Dog Collar Buying Guide | Tips for Choosing a Dog Collar

Katrina By Katrina, 30th Jul 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1.q12jpd/
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The prime consideration that needs to be remembered when buying a dog collar is the size of your dog. Collars that are lighter and sturdy are appropriate for smaller dogs as they can easily make do with the weight of it and also the chances of them pulling on it and breaking it are less this way.

Tips for Choosing/Buying a Dog Collar - How to Choose a Dog Collar

Buying a dog collar can get a little tedious if you are not aware of a few handy tips. However everyone wants to be sure that they are getting the right kind. There is a wide variety from which one can choose but there are certain feature and attributes which makes dog collar better than the others.

Size of Your Dog

The prime consideration that needs to be remembered when buying a dog collar is the size of your dog. Collars that are lighter and sturdy are appropriate for smaller dogs as they can easily make do with the weight of it and also the chances of them pulling on it and breaking it are less this way. Larger dogs, however, need a burly and strapping collar that would deter them from breaking it away especially if they are not well trained.

Why You are Buying Dog Collar

Another consideration should be that what is it that you want to achieve of it as in the reason why you are getting the dog collar. If you have an old, well-trained dog then you could simply get a light collar even made out of nylon or leather and it would suffice. However it is advised that you put identification tags on the collar lest your dog is lost. Moreover, ensure that their vaccination information is included as well because you can never be sure what situation may arise. If your dog has been vaccinated and it is stated on the collar then it serves as a reason that stops any drastic preventive steps that might have been taken.

If Your Dog is Not Trained Then Buy a Dog Collar That is Specially Designed for Training

If you have a puppy or dog that is not trained yet than it is recommended that you opt for a collar that is specially designed for training. There are several types of dog collars that are available for this purpose. One of the options is the choke collar; this is a collar type that resembles a slipknot that is placed over your dogs head. When they pull against their leash as is typical of untrained dogs then the collar automatically tightens up causing pressure on their necks. This serves as a deterrent for the dogs to not pull hard on their collar.

Breakaway Dog Collars

There are certain dog collars that can turn out to be dangerous if you leave your dog without supervision as these collars tend to get stuck or caught on objects and can even choke your dog. If you are worried that this might happen then you should purchase a special type of a collar that is referred to as the break away dog collar, which actually breaks apart if it gets caught onto something. The best things about a break away collar is that if it is attached to a leash in that case it will not break away thus allaying any fears you might have regarding your dog getting loose while you are training him.

Buy Muzzle Dog Collar for Dogs That Have Violent and Aggressive Tendencies

Yet another type of a dog collar that can be used for training is called a muzzle. This type is best for dogs that have violent and aggressive tendencies and have not been tamed yet. The muzzle will avert their ability to bite people or other animals but it does not affect their breathing. They typically have a special strap on them as well that will pull against the dog when they pull on the leash. Some people deem these dog collars to be dangerous however recent studies have proven that they do not hurt or harm the dog in any way.

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author avatar Robb714
31st Jul 2011 (#)

Duke likes his "choker" so much I am jealous, I can't find one to fit over my head. We had an incident six months ago, before we moved to the farm, were he did get caught on a branch. If it hadn't have been for my cats alerting me to the fact, I might have lost him. Now he has plenty of room to romp around at play time. Do NOT leave our pet tethered with a choke collar unsupervised or out in severe weather conditions. Great article. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Starrleena Magyck
31st Jul 2011 (#)

Informative article...thanks for sharing....

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author avatar Delicia Powers
31st Jul 2011 (#)

Great ideas, thank you.

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author avatar Denise O
1st Aug 2011 (#)

I am so happy Bugg is so well trained and has 2 acres to play in because, he has never met a collar he likes. We have decided to try one of the ones that fit around their belly. Now we just have to find one big enough for the moose.LOL Nice read. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Carol Kinsman
2nd Aug 2011 (#)

Useful tips....Thank you, Katrina.

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