Buying a collar is generally one of the first things we do when getting a new puppy or dog. With so many choices, colours, materials it’s tempting to just pick one which looks nice but think about why you are buying one. Is it just for indoors, to put their ID tag on or maybe you need to stop your dog pulling?
Before buying, think about where that collar will be. A dog’s neck is extremely delicate & with continued tugs & pulling this can result in serious problems.
For general use most collars are suitable. However, if your dog pulls like a train you may want to consider another option (check out other posts on these).
Every time your dog pulls, they are literally choking themselves. Not only does this sound awful, they may suffer with long term injuries.
Basics to remember:
Ensure the collar fits correctly (approximately be able to fit 1 to 2 fingers between it & your dog’s neck) & placement is not too high or low on their neck.
Consider the breed/shape/strength of your dog - can it withstand your dog’s strength, is it the correct width? Martingale collars are ideal for dogs with a smaller head, minimising them slipping off. For long haired dogs, then a rope collar helps prevent their fur flattening.
Is it good quality? Check for no loose strands or decorative pieces which may get caught or fall off.
Have their ID tag attached
When leaving your puppy (or dog is they are restless/destructive) remove their collar to ensure they do not get it caught on anything.
Do not use any collar which claims to stop pulling, such as choke chains, prong or electric collars. There is only one place for these – the bin!
Giving collar corrections to teach loose lead walking is wrong & not needed. If doing this has taught your dog to walk nicely, then they are only doing so for fear of consequences of being in discomfort.
If you are currently using a collar if your dog pulls, consider using different options, such as a harness.