Varieties of Collars and Collar Stays

One will be amazed to know about the varieties of collars that have been in fashion for decades. Wearing collars on their dresses was taken as a token of great status and class in the early years. The tailors used to stitch various different types of collars according to the demands of the customers who used to wear shirts and coats with collar. There have been various types of collars designed and developed by tailors and designers all over the world in course of time as the style and fashion of different eras changed.

While categorizing collars, there are three basic types –

* Turnover collars – The basic collars that we see in most shirts are turnover collars. As the name suggests, the turnover collars are semi rigid and can be turned over and folded.

* Flat collars – These are the collars that lay flat on the shoulders, like those in formal suits.

* Standing collars – The standing collars are usually seen in specially designed coats and jackets, in which the collar is rigid and is cut in a way so that it stands erect.

Classifying the styles of the different stays that have been in fashion over the years, the very first style that comes to mind is the Chinese, which is open in front. It is a standing style and is a little short. Another very popular style in standing collar is the Nehru which is fastened together in the front with buttons.

The Chelsea stays which was very popular and in vogue in the 1960 to 1980 period, is actually a flat type with long and pointed ends. A turtleneck collar on the other hand extends to the chin of the wearer. It can be usually seen in long overcoats and some designer shirts. There was also a detachable collar in fashion once which could be attached to the shirt with the help of buttons and again detached when needed. It is however out of fashion nowadays. The poet stays is also a well-known style of collar which has long and pointed ends.

The most common problem that arises when you are wearing a shirt with a crisp, new collar is that, it tends to wilt down within a few hours after use. This gives you a very untidy look and can mess up with your image. It is thus recommended that you buy a stay that will help maintain your shirt collar intact for a long time.

Beware! Don’t Pick The Wrong Dog Collar

What King Of Dog Collar Should I Use?

The dog collar market is swamped with conventional as well as more unusual types of dog collars. These serve a variety of functions and needs. As a pet lover and pooch owner, you should learn that different kinds of dogs need different types of dog collars.

If you are taking your pet to a special event or to a special gathering and you want them to look really good try getting a fancy pooch collar and leash. For small dogs a simple flat collar will suffice. For larger dogs you might try a prong collar a wide leather band.

In any event, you need to look at your dog’s behavior before deciding which style of dog collar to buy.

What Type Of Dog Collars Are Out There?

Buckle Collars are pretty much just what they sound like, collars that are fastened with a buckle. They are typically made of leather or nylon and they are either flat or rolled.
Buckle collars are usually adjustable and do not tighten on your dog’s neck once fastened. Using a rolled leather collar avoids the chafing or hair breaking that can occur using flat collars.

There is even a fancy collar that could be useful for an older pooch. Have you seen those spiked collars that make a dog look like a punk rock star? If you get your older canine one of these it won’t harm him. In fact, it can serve as your dog’s protection from bigger and more aggressive dogs. Or from the overly boisterous younger dog.

A break away collar is special quick-release collar that will unclip if a strong tug is made on the collar. This is a safety feature so that your pet does not choke if the collar gets caught up on something. The collar will not unclip when it’s attached to the leash.

The hottest thing for your well-mannered hound, head collars are not to be mixed up with muzzles. And though it’s uncommon, some dogs have even had their snouts injured by a halter that dug too deeply into their skin.

Proponents of the head halter describe it as “scientific,” in that it supposedly mimics the way a higher-ranking wolf shows dominance by grabbing a lower-ranking pack member around the snout with his jaws.

Opponents cite new research on wild wolves, which indicates that there is no hierarchical structure in a wild wolf pack, meaning that there are no ranks among pack members. This research also shows that dominance displays are uncommon, and that no wild wolf has ever been observed displaying snout-grabbing behavior as a means of discipline, let alone teaching the other wolf to walk on a leash.

Other Training Collars

If barking is an issue perhaps a bark control collar will do the trick. Bark control collars use two types of bark detection, either sound, or vibrations from the canine’s throat.

Neither type is totally infallible; the vibration style pet collar can be set off by motion and the sound style by external sounds. However both have proved to be effective in helping control your dogs barking humanely.

The ideal, (and of course most expensive), collars employ both methods at the same time to reduce the false positive readings and help bring your pet’s barking under control.

Properly used, the slip collar is quickly popped and released as a firm reminder to the hound to pay attention; it is not pulled tight and held. It is a common misconception that these collars work because of the choke action. When in fact they operate mostly by sound. When a trainer gives a command to stop, it is quickly followed by a tug of the lead. This tug action brings the chain links through the main ring sounding like a loud zipper. This is why it is so important to keep the lead loose while exercising!

If the lead is not loose the collar will be closed and not be able to make a sound resulting in nothing more than a tugging struggling pooch and frustrated walker.

