When you get your new puppy home, one of your first purchases of canine equipment should be a dog collar. There are many collars out there to choose from when selecting the right one for your pet. First thing though, you want to have a checklist of what type of collar you want. Dog collars range from flat nylon, leather buckle collars, choke chains, prong collars, and harnesses. When you have a puppy you should first go with a regular flat nylon adjustable collar. Since puppies grow so fast you want something that you can just adjust so you don’t have to go out and buy a new collar every two weeks.
Now you must first understand the reasoning behind choosing the right dog collar. The main reason dogs must have a collar is for identification purposes. If your pooch ever runs away, you will want people who find him to know where to return him or her to. Another reason is so you can physically handle your dog whether it be walks around the neighborhood or to control him around the house so he doesn’t run out the door, or if a delivery driver, or mailman shows up at your door.
As your pet grows up and out of his puppy collar you will want to upgrade to something more suiting for your dog. If you have a bigger dog who likes to pull you might want to look into a choker chain. The choker chain in the past has gotten some negative press due to the horrible sounding name. But the idea of the chain isn’t to choke or harm your dog. The idea to let the chain hang loose most of the time and just give it a quick tug to regain your dogs attention back towards you.
The prong dog collar may look like an evil, torture device for your pet that will often turn some dog owners away from using it, but always remember looks can be deceiving. If the prong collar is use properly it puts less stress on your dogs neck compared to a choker chain or the popular flat collar. The prong collar does not allow for constant pressure on your dogs neck so this is what gives it an advantage over the previous collars mentioned.
The typical flat collar most dog owners purchase looks far less harmful to their pets but it is just the opposite. If you are the owner of a canine who likes to pull and tug on his walks then this flat collar will really just choke him. These types of misbehaving dogs will pull so hard to go after what they want they will just end up choking and wheezing for air.
The last type of dog collar I want to mention is the harness. Harness are another option for big dog owners who do not want their dogs to pull. Dogs are far more less likely to pull on a leash then wearing a harness because this type of collar “harnesses” all the strong muscles of your pet. My taking the power of your dogs chest and legs he is left with far less strength to pull you with.