All about choosing a dog collar
There are a couple of items that every dog should have;
a dog collar with and id tag. There's such an assortment of collars
that it can be rather overwhelming when making a choice.
Generally, the dog collar you choose is merely a matter of personal
preference. The most important thing to remember is to get a collar that fits
properly, and a leash that is neither too heavy nor too light for the dog you
have. Every pet should wear a dog collar with an identification tag that gives your
name, address, and phone number. Here are some guidelines to follow when making your selection.
dog collar has its place in formal obedience and many other training
Fitting your dog collar
Fitting depends on the size of your dog. A large, strong dog can easily break a
collar or leash that is lightweight, so they need a heavier dog collar and leash.
Smaller dogs, on the other hand, don't need to carry around a heavy, wide
dog collar and leash.
For your dog to be safe and comfortable, the collar must fit correctly. Here's
the rule of thumb (or should we say finger?)
Place two fingers between the dog's neck and the collar; there should be no
more than the width of those two fingers between the neck and dog collar. Any
looser than this and the collar could slip over the dog's ears. Check the collar
occasionally to see if your dog has any redness or hair loss under the collar.
Choosing a dog collar for a Puppy
Puppies should not have collars that are heavy and bulky for them to wear.
Use only a buckle dog collar on puppies, even for training purposes. Puppies
grow quickly, and a collar can become uncomfortable and dangerously tight.
You will need to check the collar often and adjust it to allow for growth. If you
have your puppy enrolled in Puppy Preschool classes, a buckle collar and a
6-foot leash of your choice is the equipment you will need.
Choosing the Type of Collar For Your Dog
Buckle collars are overall the best choice of collar for most dogs in most
situations. Puppies should wear only buckle collars. Buckle collars come in a
variety of colors, are made with various materials, and even come in styles
that make a real fashion statement!
Nylon collars are good for dogs that are in water a lot. Nylon is very durable
and washable, and come in a variety of colors. Many owners like to get
matching collars and leashes, and some owners even like to match the color
of the dog collar to the color of their dog's coat!
Leather collars wear well and are very long lasting. Collars also soften from
the oils in your dog's skin. Rolled leather collars (round instead of flat) are
designed for longhaired dogs and keep the hair from lying flat against the
Training collars such as "choke chains" and "pinch" collars are meant to be
used for training purposes ONLY. There is a right and a wrong way of putting
these collars on and should only be used during a training session by
experienced hands. They are designed to briefly tighten and apply pressure
when the trainer is delivering a correction. Never leave a dog unattended
with one of these collars on as they may cause injury or strangulation if the
collar was to get caught on something. Never use a training dog collar as your
dog's everyday collar, and never put your dog on a tie-out with a training
The head collar works by putting light pressure on your dog's muzzle and at
the back of the neck. This replicates the method employed by the mother
dog or pack leader who gently, yet firmly grasps the dog's muzzle in the
mouth. This sends a clear signal to the dog that you are the pack leader.
Along with using positive reinforcement and appropriate training treats, many
dog lovers find that this alters their dog's undesirable behavior. The head
dog collar will assist you in teaching your dog to sit, and prevent jumping and
tugging during walks. Many obedience training instructors use and
recommend use of the head collar.
When properly used, a muzzle protects either a person, the pet itself, or
both. Muzzles should never remain on the pet longer than 20 minutes before
being removed and allowing the pet to rest. Muzzles must never be used on
pets that have been sedated or used when a pet is in a kennel. Also, they
must not be used if a pet exhibits any sign of stress.
Recommended Dog Collars...
Personalized Adjustable Nylon Dog Collar
Ensure your pet's safe and fast return with a personalized collar.
Gentle Leader Training Collar
The Gentle Leader offers a painless, highly effective way to stop your dog from pulling, lunging and jumping. Can be used on dogs as young as 8-10 weeks.
Dog Gone Designs Collars & Leashes
When a plain collar or leash just won't do, choose one of these exciting prints and let your dog make a statement!
Double Layer Nylon Dog Collars
Extremely durable, woven nylon collars are available in a rainbow of colors.
Flat Leather Dog Collar
High quality, Latigo leather collars are stitched and riveted for sturdy construction.
See also: [Dog Tags]
[Puppy & Dog Training] [Dog