Types of Dog Collars

They say a dog is the best friend of man. At times I can really agree with this, as my dog is my pride and joy. Most dog owners feel this way with their pets, and usually enjoy pampering them in many different ways. A quick glance at the pet store will reveal ways to spoil your pooch with special treats, doggie clothing, a wash and trim, or even with beautiful dog collars. There just seems to be something special about the collar a dog wears, as it says something about the type of dog you have and it makes a statement about you the owner. There are many styles of collars out there, but in the end there are just a handful of basic types. Let us take at look at each, and try to understand how they could be used to spoil your special pet.

The first type of collar to consider is the buckle collar. This is the most basic and fundamental dog collar as it performs a very simple function by enabling you to tie down your pet and keep him from running away. These collars are adjustable, as they have a rectangular buckle with a tongue so you can get just the right collar fit for your dog. These collars seem to come in two main types, in either the rolled collar or flat collar. Rolled collars are usually made from leather, and they are best used in areas where you dog will not get them wet. The flat collars is usually come type of nylon materials, and is weather proof and very comfortable for your pet. Another rule of thumb to use is that dogs with short hair should use flat collars, and longer haired dogs should use rolled collars.

Another specialized collar is the so called Elizabethan fancy dog collar. I am sure you have seen these before, as it looks like the animal is wearing a lamp shade around their neck. These collars are very important for dogs that have just had some sort of medical procedure. The collar prevents the dog from biting any treated areas on their body, and from nibbling away at any stitches or wounds.

If you have special training needs for your dog, or you are having any barking problems, you may need to consider using an electronic collar. These collars have one primary purpose alone and that is to teach your dog discipline. The electronic collar will have some type of device on it that gives your dog some type of signal. The signal can be a sound, a mild electronic shock, or a spray of liquid like citronella. These collars can be activated automatically, like when your dog barks, or you can activate them with a remote control device. The electronic collar can sometimes be used in a way to track your dog, say if you were using for hunting. Either way you use it, this type of collar can be very effective to help you with your dog.

Microchipping Your Pet – The Best Chance for Lost Pet Recovery

The statistics on the number of pets that are euthanized each year are heartbreaking. According to the most recent study by the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, more than half of all the pets that enter shelters are euthanized. A larger percentage of cats are euthanized, because cats are less likely to enter a shelter with some form of identifying information, i.e. a collar or tag. I have so often heard about a family pet being euthanized before the family could locate their whereabouts; sometimes within hours of the pet entering a shelter. Shelters are spilling over with animals, and the animals the shelter considers “less desirable”, are usually put down first. This is particularly troubling for me because two of my four house-cats are not social with anyone other than our family. Heaven forbid, one of them should escape and find her way into the local shelter. That is the primary reason I decided to have all of my cats microchipped.

What is a microchip and how is it implanted into my pet?

A microchip is an identifying integrated circuit that is placed just under the skin of your pet. The tiny chip, about the size of a grain of rice, is made from biocompatible materials, which means it is non-toxic and will not cause an allergic reaction. The method for inserting the chip is as easy as a vaccination. Your pet is not placed under anesthesia, nor is there any recovery time. A veterinarian places the chip in a hypodermic needle and injects the chip just under the skin, usually between the shoulder blades. The chip then bonds to the tissue in your pet usually within 24 hours, which should prevent the chip from moving around. Once the chip is in place, it does not wear-out or expire; therefore it should last during the life span of your pet. Cost varies, anywhere from $30 -$100, but it is a one-time cost.

How does the microchip work?

Using RFID (Radio Frequency Identification), the chip simply stores an identifying number associated with your pet; it is not a GPS device that can locate your pet. Afterwards, the pet owner must register the pet with the appropriate microchip company. If your pet is found with a microchip, with no identifying information in a database, the chip is useless. Some companies charge a small registration fee to register your information. Once your pet’s information has been placed in the database, the information can be accessed through scanning the microchip with a scanner or reader. Microchip companies usually donate these devices to shelters and veterinarian offices. Any information changes should be updated in the data base. For instance, should you move, it is very important that your address and contact information be updated with the microchip company, especially contact numbers.

