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Features January 2015 Issue

Buckle Collar, Head Halter, or Body Harness for your Dog?

For a short-nosed dog, a harness works best for training— and is safest.

Buckle Collar, Head Halter, or Body Harness for your Dog?

Which type of dog should be walked on which type of lead?

“I can’t tell you how many people come in with shock collars and prong collars and don’t feel good about themselves,” says Stephanie Borns-Weil, DVM, who helps owners and their dogs with comportment issues at the Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic. “They know they’re creating fear,” she says, “not respect and love. It hurts at both ends of the leash. You get a dog for a strong bond, but” shocking or digging prongs of metal into your pet “is not compatible with creating a strong bond. Choke and prong collars can actually do tissue damage,” she adds.

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