The dog-collar has long been the accessory of choice for the display of a dog’s ownership. The oldest dog collar recovered as been dated at nearly 2200 years old. Collars are the single most important purchase that accompanies getting a new dog. Here’s all you need to know about Dog Collars.
How to pick the right collar for your dog?
Every dog needs a collar. There is a special dog gear designed for specific breeds, body sizes, length of fur etc and also for different occasions and types of training.
Here are some types of collars:
- Decorative collars
- Basic collars
- Collars for training and behaviour correction
- Collars for exhibitions
- Medical collars (Heart rate monitor etc)
- Special-purpose collars and attachments for orthopaedic support
It is a normal way of things when you have several types of collars for different occasions. A collar requires some treatment such as timely cleaning and washing. After a walk, it is recommended to take the collar off and let the skin breath. Also, it will prevent the fur around the collar from underexposure and itchiness
When it comes to the material a collar is made of, besides the durability, you should consider the anti-allergy and comfort credentials as well, to ensure that your dog doesn’t find wearing a collar an absolute nightmare.
After you measure a neck girth, choose the collar that will fit your dog’s neck size just when it is fastened on the second hole. There need to be enough space for two fingers between the collar and the dog’s neck. That way, your pet’s neck won’t feel squeezed, but there’ll be no chance for him to slip out of the collar.
These collars are for everyday use. The most widespread and available type of collars. Usually made from leather, synthetics or combination of both, almost every model is equipped with a soft backside of fleece, felt, or thin leather.
Big dogs with a soft temper will be ok wearing wide multilayer leather collars with a firm fastener.
For middle-sized dogs, narrower collars can be used
There is a special type of collars made for Greyhounds, Whippets, and other breeds with elongated, overly slender necks. These are Martingale collar and Greyhound Collar.
A very niche-product, It is recommended to use it only for training and under instructors control. The collar has a series of metal links that fit together by connecting through long, blunt, teeth that point inward toward the dog’s neck. It was designed to mimic a corrective “bite” that another dog would give in case of hard pulling off a chain. The size of the prong collar must be chosen carefully.
Slip chains (also called choke collars, choke chains, check collars, or training collars).
When it comes to an exhibition on the first plan comes appearance of the dog and you don’t want the collar to ruin all the beauty. So make sure that collar doesn’t leave any colour marks if your dog’s fur is light, and if your dog is an owner of a long and fluffy fur – pick a thin chain collar with long ( to 5 cm ) chain links to avoid fur on your pooch’s neck visually divided into two parts. For those dogs who are lucky to have long fur designed round collars shaped like a rope.
There is a wide range of fancy decorative collars for miniature dogs.
Such collars are decorated with gems, bows, beads, etc.
Spikes on a collar serve as a decoration as well. Though such collars may look fancy, there is a high risk of trauma to your dog from the decorative pieces.
If you prefer active time with your dog, a harness would be a helpful tool. With this device, your pooch can pull you around during a bike or a skate ride in a park.
The harness is also a good choice for dogs with trachea or throat problems, as Pomeranians, and Bulldogs, for example.
These were used historically to enforce good behaviour in dogs and are still trusted by some stern dog owners and trainers to you’re your dog a taste of the treatment he can expect if he disobeys the rules.
We sincerely don’t condone using these.