Types of Dog Collars

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Types of Dog Collars

Types of Dog Collars | Choosing a Dog Collar

Choosing the right types of dog collars for your dog should be made with your dog(s) in mind. You have to remember that the collar is not just for fashion but will also need to be functional. For most dogs, the traditional leather or nylon dog collar would probably be enough. But if you are looking for collars which need to serve specific purposes here are some that you may find in the market along with a short description of exactly what they are for.

types of dog collars

Traditional Dog Collars

Traditional dog collars come in many widths, lengths, styles, and colors like puppy collars. The collar should sit high on your pet’s neck. Your dog should not have a collar that is so loose that it slides down to the dog’s shoulders. You should be able to easily fit two fingers under the collar, but the collar should not be too loose so that it can slide over your dog’s head.This is mainly for various safety reasons. Your dog should never have a collar that is so tight on them that it causes choking or coughing or restricted breathing. Puppies should have their collar checked almost daily as they grow very quickly and their collar may end up become too small. Full-grown dogs will not have this problem unless they experience rapid weight gain.

Chain-slip Dog Collars

Chain-slip collars can also be referred to as Choke collars or Choke Chains. These types of collars are characterized by metal links with a ring on each end. They provide effective training and correction when used properly. They should also only be used on appropriate dogs (Normally larger dogs with strong necks). Usually this style of collar is used on dogs that tend to be stubborn and often pull when on their leash. Dogs that don’t usually respond to training when wearing traditional collars may also good candidates for the chain-slip collar. Just remember that when purchasing chain-slip dog collars you need to fit the collar to your dog properly, otherwise, it can put to much pressure on their neck or may choke them. If you are not experienced in using this type of collar I would advise you to ask help from someone with a lot of experience with this type of collar.

Dog Halter Collars

This type of collar will give you the best control over your dog in almost all situations.The halter-type collar fits over the dogs head which is why it gives you the best control over your dog. They have a band that goes around the back of the head, another around the snout, and a leash fastens to the collar under the dog’s chin. Pulling on your leash causes the dog’s head to either be pulled down or to the side and this makes it close to impossible for the dog to pull you forward or move ahead.

Harnesses for Dogs:

If your dog has existing medical problems of the neck then you may be advised by your vet to use a harness instead or you just want a safer way to handle your dog then you may want to choose a harness. The harness is strapped to the body of your dog, across the chest and around the ribcage. There is a ring located at the top normally found between your dog’s shoulder blades which you can attach their leash to. The only downside to these are that if your dog isn’t fully trained yet it can be difficult to direct them around easily.

Pronged Collars For Dogs

These types of dog collars are usually used on dogs that are extremely hard to handle and only when other training methods have been exhausted. The prong collar lies flat on your dog’s neck until either you pull or they pull. This, in turn, will cause blunt metals to poke into your dog’s neck. If you are not a professional or you’re not really familiar with the use of this type of collar, I would highly recommend that you stay away from using these as mishandling or improper installation can badly injury your god and may cause your dog to become very aggressive. As always, any doubts consult your vet.

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