Dog Collars – Some Alternative Ideas

Is there anything more enjoyable than taking the dog for a walk through country lanes and woods?

Rambling through forests, exploring rabbit holes and sniffing out fascinating scents is the average dog’s idea of heaven.

Dog-walking in the countryside

But, the importance of keeping him under control so that he doesn’t scare farm animals and wildlife cannot be over-emphasised.  Absolutely essential is the need to ensure that his dog collar is always in place and securely fastened.  The collar will, of course, have some form of identity on its tag in case he wanders off and gets lost. 

Too many dogs go missing in the countryside; trapped, scared by loud noises, injured or simply lost in the woods.  It is up to every dog walker to be responsible by honouring the countryside code.

Dogs who pull on the lead

If there’s one thing guaranteed to drive a walker round the bend it’s the dog that pulls on his lead.  Jerking him back all the time is not very pleasant for the dog, or the walker.  But the problem is not insurmountable.

The HALTI head collar is based on the same principal as the horse’s head collar, the idea being that if you guide the head the body will follow. It was designed by Dr. Roger Mugford, a leading animal behaviourist and psychologist.

The HALTI  goes over the nose, but does not restrict panting or yawning.  Although originally intended for large, powerful dogs, it now comes in sizes to fit dogs of every shape and size.

Over the nose and round the neck

An exciting new innovation in the world of dog collars is the GENCON head collar. The GENCON consists of two loops – one to go over the nose, the other round the neck.

Designed by a trainer and breeder with more than 30 years experience beneath her belt, it can be shown to be remarkably effective.  Feedback from those who have tried this new product have praised it enthusiastically.

The name GENCON is derived from the words Gentle Control, because gentle pressure is all that’s needed to stop the dog pulling. Although still relatively new, the GENCON  is already proving popular with pet owners, trainers, behaviourists and vets.

Still a battleground out there?

Another school of thought maintains that ‘you don’t need anything other than a flat collar, a long lead, patience and kindness.’

Too many people turn lead training into a battleground where dog and walker are constantly pulling against each other. Dog training isn’t complicated.  All that’s needed is showing him what you want him to do and praising him when he does it.  Simple.

You’ve tried everything and are still getting nowhere? Then find yourself a good trainer and stick with it.

Good luck!

Find the Right Collar For Your Dog

There are numerous dog collars sold on the market today and finding the right one for your dog may not be easy. The truth is that no one collar is right for every dog. So, taking the time to research the different types of collars available and how they are used is a necessary part of finding the proper one for your dog. That being said let’s take a look at some of the most commonly used collars.

Standard flat buckle collar

This collar is normally made of colorful nylon and comes in different sizes and thicknesses and is an easy fit to any size dog. No matter what other type of collar you choose to use with your dog this is an excellent one for your dog to wear as it is easy and simple to attach medical and identifying information to it. It is also the best collar to use on a young puppy to get them used to wearing a one.

For many dogs this may be the only type of collar you will ever need. To ensure this collar fits correctly it should be placed high on the neck and you should be able to slip two fingers between the collar and the dogs neck. A too tight collar may interfere with your dogs ability to eat or breath and having one too loose will make it possible for him to slip the collar. So adjusting this type of collar is important.

The slide choke chain

The slide choke chain commonly referred to as simply the choke chain was designed for dog training purposes. It is designed to pinch the bronchial nerve in the dogs neck if he tugs on the leash while being walked. Unless used properly this collar can damage the dogs trachea. In addition should the dog be left unsupervised while wearing this chain he could get hung up on a tree limb, fence or other obstacle and choke to death.

If you are planning on using this type of collar for training your dog then you should seek a professionals advice on how to properly use this collar. You should also remove this collar as soon as the training lesson is complete and replace it with a flat collar or some other safe collar.

Break away Collar

The break away collar is becoming more popular with people who allow their dogs out in a fenced in area to play for part of the day. These collars allow for identifying and medical information to be attached in case the dog should somehow get out of the enclosure and also provides a margin of safety in case he gets hung up while playing.

This collar is specifically designed with a special mechanism so if too much pressure is applied to the collar the collar will release, freeing the dog and thus preventing accidental hanging of your dog. For this reason it is a poor training collar as a quick tug on the collar could allow the dog to break free.

There are many more collars you can choose from, these are just three of the most popular. They should get you started on your way to determining which dog collar is right for your beloved companion,

Engraved Collar Stays Adding Up the Style Element

Engraved collar stays help in creating a style statement for yourself in a very unique way. This kind of a stay is extremely personalized, and becomes very closely associated with the user due to its personal style. Out of the many different kinds of collar stays, which are available these days, engraved collar stays are the most in demand, as you can get them done in your own preferred way.

With the need to protect the collar of your shirt not fading away ever, the importance of engraved collar stays would also remain. This could also form an integral part of gift item. Gifting an engraved collar stay to a guy is a very unique idea, and surely to be a hit among the guys! Gifting guys is no longer a big deal, with engraved collar stays coming to your rescue! There are different kinds of collars that a shirt can have. Primarily, the kinds of shirt collars can be categorized under three heads, standing collars, flat collars, and turn over collars. The style and the look of a shirt would depend to a great extent on the style of the collar. All of these collars have grown in their popularity over the years. Apart from these, there are other kinds of collars too. But, these three are the most popular ones, and you can get them for all of these types of collars.

Among the stylish men, Chinese collar has grown quite popular. It is a front open, short in height, and standing in design. It is also called Mandarin or cadent collar. Another kind of collar would be Nehru collar, which has been designed in such a way, so that it is allowed to fix together in the front portion of the shirt. The Chelsea collar is another kind, which is a flat type of collar. It is designed in the form of a V. However, this kind of a collar is not so popular these days. You would get them for all these kinds of them as well.

No matter which kind of collar your shirt has, you need to take care of it properly in case of any kind of collar, or else, your shirt would look drab and unironed, which is not something, which you would want. To keep the shirt collar crisp and well maintained, nothing can work better than a stay. The best accessory for your shirt’s, a stay can do wonders in maintaining the fresh look for your shirt. Even better if you have an engraved stay. This would be of your choice, and help in keeping the collar of your shirt prim and proper as well. A wonderful gift item to give, an engraved collar shirt stay would be a priced possession for its owner.

An engraved collar stay can be removed while washing your shirt, and can be put back again after the wash.