It might get entangled and may cause serious injuries to him.


Martingale Collar

Martingale collars are also known as choke or slip collars. The difference is that these collars have a stopping mechanism to prevent the collar to close too much. These collars are quite safe to use on most breeds without any special training. But never leave a dog unattended with this collar, it might get entangled and injure your dog.


Head Collar

The head or halter collars can be quite effective in controlling your dog. These collars are fitted around the dog’s head giving their owner full control over him while walking. These collars prevent the dog from pulling, because it feels very unnatural for them to pull when the leash is attached to their head. Don’t use a long leash with this collar, because the dog might be able to gain speed and snap its head when it reaches the end of the leash. Again, don’t leave the dog unattended with this type of collar.



The harnesses are a somewhat different type of collar. They don’t go around your dog’s head or neck, but around their chest and upper body. They are very safe to the dog because they prevent any back or neck injuries. On the other hand, they don’t prevent back problems to the owner, because harnesses increase the chance of your dog pulling a lot more when walking. These collars are recommended for more senior dogs or with medical problems related to their spine (back and neck).

As we've seen you must always choose the right collar and leash for your dog. All collars and leashes are very useful, but it always depends on the dog you have.