Having the right collar and fit is essential for your dog, not only for safety, but function, and style as well, that’s right folks dogs like to look cool too! But can you have them both?
Well the answer is apparently you can, if you like leather collars you can find some with detailing that will be strong and work well, as well as looking cool or pretty or you can take any collar of your choosing and add embellishments like a fancy tag, etc.
Now let’s go through some of my picks; (pictures are below comments)
First up is the prong collar, an absolute waste of money and the cruelest of options out there, these collars are absolutely not required to train you dog! I don’t care what anyone tells you they are the worst option available in my opinion, training starts from day one whether you have a puppy or older dog you can still achieve the results you want without resorting to a mid-evil device. The first image is a prong collar fail, this is why they are not encouraged by trained professionals.
Next is the standard choker chain, these ar a safer option to the prong but you do have to watch the positioning of the collar see below. The reason for positioning the collar over the dog’s neck is because if the collar is under and you pull it can lock on the links which can choke the dog, I know but despite the name you don’t want to choke your dog. Some dogs that have been left on chains have caught the links and hung to death, so if you use one do not use it for chaining a dog , or when they are unattended. I will also add that chaining a dog is not recommended for any longer than an hour or so at a time, making the “chain” your dogs babysitter is wrong! and life on a chain sucks for a dog! They are meant to run and play!
Then we have the leather collar, an all around solid option, stronger made for big dogs that like to pull but fit for these is crucial, I will explain later, and they look pretty stylish too!
Next is the head lead collar, I personally do not like these, some experts claim they can injure your dog if you tug too suddenly or to hard. I find them to be a useless option you may get your dogs attention but you are going to piss him off in the process! wouldn’t you be mad if your parents did something like that to teach you?
So here is an example one of my favorite training collars, again an all around good option, it looks like part choker, but the collar itself stops it from closing too far on your dog’s neck, but does apply minimal pressure for training purposes. The base of the collar is nylon.
Then we have the studded collar, not my personal choice I just find they make the bigger dogs look too scary, which only perpetuates negative imagery, but they are just as effective as a standard leather collar, the studs are obviously outside so they don’t hurt the dog, it’s just for show!
Lastly the adjustable nylon collar, works well for fit but not really practical if your dog is in training, or is a “puller”, I have found dogs can easily slip their heads out because as they walk the collar starts to loosen or slip, so one with punch holes and a prong to secure (Much like a belt) as best option in that category.
Now as far as the “Fit” I mentioned above, with any collar you want to be able to get three fingers if they are small like mine or 1 1/2 inch under the collar and between the neck, if you can’t it’s too tight, if you can get more than three fingers it is too loose and the dog can slip it off. measure you dogs neck from the middle and around to that same point but ALWAYS add 2 inches to accommodate growth and for adjustments. and always test it out before you walk your dog, try slipping it off, allow the dog to drink and play with it on to make sure that they can do all their daily activities un-inhibited.
So ultimately the choice is yours to make but there are a few options to see and choose from, if you are still unsure, check with your trainer or vet, they will always give you the best options for your dog. And remember to have fun with it like I say dogs like to look cool too!
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