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What's the best kind of collar for a Hav?

I was wondering what you all consider to be the best kind of collar for walking a Hav. We've been using a halter type, but Milo isn't very happy with it. Now that his hip is totally healed, we've been walking him a lot, and I would like to start him with obedience/socialization classes.
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Good quesion..I have tried a harness, martingale collar and a normal collar and Todd chokes himself on the last two and pulls like mad with the harness.

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My breeder recommended Martingale leashes and collars. I use Martingale collars with a buckle.

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I use a rolled leather collar on Kubrick, but he's pretty good about not pulling too much with it on. I think the Martingale is a great choice for teaching your dog not to pull, as well as for every day use. When I get a second dog, I'm leaning towards getting a Martingale to teach loose leash walking, but for real walks (long) I lean towards the harness as, especially when they're young, you don't want them to hurt themselves on a collar.

When I put a harness on Kubrick he pulls, but I usually only use a harness when we're walking in Central Park with the flexi leash. Using a halter is NOT a good idea when you're trying to teach them not to pull as the harness is actually conducive to pulling... that's why working dogs that need to pull (like sled dogs) use harnesses.


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Here is the collar of Artus and Cisco, they are with a clip so it is easy to remove the collar, I am using the collar only to go out.

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Good for you getting him into classes. That's so important. I really like the soft rolled leather collars.

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Good quesion..I have tried a harness, martingale collar and a normal collar and Todd chokes himself on the last two and pulls like mad with the harness.
Eva have you tried taking him to puppy classes? They'll show you how to walk him properly so he doesn't pull on the collar.

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My vet had suggested a harness collar. She said that she was afraid of small dogs choking with regular collars.
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The nylon strap clip-on collars are fine for small puppies but once the hair grows the rolled leather doesn't tangle up the longer hair as easily.

Any age pup or dog can be quickly taught to walk properly on the leash without being choked. HOWEVER, it requires an experienced hand on the top end of the leash. The necessary experience is quickly taught by a good teacher but not something that can easily be explained in words.

We went on our 28th Annual Christmas Eve two mile walk near midnight this year. Our best friends who have always gone with us for these 28 years had their 12 year old Jack Russell who they have given a home since our friend Sarah's mother died this past Spring. Jackie, the Jack Russell, has ALWAYS pulled on the leash. She lives in a harness since she always has choked herself with a collar. After Sarah had been walking Jackie for a while Pam took over and in about 2 minutes had Jackie walking beside her on a slack leash. It took Pam about the next ten minutes, it was dark, to show Sarah how to do it and for the last mile and a half back she was able to have Jackie walking beside her with slack in the leash. Jackie also learned "wait"-to stop and stand beside Sarah with a loop of slack in the leash even while everyone else walked by. When we got back into the house all couldn't believe what Jackie had learned.

Their daily exercise walks have changed dramatically and Jackie has a lot less stress on her as well as Sarah.
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My vet had suggested a harness collar. She said that she was afraid of small dogs choking with regular collars.
Why not just train the dog (and the owner)

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