Every dog needs to wear a dog collar, it is an indisputable fact.As this is the case, why not buy a dog collar that enhances your dog’s appearance.Many people dress up their pets in different ways, and while you may not necessarily be the type of pet owner who loves to put little dresses or jackets on their dog, why not at least spend a little more and buy a fashionable dog collar for your pet?
There are many different types of collars available on the market these days, however, in this article we are only going to be discussing the regular collars that your dog needs to wear every day and not training collars such as choke collars or harness collars that are used more specifically for training your dog.
Dog Collars Shouldn’t Be Complicated!
Buckle dog collars are some of the easiest to use as they simply snap open or shut, so no more struggling to restrain a wriggling puppy while you try to put on and do up its collar!One simple movement will have the collar on your puppy in an instant.They usually come in four standard sizes, ranging from small to extra large.They are often made from sturdy fabric and are very comfortable for your dog to use as well. Buckles are usually made from strong, hard plastic but you can also choose a fashion colored, metal buckle as well.
If you own more than one dog or if you are not always able to supervise your dog, you may want to consider the newer style break-away dog collars. These collars are specifically designed to pull apart should your dog’s collar become tangled on something thus they prevent the risk of strangulation.They are designed in such a way that when a leash is attached, the collar will not come undone, but if your dog is not on a leash and there is a lot of pressure placed on the collar it will automatically snap open.This is a great choice for outdoor dogs especially, or if you have more than one dog.
Dog Collars Should Always Be Safe!
Safety stretch dog collars are similar to the break-away dog collars in that they actually stretch apart whenever a leash is not attached. Thus if your dog ends up in a life-threatening situation, where it is caught on a fence or a branch, the collar will automatically stretch and your dog will be able to easily slip out of it.These are also very attractive collars that come in a variety of different colors.
If you really want to personalize your dog collar, you may want to check out the stud dog collars.A leather dog collar with studs really will look great on your dog, no matter what size it is.You can find leather or vinyl collars in an array of different colors with studs.For the smaller, toy dog you could choose a dainty pink or light blue collar with small silver studs and for the larger breeds a leather studded collar may be more appropriate.
Even Bad Dogs Deserve to Look Good!
Even for the dogs who need to wear Elizabethan dog collars to stop them from reaching wounds, there are much nicer styles available than the old-style, single color, cone-shaped collars.There are Elizabethan collars that resemble a thick donut when closed that are very effective at keeping a dog from biting wounds or stitches but that look fine. If your pup must wear a standard Elizabethan collar try shopping around for a colored collar.
Another idea, if you pup must wear one, is to buy a soft cone collar that will actually collapse down when your pup lays his head down but offer the same protection.
A dog collar can be many things. It can provide identification, help an owner control a pet, make a fashion statement and provide helpful information about the animal itself. Dog collars come in many styles, sizes and materials. They can be flashy or plain, leather or fabric, or have a specific training purpose. No matter what collar is chosen, wearing a collar keeps a pet not only in style, but can keep them safe and can help assure that they get returned if they are somehow separated from their owners.
Dog collars and leashes serve the primary function of keeping a pet in control, and keeping it from wandering off and becoming lost. When you take your dog out of one of your large dog cages you need to have it on a leash. Should the dog be lost, the collar itself, or tags attached to the collar, should have the owners name and contact information so that anyone finding the dog can return him or her to the rightful owners.
If the dog has any health issues, they can be indicated on a tag that is attached to the collar as well. For instance, if the dog needs certain medications for medical conditions, it should be noted on the collar or attached to the color. That way, in the event that the owner and dog are separated, a person finding the dog will be able to get the dog to a vet or returned very quickly to the owner to ensure that he or she receives the medical attention that they need.
Identification and control are possibly the best two reasons for a dog collar, but there are also other reasons. Some dog collars keep dogs safe. For instance, collars with reflective material can help make a dog more visible if the pet gets out on a road or wanders off at night. A reflective dog collar, or an orange collar, can help to keep a hunting dog safe. It can provide the visibility in the field that may make the difference between being mistaken for a game animal or carefully avoided by any hunters. An electronic dog collar is a tool that many people use in training a dog.
Electronic collars send a pulse, or a sound, to the animal in order to help an owner control the dog’s responses and behaviors. These types of collars are often used for hunting dogs that have to be off leash out in the fields and woods.
