How to Put a Slip Collar On a Dog

Slip leads present a convenient combination of a leash and collar, offering a versatile design that can easily transform into a head or body harness with minimal adjustments. Their unique feature lies in the ability to tighten under tension and promptly release when the tension subsides. Besides being practical and user-friendly, slip leads stand out as a crucial tool in a trainer’s toolkit.

However, using a slip lead incorrectly can pose risks for both you and your dog. Here’s a straightforward guide on how to properly utilize a slip lead in three simple steps:

Prepare the Slip Lead:

  • Create a loop large enough to smoothly pass over your dog’s head.
  • Ensure your dog is aware of your intention to use the slip lead to prevent sudden reactions.

For Right-Handed Users:

  • Form the letter “P” with the leash.
  • Position the dog on your left side to facilitate creating the ideal loop.
  • Place your right hand above the leather stop.
  • Use your left hand to slip the lead over your dog’s head.

For Left-Handed Users:

  • Form the number “6” with the leash.
  • Have the dog stand on your right side.
  • Hold the loop with your dominant hand and the lead end with your non-dominant hand.
  • Place your left hand above the leather stop.
  • Use your right hand to slip the lead over your dog’s head.

Quick Adjustment:

  • Swiftly pass the lead over the dog’s head.
  • Hold the leather slide with your dominant hand.
  • Slide the leather stop down until it remains loose but sufficiently tight to prevent your dog from slipping its head through.

Loop Size Adjustment:

  • Fine-tune the loop size by sliding the leather slide down the rope.

Mastering the proper use of a slip lead is essential for safe and effective training, ensuring a positive experience for both you and your canine companion.


When adjusting a slip collar correctly, it should be positioned behind the jaw, right at the top of the neck, just behind the ears.

While utilizing a slip collar, ensure that the leather slide rests against the dog’s neck to prevent slipping, yet remains loose enough to allow the insertion of two fingers between the slip collar and your dog’s neck. The objective is to strike a balance, making it snug to prevent escape without causing discomfort or choking to your dog.

Position the slip collar around the back or base of the ears and beneath the jaw for proper fitting. Avoid attaching the slip collar to the middle of the throat or neck area, as this can result in harm if your dog pulls away suddenly or during walks.

When contemplating the smoothness of action during walks, consider having your dog heal properly before transitioning to a slip collar. While this may not always be feasible, especially in rescue scenarios, it is an ideal approach for ensuring your dog’s comfort and safety.


To disengage the slip collar, gently adjust the leather slide towards the handle on the leash.

Prior to removing the lead, consistently communicate your intentions to your dog, fostering trust between the handler and the canine companion.

With regular use, the movement of the slide on the slip lead becomes increasingly effortless.

The slip lead proves invaluable for guiding a dog into a ring, facilitating loading or unloading from cars, swiftly relocating a dog, and providing a myriad of training advantages.


  1. Ensure your dog is leash-trained before introducing a slip lead.
  2. Always confirm that the slide is securely locked before walking with your dog.
  3. Practice with a stuffed animal before attempting the routine on your dog.
  4. Stand or squat when working with dogs for quick movement if needed.
  5. If using a slip lead alongside a collar, ensure the collar doesn’t interfere with the slip lead’s effectiveness.
  6. Adjust the lead if your dog starts pulling against it, especially on the throat.


  1. After leash training when teaching your dog to walk well.
  2. To signal the start of training sessions.
  3. For transportation to or from different locations.
  4. Loading and unloading dogs from vehicles or transport.


  1. When tying dogs to an object or during unsupervised time.
  2. During leash training; basic walking and healing commands should be established.
  3. On dogs that persistently pull (consider other leads).
  4. Not suitable for use on puppies, cats, kittens, or small breeds.


Mendota Pet offers a diverse range of slip leads in various colors, sizes, materials, and designs.


  • Braided polypropylene rope or leather


Basic Slip Lead:

  • Classic style in ⅜” or ½” diameter, 4-foot, or 6-foot lengths, available in 38 colors.

Dog Walker:

  • Martingale style providing secure restraint without excessive pressure on the neck.

Leather Handler Slip Lead:

  • Fully stitched rolled leather with a slip ring and stop tab for correct collar sizing.

Swivel Slip:

  • Includes a swivel to prevent coiling, making it ideal for dogs with tracking issues.

Show Loop Leash:

  • 4′ (1.22 m) long with a 1/8″ (3.18 mm) diameter, designed for show rings.

Classic Leather Slip Leash:

  • Fully stitched with a slip ring and stop tab for correct collar sizing.

Petite Slide Lead:

  • Ideal for small dogs, featuring a smaller diameter (1/8″ or 1/4″) for gentle yet secure use.


  • Diameter: ⅜” or ½”
  • Length: 4-foot, 6-foot
  • Purpose: Show, Rescue, Transport, Daycare, Daily

Mendota Pet slip leads, crafted in the USA, are made from braided polypropylene rope and come in two widths (⅜” and ½”) and lengths of 4-foot and 6-foot. The leashes feature oiled leather accents and a leather slide to prevent the ring from sliding too far toward the handle, ensuring both security and comfort. If working with a dog that doesn’t handle slip leads well, consider the Martingale-style Dog Walker as an alternative.

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