What is a dog’s collar?
A dog collar is a piece of material placed around a dog’s neck. A collar may be used for restraint, identification, fashion or protection. Identification tags and medical information are often placed on a dog’s collar. Collars are often used in conjunction with a leash to restrain a dog. The collar can be painful to the trachea if the dog pulls against the restraint of the leash, causing severe strain on the neck.
Types of dog’s collar:
Finding the right collar can mean a safer and more enjoyable outing for both of you. Let’s look at the six most popular types of collars available for dogs. You should learn about them first to get the right kind of collar for your pet. It makes your walk and relationship better.
- Head collar
- Dog harnesses
- Pinch or prong collar
- Slip collar
Every dog has a different breed and hence has very different needs. Some are sensitive around their neck others are sensitive around their waists. You should do your research about their collars and get them the right one to have them in a good mood and enjoy their company while also keeping them safe.
A collar for your dog is like a wallet for a person: a place to hold his license and identification. Pet collars are available in a wide variety of styles, materials, and colors, so you’re sure to find one that suits your pet’s personality and style. However, for your dog’s comfort and safety, the most important aspect when selecting your dog’s collar is to ensure that the collar fits correctly.
Correct Way to Measure for a Dog Collar:
First, use a cloth tape measure to measure the circumference of your dog’s neck; If you don’t have a measuring tape you can use a piece of string or ribbon. To make sure the collar isn’t too tight, you’ll need to add about one to three inches (depending on your dog’s size) to this measurement to find the right length collar.
In addition to length, the width of your dog’s collar is also important. A collar that is too wide for your dog may rub and cause discomfort, while a collar that is too narrow may not be comfortable when you walk your dog on a leash. Stronger dogs as well as dogs that tend to pull on the leash will need a wider collar.
Two finger rule:
A normal dog collar should be comfortable, but not too tight, there is a rule known as the “two finger rule”. Once the dog collar is tied, you should be able to slide the fingers under the collar easily. When you slide the width of your two fingers between the collar and the neck, the collar should feel relaxed, but not tight. You should not be able to slip your dog’s collar off his head, or your dog may slip his collar.
After you find the appropriately sized collar for your dog, remember to check back from time to time to make sure your dog’s collar is in good repair and still fits correctly.
When fitting the collar, you want to be able to slip a few fingers between it and the dog’s neck. A space of less than two fingers means the collar is too tight and may restrict breathing; a collar that is too large can slip over a dog’s head.
Tightness of Seresto collar:
According to the product manual, the Seresto collar should be tightened enough so that the loose end of the collar pulls through the clasp at the end, and you should be able to fit two fingers between the two i.e. collar and neck.
Benefits of having the collar on:
- This is the easiest way to identify who owns the dog, and most collars allow for easy attachment of identification tags.
- Should your dog ever get lost or escape from the backyard, a collar can serve as an immediate visual signal to others that your dog has a home. Attached identification tags can also help you get your dog back to you safely.
Cons of having a collar on:
- While they are indispensable for identification, a dog collar may not always be the right choice as a training tool or control point on your dog. The collar can put significant pressure on some of your dog’s most delicate and vulnerable areas – such as the trachea, esophagus, thyroid gland, cervical vertebrae, and more. A quick, harsh tug on the leash or constant pulling from your pet can cause pain or damage to these important areas.
- In addition, your dog’s collar may be more likely to slip and run away. This is especially true in dog breeds where the width of the neck and head are similar; sight hounds such as Greyhounds and Whippets often suffer from this issue.