Dog Collar Essentials

One of the essentials of a canine collar is to make sure that it’s personalized and has your dog’s name and your contact details on it. This will make it easy for someone to get in touch with you if your best friend gets lost or strays.

It can also help keep your dog calm in a distressing situation. Your dog is lost and while he may be amongst strangers, they will learn his name from his collar and he’ll feel less threatened if called by name.

You need to ensure that your dog collar fits well. Badly fitted collars and their incorrect usage may be harmful to your pet and in the worst case it can prove to be fatal.

A properly fitted collar has at least a two finger width space between the collar and the neck of the hound but it should not slip over his ears.

Which Dog Collar Is Best?

What kind of collar does your dog wear? My own Labrador retriever showcases a plane old run of the mill choke chain, but despite the name I do not spend my day choking the snot out of him. Believe it or not, any collar can be used inappropriately; whether it be made from leather, nylon or metal and I could give you first hand examples that I have come across over the years that would illustrate my point, but I won’t. I could also give you examples that I have come across over the years of people using a variety of collars correctly, which simply proves that it is not the collar that needs to be educated, but the person at the other end of the leash.

There are many different types of collars on the market, many of which are not appropriate for certain breeds of dog. Before you choose the type of collar that you purchase for Fido, you should do yourself and him a favor and research the various types of collars on the market. For example, would a flat collar be the best option for a St. Bernard? Would a prong collar or choke chain be the best type of collar to slip over the head of a Shih Tzu? Read on and I will give a brief description of a few types of collars and my own ‘do’s and don’ts if you will.

Choke Chain

As mentioned above, my own guy Lars wears a boring ‘ol choke chain. Choke chains are made from metal, come in an array of different sizes and also have various degrees of thickness. For proper fitting, the chain should sit low on the dog’s neck, and there should be room for the width of at least three fingers between the neck of the animal and the chain. The two rings on the chain, the dead ring and live ring should rest on the right side of the dog’s neck, and the leash should connect to the live ring which if the collar is put on the right way will move back towards you if you pull on it.

I like the choke chain a lot because it allows you to teach your pet certain behavior without you even doing anything. If your dog pulls on leash, the chain progressively tightens, eventually to the point that causes an uncomfortable stimulus for him. If you need to get your pet’s attention, a quick pop of the leash simply “zings” the chain, which refers to the sound that is made when the live ring and subsequent slack chain slides through the dead ring, which is a sound that dogs are not the biggest fan of. If you really need to refocus your pet, a quick firm pop and release of the leash results in an instant tightening/loosening of the chain around the animal’s neck which will definitely get his attention focused back on you. One very important thing to take note of is the importance to not be over zealous when using the choke chain, as being too aggressive can result in your pet becoming fearful of you, and it, which can result in the opening of a very big can of worms.

Flat Collar

I myself am not a fan of the flat collar, because it serves little purpose, unless of course you want your dog to look stylish! These flat collars are all the craze these days, and are often referred too, as ‘designer collars’ when they should actually be dubbed, useless collars. So why do I dislike flat collars so much? A few reasons come to mind.

First of all, flat collars, which are made of anything from leather to nylon do nothing to help you control your dog when outdoors. If your pet pulls on leash and is wearing one of these ‘designer collars’ all that will happen is he will feel pressure on the lower front part of his neck, which just happens to be in most cases a muscular part of the body as well as being home to a lot of ruff in many cases, so even then there is not much of a deterrent. If you need to get your pet’s attention, a quick popping of the leash can actually harm your pet’s neck as there is no slack room with these collars so jerking on the leash subsequently jerks the animal’s head which can damage the neck. If these reasons are not enough, how about the fact that flat collars are easier for your dog to escape from than any other type of collar. Dogs that are strong can easily free themselves from their flat collars by either simply pulling on their leash until the collar breaks, or wiggling around and slipping out of it entirely.

Prong Collar

As the name suggests, the prong collar comes equipped with prongs, generally made from plastic that are situated on the inside of the collar that dig into the dog’s neck when he pulls or when the leash is pulled by the handler. Although the name is quite hideous, I am actually not as opposed to these collars as many people are. Similarly to the flat collar, once in place these collars do not have any slack, and they actually sit up higher on the animal’s neck, to make them more effective. These collars are generally reserved for dogs that are very hard to handle, whether it be because they love to pull, or simply because they are head strong and getting their attention when out and about is next to impossible. The collar is fitted very snug to the dog’s neck, which means that moderate pulling by the dog will result in the prongs digging into the upper part of the neck which is more sensitive than the lower area under the throat. If a prong collar is something that you feel that your beloved pet requires, please make sure you know how to use them before you actually use one.

When choosing the appropriate type of dog collar for your pet, do your research first to make sure that the type of collar you opt to go with is the one that is best suited for the breed you own. If you are still unsure as to the appropriate collar for Fido, contact a dog trainer in your area, or better yet, drop us a line and we’ll help you choose.