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Types of dog collars

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Choose a pleasant moment for him, such as the food, the game or going out. You will have to be prepared for the fact that at first you want to take it off with your legs. Ignore him, and cover him with praise when he stops. After a while, disperse it with something nice and remove the necklace and put it back on after a while.

Get used to the necklace

It is normal that it takes several days to get used to the necklace. When you start ignoring it, you can leave it permanently. There are two things that are important to remember, the first is that at this stage the puppies grow at high speed, so you must make sure that you do not squeeze too much, the second is that during the first times you take it out, you have many possibilities to get lost, so it is important that you put an identification badge. Later, when your puppy gets used to being caught, start teaching him to be held by the collar. Hold your body with one hand so that it does not go away and insert your fingers into the collar. Ignore his efforts to let go and when he stays still, praise him. If you hold it gently this way, you will learn that you cannot leave if you are being held by the collar.

Time to start using the belt

As soon as your puppy gets used to wearing the collar, you can start using the leash. For him to get used to it, you can let him drag it alone for a while From time to time you can take the leash, but you must remain still when you do. That way, your puppy will learn that the leash means he can't go anywhere because he is attached to you. When he learns to sit still, fill him with praise and then let him go.

The 'identity card' of your puppy

As we mentioned earlier, it is important that puppies wear an identification badge with their owner's data hanging on the collar in case they are lost at any time. But there are also other very useful ways to make sure your puppy comes home safe and sound. For more detailed information, read the article on microchip implantation.

Standard collar,>

The standard collar is one that only grabs the dog's neck and, in general, is made of leather or nylon. Although leather ones are more elegant and sophisticated than nylon ones, the latter are much more resistant to climatic changes, such as water or humidity. They are also suitable for machine washing, so they are much more comfortable than leather.

Both types of collars are found with buckle closure or hard plastic hook, the latter being much faster and more comfortable to fasten, and self-adjusting so that it is fully adapted to the dog's neck. Finally, we find collars of different thicknesses, the widest ones being the most recommended for puppies.

When placing the standard collar on your dog you must keep in mind the following recommendations:

  • Between the collar and the neck of your dog must fit a finger, no more no less. If the collar is too tight, it can hurt your dog, while if it is excessively loose it can be removed by the head during exits.
  • The necklace size. Yes, there are different sizes depending on the size of the dog. So, the best thing to do is to take your dog to the accessory store to try on the collar before buying it.

Recommended for.

This type of collars are ideal for puppies who are preparing to make their first walks or for very well trained dogs. Remember that for the puppy, the use of a collar is something totally new and you need to get used to wearing it first. For him, it will be much easier to adapt to a standard collar than to a harness, because it is less annoying and hardly noticeable. Once accustomed, we can go to the use of harness if we see that our dog pulls a lot of the strap. In this sense, neck collars are not nothing recommended for dogs that tend to pull during walks, since they can harm you and cause respiratory problems.

Semi-collet collar, used for Agility

Half-neck collars are those that they close a little when the dog pulls on the leash, thus generating a negative stimulus in the dog. This type of collars should not exceed a smaller diameter than the neck of our dog, so you should not exceed the limit of damage or cause problems in your trachea.

In general, we found them made of nylon or metal, the former being less harmful than the latter. When placing this type of necklace, we must take into account the following tips:

  • If we adjust the collar to the exact diameter of our dog's neck, it will not cause any damage.
  • If the diameter of the semiahorque collar is larger than that of the dog's neck, it will act as a standard collar.
  • While if we adjust the collar so that its diameter is smaller than that of the dog, it will work as a hanging collar, nothing advisable.

Recommended for.

These types of necklaces are usually used by professional trainers or for the agility practice. For beginner or less experienced owners in dog education, the use of this type of collar is not advised, since misuse can significantly damage the animal. Finally, not all breeds are suitable for semi-collars. Professionals recommend them for medium and large breeds with moderate strength, dogs with a high degree of strength should not wear this type of collars. Breeds such as the American pit bull terrier, very strong, will continue to pull the leash even if they receive the negative stimulus that the collar sends them, causing them to develop respiratory problems.

Hanging collar

Hanging collars are usually made up of a metal chain and a ring at each end. When one of the ends passes through the opposite ring, we form a loop with the collar that we must pass through the dog's head. As they are created, when the dog pulls the strap the collar exerts a pressure on its neck of the same level as the pull. That is, if the dog pulls too hard, the collar will drown our dog with the same force.

