Dog Collars

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Dog collars come in a wide variety of styles, fabrics, sizes, etc.  It is important to select the proper collar for your dog.  The use of a collar is important for a variety of reasons.  Don't forget to include a ID tag.  Include the dogs name, and your phone number incase your fury friend gets lost.

Everyday collars can help your dog express personal style.  They have functionality as well.

Martingale Collar - The martingale collar is also known as a limited-slip collar. This collar is designed for dogs with narrow heads such as Greyhounds, Salukis, Whippets, etc.  The purpose is to help prevent your dog from slipping out.  If you have a fearful dog that tries to back up, you understand how they can potentially slip out of some types of collars.  The martingale consists of a length of material with a metal ring at each end. A separate loop of material passes through the two rings. The leash attaches to a ring on this loop. When your dog tries to back out of the martingale, the collar tightens around their neck. If the collar is properly adjusted, it will tighten just to the size of your dog's neck, without choking them.  Be sure to carefully study the proper method for sizing and periodically check the adjustments to make sure they are proper.

Flat Collar - A flat collar should fit comfortably on your dog's neck; it should not be so tight as to choke your dog nor so loose that they can slip out.  The general rule of thumb says you should be able to get two fingers underneath the collar.

Head Collar - The head collar is good for strong, energetic dogs who may jump and/or pull. Because the halter is around your dog's muzzle, instead of their neck, your dog loses a great deal of leverage and they are unable to pull on the leash with the full weight of their body.  Just like other collars to be effective, the head collar must be properly fitted. It is also important to note that you should NOT yank on the leash.  You should gently steer your dog.

GPS collars - This collar uses global positioning satellite technology to help locate your buddy if they get lost.  Unfortunately they often rely on the availability of satellites and battery life.

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Apparel Search recommends against using a choke chain collar.  The problem with this type of collar is that you can't control how much it chokes.  The martingale is a better option because you can set how much it can tighten.

Other types of dog collar options include vibrating collars, shock collars, pinch collars, Elizabethan collars, bark control collars, flea & tick collars, etc.

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