Microchip vs. Collar and Tag

Some argue that a microchip is unnecessary since their pet has a collar and identifying tag, and many cat owners who have “indoor only cats”, suggest that since their cat never goes outside, why should they invest in a microchip. First, tags and collars can fall off or be removed, leaving your pet vulnerable, without identifying information. Second, even a “housecat” can accidentally find itself outside. A visitor may leave a door open too long, or a natural disaster may leave your pet out in the elements. A microchip is the only permanent method of identification that will increase the chances that your pet will be returned to you, should the unexpected happen.

What happens if my pet gets lost?

If your pet is taken to a veterinarian office or a shelter, he/she will be scanned. Provided the chip has been registered, the identifying information will display on the scanner. Depending on the policy of the microchip company, either the microchip company will be contacted – they in turn, will contact the owner; or the pet owner will be contacted directly by the veterinarian or shelter, using the registered information in the database. This is why it is so important to keep the information accurate and up to date.

Unfortunately, due to the different frequencies, and scanners used by microchip companies, the system is not perfect. However more microchip companies are providing universal scanners that can read a range of frequencies. In addition, work is being done by the American Microchip Advisory Council to develop a network of the various company databases, which will streamline the process for locating owner information. It is best to contact local veterinarians and shelters to educate yourself on their systems for handling lost pets before choosing a microchip company. Even with a less than perfect system, microchipping does bring pets and owners back together.

Does it work?

Yes! Research has shown that the return rate of a microchipped cat entering a shelter is 20 times higher than the return rate of a cat that enters with no identifying information. Linda Lord – lead author of a study conducted by the Department of Veterinary Preventative Medicine at Ohio State University stated the following, “We found that shelters did much better than they thought they did at returning animals with microchips to their owners.” She added that pet owners should strongly consider microchipping their pets.

With the growing popularity of microchipping, microchip companies are under more pressure to change their standards to a more universal system for returning pets to their owners. This is great news for pet owners, making microchipping an even more accurate method of pet recovery. A microchip used in conjunction with a collar and ID tag is the best way to ensure that your pet finds his/her way home.

The Growing Popularity Of Unique Dog Collars

In an age of designer labels, designer bags, and designer goods, can unique collars be far behind? Designer dog collars are the rage these days and it is more about the owners than about himself. Given a choice, no dog would want to wear a collar even if belonged to a designer label.

But dog collars are essential for both security reasons and identification purposes. Many proud owners want to gift their pups with unique collars that complement the color of it or his owner’s accessories! There are a wide variety of styles and designs when it comes to getting unique collars for your dogs. You can even get them to fit your pup’s personality.

Unique collars are not really a novelty because even earlier, dogs belonging to the aristocratic or royal households were given jeweled gold and silver collars. Today you can actually get diamond-crusted collars and fashion collars made from platinum gold for your pets. This luxury accessory for the animals is a booming industry and there is no limit to how much the owner is willing to shell out to buy unique ones for their beloved pets. Unique collars, although not ordinary, do not have to be necessarily expensive. Sometimes they can cost you as little as any ordinary one. They come in different materials like leather, polyester, fabric, or nylon like the alligator or ostrich leather collars. They can also be made from silk in various striking colors and styles, sometimes even adorned with embellishments sewn by hand or cutouts in different color patterns.

Big ones are useful to make a style statement and for functional purposes. Unique ones for the larger dogs reflect their personality and that of their owners. You should never buy them without taking your dog’s neck measurements. Typically, these collars for big dogs are made to suit the animals’ colors and fur styles. The best way to get your hands on affordable yet unique dog collars for your pets is by searching the websites that post such collars for sale. You need to research through different collar sites to make your choice considering both its functionality and looks.

A major reason to choose unique ones for your pets is that these collars not only prepared from the finest materials with a lot of creativity, but they are also durable and will last long. These collars are extra strong with a clean and fresh look that gives your pet the ultimate comfort so that he can wear it even while he is being trained! Your pet is part or your family, and just as you want nothing but the very best for your family, so also you want to give the very best in comfort to your pet. Unique ones are a great way to show your dog how much you care for him. They are a reflection or your own personality and tastes and you cannot therefore compromise on their quality at any cost.

Knowing the Types of Dog Collars

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.