Amunition for dogs: collars, leashes, muzzles

April 6, 2023
Dog Training
Amunition for dogs

Ammunition for dogs is what the owner of the animal should bother. The necessary accessories for the puppy can be purchased before its acquisition. And further, in the process of growth. These include different types of collars, leashes, slopes, various types of muzzles and all sorts of their varieties.

Types of muzzles

Amunition for dogs: collars

This is not just the owner of the owner, but an indispensable attribute in the educational process of a dog. And the health of your pupil will also depend on which collar you choose. Small stunted dogs react very painfully to touching, squeezing the neck – they do not have enough air, and they even begin to suffocate, so it is advisable for them to purchase sluts.

Walking collars.

Soft, so-called walking collars, buy puppies and adult dogs for training. Provided that they, of course, are suitable for correcting the behavior of your pet. The material that is used in the production of these collars is artificial or natural skin. However, you should not choose very soft skin – it can break, or the dog will slip out of it. At the same time, quite rigid skin will not bend, and will rub the skin of your petch collars can be combined, lined with soft felt or with cloth lining. You need to pay attention to the obligatory presence of a ring to fasten the leash.

Types of colleagues for training.

Teaching collars, called a strangle, are usually made of steel, but can be fabric or leather. They are used for classes with dogs or in preparation for participation in exhibitions (noose leash). Young dogs recall dog methods of education. Mother, in case of disobedience, the puppy, strangles him until he screeches. The steel collar consists of a chain with small soldered links. At the ends of two welded rings. Links can be of different thicknesses. The larger the dog, the thicker the chain should be. 2-2. 5 mm requires a thickness for a dog weighing more than 15 kg. For a dog more than 35-40 kg, the thickness should be 2. 5-3 mm. Pay attention to the rations of the links. Nickelized chain is more practical for other analogues. An important criterion is the length of the chain. A short chain is inconvenient in dressing and shooting. So you should also consider the shape of the head of the pet and its ears.


If the noose is not enough for learning, experts suggest using parfores. Parfors (strict collar) is used to correct the behavior and training of the dog. It differs from other collars by the presence of spikes made of metal or wire in the inner part of the product. Usually only professionals use parfors. Because they know how to use these accessories correctly. The collar tightens when the dog rushes forward. The spikes dig into the neck, bringing discomfort and pain. But even with a sharp movement, they do not harm the dog. However, “stricters” are used only under the supervision of experienced professionals. And wear them only during training. Metal types of muzzles should not be combined with parfors.

Guard types of collars.

If the dog is constantly on a leash, a guard collar is used. It is arranged a little differently. For special strength, the strap is threaded through the half-ring, and only then attached to the harness. The buckle located at the top does not interfere with the dog. Therefore, when jerking, the load goes to the tight strap passing through the half-ring, and not to the buckle.

Collars for special purposes.

For exhibitions, a beautiful, spectacular collar that matches the coat color is suitable. An elite product should not be noticeable on the dog’s neck and distract his attention. In recent years, the so-called “glamorous”, parade and weekend collars have been in great demand. Their main purpose is to decorate dogs. Decorative ammunition for dogs is designed more for small pets. Although the owner sometimes spends a significant amount for an exclusive with pendants.

Also, pet supply stores offer a large number of the latest innovative options. 1. Electroshock. 2. Ultrasonic. 3. Anti-flea. 4. Glowing in the dark – LED. Hunting dog owners will love the alternative options. Collars with navigation, GPS trackers and other tricky things.

Electroshock types of collars.

A kind of collar for hard training by a mechanical method is an electric shock collar. A number of experts believe that they do more harm than good. And in a number of countries its use is prohibited. This is motivated exclusively by the humane tendencies that prevail in Europe at the present time. Nevertheless, there is a certain, albeit narrow, niche for the use of electric collars. They are distinguished by 3 types.

  1. Anti-bark – activated by the sound of barking.
  2. Electric Fence – An underground sensor that activates an electrical discharge when an attempt is made to cross a certain boundary.
  3. Remote Esho is a negative reinforcement when not fulfilling the command.

Baskerville vs soft muzzles

Yes, most often you can look for alternatives to this method and use ordinary types of collars. Nevertheless, there are situations when such an obverse method becomes the method of choice. When everything that is possible is tried. But this will already be on the conscience of the owner. Since there is always a risk that the harm caused to the dog will prevail over the benefit of such training. And it is not a fact that training will bear fruit – but the negative effect will be in any case.

The right choice of the collar.

The material that dog owners most often choose is classic. Textile – convenient for young dogs. After all, they grow, the size becomes larger, and often change the collar. Moreover, the dog can ruin it. Metal types of collars are more intended for aggressive pets. These are mainly large dogs, because the metal is heavy, and it will not work for small ones. Although now you can find funny necklace on sale for small dogs. Leather – their main indicator is naturalness and a decent appearance. These are chosen by all dog breeds, but of course, the collar is completely leather. Since the wicker wears out faster. The leather collar should be 4-5 cm wide, with a welded securely fixed ring. It is undesirable to have additional details (rivets, stripes) on it so that the dog does not receive injury.

