Basic Training

The Collar: More Than Just a Fashion Statement

Choosing a dog collar is among the most important choices you will make for your pet, as he will likely wear it constantly.  This article by veterinarians Dr. Foster and Dr. Smith describes the options.  For most, a traditional collar is ideal.

Traditional Dog Collars: Traditional dog collars are available in a variety of styles, colors, and widths. They should ride high on your pet’s neck, not loose so that it slides down near the top of his shoulder blades. Dog collars should be snug with enough room to fit two fingers between your dog’s neck and his collar. For your dog’s safety, the collar should not be loose enough to slip over the pet’s head. Collars should also not be so tight as to restrict breathing or cause coughing. Check collar size frequently on growing puppies. Use a tape measure to measure your pet’s neck, then add on two to three inches.

Choose collar and lead width with hardware that matches your pet’s size. Smaller, lightweight choices are for small dogs and puppies, and wider, more durable styles are for bigger, stronger pets.

Every collar you own should have a current nametag attached to it at all times.

Other types discussed in the article include dog harnesses, halter-type dog collars, and chain-slip dog collars.  These are suited for specific training situations and require a knowledgeable handler for proper use.  In choosing a dog collar, what did you find most important?

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