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Collar or Harness: What’s Best for Your Dog?

Introduction: Choosing between a collar and a harness for your dog is an important decision that impacts their comfort and safety. In this article, we will explore the advantages of using a collar and how you can also incorporate a harness for more intensive walks or training sessions.

Advantages of the Collar:

  • Better Control: A collar gives you direct control over your dog's head, which can be beneficial for training and everyday walks.
  • Easy to Use: Collars are quick and easy to put on and take off.
  • Style: Collars come in various designs and can add to your dog's style. Our handcrafted Maasai collars give each dog a unique and fashionable look.

Disadvantages of the Collar:

  • Risk of Injury: Strong pulling on the collar can cause neck and trachea injuries, especially for small dogs or those with breathing issues.
  • Not Suitable for All Dogs: Dogs with neck issues or general health problems may not do well with a collar.

Using a Harness in Addition to a Collar:

  • Pressure Distribution: A harness distributes pressure more evenly across the body, reducing the risk of neck injuries.
  • Safe Control: A harness provides good control over the dog's body, which can be especially helpful for dogs that tend to pull on the leash.

How to Choose?

  • Dog's Size and Breed: Small and young dogs might feel more comfortable with a harness, while larger and trained dogs can manage well with a collar.
  • Dog's Behavior: If your dog tends to pull on the leash, a harness might be a better choice for longer walks.
  • Dog's Health: If your dog has breathing or neck issues, consult a veterinarian before making a decision.

Our Recommendation: Since we at LAYA's offer unique handcrafted collars, we recommend using a collar in addition to a harness. You can use the harness for longer walks or situations that require more control while keeping the collar for identification and as a stylish accessory.

Conclusion: Choosing between a collar and a harness depends on your dog's specific needs and lifestyle. It is important to try both options to see what works best for you and your dog. Regardless, a high-quality, handcrafted collar can be an essential item for every dog, with the option to add a harness for longer walks or training.