The American Human Society claims that millions of dogs get lost every year over the USA. Furthermore a third of people’s pets will become lost at some point of their life. With this information in mind the Dog Collar becomes much more important than just being an accessory for your dog.
The Dog collar helps providing an ID for your dog, a means for controlling and restraining your best man’s friend.
Collars may differ by functionality and usability and you should consider its fit for your pooch and why you need it. Here are few characteristics to consider: Material (Leather, Nylon, Cloth, etc); Fit and Size (Every Collar should fit to the dog size); Style or Design (Harness, Neck, Head Collar); other features (Built in ID, Light, Padding, etc)
Below are some AKC.ORG collars recommendations
Standard flat collar: This type of collar is what you’ll see at most stores, most commonly made of nylon or leather. Some dog breads have larger neck than their heads like the gray hounds. (for those dogs, a Martingale collar described below may be a better option)
Back-clip harness: This is a harness fits on the dog’s chest and clips on the back. It’s best for short-nosed breads, such as French Bulldog, Boston Terrier, Pug or Small breads in general. It is also very good for dogs with a breathing problem like a tracheal collapse when the collar doesn’t press against their airways. Many use this collar when the dogs leash training is not mastered yet.
- Front-clip harness:This harness design clips over the dog’s chest area, which helps prevent minor pulling and allows the owner to steer the dog. It is very helpful for minor walking corrections but not for aggressiveness issues.
- Head halter: In this harness, a piece of a band loops around the dog’s muzzle, which prevents the dog from keeping his nose close to the ground and makes it easier for the owner to keep the dog’s attention. It shouldn’t be mistaken for a restrictive muzzle device. Head halters work for speeding the leash-training process because, dogs can best pay attention to their owners if they are actually focusing on their owners, which they can do best if they are looking at their owners. This types of collar may take time (and treats) for your dog to get used to it. Once your dog is trained to walk politely on a leash, you can switch to a standard collar and leash.
Martingale collar: This collar has a larger loop and a smaller loop. The dog’s head fits into the larger loop and the leash is attached to the smaller loop. When the dog pulls, the larger loop tightens enough to prevent the dog from slipping out of the collar but not so much that it would choke the dog. Many trainers recommend this collar as a safer alternative to a standard collar or a choke-chain collar. It’s not recommended that a dog wear one of these while not supervised
Choke-chain collar: When used properly some breeds respond very well to a chain-link training collar, but others, especially short-nosed dogs, should never wear a choke chain. The options listed above, especially the head halter, is a safer, more effective way to prevent pulling on a walk.
Prong/pinch collar: this type of collar may be effective for controlling dogs that might be extremely active, difficult to control on a neck collar, or dog aggressive. These collars are also recognized as possibly useful for gaining control at the start of basic obedience training, essential education that dogs deserve and need.