Tips for Choosing a Collar for Your Dog

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When you own a dog, having the right collar is very important. There are a lot of different collars that are available to choose from. Did you know that if you are training your dog, however, that you might want to select at least two different kinds of collars: a dog training collar, and one for everyday use? This should help you to train your dog a little better, and yet have a regular go-to collar for all non-training moments. You will want to carefully consider the types of training collars that are available, the types of regular collars that are available, and a good leash to suit the size of your dog.

Training Collar

When choosing a dog training collar, you will quickly discover that there are a lot of different types of collars available. You will notice that you may have the choice between an e collar for dogs and simple, non-electronic training collar options.

An e collar can be used to train your dog in a variety of ways. There are bark collars that help to curb your dog’s barking when it may be undesirable. You can also get collars that are part of invisible fences, which can teach your dog to stay within a certain area. These types of collars can even be useful in training hunting dogs.

If you do not need an electronic collar, there are other training collars that are available. The pinch collar tends to be an effective one that uses dulled prongs which can gently tighten around your dog’s neck with a firm pull from the leash (without over-tightening and hurting your dog). Chain-slip collars tend to do the same thing, but can hurt your dog if misused, so you will want to get some professional help on how to use them. Harnesses and halter collars also work well for training purposes without hurting your dog’s neck or throat.

Everyday Collar

Even with a very useful training collar in your possession, you will want an everyday collar for all non-training activities. The training collar should only be worn when training. Outside of training, you will want something like a buckle collar. These collars come in all different kinds of materials, colors, and styles. It is up to you what you end up getting. Whatever the collar ends up looking like, make sure that you attach your dog’s identification tags to it.

Select a Good Leash

You will also want a good leash to use with your dog and your dog’s collar. Make sure the leash will be gentle on your hands, too. You will likely want to choose a thicker leash for larger dogs. Smaller leashes (about a quarter of an inch wide) are fine for smaller dogs, but you will want something thicker for bigger companions. If you will be using the leash a lot for training your dog, remember that cotton will likely treat your hands better than nylon.

There are a lot of different collars that are available for your dog, so it is up to you to decide which one is right. You will likely want both a dog training collar and a regular, everyday collar. Take the time to look at what is available and see what will suit your dog best. Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, so take the time to make sure the collar you choose will be effective for your particular companion.

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Ella Gray is a happy home maker with a fat happy pup of her own.  Please feel free to contact her at ella.l.gray@gmail.com.

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