The right choice of the collar

The size of the collar.

Choosing the size of the collar, the presence of a pet next to you would be an ideal option. Having tried on the product on the dog, add a conditionally 5-7 cm long. Or, more simply, the width of 2-3 fingers. Leather types of collars during wear are stretched. Therefore, the distance from the neck should not be large. And for the metal, it is better to add a couple of centimeters. Do not purchase a collar for growth, the dog may lose it.

Leaders and slopes.

There are several types of dog leashes. In everyday life and to keep the dog you need a leather leash for walking. And for training, a leash is better for training. Cords and leashes for training can also be different.

A soft and light leash made of tarpaulin fabric with a length of 1m-1. 2 m is best used when passing the obedience course. A 10 m long cord is most suitable for trace. For training in the dog, the protective function must be used 4, 5 meter leashes. Each cord and leash should be equipped with a loop-20-35 cm on one side. With the second – a carbine, in order to avoid breaking the dog. Carefully check the carbine for the load, it is best if it is copper. The location of the loop can be additionally flashed with strong threads. When choosing leashes for training, consult with a professional. The leash made of tarpaulin material is less durable and reliable. For large dogs, leashes from a parachute sling, stitched along the entire length, are most suitable.

Land-river: Dangerous ammunition for the dog.

This device is like a reel of fishing spinning. The inertial mechanism is able to wrap the nylon leash on the core of the coil, preventing its sagging. This is an undoubted convenience for the owner. But at the same time fraught with a number of problems. The first group is the danger of injury.

  1. A burn or injury of hands when trying to pull the fingers itself with a leash itself – up to amputation of the finger.
  2. Feet injuries of both dogs and the owner (often in children).
  3. Damage from a carbine. With a breakdown of a leash, its breaklies can lead to face injury, damage to the teeth or eyes.
  4. A trauma of the neck (back) in the dog when jerking from a leash unwound to the end. A large dog can in such a situation lead to the fall of the owner. Cases of confusion in the wheels of a moving cyclist, which led to injuries of both dog and the owner, are also described.
  5. Auto-trauma in dogs – tongue, trachea, limbs.

The second group of problems is associated with a change in the dog’s behavior on such a roulette.

  1. A tile leash teaches a dog pulling a leash.
  2. Loss of control of the dog. The owner cannot make a jerk with a leash, control the trajectory of the dog’s movement in the event of a sudden need. This is especially true with the proximity of someone else’s aggressive dog or passers-by who are often afraid of dogs. Here, even any kind of muzzle will not help. Therefore, such a leash is generally categorically unacceptable in crowded places.
  3. The dog perceives its freedom of movement not as a privilege, but as its integral right. She herself can adjust the distance to the owner. Obedience inevitably suffers!
  4. Such a walk is devoid of creativity, communication, games, separates the dog and the owner, their contact weakens and disappears. The dog psychologically becomes focused not on its owner, but “lives its own life”.
  5. In some cases, the tape measure can scare the dog. For example, if you suddenly dropped it and it rushed to the dog, winding the leash and rattling on the asphalt.


According to many dog handlers, dog harnesses are a gentle alternative to collars. Abroad, this ammunition for dogs is very popular, but in our country not everyone has appreciated it yet. It is believed that the constant use of conventional collars is undesirable. Because it leads to microtrauma of the upper spine, neck, and back muscles. Animal psychologists believe that these pains lead to aggression, apathy and other behavioral changes. Harnesses for dogs have a convenient design, which allows you to evenly distribute the load throughout the body of the pet. Therefore, for daily walks, these devices are better suited. Many brands offer harnesses for different breeds of dogs. On sale you can find products made of nylon, leather, velor, braid, etc. Some walking harnesses come with a collar and leash. So you can immediately purchase a stylish kit for your pet.

Training harnesses are special equipment.

Its purpose is sports training of dogs and training in special servicech harnesses can be cargo. They usually do not have a cross. And they are used for training and participation in weight pulling competitions. It should also be noted that such ammunition for dogs is not cheap.

There are also riding, combined and special (used for guide dogs). All of them differ from each other in design and material of manufacture. For example, guide dog harnesses are usually made of durable leather and have secure buckles. Ammunition for sledding is made without nylon buckles.

Ammunition for dogs: Muzzles.

Nowadays, decorative breeds of dogs are becoming more common. And it seems that the muzzle as a mandatory attribute is a thing of the past. However, this opinion is erroneous. There are many different situations in which this type of ammunition is an indispensable attribute. A striking example is the transportation of a dog in public transport.

So that the muzzle does not cause discomfort to the pet, such an item must be chosen very carefully.

Why is a muzzle needed? What types of muzzles are there?

Muzzle for training.

Teaching a dog to wear a muzzle calmly is part of both home training and the general training course. Universal leather mesh muzzles are used for larger than average dogs. They significantly limit the possible actions. But with the right size, they do not interfere with heat transfer. There are also special types of muzzles for guard dogs. For example, the so-called “shock” muzzles. These are deaf models with special weighted inserts used in practicing throws.

A muzzle to prevent aggression.

