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Trusted Saskatoon Pet Experts at Furbaby Pet Care Share Their Opinion On Pet Leashes, Collar and Harnesses

Furbaby Pet Care in Saskatoon, SK, is dedicated to giving you peace of mind with the highest level of care for your pets. Their knowledgeable, experienced and professional staff will meet with your family to ensure your pet care needs are understood and every detail is covered! They have the expertise and experience that you need. In their first Trusted tip they share their opinion on what they think is the best for your Furbaby and explore the options  - a leash vs a collar vs a harness. Furbaby Pet Care Are Your Trusted Saskatoon Pet sitters, Pet walkers and Pet Massage Specialists.  


Leash versus Collar vs Harness…What is Best For Your Furbaby?

Let’s talk leashes, collars, harnesses and canine comfort. Everybody has their preference, and some leashing systems work for some dogs but not others. If we had things the Furbaby Pet Care way, about 75% of dogs on a walk today would be in a harness as opposed to a collar.

Here’s why: most dogs will pull on a walk. They see something they’d like to chase and they stretch things out as far as they can (usually six feet), straining against their lead, often at the cost of the owner/handler’s balance. This puts things under strain, and, if the dog’s in a collar/leash set-up, he or she is choking against the collar. The immediate answer for this type of dog is to get them into a harness system. A couple of the new ones, like Leashi or Halti, have been designed to pull to the side, pulling the dog sideways, under strain. Most dogs dislike walking sideways, so they learn quickly that if they don’t want to walk sideways, they simply have to walk along at the handler’s pace, leaving flowers, trees and a myriad of other points of interest, but off their own pathways, alone.

Another space the collar vs harness debate rages (you’d be surprised, people get passionate about this topic) is in the training arena. Traditionally, collar response is a very good way to train a dog to heel, to come when called and to pay attention to the handler during training and after, on every day walks, etc. Many Obedience Schools strongly advocate collar training and have for years. While collar training has many pros going for it, such as quick response to handler correction and very quick handler correction times, the downside is, again, you’re choking your dog, even a little, in order to get them to listen to you and improve their behaviour.

The other danger with collars, and this is especially true of small, toy and miniature breeds, as well as puppies of all breeds, is that collars risk exposing your small canine to esophageal and soft tissue damages to the neck and throat. These damages can become permanent and quite debilitating, leading to issues both immediate and ongoing, as well as chronic breathing, swallowing and eating issues.

Newly designed harnesses takes collar training head-on. In fact, new training harnesses offer the same type of quick response times by moving the discomfort from the dog’s throat to between their legs and chests, which, to many handlers and owners, is a much more pet-friendly way to train. Whichever way you lean (we clearly lean toward the harness), Furbaby is of the mindset that one of the best ways to ensure your dog is alert and attentive on walks and out in the world is to take them through some level(s) of Obedience training at your local Dog Training facility. 

Furbaby Pet Care offer Pet Training at Furbaby Campus, but wherever you go and whomever you trust to help you and your dog train for a better future, that is always a wise decision. 

Thanks for reading our article on Leash versus Collar vs Harness – until next time, Bow wow wow yippie yo yippie yay!

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Solange of Invisible Fence Brand of Saskatchewan Answers the Question - Do Your Collars 'Shock'?

Invisible Fence® Brand systems Saskatchewan are invisible boundary systems for your yard and home! It keeps your pet out of harm's way and prevents unwanted behaviours throughout your home and yard. The systems are safe, humane, and highly recommended by Veterinarians, Behaviorists, and pet experts. Over the last 45 years, they have helped more than two million pets and their owners lead safe and harmonious lives together, and their exclusive training program allows dogs and cats to learn their boundaries without fear, distress, or behavioural harm. 

Invisible Fence Saskatchewan are Trusted Saskatoon Pet fencing solution experts!  

Do Invisible Fence Collars 'Shock'?

This great photo below,  of a dog choosing not to "cross the line" of their invisible fence, despite some tempting moose in the yard, prompted this question on social media: "So would it have gotten a shock if it crossed the line?"


Solange, owner of Invisible Fence® Brand systems Saskatchewan, answered: 


"It does not give them a shock. It is a sensation that they just don’t like. It is kind of like a 
chalkboard to us. It doesn’t hurt us to scratch our nails down a chalkboard, but we sure as heck won’t do it because we cannot stand the feeling of it. So think of their boundary as their chalkboard. Even if I had to turn a dogs collar up onto the highest setting because he was that stubborn, the greatest amount of static in his collar is no more then when you drag your feet across carpet. But a rate of vibration is added into it creating that sensation that they just don’t like. When we begin the training with your pets, it is on a low rate of vibration only which you and I cannot even feel in our hand.



I always put the collar in the owner's hand so that they can feel what they are feeling. You will look at me and tell me you don’t feel anything. And that is the point. You will watch me teach your dog to learn and understand what and where his boundaries are on a setting that you and I cannot even feel. Eventually, his collar settings will change in order to keep him within his boundaries should he be tempted to leave. But that is not done until he gets to know his boundary and which way to turn at his boundary 100%. We let him make all the mistakes while learning on a setting that we cannot feel. This way, they have a full understanding of their boundary before their settings are put to a containment level designed for each and every dog individually. Their containment settings will be customized based on their breed, size, age and personality. Perhaps one of your dogs are timid and the other one is the opposite. Then their collars will be set very differently. The training will be done differently as well."

Solange Continued...

" This is one of the many reasons that makes us so different from anything else out there. Because we have the ability to set the collar on a low rate of vibration only allowing the dog to learn. Dogs thrive on their training. They love to learn new things. So when they get to learn at something that is only making them aware but not startling or scaring them at all. Research has been done with invisible fence brand products where researchers and veterinarians hooked dogs up to machines that measured their heart rates and stress levels. Not one single dog was ever under any kind of stress or duress while going through the training. Because it is done in such a kind and gentle way. This is why animal behaviourist and veterinarians support invisible fence brand products and the training. The training was designed by animal behaviourist specifically to go with our systems. Thank you for asking this question I hope that this was helpful. You can call me anytime and I can explain further."

At Invisible Fence Brand of Saskatchewan they're passionate about protecting pets — so you can focus on fun! Get more information on the solutions they offer by visiting their listing in the  Trusted pets and vets category. 





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