How To Choose A Dog Collar

How To Choose A Dog Collar

Dogs come in all shapes, sizes, and temperaments, and your dogโ€™s unique body and personality type will determine what kind of collar will suit them best. Is your dog a serious puller? There are collars for that. Does your dog have a small head that easily slips out of traditional collars? Weโ€™ve got a solution. Take a look at the following collar options to find the best one for your particular pup.

Traditional Flat and Rolled Collars

Traditional collars are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles. Some are made of nylon, some are made of leather, and there are even some earthy-friendly ones made of hemp. Many traditional collars have decorative features too, such as printed graphics or tough-guy spikes. And you can choose from a wide range of widths; there are small, thin collars for mini dogs and wide, sturdy collars for large dogs. Most dogs wear a traditional collar all of the time and may wear other collars when training time rolls around. Make sure that your dogโ€™s primary collar fits appropriately; it should sit high on the neck and you should be able to fit two fingers between your dogโ€™s neck and the collar. Also, make sure that your dogโ€™s collar has its ID tag attached at all times.

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Head Halter

Head halters allow you to have great control over your dog, and can be very useful when training your dog to โ€œheel.โ€ Head halters look similar to a horseโ€™s halter, and indeed they serve the same function. One band goes around the back of your dogโ€™s head and another goes around the nose, snapping into place under the dogโ€™s chin. When you pull on the leash, your dogโ€™s head will go down, to the side, or back to you, but they wonโ€™t be able to pull forward. This not only helps your dog to walk nicely, but it also trains them to keep their attention on you rather than focusing on other dogs, cars, or whatever else might interest them. There are two potential downsides to using a head halter: for one, most dogs really donโ€™t like them at first. Youโ€™ll need to train your dog to enjoy wearing the halter, and it may take some time. Secondly, you may end up fielding questions from neighbors about why your dog is wearing a muzzle. Because of the way the halter wraps around a dogโ€™s nose, some people mistake it for a muzzle, but unlike a muzzle, dogs wearing a halter are able to comfortably open their mouths, eat, and drink.


Harnesses are a popular choice for dogs with upper respiratory or throat disease that can be made worse by traditional collars that put pressure on the trachea.Certain types of harnesses can also help with pulling. Look for ones that evenly distribute weight, attach in the front, or redirect leash tension to the area behind your dogโ€™s front legs.

Chain Slip Collars

Chain slip collars, also known as choke collars, are usually used to correct very stubborn dogs. These collars can be safe and effective when used properly, but you should always consult your veterinarian and a trainer before trying one out on your own. The key is to use a โ€œyank-and-releaseโ€ motion and to only employ this collar during training sessions. If you are uncomfortable using a chain slip collar, you may want to look into the Martingale.

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Martingale Collar

Martingale collars were originally designed for dogs with small heads and necks -- such as Greyhounds and Whippets -- who can easily slip out of traditional collars. While they are still commonly used to keep these breeds from escaping, they have also become a popular choice for trainers and pet parents who want to teach their dogs not to pull. Martingale collars are made with two loops. The large loop is placed around your dogโ€™s neck and adjusted to fit loosely. The small loop -- sometimes referred to as the control loop -- is attached to the leash. When the dog pulls, the tension on the leash makes both the small and large loops taut and distributes even pressure over your dogโ€™s neck.

Prong Collar

Prong collars, also known as pinch collars, can help with extreme pulling. They may look like torture devices, but the blunt prongs that protrude inward are actually very dull -- try them on your own arm to see how they feel. Itโ€™s more of a โ€œpinchโ€ than anything else, and unlike chain collars, prong collars distribute pressure evenly over your dogโ€™s entire neck, which may make them safer. If you wish to use a prong collar on your dog, you should first consult your veterinarian and a trainer to learn how to use it properly. Improper use could not only injure your dog, but it could also make their problem worse or cause them to become fearful of the โ€œyank-and-releaseโ€ motion being used at the wrong time.

Herbal Collars for dogs

Maintaining the health of a pet dog requires timely meals, regular exercise, sufficient playtime and attention, and routine grooming. Grooming is often regarded as one of the most challenging aspects of maintaining a dog. There are a lot of aspects to grooming and every part of the dogโ€™s body must be given attention. Grooming a dog, however, has numerous benefits such as

  • Removal of dead hair and redistribution of natural oils which keeps the coat and skin healthy
  • Reveals any kind of unnatural bumps or lumps which could be signs of major medical issues. Also reveals any kind of patches or parasites like ticks and fleas.
  • It improves the blood circulation of the dog
  • Helps in reducing stress and blood pressure in your pet.

There are numerous activities involved in grooming such as clipping of nails, bathing, combing of fur, and checking for pests. All of these activities take time and the pet is needlessly agitated every time. In order to retain the freshness that is offered just after a grooming session, there are special kinds of herbal collars available that dogs can wear for a variety of purposes.

Uses of Herbal Collars

Herbal collars are made from natural herbs and come imbued with oils that provide a variety of advantages. One of the most popular kinds of collars is calming collars that contain natural calming herbs. They help the dog during bouts of hyperactivity or anxiety, excessive barking, fears due to loud noises, and separation anxiety among others.

There are also herbal collars with special oils available that act as natural pest resistant and keep various kinds of pests such as ticks and fleas away. Added to that, they keep the coat fresh and soft for long durations of time. These collars are all made from soft fabric and are comfortable to wear. They are available in almost all sizes. Before using a herbal collar it is advised to check the contents of the collar and ensure that the dog is not allergic to any of the mentioned substances. These collars usually come in very bright colors with Velcro closing or tightening. These adjustable collars are available not only for dogs but for cats as well.

Flea and tick collars are one of the easiest and hassle-free ways of keeping a dog healthy and free from any kind of pests. The owner of the dog doesnโ€™t need to check for fleas on a daily basis or even comb regularly for that matter. These collars keep the fur coat naturally free from pests and maintain its health and natural softness. Such collars are effective in maintaining the benefits of proper grooming for long durations of time.

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