You have a number of collars that are considered to be safe for dogs, though one of the safest options is the simple and inexpensive nylon collar. These come in reflective collars, for night walks, and they are easy to find, comfortable, and quite durable for your dog to use.
If you do a lot of hiking or hunting with your dog, then an O-ring collar (also known as a ‘safety collar’) is also an excellent choice. The additional ring in the collar gives it an added flexibility beyond the material from which the collar is made.
This allows your dog to dislodge themselves when they are trapped in brush or on a branch, and if this flexibility is not enough, your dog should be able to back out and release themselves from the collar altogether.
In today’s article, we’ll talk about various collar options and alternatives, such as e collars, whelping collars, and harnesses and we’ll also touch briefly on subject like allergies and dogs that go crazy when you take their collars off. Read on to the answers to the questions trending most on the web this week!
Table of Contents
- What is the safest type of dog collar?
- Is it safe for dogs to wear collars?
- Why do dogs go crazy when you take their collar off?
- Are e collars cruel?
- Can my dog be allergic to his collar?
- Should you take dog collar off at home?
- Are whelping collars safe?
- Should you take your dog’s collar off at night?
- Is it better to use a harness or collar?
- Do dogs need a collar and a harness?
What is the safest type of dog collar?
For training collars, one of the safest options is Martingale dog collars. These training collars are very comfortable for your dog, and while they will tighten if your dog moves away, it is quite minimal – just enough to get their attention, without harming the dog.
Once your dog relaxes then then collar loosens immediately, making this a good training option that ‘pinches’, rather than ‘chokes’.
Is it safe for dogs to wear collars?
Collars are safe for your dog to wear, provided that they are not too tight. You should be able to easily fit your index and middle fingers, pressed together, between your dog’s neck and collar. That said, don’t use them for walking, but only for holding your dog’s identification and registration tags.
With walking, a collar is unsafe because it puts a strain on your dog’s neck. With a harness, which clips in place on their back or chest, any tugging of the leash or pulling by your dog will have the force redistributed in a much safer way than through your dog’s collar.
Why do dogs go crazy when you take their collar off?
If your dog goes crazy when you take their collar off, then the odds are quite high that your dog associates this with getting a bath or something else that they don’t like. Think about the most recent times that you’ve taken off the collar and what you did immediately after.
You can break the unpleasant associations by giving your dog a treat after taking off their collar, followed by a little playtime. Do this a few times and your dog should start to build happier associations with removal of their collar.
Are e collars cruel?
E collars that deliver a shock are definitely considered cruel. They are also unnecessary and you have other electronic options that you can use instead of a shock collar.
Some collars simply vibrate, for instance, which will get your dog’s attention just fine. Others will make specific sounds, not designed to be loud or to hurt your dog, but just to get their attention. E collars of this nature are not considered cruel and can prove quite useful.
Can my dog be allergic to his collar?
Most often it’s going to be an allergy to the metal, rather than the material of the collar. While this is uncommon, it does occur from time to time, and if you suspect this then you should check on an alternative collar, and also put away any metal bowls that your dog is using and replace them with plastic ones.
Finally, a trip to the vet for allergy tests can quickly determine exactly what they are allergic to and is definitely a good idea so that you can avoid exposure of this material to your dog.
Should you take dog collar off at home?
While you don’t have to, taking your dog’s collar off whenever they are home is a good idea and your dog will probably appreciate it.
Taking the collar off when your dog is inside is a good way to give your skin a break from the pressure and abrasion of the collar and it also helps to keep the fur on your dog’s neck looking it’s best.
Are whelping collars safe?
Yes. Whelping collars are made of soft materials and are specifically designed for marking newborn animals which have very little or almost no distinguishing features to identify them with.
They are typically made of soft materials so as not to harm the young animals and should be perfectly safe to use, provided that they are not too tight!
Should you take your dog’s collar off at night?
While you don’t have to, taking off your dog’s collar at night is a good idea. This gives your dog’s skin a little time to breathe and also gives your dog a break from the constant pressure of having the collar around their neck.
In the morning, you can simply put it back on, and your dog will even learn to look forward to this as it will be the first thing that you do before taking them out on an exciting, fun-filled walk!
Is it better to use a harness or collar?
For walking purposes, the harness is definitely better than the collar. Walking with a collar is bad for your dog’s neck. If your dog seems something interesting and bolts, all of the resistance of the taut leash is going to be focused on your dog’s vulnerable neck.
With a harness, this is focused more safe on your dog’s back or on the center of their chest.
Do dogs need a collar and a harness?
Ideally, yes, your dog should have both a collar and a harness. The harness may be used for walking, so that the leash is not attached to (and thus straining) your dog’s neck, while the collar is the easiest and also the traditional place for hanging identification and registration tags.
Just be sure that you take the harness off after walks, as otherwise it can eventually cause shoulder pain or even joint damage. Also, consider taking the collar off, at least at night, so your dog can have a little break from that as well!