Dog Collars, Leads & Harnesses

There is an overwhelming range of collars, harnesses and leashes available, so we have compiled a comprehensive guide to the various styles to help you find the right one for your dog. We carry extensive ranges of Dog Leads, Collars and Harnesses from premium suppliers including Rogz, Ruffwear, Oscar & Hooch and many more. Click on the items below to view our range.

Dog Collars

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Every dog must wear an identity tag with your contact details when out in public, so you will need a collar, but there are a number of different types to choose from. If you have an easy-going dog that walks nicely on the lead without pulling, you can opt for a simple nylon or leather collar. You will have an endless array of designs to choose from – we particularly like the Rogz range with matching leads.

Slip lead, check chain or choke collar

These options should not be a permanent choice, but canbe very useful training tools for some of the stronger-willed dogs. If you learn the correct tug and release action, you can quickly correct bad behaviour on the lead without applying continuous pressure on your dog’s neck. Never leave your dog unattended with a slip lead on as it can pose a strangulation hazard.

Martingale-style collar

These collars are made from two, interconnecting loops which provide similar control to a slip lead, without the choking effect on the dog. They are commonly used for sighthounds – greyhounds, whippets, salukis, lurchers – which have long elongated necks and small heads. The martingale style means that dogs cannot wriggle back out of their collar, so this is also useful for nervous dogs. When not engaged and taut, the collar sits a little looser round the neck which minimises hair loss or skin irritation caused by collar friction.

Head collar or halter

This form of lead provides the most control over your dog as the two bands slip round the nose and head, like a horse’s halter. The lead is then attached to one side, so that if the dog pulls, his head is turned to one side. These leads need to be fitted properly and the dog needs to be desensitised to wearing a head collar or he will likely spend his entire walk rubbing his head on the ground trying to get it off. We can help with fitting and desensitisation techniques if you are interested in a halter option.

Pronged, pinch or shock collar

We do not sell, and do not approve of, pronged, pinch or shock collars which are designed to control dogs who pull aggressively on the lead through pain. These should only ever be used as temporary training tools with an accredited trainer, but we would always recommend far more successful and humane methods of training with one of our preferred partners.

Break away or safety collar

These collars are designed to unclip if your dog gets caught on something to prevent choking, however they can be used for walking when both hoops are attached to the leash.

Dog Leads

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This is usually a short lead with several clips to adjust the length according to the work that you are doing with your dog.

Long line lead

This is a useful training tool when you are teaching your dog recall as it can wander a long way off from you without feeling the pull of a lead, as he would with a retractable lead.

Bungee lead

These are fixed length leads with a small section of elastic so that there is a bit of give if your dog suddenly lunges, which prevents choking.

Retractable or extending lead

These are popular for dogs who are not walked off lead as it allows them to roam further from their owner in the park. However, they can cause injury as the lead often appears invisible to passers-by, and can seriously burn if a dog runs around you, pulling the rope around your legs. Dogs can also get choked if they sprint to the end of the lead.

Dog Harnesses

Harnesses fit around the chest and abdomen, not the neck, which makes it a popular choice for breeds with restricted breathing, such as pugs, or dogs with a prominent trachea or throat problems, such as pomeranians. They are also popular with small breeds, which can be easily choked by a neck collar, but are less advisable for dogs who are inclined to pull as by moving the lead from the neck to the shoulders, you are increasing the dog’s power (think about how a dog pulls a sled). If you want a harness for a dog that pulls, then we would advise one with a chest clip at the front for greater control. It is important to make sure the harness fits correctly, so bring your dog in and we will help find the right one for you.

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