Dogs are not just an animal; they are man’s best friend. They are given names and identities because owners treat them as their long-term companion, their forever buddy. That is why dogs are also given collars.
Dog collars are attached not just for leash, but also an avenue to put the information about the identification, name of the owner, license, and rabies vaccination. Some collars have special features that help the owners in teaching and disciplining the dogs. These include training dogs, discouraging them from barking, averting off the fleas and ticks, protecting injuries of the dogs, and many others.
However, there are some collars that are not recommended to use to some dogs. Meaning to say, not all collars are suitable and applicable for all dogs. This is because each dog has its own characteristics, as well as the dog collars. For mismatched collar styles and sizes to the dogs, there could arise problems or injuries that can harm them. The best way to avoid this is to attach the best collars appropriate for every dog.
There are three main types of dog collars: the regular, the aversive, and the special kind. These differs by their purpose on the dog.
Regular collars are the most commonly used material for this. These includes the flat, martingale, and head collar. Flat collar is the standard one. It has a buckle and a ring where the tags are attached, and this type of collar has many varieties of style and design. The main rule for putting collars to the dogs is to have two fingers allowance between the collar and the dog’s neck. Meanwhile, martingale collar is designed for dogs with narrow heads that can slip their heads out of the collar. Some examples of these dogs are Greyhounds Saluki, whippets, and other sighthounds. This collar gets tighter if the dog tries to move out from it. But don’t worry. This won’t choke the dog if properly adjusted. The head collar is different from the two. It composed of a high strap around the neck and a strap on the dog’s muzzle. This is used for strong dogs since the dogs will not be able to remove their own leash.
On the other hand, aversive collars are use train dogs using punishment and physical uneasiness. The choke chain has the same idea with martingale; however, it cannot be controlled. Getting choke or getting strangle are possible with this collar. The shock collars are used to stop the dogs from barking. It is controlled by electric current passing through the metal on the collar. The current varies from a low tickling feeling to a painful one. Having aversive collars should be avoided since this can bring harm to dogs. There should be a proper instruction from a professional trainer if the aversive collars are going to use.
Moreover, there are more special-use collars that are design for a more specific function. Beside from electric shock, there are other bark control collars that use different mechanisms. There are spray ones that releases air to interrupt dogs from barking and there are also collars using ultrasonic which emits sounds for the dogs when they started barking. Meanwhile, flea or tick collars are used to protect the dogs from getting unwanted parasites.
There are different types of collars. However, it is still best to ask the professionals in leather belts and dog collars to avoid any problems or pains your dog might experience. After all, they are human’s best friend. They should be treated fairly and love unconditionally.