Pet identification is pretty basic; it’s a cheap and effective way to help a lost dog return home. Considering only 15 to 20 percent of lost dogs ever come home, it’s extremely important to add tags to the collar. This tells strangers your dog isn’t a stray, and it provides them with ways to contact you should you and your dog become separated.
Traditional Dog Collars
There are many styles of dog collars to choose from. What you choose for your dog depends on his size, disposition, and training needs. For most dogs, the traditional leather or nylon dog collar should suffice. Traditional collars are sold in every color and style imaginable; including, they come in a variety of widths. Make sure the collar has space for the tags because it’s the tags that include your dog’s name and your contact information. Should your dog get loose, it’s the tags that can help ensure he’s returned to you.
Harnesses slip around the neck and the shoulders and under the front legs. If your dog pulls on the leash and chokes himself, harnesses are a simple solutions to ensure he doesn’t do permanent damage to his trachea. Harnesses are typically recommended for dogs with upper respiratory disease or damaged or collapsed trachea.
Halter-Style Dog Collars
Like a halter-top, the halter-style dog collar goes around the head and nose. The leash snaps underneath the chin. These colors are a lot like the ones used to control horses. If you have issues with your dog leading instead of heeling, these collars make it difficult for dogs to move ahead or pull on the leash.
Wearable Tech for Dogs
Love your FitBit? Imagine having something similar for your dog. The latest trend in dog car is wearable that monitor your dog’s health, including when he’s running, playing, or getting excited while you’re not in the home. The tech-collar can be accessed from your smartphone or computer, so you can monitor your dog’s rest, calories burned, distance traveled, etc. Some devices can even monitor your dog’s heart and respiratory rates using low-frequency, radio-based technology.
What Not to Wear
Not all collars are recommended by pet care professional. Pronged collars are generally thought to be harmful. They’re designed for stubborn leash pullers, and contain blunt prongs that pull against your dog should he act disobediently. Halter-style dog collars provide the same results as pronged collars, and aren’t at all likely to harm your dog.
Chain-slip collars or choke chain collars uses a tug-and-release to choke your dog should he pull or lead the leash. Chain-slip collars can be an effective training tool, but they’re not always properly used. Consult your veterinarian or professional trainer before attempting this training method. It’s important that you never ever allow a dog to wear a chain-slip collar while unattended, such as in a crate.
So, that wraps up the collars you can choose from. For correct sizing, you’ll need to measure your dog’s neck and add approximately 2 ½-inches to 3-inches. Make sure that the collar you choose can be worn comfortably, and that it doesn’t cause discomfort or gagging. And, don’t forget the tags. Engrave them with your identifying information, so you’re contacted in the event your dog is lost.