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The short answer to why dogs should be licensed is that it is the law in most municipalities. Can you get away with not licensing your dog? Many people are lazy, and do. But if there is ever a dog bite, and you can't prove that your dog is up to date on its Rabies vaccine (required for licensing) it could lead to the death of your dog. In our town if a stray dog wanders into the yard, we can call town hall with the license number, and quickly reunite the dog with its family.
As far as collars vs. harnesses, I am a firm believer that any sort of restraint should be a back-up for good training, not a replacement for it. So I believe in teaching my dog to stay with me even off leash, and to have an absolutely reliable recall. But obviously, it takes time to get this level of obedience, and you have to keep a young dog safe in the mean time. Also, even older dogs can have occasional "SQUIRREL!!!!" moments, where instinct overcomes training. So in areas where there is any traffic, you really need to have your dog on leash.
For all formal training, I use a simple buckle collar. Since Kodi is in long coat, I always use rolled leather, as it causes less matting. When we are out for casual walks, he wear a Sense-ible no-pull harness, not because he pulls, but because harnesses where the leash attaches on the back encourage pulling. HOWEVER, even when he's wearing his harness, he also wears a collar with his tags when off our property. His tags include his license, his ID tag, and his AKC tag, alerting people to the fact that he is microchipped.
Kodi wears neither collar nor harness when he is on our property, partially for safety and partially to keep it from damaging his coat.
For anyone who has either a puppy or an adult Hav who even MIGHT pull, I would suggest s no-pull harness over a collar because it will protect their neck and throat from damage while they are learning to walk correctly.
Karen, Kodi, Pixel and Panda
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