Dog Collars and Leashes

As a dog owner, there are several different styles of dog collars and leashes you can purchase for your pet. Depending on whether you want to train them, or whether you are looking for a new collar to take them out for a walk, there are different options to choose from when buying new dog collars for your dogs. So, considering all styles and material options prior to choosing the new dog collars and leashes for your dog is something that owners should do in order to ensure they choose the best product for their pet.

For those who are looking for something to train their dogs, there are different dog collars designed for training. From something as simple as a metal choke collar (where you determine the amount of pressure to put, and how tight to choke the collar), to something like a high tech remote shock collar system (to do obedience training or to train your dog different tricks), there are different styles of leashes to choose from. There are also nylon leashes (which are similar to choke collars), but are not as tight around the neck, and are made with a softer material to train the dogs which can be chosen by the owner as well.

For dog owners that are looking for basic dog collars and leashes to take their dog to the park or for a walk, there are also different options to choose from. The most traditional collars are made with nylon material; there are also some leashes which have a mechanical system allowing your dog to walk a bit further ahead of you, without getting loose from the collar. Depending on whether you want a simple dog collar that is one basic color, or whether you want to choose something that you can custom order or have designed specifically for your dog, there are several options to choose from when purchasing the new dog collars and leashes for your pet.

Regardless of whether you are looking for something to train your dogs, or whether you want a simple leash to take them out on a walk, there are many different options to choose from. The most common materials for leashes are generally metal (chain link) or nylon, due to the durability, and due to the fact that they offer the most comfortable fit for your dog; but, for owners who want something a little different, they can also custom order a leash (made with different materials if they choose) for their dog.

When on the market for new dog collars and leashes owners should compare a few different styles and options, depending on the purpose of the leash, and depending on the look and style they are going for. By comparing different retailers and styles of leashes, not only will owners find the right one for their dog, but they might also find that they can select a specific style or order something custom made specifically designed to be worn by their dog.

Knowing the Types of Dog Collars

There are various types and fits of dog collars and each has a purpose. If you’re a puppy or dog owner, it’s important for you to know which type would suit your pet best. You’d also need to learn how to measure your pet the proper way, depending on which type of collar you’ll buy. You need to know these before you go to a pet shop or prior to browsing a catalog of an online pet store. Here are the most common types of collars to help you in your purchasing.

Traditional dog collars usually come in nylon or leather materials. They are also available in a wide range of designs, colors and widths. If you’re buying a traditional collar, make sure that it has a snug fit but with enough room for your two fingers to come in between your pet’s neck and the collar. It shouldn’t slide down to the dog’s shoulders and shouldn’t be too loose to slide over the dog’s head. To take an accurate measurement of your dog’s neck for a perfectly fitting collar, wrap a tape measure around his neck and add about a couple of inches.

Your pet’s type and size of collar plays an important role when you’re trying to train him or communicate with him. You should always keep yourself updated with your dog’s collar size, particularly if your pet’s a puppy that’s growing fast. The collar should always match your pet’s size. For instance, you should choose one with a lightweight material for toy dogs and other small breeds.

If your dog has a certain disease that requires you not to put pressure on its throat, you can buy a harness. Usually, dogs with upper respiratory diseases cannot have collars, because collars promote choking, coughing and throat irritation. A dog harness goes around its shoulders and belly, instead of its throat.

Another alternative to the traditional type of collar for your pets is the halter dog collar, which is a recommended tool to use when training large and working dog breeds not to pull you forward. It gives you full control of your dog’s head as it has soft but durable bands, two of which go around the neck and another one around the nose. If you’re walking your dog and it pulls you, the halter collar will gently close the dog’s mouth, something that dogs don’t really like. This will make them behave and not pull anymore.

Before you troop to the pet supplies store in your area or purchase any collar from an online pet store, be sure you already know what to buy your beloved dog. Take its measurements carefully so you’ll be assured that whichever type of collar you buy, it will fit your dog properly.

Eco-Friendly Collars and Leashes

Going green is all the rage these days, so why not consider getting – or making – your dog some eco-friendly accessories? Collars and leashes, in particular, are easy to find or put together yourself.

Eco-friendly does not have to mean ugly or simple. On the contrary, it means that your dog’s collar or leash is made from materials that are not harmful to the environment. This ranges from recycled plastic to old sails or parachutes to hemp to too many things to list. You have enough options to determine your own style and that of your pet.

If you are into DIY or arts and crafts, you can sew a collar out of just about anything. For the really daring, you can add some needlework or embroidery of your choice. Beads, old blue jeans, or any other accessories can be added to the design to really embellish it.

Before you get started, you should test a strip of the fabric or other material that you plan to use against your dog. The color is important, but so is the width. Feel free to take breaks as you go along to check out the gradual results of your efforts. It is better to catch a mistake partway through instead of after you have finished the whole project.

Once you have settled on a style for a collar, you can craft a leash to mix or match. You could even make holiday-themed collars and leashes, or different versions for different seasons, if you really want to spend some time at it. It might take some work, but I guarantee that you will end up with something that no other dog or owner has, something that truly expresses you and your pet’s unique relationship, or just something quirky and fun.

Another benefit of using alternative materials for a collar is that they present some favorable qualities when compared to the traditional nylon variety. The main difference is comfort. Organically grown materials like hemp and bamboo tend to adapt to the wearer, meaning that your dog will have a collar that fits just right, with a little stretch to it, but not enough to be able to get it off.

Of course, you also get to feel good about your earth-friendly choices. But your dog can feel good too. Many non-natural products contain chemicals that can irritate any allergies or sensitivities that your dog might have, or even cause health problems for you. In most cases, this will not be an issue, but sometimes you can kill two birds with one stone by going for the eco-friendly collar or leash. As an example, bamboo webbing is naturally anti-bacterial.

It also absorbs odors better than some other fabrics, but even if you prefer to recycle previously used materials, you will be reducing your carbon pawprint, as it were.

Designing and making a homemade dog collar is a great project to get the family involved in taking care of your dog as well, especially if you have kids around. It is also a fun way to welcome a new pet into the group, and if each of your kids is responsible for one animal, then they can show it with a unique design that they can be proud of because they made it and because it is healthy.

Nylon and other types of dog collars are a valid choice. But having the option of an eco-friendly collar for your dog that also offers entertainment and bonding is an idea worth considering.