This type of necklaces accustom to produce serious damage in the trachea of ​​dogs, causing respiratory problems and, in the worst cases, suffocation.

Recommended for.

The hanging necklaces are not recommended For any use. Professional veterinarians and trainers advise using semi-horned collars under supervision, standard collars or harness to train our dogs or walk.

Barbed collar

Barbed collars are usually made of metal, although we can also find them made of plastic. They consist of a chain that surrounds the neck and spikes distributed throughout the interior perimeter, pointing towards the skin of the animal. In this way, when you pull the can of the strap, the spikes press on your neck, even reaching generate serious wounds at.

Both the barbed collar and the hanging collar are designed to train the dog through negative reinforcement and punishment, totally erroneous practices that also rub against torture. Professionals and veterinarians advocate that the best way to educate a pet is, always, through positive reinforcement and awards. A dog rewarded when he does something right, he will most likely learn much faster and be happier.

Although the semiahorque collar also trains the dog through negative stimuli, properly used does not cause physical damage to the dog, the other two types do. That is why we recommend the use of the semiahorque collar only for professional trainers and owners experienced in the practice of Agility.

Recommended for.

As with the hanging collar, the barbed collar not recommended for any use. If you consider that this type of collar is the only one that can help you train your dog, from ExpertAnimal we advise you to go to a professional trainer to be the one who uses it. Remember that he will know how to use it so as not to harm your dog.

Head collar

The head collar grabs the neck, just below the skull, and the snout. The strap is attached at the bottom of the snout for the purpose of control the direction of the animal. They are usually made of nylon and are often confused with muzzles.

When placing it, you must follow the following tips:

  • As with the standard collar, there should be a finger between the neck area and the collar.
  • Use the head collar only for exits, do not leave it at home or without your supervision because it could be damaged.

Although apparently it is not a harmful or annoying collar, the truth is that dogs can hardly adapt to its use because of its structure. They are not comfortable and it is likely that, until they get used to it, they do not want to walk or show crest. Also, if not used correctly, it can cause damage to the spine, so we recommend consulting with the veterinarian before purchasing this type of dog collar.

Recommended for.

This type of collars are used in dogs that have not been trained and often pull the leash hard during the exits. Not because it helps to educate him, but because the structure of the collar does not allow the can to pull it. Thus, it can favor training but does not ensure that the animal internalizes such education, by changing the collar it is possible to resume the pulls. We do not advise the use of head collars for toy or small dogs.

Harness, the most popular

The harness is the favorite type of collar for most owners and veterinarians. It does not cause damage to the animal and offers us a variety of collars, each designed to cover a specific function. We can find them made of both nylon and leather, the first being more comfortable and easy to clean. All harnesses are self-adjusting and, in general, are composed of wide straps to favor the comfort of the dog.

We distinguish the following types of harnesses:

Harnesses antitiro

Within this group we find the Easy Walk Harness, the Sense-ible Harness and the Merhi-long Harness. All of them are designed to train the dog to walk by our side, without pulling the leash, running or jumping. They do not cause asphyxiation in the animal if it throws or coughs.

  • Easy Walk harness. The ribbons can be wide or narrow, the area of ​​the collar that covers the trunk part of the cross and, just above the front legs, comes another tape that rests on the chest, not the trachea. In this way the dog cannot drown. Of course, it is usually adjusted to the body of the animal and, when pulling, can exert a slight pressure on the front legs. It has several plastic closures in the different parts of the collar.
  • Sense-ible harness. The structure is identical to the previous harness, the difference is that, being newer, they only have a single closure, the straps are wider and the possibilities of exerting pressure on the animal are minimal.
  • Merhi-long harness. Also considered as a work harness, it has a padding system that reduces the chances of damaging the dog to 0. Especially the easy walk harness, by creating a small pressure on the legs, can cause friction damage, a risk that is reduced with the merhi-long. This type of necklace usually has a structure similar to that of the previous ones but with the advantage of providing padded ribbons at the key points (chest / neck and cross area). You can buy the Merhi-long harness in a variety of sizes larger than the rest of the harnesses, ideal for dogs with a very developed or large musculature, they are highly recommended for canicross, dog-trekking and bikejorning.

