We know that sometimes it’s necessary, but when you see a toddler wearing a vest attached to a leash, it causes a few people to ponder, “So, it’s all come down to this.” Stirring their disapproving heads they’re tempted to take a doggie biscuit out of their pocket, go over to the parents and ask, “Does he bite?”
Dogs? Now That’s Another Story
If your mutt is anything like ours, putting a collar or harness on the animal is cause for celebration. The choices are many; however it all starts with measuring the pup. You want to do this when it’s standing-up. Using a measuring tape, wrap it around the dog’s neck. Then stick two adult fingers between the tape and the animal’s fur. The length should be the middle hole on the collar. Puppies, like children, will go through a few sizes before they reach adulthood. So keep checking to see if you need to get a longer unit.
Another important thing: Do you have a toy poodle? A heavy, spiked necklace with an alarm clock attached is dumb for a couple of reasons. It looks stupid and the weight of the collar puts a strain on little Pierre’s neck and back.
Nailing it Down
We’ve got a tick-tock of the functional, fashionable neckwear for your pet. The decision is up to you but we’re going to start with the least stressful restraint.
- The harness.
This one is almost like a vest. It’s ideal for small canines, excitable dogs who’ve slogged-down too much Red Bull, puppies and best friends with neck issues. The pressure-points are spread-out over the pup’s chest rather than just their neck. Law endorsement likes these devices because it’s “friendlier” on the animals overall concentration.
- Choke collars.
These are polar opposites of the harness units. They should be employed for training only along with other dog training supplies. A choke collar is not for general use. Imagine this situation. You have two playful pups with this type of collar around their necks. One of the dogs, during a frolic period, gets its paw wrapped-up in the other animal’s choke collar. Get it? Training only and removed immediately afterwards. There’s another one that should only be used under the supervision of a professional canine instructor. The pronged collar unit has blunt metal things that touch the dog’s neck. Do not try these at home.
- Head collars.
Your dog will hate you if you put one of these on them, but if you have a mutt that’s you’re trying to gets its total attention, this training device works wonders. Instead of simply stopping the pup, it forces them to look at you when you’re in teaching-mode. Not to worry, head collars won’t restrict your pet from barking, drinking, eating, panting or even biting. They are not muzzles.
- Nylon collars.
Folks who have all-weather, mud-loving dogs, nylon collars can take the punishment. The great thing about this material is that it’s washable. And they’re very economical.
- Leather collars.
Well, aren’t we the fancy ones? They may run you an extra 10-note or two, but they are classic. Extremely durable, leather collars aren’t mutt-restraining devices. They are jewelry for your buddy. Very practical for huge dogs, especially the braided variety. Breeds with short hair probably shouldn’t sport a rolled leather collar. These are for big fellas only.
If you’re married or simply dating, don’t have a dog and you’re significant other drags you into a pet supply store to try on collars, it may be time for “that conversation.”