Pick The Right Dog Collar

How To Choose A dog Collar

You need to look at your best friend’s behavior before deciding which style of dog collar to buy. If you are taking your dog to a special event or to a special gathering and you want them to look really good try getting a dog hound collar and leash. For small dogs a simple flat collar will suffice. For larger dogs you might try a prong collar with a wide leather band.

If your dog loves water and water sports you should buy a nylon collar. Anything else will not hold up as well to constant immersion in water. Leather is OK but it will crack and age quickly unless it’s dried and polished after each dipping.

Some Dog Collar Types and their Uses

Buckle collars are usually adjustable and do not tighten on your dog’s neck once fastened. Using a rolled leather collar avoids the chafing or hair breaking that can occur using flat collars.

Leather is an advantageous material for a dog collar. It is very strong, head wearing, weather proof and comfortable for your best friend. There are flat collars for dogs with shorter hair, and rounded collars for longer haired dogs. As mentioned above this is to stop breaking the hair around your dogs neck. Try and keep the dog collar as thin as you can while maintaining the strength for your dog’s comfort.

Another type of collar that can also look fancy is called the Elizabethan fancy dog collar. This type of collar is for dogs recovering from surgery. Basically it is the funnel shaped and it goes over your best friend’s head keeps them from biting stitched wounds or surgery incisions. If your best friend does have to wear this type of collar there is no need to be embarrassed, you can make the best of it by painting it, or decorating it with colorful decorations, stick on synthetic gems or even ribbons!

Electronic collars are also called remote collars, or shock collars by those that don’t like them. The idea behind these collars is to deliver an electric shock to the hound as a correction. A low-level shock is given at first but if the canine continues to disobey the intensity is increased.

It has been said that using an electric shock collar desensitizes the pet to the shock but they still prove to be effective training collars. Electronic collars should only be used for training and should never be used without a professional trainers guidance. Incorrectly used, these collars can ruin a hound’s self confidence, good will, and any desire to work.

The head collar is similar to a figure of eight with a strap around the neck directly behind your dog’s ears and above his Adam’s apple. The second strap fits around his nose, close to the eyes and back of the lips. The straps are connected under your best friend’s chin.

The action of the leash when correcting your best friend is very different with a head collar verses any of the other training devices. So it’s important that you receive proper instruction on its use from a qualified trainer.

Most trainers use the pinch collar as a last resort and only for very short periods of time. As with the slip collar, attaching tags, tying your pet up and general unsupervised use of pinch collars should be avoided.

If you take your dogs hunting dog Tracking systems are very helpful in finding dogs that are lost. Certain dog tracking systems also allow the dog handler or owner to determine what your canine is doing by using certain behavior systems that form part of the collar. You will be able to tell if a hound has stopped, is still moving, if a dog is barking, or if he has treed an animal.

One of the essentials of a dog collar is to make sure that it’s personalized and has your dog’s name and your contact details on it. This will make it easy for someone to get in touch with you if your dog gets lost or strays.

It can also help keep your best friend calm in a distressing situation. Your dog is lost and while he may be among strangers, they will learn his name from his collar and he’ll feel less threatened if called by name.

Finally pick a canine collar that suits your dog’s personality and size. A giant black leather collar with studs may not suit a toy poodle, or a pink ribbon style collar a British Bulldog. After all it is part of your dog’s image so pick a hound collar that fits!

Types of Dog Collars

They say a dog is the best friend of man. At times I can really agree with this, as my dog is my pride and joy. Most dog owners feel this way with their pets, and usually enjoy pampering them in many different ways. A quick glance at the pet store will reveal ways to spoil your pooch with special treats, doggie clothing, a wash and trim, or even with beautiful dog collars. There just seems to be something special about the collar a dog wears, as it says something about the type of dog you have and it makes a statement about you the owner. There are many styles of collars out there, but in the end there are just a handful of basic types. Let us take at look at each, and try to understand how they could be used to spoil your special pet.

The first type of collar to consider is the buckle collar. This is the most basic and fundamental dog collar as it performs a very simple function by enabling you to tie down your pet and keep him from running away. These collars are adjustable, as they have a rectangular buckle with a tongue so you can get just the right collar fit for your dog. These collars seem to come in two main types, in either the rolled collar or flat collar. Rolled collars are usually made from leather, and they are best used in areas where you dog will not get them wet. The flat collars is usually come type of nylon materials, and is weather proof and very comfortable for your pet. Another rule of thumb to use is that dogs with short hair should use flat collars, and longer haired dogs should use rolled collars.

Another specialized collar is the so called Elizabethan fancy dog collar. I am sure you have seen these before, as it looks like the animal is wearing a lamp shade around their neck. These collars are very important for dogs that have just had some sort of medical procedure. The collar prevents the dog from biting any treated areas on their body, and from nibbling away at any stitches or wounds.

If you have special training needs for your dog, or you are having any barking problems, you may need to consider using an electronic collar. These collars have one primary purpose alone and that is to teach your dog discipline. The electronic collar will have some type of device on it that gives your dog some type of signal. The signal can be a sound, a mild electronic shock, or a spray of liquid like citronella. These collars can be activated automatically, like when your dog barks, or you can activate them with a remote control device. The electronic collar can sometimes be used in a way to track your dog, say if you were using for hunting. Either way you use it, this type of collar can be very effective to help you with your dog.

Dog Training Collars – Which One is Right For You?

When you get your new puppy home, one of your first purchases of canine equipment should be a dog collar. There are many collars out there to choose from when selecting the right one for your pet. First thing though, you want to have a checklist of what type of collar you want. Dog collars range from flat nylon, leather buckle collars, choke chains, prong collars, and harnesses. When you have a puppy you should first go with a regular flat nylon adjustable collar. Since puppies grow so fast you want something that you can just adjust so you don’t have to go out and buy a new collar every two weeks.

Now you must first understand the reasoning behind choosing the right dog collar. The main reason dogs must have a collar is for identification purposes. If your pooch ever runs away, you will want people who find him to know where to return him or her to. Another reason is so you can physically handle your dog whether it be walks around the neighborhood or to control him around the house so he doesn’t run out the door, or if a delivery driver, or mailman shows up at your door.

As your pet grows up and out of his puppy collar you will want to upgrade to something more suiting for your dog. If you have a bigger dog who likes to pull you might want to look into a choker chain. The choker chain in the past has gotten some negative press due to the horrible sounding name. But the idea of the chain isn’t to choke or harm your dog. The idea to let the chain hang loose most of the time and just give it a quick tug to regain your dogs attention back towards you.

The prong dog collar may look like an evil, torture device for your pet that will often turn some dog owners away from using it, but always remember looks can be deceiving. If the prong collar is use properly it puts less stress on your dogs neck compared to a choker chain or the popular flat collar. The prong collar does not allow for constant pressure on your dogs neck so this is what gives it an advantage over the previous collars mentioned.

The typical flat collar most dog owners purchase looks far less harmful to their pets but it is just the opposite. If you are the owner of a canine who likes to pull and tug on his walks then this flat collar will really just choke him. These types of misbehaving dogs will pull so hard to go after what they want they will just end up choking and wheezing for air.

The last type of dog collar I want to mention is the harness. Harness are another option for big dog owners who do not want their dogs to pull. Dogs are far more less likely to pull on a leash then wearing a harness because this type of collar “harnesses” all the strong muscles of your pet. My taking the power of your dogs chest and legs he is left with far less strength to pull you with.