Dog Collars

Dog Collars

What Type of Dog Collar Should I Use?

The days after you bring home a new puppy are full of lots of decisions. Find the right food, training method, vet and certainly, the right accessories for your new puppy can be very daunting. Of course, you want the best for your new puppy, and trying to figure out what that is. One area of new dog ownership that can be especially overwhelming is trying to find the safest and most effective collar for your new pet. Before buying a new dog collar, its a good idea to know what your choices are. This list will help you pick the best collar for you and your dog.

Traditional Collar

The traditional dog collar, is the collar most commonly seen on dogs today. It’s just a nylon band that goes around the dog’s neck, and they can be adjusted as your dog grows. With the traditional dog collar it is important not too fasten it too tight. Make sure your pooch has some room to grow. Collars that are too tight can result in itchy or irritated skin, and lead to an uncomfortable and unhappy pup. Martingale collars are also commonly seen, especially on large dogs. These are sometimes called greyhound collars or limited slip collars, because they prevent dogs with large necks and small heads from slipping out of the traditional dog collars.

Training Collars

When you have a new puppy, training collars may also be helpful. Chain slip collars, or choke chains can be used to train a puppy. The idea of this collar is to prevent your pup from pulling away from you on the leash. When your pup pulls, the chain tightens around his neck. While this may be an effective training technique for some people, you should stop using it as soon as possible as it may result in a doggy neck injury.

Metal prong collars work in the same way as chain slip collars, but also contain metal prongs that poke your pup as he pulls away. This can be very uncomfortable for your dog and should also never be used past basic training. A head collar is also used in training, especially leash training. This collar goes around your dog’s nose like a muzzle, but does not prevent him from opening his mouth.

Safety Collars

There are many dog collars available that are meant to put your pup’s safety first. One of these is the breakaway collar. This collar will snap off if your dog gets caught on anything. This will prevent him from get stuck or choked with his collar. This is a great option for dogs that spend time alone exploring, or are likely to get caught on something. A harness collar is attached to your dog’s back and belly, instead of his neck or mouth like a traditional collar. This collar is great for preventing neck injuries.

A gentle lead harness is similar, but loops around the dog’s head and neck. This gives you good control of your pup while he is on his leash, and prevents neck strain or damage. If you own a pup with a short snout, it may be difficult to use a gentle lead harness. In this case try a a snoot loop. This harness is created especially for dog’s with short noses, and includes a strap that loops over the nose to keep them from slipping out. This collar also provides good grip on your pup while making sure he remains safe from neck injuries.

Wrap Up

There are many different choices when it comes to finding the best dog collar for your pup. It is important to take into consideration the breed of dog you have, as well as what his daily activities will include.

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