Leashes & Other Tools

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If your dog is having ANY medical or behavior problems that might be related to health, you should take your dog to your Veterinarian. Behavior problems that might be caused by health issues are things like newly developed aggression, some anxiety issues, a dog wandering as if in a trance & so many more.





Types of Collars - There are several types of collars & all of them have their Pros & Cons, seek a knowledgeable trainer for advice on which one would be right for your Akita & how to use it. A lot of people like to pick their leash at the same time they get their collar. It is very likely that you will end up buying multiple collars & leashes as you grow with your Akita & they learn proper behavior.

Which collar is right for you? http://www.drsfostersmith.com/pic/article.cfm?aid=159 (Added 1/28/15)
Nine types of Collars http://dogs.about.com/od/toyssupplies/tp/collarsandalternatives.htm  (Added 1/28/15)
Types of Collars http://www.countrybrookdesign.com/webbing-strap-guide/pets-variety (Added 1/28/15)
How to Fit a Prong Collar http://leerburg.com/fit-prong.htm (Added 1/28/15)

Types of Leashes
A leash should be comfortable & generally around 6' long. If a leash is too long, your Akita can get into trouble before you can catch up to them. A flexi or retractable lead is a NO-NO; they cannot be reeled in fast enough for a lot of dangerous situations. As far as what your leash is made of, there are lots of good materials out there - the most important is a solid clip & a good handle.
How to choose the right Training Leash & Collar http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-choose-the-right-training-leash-and-collar-.html (Added 1/28/15)

Where to find the right leashes, collars & harnesses
Lion Country Supply http://www.lcsupply.com/dog-collars.asp Very reasonable prices for collars (Added 1/22/15)
Tractor Supply http://www.tractorsupply.com/ TSC has great prices on many dog related items from leashes & collars to training treats. Often you may find a store near you (Added 1/22/15)

Thundershirts
A wonderful tool for helping you help your dog http://www.thundershirt.com/ (Added 1/22/15)