Identification collars are worn by most dogs on a daily basis, except inside their crate. You can buy the collar in three types of materials, including nylon, plain leather, and eco-friendly hemp. Choose a metal tag and have your dog's name and your phone number engraved on it. There are also charms and accessories that can go with the tag and the collar, but the noise may confuse your dog or it may get caught on wires, branches, or other things that may choke your dog.
There are many types of collars that can be used for walking and training your dog. However, you must remember that the collars must be strong enough to prevent your dog from slipping out of it easily. It should also be safe and comfortable to use.
A traditional buckle collar is suitable for walking your dog. However, buckle collars are not for dogs with trachea or throat problems, as these can cause coughing and irritation on your pet. Buckle collars can also induce choking, especially if your dog is not well trained and has a pulling problem.
Dog harnesses are recommended for dogs with upper respiratory illnesses or problems of the trachea or throat. A dog harness has a strap that rests around the dog's chest under the legs and another one below the neck. The harness can be bought separately, as there is a ring to clip your preferred leash. Using a dog harness may not solve your dog's pulling problems, but it can prevent putting pressure on your pet's neck by moving the pressure to the other regions of your dog's body.
You may have noticed some dogs with collars that look like a horse's rein or halter. These types of collar are called head halter dog collars or gentle leaders. A head halter collar has two bands: one goes around the back of the dog's head and the other goes around the dog's nose. The leash is attached on the collar just under the dog's chin. This type of collar is used to control the dog's head. When the leash is pulled, the dog's head is pulled downwards or sideways. The band around the nose makes it difficult for your dog to lead or pull you ahead while walking.
Head halter collars are often perceived by many owners as cruel because it resembles a muzzle. However, the collar does not restrict the dog's ability to drink, grab objects, or pant. What it does is provide control without putting pressure on the dog's throat and neck. It is also a useful collar when teaching the command "sit", as pulling the leash up will naturally guide your dog to the sitting position.
Slip or choke chains are classic training dog collars that are often handled improperly by owners. It is typically used to train the dog to pay attention, slow down, and correct the heel command. However, when it is misused, it may cause suffocation or constrict breathing.
An alternative to the choke collar is the Martingale collar. It also allows you to train and control your dog without using a choke. The collar can also be tightened to a point, which reduces the risk of suffocating the dog when the leash is pulled.