Is it bad to walk your dog on a collar? What to Know

Pros and cons of dog collars

Collars are more convenient: The main benefit of collars is that they can be left on at all times, says Fox, as opposed to a harness, which should only be worn during walks. And even if you choose not to leave your dogs collar on at all times, its still much easier to snap a collar on and off than a harness.

Collars hold ID tags: Collars typically come with a metal ring where you can attach your pets ID tag with your address and/or phone number in case the dog gets lost.

Collars are not safe for dogs with certain medical issues: Avoid using collars to walk dogs with medical issues such as glaucoma, a history of proptosed eye, neck injuries, or spinal malformations, says M. Leanne Lilly, DVM, DACVB, Assistant Professor of Behavioral Medicine, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, at The Ohio State University.

She says you should check with your vet to see if your dog is healthy for a collar.

Collars are not safe for dogs that pull: If your dog constantly pulls against their collar, they can injure themselves or reduce the airflow they are getting. “All collars, when attached to a leash, create pulling on the trachea and vertebrae of the neck. With excessive pulling there is a risk of reducing airflow into the dog or creating pain by causing pressure on the pets vertebrae,” says Arndt.

Collars should not be used by certain breeds: Collars should not be used on toy breeds and brachycephalic breeds, says Arndt. Examples of toy breeds include:

Examples of brachycephalic breeds:

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Whether it’s time to buy a collar or harness for your puppy or dog for the very first time or replace one that’s wearing out, it’s important to understand that there are a variety of collars and harnesses that work for different dogs in different circumstances.

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Stop Walking Your Dog On A Collar!

The modern pup has a lot of fashion choices these days – collars come in every imaginable color and material, and the rise of the harness has made it ever-so-easy for your dog to express himself through his “wardrobe.” Choosing the right gear for your four-legged best friend is about much more than style, though. We here at Atlas believe that outfitting your pup with both a collar AND a harness is essential to his health and safety. Read on for our easy guide to when, how, and why your dog should gear up.