Comfort That Comes From the Right Pick of Dog Leash and Collar

What people refer to as training collars are generally called “choke chains”. A choke chain is metal-made with a sliding ring attached to the dog’s leash. You may wonder why it was called as such. The reason behind is the fact that there is no limit on the tightness these training collars can pull against a dog’s neck. Therefore, there is a possibility to have him choked. Furthermore, it can cause some serious injuries like severely sprained necks, tracheal and esophageal damage, hind leg ataxia, etc.

If you doubt, there are documents to support them from hundreds of veterinary practices related to choke chain-injuries. So choke chains must really be used appropriately. Experienced trainers would have proper handling of the tool. But for the most part, an average person won’t. Therefore it is important that in the very start, you choose the right leash and collar for your dog.

The one called flat buckle collar could either be nylon or leather. It can be used for training and everyday use. It should fit stably, but make sure to allow looseness enough for you to insert at least two fingers. Any looser than that may cause sliding off but tighter might cause the dog’s discomfort.

Nylon which comes in various bright colors is good for dogs that spend most time in water or mud. Meanwhile leather is durable and absorbs oils from your dog’s coat. Thus it is more flexible over time. So choice of material mainly depends on personal preference. Also, the width of the collar must be appropriate for your dog’s size. For instance, a Chihuahua, which is a small breed, doesn’t require a wide or heavy collar.

Another ideal device to prevent choking is a harness that goes around the neck and rib cage. This is a great way to get rid of that choking “tug of war” whenever you want to pull your dog on a certain direction. They can also protect small dogs which have small airways from serious collar pressings.

Now speaking of proper leash, the same as collars, there is a choice of material-leather or nylon (braided leather is also available). Most dog owners pick a retractable leash. These are nylon-made with plastic casing and are up to 25 feet or so in length. Its one-button “braking” system and spring mechanism are its best assets.

Types of Dog Collars

They say a dog is the best friend of man. At times I can really agree with this, as my dog is my pride and joy. Most dog owners feel this way with their pets, and usually enjoy pampering them in many different ways. A quick glance at the pet store will reveal ways to spoil your pooch with special treats, doggie clothing, a wash and trim, or even with beautiful dog collars. There just seems to be something special about the collar a dog wears, as it says something about the type of dog you have and it makes a statement about you the owner. There are many styles of collars out there, but in the end there are just a handful of basic types. Let us take at look at each, and try to understand how they could be used to spoil your special pet.

The first type of collar to consider is the buckle collar. This is the most basic and fundamental dog collar as it performs a very simple function by enabling you to tie down your pet and keep him from running away. These collars are adjustable, as they have a rectangular buckle with a tongue so you can get just the right collar fit for your dog. These collars seem to come in two main types, in either the rolled collar or flat collar. Rolled collars are usually made from leather, and they are best used in areas where you dog will not get them wet. The flat collars is usually come type of nylon materials, and is weather proof and very comfortable for your pet. Another rule of thumb to use is that dogs with short hair should use flat collars, and longer haired dogs should use rolled collars.

Another specialized collar is the so called Elizabethan fancy dog collar. I am sure you have seen these before, as it looks like the animal is wearing a lamp shade around their neck. These collars are very important for dogs that have just had some sort of medical procedure. The collar prevents the dog from biting any treated areas on their body, and from nibbling away at any stitches or wounds.

If you have special training needs for your dog, or you are having any barking problems, you may need to consider using an electronic collar. These collars have one primary purpose alone and that is to teach your dog discipline. The electronic collar will have some type of device on it that gives your dog some type of signal. The signal can be a sound, a mild electronic shock, or a spray of liquid like citronella. These collars can be activated automatically, like when your dog barks, or you can activate them with a remote control device. The electronic collar can sometimes be used in a way to track your dog, say if you were using for hunting. Either way you use it, this type of collar can be very effective to help you with your dog.

Major Points of Consideration in Buying Pet Beds

Are you too fond of your couch or sofa that you would do anything to prevent it from being drooled over by your beloved dog or shed with cat hairs? Of course, you can always train your pet to avoid sleeping on your furniture but you can do better than that. You can buy your pet its very own bed.

You will give your pet its own personal space by providing it with a pet bed. As such, anytime your pet wants to sleep or relax without disturbance, it can always count on its own pet bed without bothering with your furniture anymore. In terms of health issues, dog beds are also very good for old pets with arthritis and joints or hip problems. Pet beds can also be insulated well enough to make it very cozy for your pet.

If you are looking for the best pet bed, here are the following points to consider:

1.#Size – make sure that you choose a pet bed that would suit very well not only to the actual size of your pet but also to its maximum size when in sleeping position. Remember, a dog or cat can stretch a lot during sleep, longer than their actual size. Also, if your pet is still young and has a lot of potential of growing large in size, consider adding an allowance in choosing its bed, unless you are thinking of just buying a bigger one once it has reached its maximum size.

2.#Materials – pet beds made of micro-velvet fabric are the most advisable because this fabric can repel dirt, moisture and pet hairs. This kind of material can be cleaned easily. Remember to buy an extra sheet also, for when the other sheet is in the washer.

3.#Room temperature – remember that your pet needs to be comfortable that is usually why they want to sleep on your furniture. If it is not permitted, they resort to sleeping in the carpet for comfort but this would not suffice. In addition, your carpet would end up with a lot of pet hair and would be quite hard to remove. During winter season, dog beds with thermal heating are your best bet to make sure that your pet would be cozy and warm. During summer though, cooling beds are the best thing against the summer heat.

Other things to consider are the fillings of the bed, health situation and age of your pet and the actual place where the pet bed will be used.