When it comes to controlling your Pitbull, there is no substitute for obedience training.
A well-behaved Pitbull becomes a canine ambassador, whereas an unruly one damages the breed’s reputation.
Choosing the correct equipment whilst training is vital so that you have adequate control over a powerful dog and have the confidence that the hardware won’t let you down.
There is a confusion of equipment on the market, and you’re certainly spoilt for choice.
However, many of these products are inappropriate because they are not up to the job or plain cruel.
To find what is the best collar for a Pitbull along with an appropriate leash, means thinking about your dog’s comfort and which items work best for your dog’s needs.
Quick look: Top 5 Best Dog Leashes for Pitbulls in 2018
When choosing any collar, leash, or harness to restrain you dog, be sure it complies with ethical training methods.
Modern dog trainers use reward-based training in order to win the dog’s co-operation.
This gets the dog motivated so they start thinking for themselves about how best to please you.
Once the dog starts thinking along these lines there is absolutely no need for harsh restraints such as prong collars.
To choose the best leash for a Pitbull know that under no circumstances is a flexi-lead or extending lead appropriate.
These leads teach the dog to pull, as when the dog strains forward they get to go where they want.
Added to this you have little or no control over your Pitbull’s movements.
Then when you take the dog back onto a fixed lead, you now have a dog that’s a determined puller and things just got a whole lot worse.
The solution to a dog that you can’t let off lead and yet want to give some freedom is a longline leash (more of this in our reviews).
Last but not least, consider the material the collar and lead are made from.
Nylon is inexpensive strong and practical, but it does have the drawback of burning your hands when a strong dog like a Pitbull lunges forward unexpectedly.
You will find leather kinder on the hands, whilst a leather and chain combo gives you both strength and softness.
Don’t stereotype you Pitbull!
Do away with spikes and breastplates, and instead choose a marvel of a harness that is going to work for you and your dog.
Instead, choose a harness that is functional and safe.
So why is this product right up there as a best dog harness for Pitbull?
Let’s take a look at its features to find out.
We love how the design of this Yoga Dog harness has a built in short lead.
This makes curbside control and safety so much easier.
But the designers have thought of everything and the leash has built in elasticity to soften the impact on your shoulder if a strong dog takes off or stops suddenly.
It is designed to be durable and tough, able to withstand the antics of even the strongest Pitbull.
The design incorporates a padded breastplate, to reduce rubs and abrasions over the chest area, plus a ventilated back strap so the dog doesn’t overheat in winter.
The whole harness is finished in tough stitching with reflective strips for night-time safety.
One small factor to consider is that the fit may not be great for narrow but deep chested dogs…however this shouldn’t be a problem for a broad chested Pitbull!
You’ve committed to dog training and want to find a strong comfortable collar that will restrain a powerful Pitbull yet is ethical.
Our choice is this sturdy yet stylish collar made by Black Rhino.
Called the ‘comfort collar’ this product doesn’t compromise on toughness.
The durable materials are selected to cope with harsh weather conditions without failing, whilst remaining comfortable.
We love how the collar’s construction uses modern materials to make a truly lightweight feeling collar that is up to a tough job.
The hardware is especially heavy duty, which makes this one of the best collars for Pitbulls.
One feature that won our approval was the neoprene lining.
This makes for a soft padded surface against the dog’s neck, and yet it it’s quick dry and smell resistant.
Your dog can swim or hunt in undergrowth and you don’t have to worry about a saturated collar rubbing against their skin.
But don’t take just our word for how wonderful this collar is.
One pet parent sings the collar’s praises as it’s the first collar he’s found that his dog can’t escape from.
This ‘Houdini’ of a dog managed to worm out of or snap open many other designs, but not the Black Rhino comfort collar.
Solidly made and yet attractive to look at in a non-woozy sort of way, this collar is definitely worth considering when you go shopping for the best collar for Pitbulls.
As a responsible Pitbull owner you take responsibility for your dog and know their recall isn’t all that it could be.
We’ve already decided flexi-leads are not appropriate for Pitbulls (a dainty Shih Tzu maybe…but never a Pitbull) so what other choice do you have?
The answer is a longline.
These are simply an ultra-long length of durable line which you can let out to allow your dog freedom.
