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Dog Tools, Equipment and Supplies

This page shows different types of equipment people use for their dogs. It is important to learn how to properly use each tool as they all have a specific function. This page is not complete. More dog tools will be added.

The Harness
Junior the Labrador Retriever is walking across a lawn wearing a red harness pulling forward in his leash with its head down

Junior the 8 year old Labrador Retriever wearing his harness while out on a walk

The dog harness was originally designed as a pulling tool for dogs. From sled races to weight pulling contests the harness is perfect for these sports as it holds the dog at the strongest point of the dog's body. Because of this using a harness to walk your dog may not be the greatest option as it gives the owners less control over the dog. It allows the dog to use the strongest point of it's body if it does decide to pull. A harness is one of the hardest tools to use when training a dog to walk on a leash as it gives little control to the handler and a lot of control to the dog.

The Prong Collar aka Pinch Collar
Leo the Boxer Pit is wearing a prong collar as he pulls forward trying to smell a flower

When the dog pulls the collar tightens making it more comfortable for the dog to keep the leash loose. If you are going to use this type of collar you must teach the dog not to pull, as it is cruel to allow the dog to pinch and choke itself. The collar is designed to be able to give the dog a quick correction and make it more comfortable to keep the leash loose. When used correctly, this can work well for some owners.

Seat Belt
A Pit Bull dog sitting in the passengers seat of a Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck wearing a dog seatbelt looking out the window to the right.

This is a seat belt made for dogs. Humans are not the only ones who should wear seat belts. If your dog is going to be up on the seats, it is wise to buckle them in.

A Pit Bull dog sitting in the passengers seat of a Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck wearing a dog safety belt facing forward.

A dog wearing a vehicle safety device.

Homemade Dog Tools
An orange long eared Vizsla dog standing in the open back of a red pick-up truck wearing a seat belt while his owner gets gas at a WaWa

This owner made his Vizsla a homemade pick-up truck seat belt. The dog could stand, walk from side to side, sit and lay down. It is a way for the dog to be able to ride in the open back of the pick-up truck. The owner said he build it to prevent his dog from jumping and falling out of the truck.

An orange long eared Vizsla dog sitting in the open back of a red pick-up truck wearing a seat belt while his owner gets gas at a WaWa
An orange long eared Vizsla dog standing and pulling towards the back of a red pick-up truck wearing a seat belt while his owner gets gas at a WaWa
An orange long eared Vizsla dog standing in the bed of a red pick-up truck wearing a homemade seat belt while his owner gets gas at a WaWa. The dog is looking over the side of the truck

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