Dog Collars: The Second Major Purchase After Buying Your New Best Friend

Guess what? Just because you have finished all of your research and eventually decided what kind of dog to get, which does not mean that you've finished making decisions. You still need to make the most important decision of all... puppy collar.

As silly as that seems, alongside your dog's meals, a good collar is most likely the most important purchase you will make between your new best friend. Is fashion the most important factor in your choice? There are plenty of shades and styles to select from. But what if training is the main element in your choice? You have a choice between choke chains, harnesses or electronic shock collars. What about the simple act of intimidation? The littlest Chihuahua can appear terrifying in a spiked collar. It all depends on who you need your new companion to be; a fashionista, a relative or a guardian. So what are the choices? Let us have a look.

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Buckle collars are just like they seem. They link as a belt and do not tighten the dogs neck after secured. Quick-release collars are essentially the exact same thing except the fastener joins with a plastic closure which makes carrying the collar off and on a bit easier. Buckle collars are made out of nylon, leather and cotton. Quick-release collars are primarily made from nylon.

So far as training goes, there are several choices. A nylon slip collar (also called a choke chain) in many people's minds is the most humane. Though in fact, not one of the different kinds of choke chains are inhumane, they simply look intimidating. Slip collars, or choke chains, have "O" rings at both end. The collar loops through a few of those "O" rings to produce a flexible collar. Since the dog pulls on the collar that it tightens around his throat. These collars are used chiefly for coaching but rarely used as a regular collar. Slip collars are made from braided cotton, cotton metal or leather.

Another popular practice collar is the prong, or pinch, collar. Though this specific training collar is extremely popular with professional coaches, it tends to intimidate the pet owner. The pinch collar appears like a torture device straight outside a 19th century prison than a training device for puppies. The inside of the collar has blunted metal prongs used to pinch the puppy as it pulls on it is direct. Various studies have proven that the pinch collar is really safer than the usual chain. However, the expression of the collar is enough to turn some dog owners off.

Harnesses are also used primarily for training. There are two sorts; a head halter (not to be confused with a muzzle), and also a body harness. The head halter behaves as a halter a horse would wear (minus the bit of course). Instead of pulling in the neck, like a choke collar, the dog's head is your guide tool. Whenever your new best bud pulls to far on his leash, then rather than choking, his head jerks around and you can shake your finger at him. And such as the choke chain along with the pinch collar, the head halter shouldn't be used as the primary collar. Simply use it for instruction.

The body halter is for those dogs that for some reason or another just do not learn that if they pull date on their choke series, they will choke themselves. A body harness will let your puppy learn at his own pace without choking himself to death.