They say a dog is the best friend of man. At times I can really agree with this, as my dog is my pride and joy. Most dog owners feel this way with their pets, and usually enjoy pampering them in many different ways. A quick glance at the pet store will reveal ways to spoil your pooch with special treats, doggie clothing, a wash and trim, or even with beautiful dog collars. There just seems to be something special about the collar a dog wears, as it says something about the type of dog you have and it makes a statement about you the owner. There are many styles of collars out there, but in the end there are just a handful of basic types. Let us take at look at each, and try to understand how they could be used to spoil your special pet.
The first type of collar to consider is the buckle collar. This is the most basic and fundamental dog collar as it performs a very simple function by enabling you to tie down your pet and keep him from running away. These collars are adjustable, as they have a rectangular buckle with a tongue so you can get just the right collar fit for your dog. These collars seem to come in two main types, in either the rolled collar or flat collar. Rolled collars are usually made from leather, and they are best used in areas where you dog will not get them wet. The flat collars is usually come type of nylon materials, and is weather proof and very comfortable for your pet. Another rule of thumb to use is that dogs with short hair should use flat collars, and longer haired dogs should use rolled collars.
Another specialized collar is the so called Elizabethan fancy dog collar. I am sure you have seen these before, as it looks like the animal is wearing a lamp shade around their neck. These collars are very important for dogs that have just had some sort of medical procedure. The collar prevents the dog from biting any treated areas on their body, and from nibbling away at any stitches or wounds.
If you have special training needs for your dog, or you are having any barking problems, you may need to consider using an electronic collar. These collars have one primary purpose alone and that is to teach your dog discipline. The electronic collar will have some type of device on it that gives your dog some type of signal. The signal can be a sound, a mild electronic shock, or a spray of liquid like citronella. These collars can be activated automatically, like when your dog barks, or you can activate them with a remote control device. The electronic collar can sometimes be used in a way to track your dog, say if you were using for hunting. Either way you use it, this type of collar can be very effective to help you with your dog.