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Know the Different Types of Dog Collars

Different Types of Dog Collars

Dog collars provide several functions. Obviously, they can be decorative but they are more than just fancy collars to adorn and enhance your pampered pooch’s neck. They are a way to train your dog to walk beside you and to listen to your commands. If you are not quite sure about different types of dog collars are available and which one to get, this article is for you.

 What are the different types of dog collars? 

There are several different types of dog collars. The first two are always made out of metal such as steel. It is the chain or chokes collar and the metal prong collar. The prong collar is also called a pinch collar because it does pinch into the dog’s neck when pulled. Then there is the Martingale or Grey Hound collar. It is used for dogs that fight their leash or try to slip out of the collar. It will pull closely but protecting mechanism that stops it from closing tight enough to choke. You then have everyday collars, break-away collars and head collars. These are usually ornamental and used quite often for show dogs.

 What type of material are dog collars made from?  

Dog collars can be made from a wide variety of materials. The cheapest collars are generally made from synthetic fibers. The more expensive collars are made from high-quality leather and are designed to last longer. In a pinch, you can make a dog collar from a piece of rope but you should know that the rope will fray far faster and may not hold properly if you need to restrain your dog. There are also collars made from stainless steel. Generally, these types of collars are used for training purposes though there are people who prefer them aesthetically. There is no limit on what can be made into a dog collar if you put your mind to it.

 Are some dog collars considered more humane than others?  

Many animal activists believe that the choke collars and the prong collars are very inhumane and often hurt the dog. They believe that the collars are used too frequently by people that are not trained to properly use them. And it is true that if someone uses the collars improperly they can do a great deal of damage to the dog’s body and its mental health. The main problem with most collars is that people neglect to check how tight the collar is. A metal collar can quickly bite into a dog’s neck and can cause serious infections if the owner does not constantly check for the right degree of looseness in the collar.

 My dog hates his collar, are there other types of dog collars I can use or what should I do?  

If your dog truly hates the feel of a collar or you simply cannot get it to learn proper commands you can go with a harness. Sometimes harnesses are great to use on stubborn dogs that want to lead you on a walk rather than you leading them. You do not have to worry about the dog choking because the harness wraps around the chest and upper abdomen. However, if your dog has chest problems or airway problems then you may want to avoid this type of collar because it does put pressure on the chest.

 Are there certain dog collars for different types of dogs?  

Really any of the collars mentioned above can be used on every type of dog. But you may find that certain breeds respond differently. A dog that is quick to try to slip out of its collar may be better served by the use of a harness collar. Dog collars are very versatile and you can find them in suitable widths and sizes. If you are having a difficult time choosing the right collar for your dog then you may want to talk to your vet or a dog trainer and get their suggestions.

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