The first two types of anti-shot harness are created to hook the leash through the chest area, controlling the direction of the dog. The third, take the belt in the area of ​​the cross. All three are recommended for adult dogs that are still pulling on the leash and for teenage dogs that are in the process of training.

Ride harnesses

The EzyDog Quick Fit harness It is the typical ride harness, quick-fitting, adjustable and a single plastic closure. It has several ribbons of moderate thickness that perfectly cover the chest area and front legs. In general, they usually have a light padding on the chest and the cross area of ​​the dog that favor the comfort and comfort of the animal. They are ideal for calm dogs, well educated and calm outings in which we want to enjoy a walk with our partner next door. We recommend that you buy your harness in Miscota, where you will find high quality products.

Work harnesses

Very similar to the merhi-long harness, there is a whole range of work harnesses designed to meet the needs of different activities and practices. If you need this type of harness, you should consult the specialized staff of your nearest pet store to advise you and provide the one you need. Thus, we find harnesses for police dogs, for guide dogs, for the practice of canicross (such as the aforementioned merhi-long), etc.

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Different materials

A very important point that you must take into account is the material with which the chain or belt has been made. If you look, in the pet stores you will find hundreds of shelves with various products.

Leather, nylon, metal, rope ... What is the best strap for my little friend? The important thing here is that you look which one can best match your dog.

Regardless of the race of your little friend, a point that is no less important, the right choice has to do with other factors that also make up the product. In that sense, Whenever you buy something you must take into account its duration.

It is useless to acquire a necklace or chain that can be broken within a few months. maybe Choosing chain or leather straps is a better option, since they are more durable and reliable.

Another very, very important point is to determine how safe the product is chosen. The necklace, for example, has to adapt very well to your little friend. That way it is very easy to control it.

Different types of straps and collars

As mentioned, there are different types of products, according to each of the needs. For example, the basic straps, They are usually made of nylon and by means of a clip they are attached to the collar.

Usually, this type of model is the one we commonly observe in hundreds of dogs. If you prefer this type of product, do not forget that The weight of the belt should be proportional to the weight of your little friend.

Straps made with mountain rope

These leashes are perfect for large dogs. They are strong, but light and very, very reliable. In addition, they last a long time.

If we talk about Necklaces, you have two types: they can be nylon or leather. With buckle or snap closure.

If your pet is robust, it is best to lean on a collar with buckle. They are a good option, very safe.

There are others collars that help control dog heads, and above all they are ideal for those who waste energy. Pulling the strap puts pressure on the snout and neck. This guide to the head and body in the direction you want it to go.

Another option is the denominated double layer necklaces. These double-woven collars are durable and extremely reliable for large dogs, especially if they are robust and strong.

Necklaces for a specific breed

As the name anticipates everyone's necklace. Many races walk better with necklaces designed especially for them. For example, greyhounds, Italian greyhounds and Whippets have extremely sensitive necks.

In that sense, it is always better to pamper them and give them a product that adapts, in this case, to their physical needs.

And the harness ...? It's essential? The use of harness is> like the Chihuahuas. They allow you to control your tiny body without putting pressure on your back.

Other products

In addition to finding Straps and necklaces that can be customized in different ways, You will also find special products that include identification straps, collars and harnesses.

Safety first. Identification straps, collars and harnesses are printed or embroidered with personalized information about your dog.

If your little friend is overflowing with energy and somehow manages to escape your sight, the best in those cases that you wear an identification collar, so that whoever finds it can return it to you.

Straps and reflective collars. They are made with reflective or illuminated material that is often water resistant. They have an invaluable value because they reflect when car or truck headlights illuminate it, making your little friend much more visible.

Training collars

They are also called punishment or strangulation necklaces. Until recently and, in fact, even today, they are used to "train" dogs that pull the leash. But it is a way of training that hurts the animal, because these collars are made in such a way that, when it pulls, it strangles it. Now you can also find models with spikes, which not only tightens your neck but also causes injuries.

"Normal" walking collars

They are the most recommended. They can be made of nylon or leather, and having a buckle it prevents the dog from suffering damage. Of course, if you pull the strap it could be stuck in the neck, so it is very important to teach him to walk correctly or even hook the strap to a nylon harness to take care of him, such as the Sense-ible. This harness, from my own experience, I can tell you that it is very useful, since it prevents the dog from pulling both the leash and, in addition, the tension that is generated when pulling does not fall on the neck, but on the widest part of the chest.

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