Dog collars are some of the most useful accessories that you can get for your pet. Not only they are practical, but they can also be fashionable, if you get the right one for your dog.
The first thing that you should know is that you have to be very careful in selecting the most appropriate one for your pet. As you probably know, dogs are almost as unique as children, so there are several types of dog collars. Some dog collars are appropriate for small breeds, and others are better for bigger breeds.
The materials that are used to produce dog collars vary. There are soft ones, made of leather or fabric. Others use harder materials, but they’re not recommended for very active dogs.
Despite what most people think, dog collars aren’t harmful or damaging to a dog, neither physically, not emotionally.
The notion that a dog collar was restraining comes from the times when dogs would be put on a leash and tied to a pole for a really long time. Sometimes dogs would spend their whole lives tied up without any freedom whatsoever.
Another cruel treatment that dogs received is that the leash tied to their dog collar would be too short, and would barely let the dog move a feet or two at most. Another variation was to confine the dog to small area, so even if the leash was long, he didn’t have any place to move.
Some dog owners would make their dog wear a dog collar that was too tight. As you might imagine, this was a serious health hazard for the poor animal.
Here are a list of different types of collars–
Hemp Dog Collars
Hemp dog collars are made of hemp fiber and have some advantages over nylon dog collars.
First of all, hemp dog collars are extremely strong and resistant. This is particularly useful for walking big, strong dog breeds that have a lot of pull. Just to give you an idea of how strong hemp fiber is, until stronger synthetic fibers were invented, ship sails used to be made out of hemp fiber. That’s because it was the best fiber back then to resist the force of the sea and the wind.
In addition, Hemp dog collars are natural. Therefore, they will be also pretty much the only type of collar you will be able to make your dog wear if it’s allergic to artificial dyes. There are some cotton based collars too, but they will not be as strong, so hemp dog collars are better for large breeds. Just make sure the collar is dye free when you buy it.
If your dog is allergic to dyes, using a collar made of synthetic materials will make it lose its hair. It’s not a pretty sight and it’ll make you feel awful.
Leather Dog Collars
Leather collars are what you want for really big, strong animal, such as horses and mules. That’s because if the collar gets stuck on something, the animal can use its strength to break it and free itself. Otherwise, the animal is much more likely to hurt itself before breaking a collar made out of a synthetic fiber.
That’s the same reason why any type of head collar should be made of leather. Head leather collars not only secure the animals’ necks, but the whole head as well. These collars are also known as halters and their design varies from species to species. Some animals that can be trained to wear head leather collars are horses, mules, camels, goats, llamas, and some dogs.
Leather collars are bio-degradable, whereas nylon collars aren’t. If your pet tends to lose collars often, then leather collars are better. On the other hand, nylon collars can also be more stylish and fashionable. Also, nylon collars are easier to wash than leather collars. So that’s another factor to consider if you don’t have much time.
Nylon Dog Collars
Nylon dog collars are resistant to wear and tear, and will last a long time. In addition, nylon dog collars have several advantages over the rest.
First of all, they look prettier and more fashionable. Nylon dog collars come in a variety of colors and styles, so you can select one that will look great on your pet, or one that will be easy to spot in case you misplace it.
Also, nylon dog collars are synthetic, so they are resistant to insects and bugs. They will not develop or host molds or fungi. They will not rot or decay either.
In addition, nylon dog collars are more customizable than other types. This will allow you to get one that will have several straps for attaching other accessories. The most common ones are tags with the animal’s information and leashes for taking your pet for a walk.
Another great characteristic of nylon dog collars is that they can be easily washed. Dirt and other organic substances will wash off easily, as their structure is very coherent and solid, which impedes organic substances to attach to it.
Finally, they are very resistant to you dog’s movements and actions. Nevertheless, nylon dog collars must be secured in a way that they can’t be bitten by dogs, as this might cause injury.
Choke Dog Collar
A dog choke collar (also known as a choke chain, slip collar, or choke chain) is a type of dog collar that is very effective in training dogs. It’s especially useful in obedience classes. On the other hand, it’s not recommendable in training that requires a high level of activity, such as agility training.
A dog choke collar consists of a metal chain or a strip that is made of nylon. There are two loops at each end of the strip. The strip goes into one of the loops, making a “P” form, which is then slipped through the dog’s head. The leash is then attached to the loop on the back of the dog’s neck.
Setting the collar is very important, and a professional instructor should teach you if you have zero or little experience with it. If the dog choke collar is too loose, it won’t serve its purpose. If it’s too tight, it can hurt the dog’s neck. The collar should also be worn as high as possible, just behind the dog’s ears. If the loop comes from the dog’s chin instead of its neck, you have to take it off, as it was put on backwards.
The way that a choke collar works is by pulling and releasing it. Pulling upwards the dog choke collar will apply some pressure on the dog’s neck, which indicates the dog that it has incurred in an undesired action. This pull should be fast and very brief, and it should be accompanied by a command in a strong and firm voice, such as “NO,” or “GET BACK.” This movement is called “leash pop,” “snap,” or “correction.”
Training Dog Collars
It’s important to notice that training collars are NOT collars for everyday use. Training collars need to be taken off as soon as training is finished, to avoid injuries. Moreover, training collars are designed for just a type of training. Therefore, you should decide what kind of training your dog is going to take before you buy one.
One of the oldest models of training collars is the slip collar. This collar consists of a strip or chain with two loops at each end. One loop goes through the other, so as to tighten the collar when pressure is applied and loosen it when the trainer lets it go.
Some training collars that expand on this the slip collar model are the prong collars. These collars have a semi circle of spikes turned against the dog’s neck. These spikes are short and blunted, so they can’t really pierce or damage the dog’s skin.
It’s very important to notice that these training collars should never be used when the training involves running or any other high speed activity, as they might hurt the dog. Instead, they’re meant for teaching dogs calm activities, like sitting, giving the paw, and helping a blind person avoid obstacles.
Finally, the martingale, which was developed originally for sight-hounds, is a good alternative for both the slip and the prong collar. Martingales are training collars that will tighten only to the size of the dog’s neck, without giving the choke effect of the slip of the prong. This is because they consist on one main strip which doesn’t change length, and a small one that does.