When shopping for a collar for your dog there are many types available 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 look into the wide variety of collars available and how they are used is an essential part of finding the correct collar for your pet. That being said let’s examine a few of the most commonly used collars.
Leather Dog Collars
These collars are among the sturdiest and longest lasting collars available. They come in a variety of styles and sizes which range from the narrower rolled leather collar to wide 2 inch collars. Leather collars can be just plain leather or embellished with rhinestones, studs or decorative conch. There are even customized collars which will display your dogs name in rhinestone letters.
A rolled leather collar is perfect for smaller dogs and can prevent the chafing that can be caused from the flat leather collars. They are usually softer and more comfortable for your dog. They fasten with a buckle and come with several holes so the size can be adjusted as your pets neck gets bigger.Although leather collars cost more than a standard nylon collar they are well worth it because they are much better quality and will last longer.
Flat Buckle Collar
This collar is commonly made of colorful nylon and is available in different sizes and thicknesses and is an easy fit to any size dog. They can also be made of leather or cotton. No matter what other kind of collar you choose to use with your dog this is an excellent collar for your dog to wear as it is easy to attach medical and identifying information to this collar. It is also a great collar to use on a young puppy to get them used to wearing a collar.
For many dogs this may be the only type of collar you will ever need. To make sure 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 collar that is too tight may interfere with your dogs ability to eat or breath and having one that is too loose will make it possible for him to slip the collar. So having the proper fit is important.
The Slide Choke Chain
The slide choke chain commonly referred to as simply the choke chain was designed for dog training purposes. This collar will pinch the bronchial nerve in your 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 remove this collar when you have finished your training session 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 leave their dog outside in a fenced in yard to play. These collars let you attach tags with medical information and identification 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 does not make a good training collar as a quick tug on the collar could let the dog to break loose.
There are many more collars you can choose from, these are just a few of the most popular. They should get you started on your way to figuring out which dog collar is right for your beloved companion.
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