Dog owners everywhere often struggle to identify what is the best safety equipment to use with their dog. Keeping your dog safe while out on walks is absolutely essential, and it’s one of the many struggles of dog ownership. While dogs are known to be easily trainable pets, sometimes it can seem like pulling teeth to get them to wear their safety gear. Collars and harnesses are two of the most popular safety gear options available for dogs. Here are some of the pros and cons of each! \nDog Collars\nDog collars are widely available, made in a variety of sizes and come in fun colors and patterns. You can often find them as a dog collar and leash set available for your dog, but many are sold solo. Collars have a variety of pros and cons to them. \nPros\n\n\nAvailability: Dog collars are widely available. Practically every pet store carries them, and even some stores that don’t exclusively sell pet items sell dog collars. \n\n\nCost: Collars come in a variety of price ranges. They’re relatively cheap, making them easily accessible for all dog owners.\n\n\nCompatibility: Most dog collars are compatible with a variety of dog tags, including our silicone dog tags. As long as you order the right size for your dog, then you should be able to find a dog collar that fits the tag well. Once you learn what to put on dog tags, you’ll be able to find the perfect collar and tag set for your pup.\n\n\nEasy to use: Collars are easily slipped on and off to administer flea medication, adjust when your pet loses or gains weight or when you need to attach a leash. \n\n\nShop Our Collar \u0026amp; Leash Sets \nCons\n\n\nEasy to remove: Some dogs can easily get out of their collars, especially if they’re too loose. Even if you get a properly sized dog collar, your dog might get out of it. Dogs are fickle creatures, and they’re much smarter than we often give them credit for!\n\n\n\n\nGeneral discomfort: Some dog collars cause general discomfort to dogs, especially those with skin allergies or sensitivities. The material the collar is made from can rub against your dog’s skin, causing irritation. This can be painful and difficult for your dog. And, when your dog’s not happy, then you’re not happy!\n\nNot always safe: Collars without an easy release button can be unsafe for your dog. Dog collars can get caught on crates, door knobs and even other dogs’ teeth or nails. When this happens, you put your dog at greater risk of injury or even death. While it doesn’t happen often, it can have lethal consequences.\n\nDog Harnesses\nDog harnesses offer more overall security than collars, but they have their benefits and deficits. Here are some of the pros and cons of dog harnesses:\nPros\n\n\nLess pressure on the neck: Harnesses remove the pressure from around the neck. If you find yourself constantly having to pull on your dog’s leash while walking them, then you might benefit from using a harness instead.\n\n\n\n\nMight help dogs with breathing issues: Dogs who develop issues eating, drinking and breathing could benefit from using a harness instead of a collar. \n\nID tags easily attached: Many dog harnesses have a clip for your dog’s leash or dog tag. This is helpful when going for walks or on long trips. Our Tile for pets is perfect for dogs that have a habit of trying to run away from their owners (but with a properly fitting harness, you shouldn’t ever need to use it!).\n\nGood for puppies: Not every puppy can wear a collar immediately. When this is the case, a harness is a good alternative to wearing a collar. Plus, it gets the puppy used to wearing something!\n\nDiscover Our Noise Free Silicone Dog Tags\nCons\n\n\nDifficult to put on or take off: There are more steps involved in putting a harness on and taking it off. Many dogs don’t wear harnesses 24\/7, and the steps in putting the harness on or taking it off can cause your dog to get agitated or anxious. Not every dog has the patience for harnesses!\n\n\nUncomfortable in heat: For dogs who have trouble with heat, such as Huskies, wearing a harness while out walking can make them feel even hotter. Avoid making them feel this way by having them use a collar instead during the summer months.\n\nDogs are great pets, but finding the right safety gear for them to wear can be a difficult task. Dog harnesses and collars each have their pros and cons, but what’s important is that you take your cues from your dog. They’ll show you which they prefer and, as long as your dog is safe and healthy, that’s all that matters!