One of the main things people struggle with when they get a new dog or as their current dog ages is knowing which type of collar they should purchase. After all, there are so many to choose from on the market today. How are you supposed to know which one will be the most comfortable and functional for your pet? While a traditional nylon or leather dog collar may be sufficient for a good majority of dogs, this is not the case for all of them. In this post, we will discuss the different types of collars that are available to your pet and help you to determine which one will be the best choice.
Traditional Dog Collars
This type of dog collar is available in a wide variety of different colors, styles, and widths. They are made so that when worn properly, they ride high on your pet’s neck, rather than loose around the top of your dog’s shoulder blades. In order to know if you have the tightness right, you should be able to stick two fingers beneath the collar while your pet wears it. Keeping it at this tightness will allow for the collar to remain secure without being so loose that it easily can slip off your pet’s neck. If you have a puppy, you should check to make sure the collar is not getting too tight as your pup grows.
When choosing one of these, you should choose hardware that matches the general size of your dog. If you have a small dog, there is no reason for you to pick a collar that is large with heavy hardware. On that same note, you wouldn’t want a tiny collar for a dog that is large. This will not only ensure your dog is comfortable while wearing the collar, but it will also make it much easier to walk your dog when they are on a leash.
Harnesses are made to go around the neck and shoulders of your pet. These types of harnesses are often recommended for dogs who may have upper respiratory diseases or any disease that affects their trachea or throat. When dogs who have conditions like this pull on a leash while wearing a typical collar, this places pressure on the throat which will lead to irritation and coughing. Harnesses are made so that this type of pressure is not applied to the dog’s throat at any time.
Halter-Type Dog Collars
These types of collars are known to give pet owners the best control over their dog while they are walking them. Not only does it allow for you to control your dog the way a normal collar would, but it also allows you to have control over the dog’s head. Designed to look much like a horse’s halter, these collars are designed to go around the back of the head, with another band that goes around the nose. Halter-type collars make it nearly impossible for the dog to pull you forward. Often this is the best option for those pet owners who have large dogs who tend to be a bit overzealous while on walks.
Chain-Slip Dog Collars
Chain-slip collars, also known as choke collars are most commonly used as a training and restraining tool for certain dogs. Most often, these are dogs that strong-willed, that pull when led, or that have not responded well to being trained with regular collars.
If you decide that you want to use a collar like this, however, it is imperative that you have a dog trainer show you the proper way to use it. There are even dogs that these collars should never be used with, and therefore, getting a professional opinion before purchasing one is very important.
This type of collar is also used for training dogs that need behavioral training once a regular collar has failed to do the job. However, we would recommend that you skip this collar entirely and opt for a halter-type instead as they give you much more control of your dog and do not have the potential to harm your dog like pronged collars do.
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If you are looking for the perfect collar for your dog, we would recommend that you start shopping on the Waggin’ Tail Co. online store. We have a large inventory of collars, leashes, and more. Check out our selection right now!