Collars, Harnesses and Leashes
Bark Place is as concerned about your dogs’ safety as you are. The type of collar or harness and leash used, can be the difference in ensuring your pet is protected. There are different collars and leashed used for different types of dogs and varying situations.
Bark place carries for the following products based on your pets needs, including quality brands like Premier, Planet Dog, and Flexi.
Quick Release Clasp and Buckle
Collars with metal buckles or quick release clasps are available in a variety of materials, colors and styles. Quick release collar are safer, if you are using it to carry your dogs contact information. In a situation where you need to remove a dogs collar quickly, such as when two dogs hook collars by accident, the quick release collar, can easily be unsnapped. Buckle (metal) collars may be used for stronger dogs, if attaching a leash, as quick release clasps tend to be less sturdy. Buckle collars should always be removed when dogs are playing. However it is important that the collar be tight enough so as to not slip over the head, when a dog is backing up. For walking dogs, the preference would be a Martingale collar, Head collar or Front Leading harness (see below). These collars are best used to attach a name tag with your current contact information as well as rabies vaccinations.
Head collars or halters slightly resemble muzzles, and very effective. These halters act more like harnesses for the head and are intended to help train a dog to walk on a leash and heel. When a dog pulls on the leash, the halter will cause the head to turn. When used properly, head collars can successfully discourage pulling and support other training. Head halters should not be left on unattended dog or dogs on a very long lead, as they may be able to back out of some types of head collars.
More information about collars and pictures can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_collar
Also know as a limited slip collar or Greyhound collar, Martingale collars are used to prevent dogs from slipping out of collars while walking on a leash. A Martingale collar is a preferred collar when walking a dog. Though the collars tighten with a tug of the leash, there is a stopping mechanism to prevent complete closure on the neck. These collars are especially suited for sighthounds, but can be uses on most dog breeds, especially those with smaller heads. For safety reasons, Martingale collars should be removed when dogs are playing, as they pose a strangulation hazard.
Chain Slip and Prong Collars
Upon request, Bark Place can special order Chain Slip and Prong collars.
Chain Slip collars, also referred to as choke chains, are intended for training purposes only. Bark Place does not recommend this type of because they could damage your dog's neck. If you do choose to get a choke chain for your dog, learn how to use it properly. Chain slip collars should be used with caution and never be left on your dog when unattended or during play time with other dogs, as they pose a strangulation hazard.
Prong collars may look scary, but they are a good choice for training purposes for stronger and more stubborn dogs. Like the chain slip collars, metal prong collars should be used with caution and never be left on your dog when unattended or during play time with other dogs.
Traditional (Back Pulling)
Traditional harnesses are designed for placement around a dog’s chest and abdomen, crossing over the back. A leash can be attached to the top of the harness. These types of harnesses are used for dogs with a tendency to pull, because they put no pressure on the neck. However, many believe this type of harness only encourage pulling and that leash-and-collar training should be enforced. Harnesses are ideal for dogs with medical problems in the neck and airway and some small breeds.
Traditional harnesses can actually encourage dogs to pull harder because of the “opposition reflex.” That’s the reflex that makes sled dogs do what they do. Use of a front leading harness like the Easy Walk Harness' unique front-chest leash attachment stops pulling by tightening slightly across your dog's chest and shoulder blades. The gentle pressure steers your dog to the side and redirecting his attention back towards you. The Easy Walk Harness doesn’t cause coughing, gagging, or choking because the chest strap rests low across the breastbone, not on the delicate tracheal area.
Bark Place carries a simple selection of 4 or 6 foot leads in Leather (Premier), Hemp (Planet Dog), or nylon (varies).
As a convenience to our customers we also carry Flexi brand Extended- leashes, tape only. While the tape only model provides an additional level of safety over the cord type model, we highly recommend learning about the best way to use this type of leash, particularly in an urban environment. We are happy to provide tips and best practices. Please talk to one of our associated for assistance.
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Bark Place carries a vast selection of toys including well thought-of products from companies including Kong, Chuck-It, West Paw and Safe Pet. Whether it’s a nice soft squeaky plush, a floating flying disk, or a challenging treat puzzle – we’ve got you covered!