To work with an aggressive dog. These types of muzzles are made of durable leather and are made as deaf as possible. They completely cover the mouth, so they can not be used for a long time. They allow the dog handler to train a dog with signs of aggression on the site.

To visit a veterinarian or a groomer.

Necessary ammunition for dogs with aggressive behavior. For example, with medical assistance to a dog that, due to pain from an injury, does not allow itself to be examined. Even for the most obedient and calm dog, a veterinary clinic is a risk zone and a source of stress. First, other animals in the waiting room are a danger. Secondly, even the simplest procedure, such as removing a tangle or trimming nails, can result in unexpected pain.

To prevent picking up from the ground.

The habit of trying everything “by the tooth” in itself is quite unpleasant for the owners. And given the risk of poisoning, such behavior is completely dangerous. To prevent this, plastic muzzles are best suited. They are light, with the right size they do not cause discomfort in the sock. But most importantly, they are both monolithic and mesh, free-breathing. This allows you to prevent not only picking up, but also licking unknown “finds”.

For trips, crowded places and daily walks.

Compliance with these rules is reasonable not only from the point of view of legality, but also common sense. You can never be one hundred percent sure of the behavior of even the most calm and trained dog. Especially in a stressful situation. And, moreover, one can never be sure of the behavior of other animals and people. Therefore, each owner should choose a muzzle for his pet in case of such “going out”.

Types of muzzles.

Muzzles are mesh and solid. This ammunition for dogs can be leather, metal, nylon or plastic. Modern species of muzzles are light, comfortable and adapted to a specific breed of dogs. When choosing a muzzle for your pet, it is necessary to take into account not only the breed of the dog, but also its size. Thus, you can choose the most convenient and practical accessory for the animal.

Today, the market for veterinary accessories offers two main types of muzzles. The first type is light, made like a grid, deaf, made of genuine leather or dermantine. He is put on a dog to calm passers-by and others. The second type is more closed. It is used in training. But in such a muzzle, the dog is difficult to breathe freely, since the mouth is not completely revealed. So cooling the body does not occur effectively. Therefore, this is fraught with a thermal blow.

According to the material of manufacture.

Certain types of collars should be selected according to the material of the muzzle.

Metal muzzles.

The most wear-resistant. Models with leather inner inserts are as convenient for dogs as possible. Of the minuses, one can highlight that they are made according to the patterns of specific breeds. They may not fit mestizos with non-standard muzzles or rare breeds. It is also inconvenience to use in minus temperatures.

Leather types of muzzles.

More universal due to more flexible material. The most common and pleasant model. Perhaps their only minus lies in the disadvantages of the skin as materialch a muzzle can get wet from saliva, roughy and wash over time. Among the muzzles, this is the most popular ammunition for dogs.

Nylon and plastic.

Plastic – light, washing, retains a great appearance for a long time. But it is more fragile to attacks and temperature changes. Like a metal muzzle, it is more difficult to choose for dogs with a non-standard muzzle. Nylon models are the softest and most “formal” types of muzzles. They are also good to use to teach a puppy.

Now it remains only to choose the size.

To do this is quite simple, taking off the necessary measurements: the volume of the neck, the muzzle of the nose, and the length of the jaw. Any seller of a pet store will ask, to select a muzzle, to bring a pet with him.

Remember that the muzzle should sit tightly at the nose so that the dog cannot pull it on its own, but several centimeters for free breathing and heat exchange should remain in the muzzle volume of the muzzle. When choosing a muzzle for a puppy, it should be borne in mind that its use will last a few months, since the baby will grow up and need a larger accessory.

Metal muzzles

A variety of muzzles is an underwear.

The ammunition for dogs received this name thanks to the resemblance to the boring horse. They consist of a flat nylon loop, which is dressed on the animal’s face and fixed behind the ears with a strap. The ring can be placed under the lower jaw, under the chin or at the throat. It is better if the nasal and cervical straps can be adjusted. Thanks to this, you can wear this accessory for 16 hours. The main difference between the dislike is that it is attached directly to the leash. So it limits the movement of the dog’s muzzle and allows you to regulate it. Like a horse with reins. It is less traumatic than any types of collars – the application point on the neck above, under the jaw. The plus is also that it can be used to train with a mechanical method. But there are some rules for its use.

  • The training of the dog to the rest of the time should take place very gradually, with a plentiful reward with a delicacy.
  • Games with a dog on which the halter is wearing. In games, the dog is accustomed to the sound of clicks of fasteners, finding a loop on the nose. You can also feed the pet in the boring with something especially tasty, play in the “Tyanochka” with the overcome accessory. Learning in the bell begins with very short segments in time.
  • During the first lessons, it should be ensured that the leash always sag.

The criticism of this ammunition is reduced to its, supposedly, trauma. But the point is that this accessory must be used correctly and competently. There are not so many situations when it is necessary. Usually this is the need to correct stubborn disobedience in some hyperactive breeds. Or the prevention of dangerous situations when the dog’s strength prevails over the capabilities of the counselor on a walk.

Dogs for dogs are very widespread in the West, especially in the USA. In USA, they did not receive widespread disadvantages. Although many types of collars and muzzles are less convenient in their properties than this ammunition for dogs.

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