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Beware! Don't Pick The Wrong Dog Collar

Aug 17, 2007
The dog collar market is swamped with conventional as well as more unusual types of dog collars. These serve a variety of functions and needs. As a pet lover and pooch owner, you should learn that different kinds of dogs need different types of dog collars.

If you are taking your pet to a special event or to a special gathering and you want them to look really good try getting a fancy pooch collar and leash. For small dogs a simple flat collar will suffice. For larger dogs you might try a prong collar a wide leather band.

In any event, you need to look at your dog's behavior before deciding which style ofdog collar to buy.

What Type Of Dog Collars Are Out There?

Buckle Collars are pretty much just what they sound like, collars that are fastened with a buckle. They are typically made of leather or nylon and they are either flat or rolled.
Buckle collars are usually adjustable and do not tighten on your dog's neck once fastened. Using a rolled leather collar avoids the chafing or hair breaking that can occur using flat collars.

There is even a fancy collar that could be useful for an older pooch. Have you seen those spiked collars that make a dog look like a punk rock star? If you get yor older canine one of these it won't harm him. In fact, it can serve as your dog's protection from bigger and more aggressive dogs. Or from the overly boisterous younger dog.

A break away collar is special quick-release collar that will unclip if a strong tug is made on the collar. This is a safety feature so that your pet does not choke if the collar gets caught up on something. The collar will not unclip when it's attached to the leash.

The hottest thing for your well-mannered hound, head collars are not to be mixed up with muzzles. And though it's uncommon, some dogs have even had their snouts injured by a halter that dug too deeply into their skin.

Proponents of the head halter describe it as "scientific", in that it supposedly mimics the way a higher-ranking wolf shows dominance by grabbing a lower-ranking pack member around the snout with his jaws.

Opponents cite new research on wild wolves, which indicates that there is no hierarchical structure in a wild wolf pack, meaning that there are no ranks among pack members. This research also shows that dominance displays are uncommon, and that no wild wolf has ever been observed displaying snout-grabbing behavior as a means of discipline, let alone teaching the other wolf to walk on a leash.

Other Training Collars

If barking is an issue perhaps a bark control collar will do the trick. Bark control collars use two types of bark detection, either sound, or vibrations from the canine's throat.

Neither type is totally infallible; the vibration style pet collar can be set off by motion and the sound style by external sounds. However both have proved to be effective in helping control your dogs barking humanely.

The ideal, (and of course most expensive), collars employ both methods at the same time to reduce the false positive readings and help bring your pet's barking under control.

Properly used, the slip collar is quickly popped and released as a firm reminder to the hound to pay attention; it is not pulled tight and held. It is a common misconception that these collars work because of the choke action. When in fact they opperate mostly by sound. When a trainer gives a command to stop, it is quickly followed by a tug of the lead. This tug action brings the chain links through the main ring sounding like a loud zipper. This is why it is so important to keep the lead loose while exercising!

If the lead is not loose the collar will be closed and not be able to make a sound resulting in nothing more than a tugging struggling pooch and frustrated walker.

Dog Collar Essentials

One of the essentials of a canine collar is to make sure that it's personalized and has your dogs name and your contact details on it. This will make it easy for someone to get in touch with you if your best friend gets lost or strays.

It can also help keep your dog calm in a distressing situation. Your dog is lost and while he may be amongst strangers, they will learn his name from his collar and he'll feel less threatened if called by name.

You need to ensure that your dog collar fits well. Badly fitted collars and their incorrect usage may be harmful to your pet and in the worst case it can prove to be fatal.

A properly fitted collar has at least a two finger width space between the collar and the neck of the hound but it should not slip over his ears.
About the Author
Steve Dolan is a dog lover and long time dog owner. For more information about dog collars and tags click Dog Collars and Tags, and for more about dog health and keeping your dog happy click Dogs and Puppies Online.
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