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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-19-2016, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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What kind of leash/collar combo is best for obedience training?

Hey all, my pup is about 5 and a half months, and she will start formal obedience classes very soon with Joel Monroe. We're going tomorrow for her second private lesson with him tomorrow, her first was at around 4 months, and at the first I remember him asking if I had a better leash/collar. I got a cheap one at the petsmart but my girl has never tried to slip it.

I've been looking into all the different kinds, two handed leashes, short leashes, leather leashes, martingale collars, rolled collars, etc. I'm just not what would be my best purchase for her. At the moment I have a 6 foot cheap leash, a few collars for her, and a flexi leash.

Any advice/pointing me in the right direction is appreciated.
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Does he mean a better quality prong? Check out All k-9. If you order today, you can probably get it by Friday. I like the biothane leashes now that I bought a couple.
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Does he mean a better quality prong? Check out All k-9. If you order today, you can probably get it by Friday. I like the biothane leashes now that I bought a couple.
I don't think he meant to use a prong at such a young age, I am waiting for clarification from him hopefully before tomorrow.
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I'm not a trainer, but for a 5 month old, I'd probably just use a martingale and a 6 foot nylon leash.
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See what he says, but its not out of the ordinary to use a prong at 5mos. Allk-9 is still a good choice if you have to order something.
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Another option is full grip gear in Loomis for collars, leashes, etc. They are right off 80.

I have used Steves recommendation as well and liked them.

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Yeah, Bill makes some good stuff. Here's both links:

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Are you thinking about training with Way out West too?
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I second both companies listed. I use both regularly and have had outstanding service. I also second Joel. He is fantastic.

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Your trainer didn't tell you? Every trainer I've worked with has told us what to use. You can use a prong on a 6 month o,d dog of you and the trainer both use it properly., it depends on what your dog needs. I've bought and returned Martingales because they didn't work for us. I prefer a leather lead. Nylon cuts and the bio thane are very thin. I know people love them, though.
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It depends on the dog.

Ask your trainer -- he's seen and worked with the dog.

I use a soft leather lead and a martingale for all training.

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