We are sure every time you visit your local pet store in search for a new dog collar you think: Which is best? Why are there so many types?
We are going to try and help you choose which collar is best for your dog:
First of all, you should be clear on what type of material you want for your dog’s collar:
Leather collar are great for dogs allergic to other materials. These are also the most appropriate for larger dogs with a lot of strength. Normally they are fastened by a buckle.
Nylon collars are resistant and can be found in an array of different colours, patterns, and closed with mettle or plastic buckles.
Head collars (Halti):
The first thing you should do is research about the head collar, make sure it can not cause harm to your dog and that it is the most effective choice of collar for your dog.
This collar places tension on the back of the neck when the dog pulls the lead, little by little this will start to annoy your dog with every tug. Making walkies less enjoyable.
It’s good to remember the head collar is a training tool, not to be used all the time, nor for all dogs.
When there is no tension in the lead, the collar is unnecessary, when the dog jerks the collar tightens. It’s not as tight as a punishment collar, but can still do harm to your dog if used incorrectly.
This type of collar is popular among Greyhound trainers due to their thinner necks and heads. Greyhounds often tend to escape from their collar in one swift movement.
These are the typical metallic pronged-collars, they prod into the dog’s neck every time they pull the collar.
These collars are banned in some European countries, due to the fact they can cause major injury to your dog’s neck. They also promote training abuse against animals, as well as showing no benefit in the dog’s training.
We would advise you think hard if your dog really needs one of these collar.
If it sounds sinister, it probably is.
All the time we are seeing more dogs with this type of collar, as the name suggests its sole purpose is to strangle the dog if it pulls the lead.
Will your dog pull on the lead? Probably.
In return, it will be hard to take back the physical and psychological harm done to your dog by these collars: fear of walking, fear of other dogs, fear to smell, etc.
And of course, harm to the trachea and esophagus, neck deformation, etc.
Other options are winning in the canine world.
Many experts recommend to start training with a harness from when they are a puppy. This way it will be easier to pick up and adapt them to a harness.
The harness doesn’t put pressure on the neck, allowing them to smell and move with more freedom than a normal collar.
The owner will have less control over the animal, so it is advisable to use with well-trained dogs or smaller dogs. For larger dogs and those with a lot of strength, a standard collar is advised.
Remember there are different types of harness, we will leave that for our next post!
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