Dog collars can also be a fashion statement. Custom dog collars and designer dog collars offer a unique look that can make a dog stand out in a crowd and identify them as special animals. There is a vast array of fashion collars to choose from. Embroidered dog collars are growing increasingly popular. These collars can be customized to have the dog’s name and the owner’s contact information woven directly into the dog collar’s webbing. That way, even if the dog were to lose the tags attached to the collar, anyone finding him or her would be able to return the dog to their owner. Dog collars are often embroidered with pretty patterns or unique symbols and stitches that provide a customized look any dog would be pleased to sport.
Collars are available in many colors. Almost any color, or combination of colors, a person could imagine can be found in the collars on the market. Pink is a hot new color for dog collars. A pink dog collar, whether it is hot pink, or pale pink, really stands out against any color coat and catches the eye in an attractive way. Dog collars can be found in any number of patterns, from polka dots to stripes, leather to fabrics, with studs, rhinestones, embroidery, or personalization. There is no reason that not every dog should have a great collar to wear to keep them safe, secure, and always in fashion.
Remember that a dog collar should fit the dog comfortably, be tight enough that it does not slip off, and yet loose enough to be comfortable. The good people over at the Portland Pet Hospital said that a person ought to be able to slip two fingers comfortably between the dog’s body and the collar.
When it comes to training your dog, one of the most important choices you can make is the type of collar you will use for training. All dogs need to wear a regular collar whether they are on a leash or not, but if you are planning on obedience training your pup, or even just teaching your pup to walk nicely beside you while on a leash, you will need to invest in an alternative style training collar as well as a regular collar.
There are many different types of collars that are touted as being the best for training, but oftentimes it depends a lot on the person training the dog and the dog itself what will work best. You may find that you have to try a couple of different styles of training collars before you and your pet are happy with the choice.
Flat Dog Collars
Flat dog collars are the type that you will leave on your dog most of the time. These regular collars are usually fastened with a quick release buckle, or a regular buckle. They should not be used for training your dog, however, as they do not give you sufficient control over your dog. Often your dog will pull on the leash if it is attached to this type of collar and there are no built in controls to use to teach him not to pull.
Slip Dog Collars
A style of dog collar that has been used for training dogs for many years is slip dog collars. Most people are probably familiar with the chain slip collars, which are also somewhat mistakenly called choke collars, but slip dog collars can be made from any type of material including nylon, hemp or leather.
They are very effective to use when training a dog providing they are first of all put on, and then used, properly. Prong dog collars are the choice for many trainers and dog owners when it comes to training larger, or more aggressive breeds of dog. While some consider them to be inhumane they are actually a very gentle and easy way to train a dog providing you put the collar on properly and use it as it is meant to be used.
Prong Dog Collars
Collars that have sharp jagged prongs that collapse on the dog’s neck, or prong collars, can be very effective if used properly. If you are planning on using prong dog collars with your dog, be sure to do your research on how to effectively use them before you put them on your dog for the first time. They can be harsh in the wrong hands.
Martingale Dog Collars
Originally martingale dog collars were designed to be used with dogs whose necks are larger than their heads, such as the Greyhound. They are becoming increasingly more popular amongst all dog owners however, as they offer a way to gently control and train your dog. These types of collars are excellent for dogs that have a habit of backing out and escaping from their collar. They are designed in such a way that they can be left on the
dog all the time, and still used for training and leash walking.
Head Halter Dog Collars
You may have seen some dogs being trained with head halter dog collars. These are collars that at first glance resemble a muzzle. They are very effective when it comes to training a dog as a gentle tug on the leash will move the dog’s head backwards or to the side and they are safe to use on any sized dog.
When it comes to deciding what type of dog collar is best for training your dog a lot will depend on personal preference and how well your dog responds to the collar you choose. If it you find that one collar does not seem to be working then just try another type.
If you own pets, you already know what problems fleas can create for you as well for your pet. There are many proven and time tested methods to ward off the flea attack. The flea collars are the latest addition to combat the flea attack. It is a useful and effective method in flea prevention for dogs. Fleas are parasite that grow on the dogs and can be irritating to both the dog and the owner. Fleas are also carriers of many diseases.
A dog flea collar helps in reducing the flea bites on dogs. Though it does not serve the purpose of combating the flea attack in your home or the kennel of the dog, you can surely use it to prevent the infestation of flea on the body of the dog. This is a good option when you consider other chemicals being used in flea prevention for dogs. Some of the chemicals can be dangerous on the skin of the dog and you need to be extremely careful when you use chemicals. However the flea collars do not pose any such threat.
