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A serious problem in dogs that is often ignored – Dr. Dobias Natural Healing

Health and Longevity Course for Dogs Chapter 9

There is something that has troubled me for as long as I can remember.

Every day I see dogs pulling and choking on the leash attached to a choke chain, martingale, prong or even a shock collar.

I believe most of these dogs are loved and well cared for; it’s just that these people didn’t have the opportunity to learn how collars are common causes of neck injuries and how often they are the cause of their dogs’ health problems.


Recently my family and I were waiting for a ferry to travel to Tofino, one of Pax’s most favorite places, a true dog paradise. Dogs run across miles of pristine beaches with no end in sight and no leash laws.

Of course, the ferry passengers travel with the dogs. While we were waiting to board, I saw a sweet Weimaraner walking past our car, dragging his people like a sled dog. His choke chain cut deep into the flesh of his neck and a startling memory of dumplings came to mind.

My European mother cut dumplings with wire. She circled the salami-shaped dumpling, crossed the two ends of the string at the top and pulled until it cut through the dumpling and made a slice. The dog’s neck looked exactly like a dumpling just before the wire cut. The collar cut deep into the skin.

I took a deep breath, gathered my courage and said “hello” to the owners. I was lucky because they were very friendly and open to a conversation about the harmful effects of collars. I also heard that two of their friends recently recommended my website!

Your dog can’t tell you

I’ve had countless conversations like this over the years. Sometimes I manage to make a difference, but sometimes I fail because not everyone is open to a conversation. But a dog cannot tell its human that it is being injured by a collar. I can, and that’s why I’ll always try.

What every dog ​​lover should know

Common challenges in avoiding injuries
  • Many people are completely unaware of the serious damage collars cause. Some caregivers assume that using a collar occasionally on a pulling dog is okay, but that is not the case unless your dog NEVER pulls. Sometimes all it takes is one tug to cause serious damage
  • Using a harness with a strap on the back does not always prevent neck injuries or pulling. Such harnesses do not solve the problem. The ideal harness is well-fitting and has a front clip located under the front part of the neck on the sternum next to the back clip.
  • Many armor designs cause this armpit chafing and muscle pinching trauma because they hang too low or too close to the armpit. It’s super important to choose the right harness, and there aren’t many that fit properly.
  • I see some people making a pricing decision because they don’t know what the right design should look like.
  • Some people try to teach their dogs to track Tpulling or tugging on the collar, which can cause more damage. Despite the recommendations of many trainers, I cannot agree to such corrections for medical reasons.
  • A harness should never be left on when your dog is running loose. Remove the harness and leash when your dog is walking freely to prevent chafing under the armpits and pinching of the muscles. A harness can also easily get snagged on trails or in the woods and removing it prevents injuries.
6 steps to protect your dog from collar injuries

If you used a choke chain, prong, martingale, or shock collar, I hope you don’t beat yourself up. I have been a veterinarian for 30 years and I can easily see what leads to problems. In contrast, I wouldn’t know how to install electrical wiring for a house and do other jobs in which you might be an expert.

Not knowing is not your fault; it is part of life and I hope this article will help raise awareness about this important issue.

Here are six essential steps to prevent collar injuries:

  1. Use a double clip armor and do not attach the leash to the back of your dog’s harness.
  2. Choose a harness that gives your dog enough space around the shoulder/armpit.
  3. Make sure the harness is properly filled.
  4. Make sure you choose the correct size.
  5. Teach your dog how to follow and not pull (this requires a lot of patience). Never pull on your dog’s leash to make corrections. Your dog’s health is more important than anyone’s training method.
  6. Use a shock-absorbing Gentle Leash to reduce the impact of pulling.

Help spread the #DrDobias #GentleLeash mission!

If you find the above information helpful or are a big fan of the Perfect Fit Harness and Gentle Leash, we’d love for you to share this information with your friends!

© Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM

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