Dog Collars

This site primarily focuses on all things cat, but since it’s not uncommon to have both cats and dogs in the same household, I have a couple of articles relating to dogs, like this one.

Every dog needs a collar, to hold the ever important pet id tag and of course to take you for a daily walk. With all the choices available you can have fun looking at cute dog collars to find one that specifically fits your dog, your needs and your style.

Dog Id Tags

No one wants to even think of losing a pet, but sometimes unexpected events occur that cause you to be separated. Having a dog collar with current pet identification tags can be vital in reuniting you with your companion. Having an id tag, can really help you find your best friend fast.

Sometimes having a distinctive or designer dog collars can even help reunite you with your lost dog. With a description of a distinct cute dog collar it can be easier to identify your pet. This is especially the case after a natural disaster. Reflective dog collars can be helpful also for both safety and finding your dog.

Finding The Right Size

To start with, the weight and width of the collar should be proportional to your dog’s size. You also want to make sure the dog collar fits you and your dog’s day to day needs. Small dogs will have much different needs than large dogs. If you have a large dog that tends to lunge when he gets excited you’ll need to take this into consideration when looking at collars.

The dog collar shouldn’t be too tight or too loose around your dog’s neck. The general rule of thumb is that you should be able to put two fingers between the collar and your dog’s neck. It shouldn’t be so loose it can slip over the ears. Check under the collar occasionally to make sure there isn’t any hair loss or redness of the skin in that area and adjust the dog collar accordingly.

Types Of Fancy Dog Collars

As I’m sure you already know there are a wide variety of collars to choose from — from a nylon dog collar, to a no pull dog collar and a GPS dog collar just to name a few — and most types are also available as designer dog collars or even rhinestone pet collars.

Nylon dog collars are durable and washable. They’re good for dogs that like to swim or go in the water a lot. They come with either the plastic quick release buckle or the traditional metal buckle that fits into the sized holes. Nylon collars are available in a lot of designs making fun and practicality a perfect match.

Eco-friendly dog collars are becoming more and more popular. Green dog collars are made from things like hemp, organic cotton or recycled products. Hemp dog collars and those made of organic cotton are probably the easiest to find. They come in a variety of fun colors, designs and sizes too. They are typically machine washable and comfortable.

A GPS dog collar provides a way for you to track your dog in the event he gets away or is lost. Some GPS dog collars come as a full collar unit while others come as a GPS device that attaches to a regular collar.

A no-pull dog collar, more appropriately called a no-pull dog harness, is great for walking dogs that pull. No-pull dog harnesses distribute the pressure in a way that makes the dog easier to manage without causing a negative association.

Martingale dog collars are a popular choice for dogs whose head is as wide as or smaller than their neck (Greyhounds, Whippets, or Irish Wolfhounds for example). This type of collar has an extra loop, where the leash is attached, that enables the collar to decrease in size when the dog pulls on it. It distributes the pressure evenly to prevent strain on the dog’s neck.

Dog head collars, also know as Halter style dog collars, are placed around the nose and secured on the neck. The dog head collar works by putting pressure on the dog’s muzzle and the back of the neck. They can be good for dogs that constantly pull or tug on the leash, making them good for dog parents with back problems. Dog head collars can also help prevent jumping during walks. But they should only be used while walking; they should not be left on your pet while unattended.

Dog training collars are used to train and correct actions of your dog. The collar tightens and applies pressure when the trainer pulls on the leash to signal a correction. Dog training collars should only be used while in a training session with an experienced trainer. Never leave your dog unattended while wearing a dog training collar; if the collar were to get caught on something it could cause serious injury.