For many dogs, collars can be likened to a new Meatloaf album – a howling experience.
But little do we know, when Houdini is trying to escape from his collar, it’s likely because it doesn’t fit right. Or, his breed might be more prone to slipping from their collars, because of a smaller head. Whatever the case, it’s important to give your dog a proper-fitting collar so he’s comfortable, secure, and resistant to the taunts of loose cats and postmen.
Allow us to walk you though some collar tips, types, and the whole en-Chihuahua on harnesses.
Some pet lovers may prefer the ‘born to be wild,’ collar-free look for their pooches. But the truth is, collars serve more important purposes than making dogs look like Kardashians.
If your rebel with a collar breaks free from society, aka your backyard, his little neck-buddy can provide the identification and medical info needed to get him returned to you, quickly. Sure beats the big house, aka pound.
A little zaniness in your pet’s diet keeps ’em young, but too much out-of-control behaviour at once can make you dog-tired. Collars allow you to control your dog by hand, which works great for stir-crazy puppies. Or, simply for directing your dog where to go.
In fact, dog collars are the most popular – and useful – way to direct and teach your dog, whether walking through the park or all of the basic commands, such as sit/lie down/come/heal. Woof.
Masterpet has a collar for every Spike, Clifford and Marmaduke. Choose from our pet-tacular range of sizes, colours and designs, including:
- Buckle Collars. Also called flat collars, these are usually made of nylon webbing, leather, polyester or metal. A belt-like buckle holds the collar loosely around your dog’s neck. It also comes with a loop where you can attach your leash. Buckle-up, Buttercup!
- Adjustable Collars. These flat, nylon buckle collars have a special plastic closure that allows you to take the collar on and off more easily. You can even adjust them to fit your terrier to a ‘T’. They’re casual, functional and a whole lot of fun once you attach a leash to their heavy-duty ring – I will!
- Stud Collars. These are made of leather and fitted with dulled points or metal studs. Traditionally, they were designed to prevent other animals from biting a dog’s neck – yipe! Today, they’re more often considered a fashion accessory. Some may think Mr. T is a bit outdated, but we disagree.
- Designer Collars. Think daily collar, with a twist of Ms. Thang. A fashion statement for Schnauzers, if you will. We personally dig Cocovana’s dog collars with matching leads. Check ’em out.
- Measure about halfway down the girth of your dog’s neck, using a tape measure. When measuring your pooch’s neck, it’s best to do it snuggly, rather than tightly.
- Add 5cm to the measurement and buy a collar of about this length. Or, head to your nearest Masterpet-stocked store, and use one of our handy ‘Collar Measuring’ tapes to decide the best size for your dog.
- When buying the collar, it’s best to think practical, safety and durable, before style. While delicate collars may look brilliant on Benji, they could easily tear should he give in to that sassy Siamese at the end of his lead.
- When fastening the collar, tighten to a point where you can comfortably slide two fingers beneath it, against your dog’s neck. The collar should feel snug, but not tight, with your fingers under it.
It’s easy to associate harnesses with ricocheting Retrievers who’ve watched Cujo one too many times. The truth is, harnesses are the new, safer way of walking your dog. When you think of those ‘yippee-skippee’ toy dogs or any pooch who loves to pull, a harness actually protects them from neck injuries that could otherwise happen with an ordinary collar and lead.
This doesn’t mean dogging the collar, especially since they hold your doggy’s ID and medical tags. And especially after all we’ve talked about, for dog’s sake. Collars can actually be worn with the harness – just make sure you attach the leash to the harness, rather than the collar.
There. Go forth and collar him happy, we say.