A dog collar functions as your dog's most visible form of collars are more than just functional. Collars now come in a dazzling array of patterns and materials, and have become a way for your dog to show off its style sense!
The most important factor when choosing dog collars is to choose a collar that is the right size for your dog. Big, strong dogs require a collar that is heavy and wide, and puppies are suited to soft nylon or a thin leather collars. Your dog's collar should fit snuggly enough so that it won't slip over his head when he pulls.
To test a collar's fit you should be able to fit two fingers between the collar and your dog's neck. Also, be sure to cut off any excess collar strap so that it can't be chewed or get caught on anything.
Collars are available with plastic, adjustable clasps or metal buckles and range from $5 to $60 online. Here's a rundown of the major types of dog collars available:
Nylon collars are durable and machine-washable. They are good for dogs that spend time in the water because they dry quickly. Soft nylon collars are ideal for small dogs, while durable nylon webbing is for larger dogs.
Leather collars won't fray like nylon collars. They are durable and soften naturally from the oils in your dog's skin. Thin leather collars are for puppies and small dogs, whereas thick studded leather collars are for large dogs.
Head collars are training devices for dogs. They put light pressure on the muzzle and back of your dog's neck imitating its mother. These will help to train your dog not to jump or pull.
Harnesses are also for dogs that pull during walks. The harness is placed around the dog's chest and ribcage, taking pressure off his throat. Some harnesses offer attachments for car seatbelts for secure travel.
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