The huge advantage is that you stay in control of the dog.
They remain attached to you, albeit at a distance, which means at the first sign of a problem you can put your foot on the line and stop the dog advancing, and then slowly reel them in.
Not only that, but they are a fabulous training aid.
They give you the confidence needed to practice a recall.
Your dog can roam away from you, and if the recall fails there’s nothing lost because you still have them on the end of the line.
This way you can keep trying and this persistence will eventually pay off.
This Leash Boss lead is made from sturdy nylon, manufactured in the US.
It has a reassuring solidity about it, that more flimsy leads lack.
You can choose a range of lengths, including an impressive 50 foot, to allow your dog plenty of room to roam and chase that ball.
It also avoids an unseemly tangle when carrying the longline, as there’s a special storage strap to keep it well organized.
A mark of the manufacturer’s confidence in their product is that it is guaranteed for 5 years.
Complete satisfaction for five years or your money back. Wow! That’s quite a promise.
If you want your Pitbull to behave but find pulling remains a problem, then check out this best harness for Pitbull tuggers.
It has all the features you want from a great dog product: Strong durable nylon materials and a padded breastplate that is well constructed.
This harness works by pulling against the dog’s brisket as they pull forward, thus using their own strength against them.
It has a proven track record against the efforts of many large dogs and can be the perfect answer to getting out and about more with a strong willful dog.
For some harnesses it can be a brain teaser, working out how to put it on the dog, but this is not the case for the Pyrus K-8.
It’s simple to fit and comfortable to boot.
Another bonus is that it’s wriggle resistant, so if your dog is a bit of an escape artist from harnesses, then this one will confound him.
On the minus side, if the design has a downside it’s that the breast piece can seem too big for some narrow chested dogs.
But given the stocky shoulders and powerful build of the average Pitbull this really shouldn’t be a problem.
We like how the fitting instructions are easy to follow, and the construction of the harness is high quality.
Oh yes, another neat trick was that the branding is removable (it’s velcroed on) so you have the option to add your own touch.
If you’re looking for the best leash for Pitbull but don’t want to reinvent the wheel, then consider this leash by Didog.
To all intents it’s a conventional leash, but with some great added design features.
For starters there’s the leather handle which is comfortable to hold and less likely to cause friction burns.
Then there’s a good length of heavy duty chain.
This is not only going to hold your Pitbull and keep him secure, but its anti-chew.
Even the most powerful chomping jaws will get precisely nowhere if they decide to try and chew through this leash.
Finally, there’s the special addition of a heavy duty stainless steel buffer spring.
This is for all those people whose arms have nearly been wrenched out of their sockets when the dog lunges after a cat.
The stainless steel spring absorbs some of that forward momentum meaning it’s kinder of the arms but whilst keeping full control.
This is a serviceable, no nonsense leash that will keep your dog in check and make for a more comfortable walk for you.
The total length of this leash is just less than one meter.
We found this to be an ideal length, as you want the dog to walk beside your or to heel.
For some who want their Pitbull to range a bit further afield this leash won’t be long enough, and you’d do better to look at a long line.
So there we have it, we’ve shared our top five leashes, collars, and harnesses for Pitbulls.
Remember, get your Pitbull to want to work for you, not against you, by using reward-based training methods.
But training takes times and as a responsible dog owner you need to be able to control your dog (and keep them safe.)
Look for training aids such as leashes and harnesses that are strong, well made, and durable.
Not only that but they should be comfortable for the dog to wear.
The idea is not to inflict pain on your dog when they don’t obey, but to keep them under control while you teach them the rules.
And finally, collars give you more control over a dog than a harness.
However, there are exceptions such as the no-pull harness.
The stereotypical Pitbull harness with leather and spikes is all but useless when it comes to control, so think outside the box and be different enough to go for an effective product rather than the expected one.
Dr Sarah Robinson attended veterinary school at Oklahoma State University receiving a D.V.M. in 2008. Sarah’s longtime interest is to help people to better communicate with their pet companions, and in doing so, to help them to strengthen their relationships with their dogs and cats. Sarah has published numerous articles on canine feeding in pet related magazines, veterinary journals and leading natural health web sites.