A dog’s health should be the top consideration when you buy collars and harnesses. Unfortunately, salesmen do not always bear this in mind when making recommendations. Round collars for long-haired dogs and strap collars for shorthaired dogs are usually the most satisfactory. Harnesses are used for all small dogs, but it is sometimes difficult to hold a large dog with a harness. Big dogs tend to do less pulling than small ones because they are more often properly trained.
Yet it is easier to train a small dog than a large one because it requires less strength. A properly fitted collar isn’t cruel on any dog, and harnesses could be dispensed with, except in cases of medical or anatomical problems, if all dogs were trained not to tug on their leashes. Washable woven nylon and solid plastic collars have the advantage over leather in that they are easier to keep clean.
Every collar or harness should be examined to see that no sharp points or rivets protrude to scratch the dog’s skin or wear off the hair. It is most important not to get a lot of hardware on these accessories that can injure a dog’s ears. When a hound shakes its head and its sears flap against a heavy buckle and license tags, the ears are often damaged. A dog that has worn a heavy combination of hardware sometimes has the hair entirely worn off its neck.
Small chains used for collars can be cruel if a dog is kept chained. It is not uncommon to find these chains cutting deeply into the necks of poor wearers.
The following are the various types of collars that are available for dogs.
Types of Basic Dog Collars
Buckle Collars – The buckle collars are also known as flat collars and are generally made up of nylon and leather. Some collars are also made up of polyester, hem, or metal. The collars have buckle which is somewhat similar to the buckle of a belt. For the comfort of the dog, some collars have quick-release buckles that hand loosely around the neck of the pet. The collars are attached to a loop which is termed a leash.
Flea Collars – The flea collars are the ones that are worn out by the dog in addition to the conventional collars. The flea collars are put in dogs to control the spread of microscopic insects and fleas.
Elizabethan Collars – These collars are truncated cone-shaped. They restrict the dog from scratching a wound in the head or the neck. The collar also keeps the dog away from licking a certain infection and controls the spread of the infectious disease.
There are other types of collars as well as breakaway collars. They resemble the common dog collars but they have a safety mechanism installed in them. The collars would be broken if the dog tries to pull it on sensing any upcoming danger. The stud collars having dulled points fitted on the outside surface of the dog are used to keep away the pet dog from being bitten on the neck.
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