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What sort of collar should I buy for my new dog?

Ensure you choose a collar that is suitable and appropriate for the breed, size and age of your dog. Puppies grow so fast that their collar should be inspected daily to check it’s condition and fit is still suitable. Collars should be loose enough that you can slip two fingers underneath it but not so loose that the dog is able to slip its head out of the collar. 

Do I need an identity disc for my new dog?

The Control of Dogs Order 1992 requires you to have a plate or disc on your dogs collar inscribed with the name and address of the owner. Failing to comply with this law can attract a fine of up to £5,000 and must be complied with, even if your dog is microchipped. You are not required to put your dog’s name or your phone number on the disc and engraved discs last longer/are most reliable compared to others.

What sort of lead should I buy for my new dog?

As with collars a lead should be suitable for the size, breed and age of dog that you have. The type of material will depend on your needs, for example a chain lead can help if your dog tends to chew the lead, rope is easiest on your hands but nylon is stronger (though it can hurt your hands), leather is more traditional but requires care over time to keep it clean and supple. You should also think about how long the lead needs to be, does it need to be retractable or a fixed length. When training a dog it is useful to use a training lead which includes a long and a short lead in one and allows you to train your dog to recall whilst removing the risk of losing them or running away. Ensure that you do not attach your lead to the ring of the identity disc as this will break, always ensure that you attach it to the “D” ring on the collar. Importantly also is to check that any clips that join the lead to the collar are strong enough as you would not want them to break when you are out walking your dog. 

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