Dog Collars – Some Alternative Ideas

Is there anything more enjoyable than taking the dog for a walk through country lanes and woods?

Rambling through forests, exploring rabbit holes and sniffing out fascinating scents is the average dog’s idea of heaven.

Dog-walking in the countryside

But, the importance of keeping him under control so that he doesn’t scare farm animals and wildlife cannot be over-emphasised.  Absolutely essential is the need to ensure that his dog collar is always in place and securely fastened.  The collar will, of course, have some form of identity on its tag in case he wanders off and gets lost. 

Too many dogs go missing in the countryside; trapped, scared by loud noises, injured or simply lost in the woods.  It is up to every dog walker to be responsible by honouring the countryside code.

Dogs who pull on the lead

If there’s one thing guaranteed to drive a walker round the bend it’s the dog that pulls on his lead.  Jerking him back all the time is not very pleasant for the dog, or the walker.  But the problem is not insurmountable.

The HALTI head collar is based on the same principal as the horse’s head collar, the idea being that if you guide the head the body will follow. It was designed by Dr. Roger Mugford, a leading animal behaviourist and psychologist.

The HALTI  goes over the nose, but does not restrict panting or yawning.  Although originally intended for large, powerful dogs, it now comes in sizes to fit dogs of every shape and size.

Over the nose and round the neck

An exciting new innovation in the world of dog collars is the GENCON head collar. The GENCON consists of two loops – one to go over the nose, the other round the neck.

Designed by a trainer and breeder with more than 30 years experience beneath her belt, it can be shown to be remarkably effective.  Feedback from those who have tried this new product have praised it enthusiastically.

The name GENCON is derived from the words Gentle Control, because gentle pressure is all that’s needed to stop the dog pulling. Although still relatively new, the GENCON  is already proving popular with pet owners, trainers, behaviourists and vets.

Still a battleground out there?

Another school of thought maintains that ‘you don’t need anything other than a flat collar, a long lead, patience and kindness.’

Too many people turn lead training into a battleground where dog and walker are constantly pulling against each other. Dog training isn’t complicated.  All that’s needed is showing him what you want him to do and praising him when he does it.  Simple.

You’ve tried everything and are still getting nowhere? Then find yourself a good trainer and stick with it.

Good luck!

Dog Training Collars – Which One is Right For You?

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.

Dog Collars – What you Need to Know

What Dog Collar Do I Need?

Dog collars come in a variety of materials, colors, styles and even functions. There’s the obedience or choke collar, bark control collars, flea collars, and a whole array of just good old plain pooch collars. So which one do you choose? If you are taking your pooch to a special event or to a special gathering and you want them to look really good try getting a fancy dog 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.

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 canine owner, you should know that different kinds of dogs need different types of collars.

What Type Of Dog Collar Are 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 pet’s neck once fastened. Using a rolled leather collar avoids the chafing or hair breaking that can occur using flat collars.

Quick Release collars are fundamentally flat nylon buckle collars with a plastic closure. This clip is similar to some luggage strap fasteners and makes getting the collar on and off a little easier.

Choke chains are metal chain links of various sizes with a ring on each. These collars should only be used while actively training or exercising your canine. This type of collar is usually sold by length, so ask for assistance when buying a slip collar.

Head collars go over your pets head but they are not a muzzle. While wearing a head collar, your a hound can still pant, bark, drink and eat, even bite! They should only be used for training.

If you have a very tight lead on a dog, the strap around the muzzle will push into its eyes, and that is as bad as a Halti which pushes into the eyes anyway. While some trainers will use flat buckle type collars, especially on puppies, these collars do not always provide the most useful control for more unruly dogs. For a very aggressive dog, the pinch collar can actually make the animal worse.

What Do I Need To Know About Dog Collars?

You need to ensure that your best friends 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 dog but it should not slip over his ears.

If you don’t like the sound of clinking dog tags or if you worry that the metal tags will discolor your pet’s fur, then you can use a special tag pouch, available at most pet stores.

For hunting dogs certain pet tracking systems allow the dog handler or owner to determine what your dog is doing by using certain behavior systems that form part of the collar. You will be able to tell if a pet has stopped, is still moving, if a hound is barking, or if he has treed an animal. Pet tracking collars are used when you are out hunting with your dog. They can be used by houndsmen, upland bird hunters, beaglers, coon hunters, field trial (bird dogs) and hog hunting.

Finally pick a dog collar that suits your dogs personality and size. A giant black leather collar with studs may not suit a toy poodle, or a pink ribbon style collar a British Bulldog. After all it is part of your pet’s image so pick the correct one!