In previous articles, we covered what the best kinds of collars are and also explained some must-know tips on collar safety. Now we will be covering the different types of collars. Collars come in many shapes, materials, colours, sizes and designs, some serving a different purpose than others. For instance, a trained dog and a dog that needs to be trained would be probably be wearing two very different collars.
Let’s start off with the usual, buckle collar. This collar comes in multiple colours and materials, though the most common materials used are leather and nylon. This collar is usually plain with a simple plastic or metal buckle, think leather belt, but smaller and for furrier beings. Although this is quite a simple collar, it can always be customised to your liking. Companies like Rott Valley make handcrafted leather collars with customisable tags. You can have your dog’s name, your contact and address engraved into it.
Buckle Collar with Customised Tag
Next, the cone. We’ve all seen the sad-dog-in-a-cone memes, but what are these cones actually for? Well, typically, fur babies are put into cones for veterinary reasons. If your pup has just had surgery, then a cone will be administered by your vet to keep your little one from getting at the concerning area(s). If your cat has stitches on her belly, she will have a cone on as well so she does not bite or gnaw her stitches. Basically a cone is used to help wounds, stitches and so on to heal well. In case you’re wondering; yes, your pet can eat, sleep, drink, pee and poop in a cone. Walks in a cone are perfectly fine as the exercise can burn off excessive energy but be sure that your pet is not jumping off walls or sliding down staircase railing while in the cone. As it is, the purpose of the cone is to heal, not make new wounds. Since cones are meant to be worn for medical purposes, your pet can go back to the usual sweet and simple collar once the wounds have healed or if a cone isn’t even suggested to begin with. You will not be able to attach a leash to a cone, so if you plan to tale your furry friend for walkies, you would need to put a collar on them as well. You could also opt for a harness. Cones are just one kind of protective dog collars. There are others in different sizes and shapes, serving the same function, like this one shown below. Medical collars do not always look different from regular collars. Collars that prevent ticks, for example, looks like an ordinary collar. It’s just medicated or releases a certain scent that repels ticks.
Now that we’re on the subject of walks, let’s talk about leashes and harnesses. A leash is used as somewhat of a guide for walking your dog. You use your leash to keep your dog close to you and to keep that moving in the same direction as you. A leash can be attached to both collars and harnesses. While a collar’s leash ring is located at the neck, a leash attaches to a harness on the back of your pet. This is safer than a collar as your dog will not choke or feel strangled when he or she lunges or pulls. Tugs on the leash are also safer when using a harness. Harnesses aren’t as complicated as they may seem. Here’s an easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide to putting on a harness.
Pixar Dog Cone
You can also get harness collar connectors to connect your dog’s harness to the back of their collar. This helps prevent dogs from escaping while out on a walk.
For those of you who are a little more gangsta, this next collar may be the one for to be flexing. The chain collar. Putting this on is pretty much the same as putting on a necklace or a bracelet, just hook it on. Some chain collars have a little plate attached to the front for you to engrave your dog’s name on it. However, as great as chain collars may look on your doggo, it is not necessarily the best collar for your dog. Chain collars are made of metal, which means they are heavy. When a chain collar is on a dog, said dog will literally be lugging it around due to its weight. This collar is definitely not advisable for a puppy or small breed dogs like Shih Tzu and Weiner dogs.
Collars for small dogs need to be picked out carefully. As mentioned before, the chain collar is a no-no due to its heavyweight. Something small and light is best. Avoid materials like metal and in some cases, leather. Also, leather can easily be interpreted by your puppy as a chew toy, and we can all agree that that would not be ideal. Big metal tags are not advisable either. Puppies obviously have way smaller necks compared to grown dogs. So be sure to get a collar that fits well around their neck. A collar that is too loose will not only fall off but it also won’t be comfy for your pupper. Your best choice would probably be a simple, adjustable nylon collar as it is lightweight and also water resistant. Some owners even choose to get their small breed dogs like Chihuahuas and Pomeranians cat collars instead. Apart from being made for a different animal, there is no harm in this.
Training collars serve many different purposes. It can be to stop chewing, howling, barking, biting, pulling or even licking. The most commonly known training collar is a shock collar but just because it is so widely known, does not mean it is good for your dog. Shock collars allow owners to send electrical shocks to their dogs’ neck when their dogs misbehave by biting or barking unnecessarily. A better alternative would be to use a vibrating collar. This collar is remote controlled, just like a shock collar. Unlike a shock collar though, a vibrating collar does not inflict pain on your dog. Instead, it just gives your dog a tingly sensation. Head collars are usually used for dogs that pull. This can be injurious to your dog as the collar pulls your dog’s head downwards and to the side. Instead of a head collar, maybe try a harness. A harness is spread across your dog’s back, reducing the strain on the neck.
Some collars come with handles as well. This is used both in training and on usual walks. The handle gives you more control over your dog during walks, especially when an emergency or crisis occurs. For example, if an oncoming car approaches fast, pulling your dog out of harm’s way and towards you would be faster and possibly more effective than pulling on a leash since the sudden pull by the handle sends a clear message of urgency to your dog.
Collar with handle
Finally, possibly the cutest collar to put on a furball, would be a bowtie collar. This collar is actually just your simple buckle collar with a fashionable touch. It is worn the exact same way hoomans wear bowties, at the front of the neck.
A good collar makes no difference if it is not worn properly. Make sure the collar is never tight. One or two fingers should be able to slip through between the neck and the collar with ease. A well-fitted collar will not slip off your pet. Last but not least, make sure hard edges of the collar are not putting pressure on your dog’s neck.
Well, that’s most of the collars! If we missed out on your personal favourite type or one that you would advise all dog owners to steer clear of, let us know!