A dog collar is a substance meant to be placed around the neck of a dog. Dog collars are available in various forms and may have different purposes. For instance, a dog collar may be utilized for training, identification, fashion and many more.
Dog collars are usually employed together with a leash, and may even come in a very different form such as a dog harness. Dog training collars are evidently used mainly for training.
Dog collars are in fact the most common type of teaching and directing dogs.
Types of Collars
There are quite some dog training collars being sold on the market today. It might be useful to become familiar with the common types of dog collars used for training. You can choose from choke collars, head collars, pronged collars, and electronic collars.
Choke collars are typically used for service dogs and agility training. Head collars are often used to direct dogs and improve their sense of direction. Pronged collars, although appearing to be a very harsh type of collar, are designed to train larger-sized breeds to heel.
Finally, electronic collars are usually employed if a dog is considered extremely difficult to train—they are also usually used for barking dogs and deaf dogs. Electronic collars are considered safe and harmless as they are effective.
However, many owners do not like the idea of sending an electrical shock to their dogs and thus make this type of collar a last resort.
How To Choose A Dog Collar
First, you should think about the size, temperament, and breed of your dog. You should, therefore, measure your dog’s neck before buying a dog collar at the store. Always add 2 to 3 inches for a buckle allowance so that your dog can breathe properly and stay comfortable during training sessions.
Then, assess your dog’s behavior—is it easy or very difficult to deal with? If your dog is well behaved and training has been good so far, then it will likely not call for something like an electronic collar or pronged collar.
If your dog has been totally out of control despite long and numerous training sessions, then you may need something that can give you more control.
Some breeds may call for more or less control (remember, though, that the breed itself is not the only factor that contributes to certain dog behaviors).
If your dog is a larger breed known to be less responsive to commands, and you have noticed a bit of this in your dog’s behavior, then you may need some more reinforcement.
Of course, you need to think about afford-ability. While it’s true that you usually get better value for your money when you’re able to benefit from good quality, it doesn’t mean cheaper dog training collars can’t offer you the same value.
For instance, if you are looking to correct a small barking issue, then you may just have to buy a simple, affordable and effective no-bark collar rather than a sophisticated, very expensive one.