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Choosing the right dog collar!

by Coach Lilly

Choosing the right dog collar for your dog should be made with him or her in mind.  Remember that the collar is not just for fashion, but will also need to be functional.  For most dogs, the traditional nylon or leather dog collar would probably suffice.  However, if you are looking for dog collars which need to serve specific purposes here are some that you will find in the market along with a short description of exactly what they are for.

Traditional Dog Collars:  The most common dog collar that you will be able to find.  They come in many designs, colors as well as widths.  For the safety of your dog it is important that the collar is tight enough to prevent the head of your dog from slipping through, but loose enough not to restrict breathing.  If the dog collar is meant for puppies it is important that you check them frequently as you may need to adjust them from time to time.

Chain-slip Dog Collars:  These types of dog collars are characterized by metal links with a ring on each end.  The main purpose of this collar is to allow the trainer to correct the dog with a popping movement to the leash.  This in turn tightens the collar but just as quickly releases it, allowing the dog to become more familiar with acceptable and unacceptable behavior.  Just remember that when purchasing chain-slip dog collars you will need to fit them properly to your dog, otherwise it can put pressure on their neck or choke them.  If you are inexperienced in using this type of collar it would be best to ask help from a professional dog trainer.

Buckle Collars:  These dog collars are meant for puppies as they are one of the safest kinds of collars available in the market today.  If you are planning to put them on a bigger dog however, they might not be able to provide you with adequate control.

Harness:  If your dog has existing medical problems of the neck then you may be advised by your vet to get a harness instead.  The harness is strapped to the body of your dog, across the chest and around the ribcage. There is a ring which you will be able to attach the leash located at the top located between your dog's shoulder blades. The problem with the harness is that it does not allow you to direct your dog's body easily.

Pronged collars:  These types of dog collars are usually used on dogs that are very hard to handle and only when other training methods have been exhausted.  The prong collar lies flat on your dog's neck until either he pulls or you 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, it would be best that you stay away from it as mishandling or improper installation can cause your dog to become very aggressive. 

When choosing the right dog collar, take your dog and their needs into consideration.  This will help you get the perfect dog collar for your pet without having to jeopardize his/her safety.


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