If you’ve been in a pet store lately, you are probably aware of all the collars, harnesses, and walking devices that are available. Gone are the days when choosing a dog collar consisted of grabbing one out of maybe a half dozen collars and slapping it on your dog. It can be confusing for many owners when they are trying to decide what dog collar to choose. This is why we are going to look at the different collars, harnesses, etc., and how to select the right one for your dog.
How to Decide on the Right Dog Collar
Before you decide on one type of collar over another, it is important to really look at a few factors to decide on a collar. First, there are a few things that you should consider. These are:
- Dog’s Age: Puppies under six months of age should only use a flat collar. After six months, you can use any type of collar.
- Coat Length: Sizing the collar will vary depending on the length of your dog’s coat and if it is shaved. Ideally, if you clip your dog’s coat down, it is better for you to size the collar after the clipping so your dog can’t slip out of it.
- Health: If your dog has some health issues, some types of collars may not be appropriate. For instance, a harness might be better for a dog that suffers from neck problems.
- Use: Finally, think about how the dog is going to use it and his training level. If he walks well on the lead and wears it just around the house, then you want a flat. If he is a hunting dog, you will want a different collar and so on.
By considering the factors above, you will be able to narrow down your selection to the perfect dog collar for your dog. In fact, if the biggest factor is age (if you have a puppy) then you will already know the type of collar you should use.
Although I have mentioned a few collars already, we’ll go over the function of each dog collar as we look at the different types.