There are various types and fits of dog collars and each has a purpose. If you’re a puppy or dog owner, it’s important for you to know which type would suit your pet best. You’d also need to learn how to measure your pet the proper way, depending on which type of collar you’ll buy. You need to know these before you go to a pet shop or prior to browsing a catalog of an online pet store. Here are the most common types of collars to help you in your purchasing.
Traditional dog collars usually come in nylon or leather materials. They are also available in a wide range of designs, colors and widths. If you’re buying a traditional collar, make sure that it has a snug fit but with enough room for your two fingers to come in between your pet’s neck and the collar. It shouldn’t slide down to the dog’s shoulders and shouldn’t be too loose to slide over the dog’s head. To take an accurate measurement of your dog’s neck for a perfectly fitting collar, wrap a tape measure around his neck and add about a couple of inches.
Your pet’s type and size of collar plays an important role when you’re trying to train him or communicate with him. You should always keep yourself updated with your dog’s collar size, particularly if your pet’s a puppy that’s growing fast. The collar should always match your pet’s size. For instance, you should choose one with a lightweight material for toy dogs and other small breeds.
If your dog has a certain disease that requires you not to put pressure on its throat, you can buy a harness. Usually, dogs with upper respiratory diseases cannot have collars, because collars promote choking, coughing and throat irritation. A dog harness goes around its shoulders and belly, instead of its throat.
Another alternative to the traditional type of collar for your pets is the halter dog collar, which is a recommended tool to use when training large and working dog breeds not to pull you forward. It gives you full control of your dog’s head as it has soft but durable bands, two of which go around the neck and another one around the nose. If you’re walking your dog and it pulls you, the halter collar will gently close the dog’s mouth, something that dogs don’t really like. This will make them behave and not pull anymore.
Before you troop to the pet supplies store in your area or purchase any collar from an online pet store, be sure you already know what to buy your beloved dog. Take its measurements carefully so you’ll be assured that whichever type of collar you buy, it will fit your dog properly.