Everyone knows that a dog collar is one of the most essential accessories you need for your dog. But why are dog collars important? Read below to learn how useful this accessory really is.
Why Are Dog Collars Important?
There are a number of reasons why a dog collar is important to have. Some reasons for a collar’s importance have to do with controlling your dog, while others have to do with safety.
Collars Aid in Training
It’s easier to train your dog when they are wearing a collar. Young dogs have a lot of energy, and that energy can be difficult to focus. If your dog gets riled up, it may be hard to control them. This is especially the case if your dog is on the larger side. Even small dogs can be challenging to handle without a collar.
Attaching a leash to your dog’s collar aids in training too. Obviously, you’ll need a leash on your dog when you go out for walks, but by teaching them expected behaviors with a collar and leash, you are in control. You will be able to show them to only walk on the sidewalk and not on people’s lawns. Or you can guide them around dangerous terrain.
Collars Make Dogs More Safe
Again, a collar and leash are a must when you take your dog out on walks. This is for your dog’s safety and the safety of others. While your dog knows you and how to act while at home, when you take them out of their normal environment, they may not know what’s expected. With a collar and leash, you can help guide them.
Most collars also have reflective materials or patterns. This is meant to make your dog more visible when it gets dark. You’ll be thankful for this if your dog ever gets loose. A car’s headlights illuminate your dog’s collar and allow drivers to avoid them.
Collars Identify a Dog
Lastly, a collar helps to identify your dog. While a collar is a necessity, choosing one that looks nice to you is just a matter of taste. But your taste can help set your dog apart from the rest.
You should also always have identification tags on your dog’s collar. Normally, you should have a tag from your vet that shows your dog’s vaccinations are up to date. You may also choose to include an additional tag with identifying information. This additional information can include the dog’s name, and a contact number to reach you if your dog ever gets lost.
How To Properly Fit a Dog Collar
Because collars are so vital, it’s important that you fit one to your dog properly. When you go to buy a collar, be sure you have a rough idea of your dog’s size. You wouldn’t want to get a collar that is meant for smaller dogs as they probably can’t hold up to the strength of a larger dog, if they fit at all.
You should also get a collar that is made from a material you like. Leather collars are very stiff at first, but with use can become very soft and supple. Nylon is probably the most common collar material because they are very affordable and are strong.
If you are shopping at a pet store, bring your pup along and do a fitting before you buy a collar. Here’s how to size your dog for a collar:
- Adjust the collar to be snug around your dog’s neck.
- Try to fit two fingers under your dog’s collar. If you can’t fit two fingers under the collar, it’s too tight.
- Once you think your dog’s collar is just right, try slipping it over their head. If the collar can come off easily, it’s too loose.
How to Maintain My Dog’s Collar
It’s very easy to maintain a dog’s collar. For the most part, they are built to last. You can check it over when you groom your dog. Otherwise, once a month you should be checking that the collar is still fitting well. If it’s too loose, tighten it up a bit. Just make sure you always check to make sure it’s not too tight.
If your dog’s collar gets dirty, you can give it a soak in some water. You might even consider throwing in a tiny amount of dish soap. Just make sure that after cleaning your dog’s collar you thoroughly rinse it to remove any residue that can irritate your dog’s skin.
Checking that your dog’s collar fits well and is not frayed is one step in keeping them safe. Remember, collars aren’t just fashion accessories for your pet. They are training tools and useful identifiers that protect your dog from environmental risks.