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Choosing Collars, Leashes  and ID Tags
Collars

Collars are made from a variety of materials and come in many colors, patterns and styles. The choices can be overwhelming, but the most important factors are that the collar is the right size and weight for your puppy or dog, and the collar fits correctly.
    Choosing Collars, Leashes  and ID Tags
  • Choose a collar that is neither too heavy nor too light for the kind of dog. Big, strong dogs require a heavier and wider collar than smaller dogs.
  • Puppies are best with a soft nylon collar or a thin leather collar.
  • The collar should fit snugly so it won't slip off, but not too tight. You should be able to fit two fingers between the collar and the dog's neck. Cut off any over-long strap that the dog may chew.
  • A collar with a snap-type plastic fastener is a popular alternative to buckle collars, and the length is easily adjusted.
  • Never use "choke chains" on young puppies. Use other training collars available that are much gentler on a puppy and more effective.
Collar Type Description Features PETCO Suggestions
Buckle
Collars
  • Overall best choice of collar for most dogs in most situations
  • Less likely to come undone
  • Generally made of nylon or leather materials
  • Puppies should wear only buckle collars, and adjusted for growth
 Color variety
 Washable
 Durable
   Training Only

Petmate Comfort Cushion Collars in Red
Petmate Comfort Cushion Collars in Red


SportDOG Blaze Orange 1" Dog Collar
SportDOG Blaze Orange 1" Dog Collar



Nylon
Collars
  • Good for dogs that are in water a lot
  • Durable, machine-washable
  • Come in a variety of colors and patterns and many have matching leashes
  • Ideal for puppies and smaller dogs, while heavier duty nylon webbing is suitable for larger dogs
 Color variety
 Washable
 Durable
   Training Only

Coastal Pet Personalized Adjustable Nylon Spectra Collar in Blue
Coastal Pet Personalized Adjustable Nylon Spectra Collar in Blue


EK Ekcessories Brown Collar With Pink Flowers
EK Ekcessories Brown Collar With Pink Flowers



Leather
Collars
  • Wear well and are very durable
  • Stronger and last longer than other materials
  • Soften naturally from the oils in the dog's skin
  • Rolled leather collars (round instead of flat) are designed for long-haired dogs and keep the hair from lying flat against the coat
   Color variety
 Washable
 Durable
   Training Only

Petco Rolled Leather Collars in Black
Petco Rolled Leather Collars in Black


Petco Diamond Stud Leather Collar in Red
Petco Diamond Stud Leather Collar in Red



Training
Collars
  • "Choke chains" and "pinch" collars are designed for training purposes ONLY
  • Designed to briefly tighten and apply pressure when the trainer is delivering a correction
  • Should not be used as a dog's everyday collar
  • Never put a dog on a tie-out with a training collar
   Color variety
 Washable
 Durable
 Training Only

Petco Nylon Check & Chain Control Red Collar for Dogs
Petco Nylon Check & Chain Control Red Collar for Dogs


Petco Training Chain Prong Collar for Dogs
Petco Training Chain Prong Collar for Dogs



Harnesses
  • Placed around the dog's chest and ribcage, and therefore eliminates the potential for choking
  • Popular for dogs that tend to pull while they are being walked
  • If a dog has a neck problem, a harness that attaches around the chest is a good alternative to a collar
  • Usually made of nylon, which is durable, machine-washable and comes in a variety of colors
 Color variety
 Washable
 Durable
   Training Only

Petco Comfort Control Red Dog Harness
Petco Comfort Control Red Dog Harness


Petco Easy Step-In Black Paw Print Reflective Dog Harness
Petco Easy Step-In Black Paw Print Reflective Dog Harness



Head
Collars
  • Work by putting light pressure on the dog's muzzle and at the back of the neck, which imitates the action of a mother dog on her puppies
  • When used with positive reinforcement head collars are ideal training devices for dogs that tend to pull while walking
  • Usually made of nylon, which is durable, machine-washable and comes in a variety of colors
 Color variety
 Washable
 Durable
   Training Only

The Company of Animals Halti Headcollars
The Company of Animals Halti Headcollars


