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Dog Collar Information

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Every dog needs a collar.  They are a huge help in training your dog, and can help you control him in public.  A collar should also carry your dog’s identification, which can be critical if he gets lost.  The question is what kind of collar should you get?


First of all, your dog will need a collar for everyday living.  These can either be flat or rolled (rolled collars are better for dogs with long, thick fur).  They also can be made from nylon or leather.  Nylon can be more fashionable, in that it can come in different colors and varieties.  Dogs are also less likely to chew on nylon.  However, some dogs do find nylon to be irritating, which makes leather a better choice for them.  Both kinds of collars can also be bought with quick snap closures, which make it easy to apply and remove them.  Some trainers prefer a buckled collar for big, strong dogs.  However, a high quality snap collar should work just as well.


How big should a dog collar be?  Well, you’ll want to make sure that it is snug enough so that he can’t get out, but loose enoughAlphonse wearing a custom dog collar so that he’s comfortable.  You will want to measure a couple of inches down the neck from the dog’s head.  Add an extra 2 inches for a large or average size dog, 1 inch for smaller dogs.  If you are in a store and are trying the collars on, you should be able to slip two fingers snugly between the collar and neck, 1 finger for a small dog.


If you are buying a slip or choke collar, it will need to be bigger so that it will fit over the dog’s head.  Add 1  1/2 extra inches for a small dog, 3 inches for others.  The width of the collar will depend on the dog.  As a general rule, the bigger the dog, the wider the collar width should be.  If it’s too narrow, it can dig into a dog’s neck.


If you are planning on training your dog, or you just want to control him better, you will need a training collar as well.  The most common of these is the slip or choke collar, which is a length of chain or nylon with a ring at both ends.  To put the slip collar on the dog, you drop the length of chain through one of the rings, then attach the leash to the moving ring.  If you have put the collar on the dog correctly, it should tighten when you pull on the leash, and slacken when you release.  However, take note that a slip collar should only be used for walking or training purposes.  It is very easy for the moving ring to get caught in something.  When this happens, the natural reaction of the dog is to pull away, which makes the choking worse.  Be careful.


Other kinds of training collars include partial slip collars, which are designed to limit the choking action of a regular slip collar.  These will tighten, but only so much.  Pinch collars are like partial slip collars, except that they have blunt metal prongs that can dig into the neck.  They are intended for big dogs with thick, well muscled necks.  Head halters use the same principal as a horse halter, which is where the head goes, the body will follow.  On a head halter, the leash is attached just under the jaw.  This makes it very easy to control where the dog goes.  Electronic collars can be used to give a small shock to a dog.  These can either be automatic, if the dog barks, for example, or at the discretion of the owner.  Although they are effective, electronic collars should really only be used by experienced trainers to correct serious behaviour problems.


- Grover


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