A flea collar may work in two ways. The first way is by releasing a toxic gas, which will keep the fleas away. The emission is not strong enough that it will cover the whole body of the dog but is limited to the immediate area where the collar is placed. The second type of dog flea collar is absorbed by the fat layer present on the skin of the dog. The second type of flea collar is more effective than the first. Flea collars are more effective to prevent fleas rather than remove them once infested.
Dog collars are placed around the neck of the dog. When used a flea collars, the dog collars are usually effective only around the neck area. This has also led to the use of another collar around the waist of the dog to give improved results. The major advantage of using flea collars is that they kill the ticks as well. The ticks generally cause more problems that the fleas itself. With the killing of the ticks, the dog collars prove as very effective flea prevention for dogs.
Before using flea collars for your dog, you will want to compare different methods used to combat flea attack. While the chemicals are scientifically proven to be effective, the flea collars rely more on customer testimonials to prove their effectiveness. Nonetheless, the flea collars do help in relieving your dog from the flea attack. When compared to the other side effects of chemicals, this definitely looks a better option.
Another advantage with using a dog flea collar is that you can use it along with a personalized dog collar too. Personalized dog collars also serve as flea collars. Many pet owners are willing to spend more to get designer dog collar for their pet. In addition to serving the functionality, a designer dog collar will also be aesthetically appealing. Ideally personalized dog collar or designer dog collar should be purchased when your dog has grown big enough so that changes are not required.
There are many popular flea collars that you can buy. Some of the most popular ones are Wellmark International, Zodiac, Ecopure, Adams and Hartz Mountain. Flea collars are a valuable tool to prevent the infestation of fleas, ticks and larvae. If in doubt before using a dog collar for flea prevention, you can consult your vet. You can also consider buying water resistant flea collars for pets frequently in water.
Remember to check periodically for the flea infestation even when using a dog collar for flea prevention. If you live in or around the Portland area you might consider finding a good Portland Vet so that you can take care of the fleas before they do any serious damage.
It can be very overwhelming when faced with buying a dog collar for the first time. A visit to the pet store or even just browsing pet sites online will soon reveal that there are literally thousands of different dog collars available. If you are a first time dog owner, you may not know which type of dog collar is the best type to buy. Before we discuss the main attributes of a suitable dog collar, it is important to first ascertain what type of dog collar you should buy.
There are several different types of dog collars, with some of the main types being the traditional and regular dog collar that your dog should wear most of the time; dog training collars, which include harness and choke collars; and finally anti-bark training collars which can be used for behavioral training. In this article, we will be talking about the regular dog collar, the one that your dog should wear most of the time even when not on a leash, and probably the first collar you should buy. It is important that your dog wear a dog collar all, or at least most, of the time.
A dog collar instantly identifies a dog as belonging to someone especially those wearing personalized dog collars. It is also much easier to grab a dog when it is wearing a dog collar, and this is important especially with young, exuberant puppies or dogs that exhibit aggressive behavior at times towards people or other pets. There are three main things to consider when purchasing regular or custom dog collars and it is best to decide on these basics before you go shopping for your collar. Doing so will make your shopping much easier, especially when faced with hundreds of different types of collars.
Comfort: The first and foremost consideration is that you buy a comfortable collar. Remember, your puppy will be wearing its collar from the moment you bring it home thus, it needs to be comfortable enough to wear all day. For most dogs, the regular nylon collar that is commonly available in pet stores is fine. Check around the collar to make sure there are no protrusions or seams that could irritate your pet’s neck and make sure that the clasp on the collar does not have any parts that would poke into your pet’s collar. If you live in a very hot, humid climate, you may want to consider buying a collar from alternative material as dogs can sometimes develop sores around their collar in hot, humid weather if not kept cool and dry. Leather dog collars are a good alternative, as they allow the skin to breathe more.
Current Name Tag: You should attach your pup’s current name tag to its collar as soon as you put the collar on your pup. This is very important. It identifies your pup as belonging to someone, and in the unlikely event that your pup should escape and find his way into the local neighborhood, he will be returned to you without delay.
Easy to Use and Adjust: Finally, buy a dog collar that is easy to put on and simple to take off, and that can adjust as your dog grows. I find that the simple snap collars are the easiest to use. They are fast to put on and take off and they do not easily come undone by themselves. It can be hard to hold a wriggling puppy while you are putting on a buckle collar, especially a larger breed pup! The more you can adjust the size of your collar, the fewer collars you will have to buy as your puppy grows. At first, you will need a small dog collar, and then you will most likely progress to a medium then full sized dog collar.