PetSafe Products Black Gentle Leader Headcollars
PetSafe Products Black Gentle Leader Headcollars





Leashes

There are many types of leashes available, usually 4 feet or 6 feet in length, and ones that match the dog's collar.
  • Make sure the thickness and strength of the leash is suitable for the puppy or dog.
  • It is best to start a puppy with a shorter leash to allow the parent to maintain control.
  • Long leashes are good for training dogs on recall or allowing a roam in the park or on the beach while still maintaining control.
  • Leashes are available with an extra leash section and clip for walking two dogs on the same leash.
Very short leashes are useful for off-leash training to add some weight and replicate the feel of a leash and to grab hold of, if correction is required.

Leash Type Description Features PETCO Suggestions
Nylon
Leashes
  • Very durable, washable and come in a variety of colors
  • Available in a variety of thicknesses, lengths and styles to suit all dogs
  • Available to match the dog's collar
 Color variety
 Washable
 Durable
 Various
   Lengths

AKC Nylon Mesh Leash in Black
AKC Nylon Mesh Leash in Black


Petco Comfort Black Leash for Dogs
Petco Comfort Black Leash for Dogs



Leather
Leashes
  • Very durable and long lasting
  • Soften from the oils in your skin, which is easier on the hands
  • Easier to grip than other leashes
   Color variety
   Washable
 Durable
   Various
   Lengths

Petco Twisted Leather Lead in Mahogany
Petco Twisted Leather Lead in Mahogany


Circle T Euro Leather Lead in Black
Circle T Euro Leather Lead in Black



Cotton
Webbed
Leashes
  • Washable, strong, easy on your hands and economical
  • Available in a wide variety of colors and lengths
  • The 20-foot length, known as a "long line," is ideal to use when teaching your dog to come when called
 Color variety
 Washable
   Durable
 Various
   Lengths

Aspen Pet by Petmate Heavy Duty Training Leads
Aspen Pet by Petmate Heavy Duty Training Leads



Retractable
Leashes
  • Extendable to allow more freedom for your dog
  • A spring action controls the length of the leash as the dog walks and a braking system allows you to stop the dog from traveling further, or to lock it at a certain length
  • Good for controlling larger dogs and are best for dogs that have already been trained to walk and heel
   Color variety
   Washable
   Durable
 Various
   Lengths

Bags on Board Retractable Leash with Built-In Bag Dispenser
Bags on Board Retractable Leash with Built-In Bag Dispenser


Flexi Comfort Long Retractable Cord Leash in Red
Flexi Comfort Long Retractable Cord Leash in Red



Tie-Outs &
and Chains
  • A tie-out is a long length of leash line that is attached to a stake placed in the ground
  • Allows the dogs room to move about, yet is restricted to a certain area
  • Generally made of chain or cable
  • Handy if you travel or like to spend time outdoors, such as with camping or for a day at the park
   Color variety
 Washable
 Durable
 Various
   Lengths

Flexi Tie-Out Retractable Tie Out
Flexi Tie-Out Retractable Tie Out


Petco Large Dog Tie-Out Cables
Petco Large Dog Tie-Out Cables




ID Tags

ID tags will assist in identifying a lost or injured pet and are one of the best ways to save a pet parent the agony and heartache of losing a pet. Place all identification tags on the ring of the collar.

Type of ID Tag Description PETCO Suggestions
Barrel or Keg Tags
  • Can be used immediately
  • Can be used while waiting for a permanent tag to arrive
  • Provide a small piece of paper or smooth surface to write in your name, phone number and/or address
  • Are inexpensive

Petmate by Aspen Pet Aristo ID Tubes
Petmate by Aspen Pet Aristo ID Tubes



Digital Tags
  • Electronically store basic information, as well as details like vaccination information, veterinary contacts and email addresses
  • Can be programmed with special messages such as "I can't hear, I'm deaf" and "I am nine years old and I can't see very well."
  • Can be quickly updated if you move, your area code changes, etc.
  • Can be moved from pet to pet

Flexi PCPetID
Flexi PCPetID




Also, most PETCO stores have a Quick Tag machine that will create a custom engraved tag at an affordable price, while you wait.