Benefits and Types of Puppy Collars
You must get your puppy used to wearing a collar and leash as soon as possible. This is a tool that will help you keep him or her under control, and out of trouble while they learn how to live in our environment. It is a useful tool when training your puppy, and in some places, it’s the law. Visit our Puppy Packages page to view the collars we have available for your pup!
When can you begin, and how long will the process be?
We recommend that when bringing your puppy to your new home, you wait for at least 3-4 days before introducing it to a leash or collar. You can also wait until they are 12 weeks old, as this is the time when you can get rid of their ID tags. As far as how long will it take them to get used to their leash or collar, it all depends on the puppy. Though most of the puppies usually take two weeks to get used to their leash.
How to choose the right leash or collar?
Here are some of the things you should consider when choosing the right collar or leash for your puppy:
- Buy a leash that’s the right size for your puppy, not one that they can grow into.
- It is best to choose a leash or collar that is flat and wide rather than a thin round one. Though round and thin is lighter, the wider it is, the less pressure it will place on the puppy’s neck and throat.
- Choose a collar that is easy to put on and take off, and that does not include a buckle fastening. A collar with fast and easy to use clips is the best option.
- Lastly, make sure your puppy’s first leash or collar is lightweight. A lightweight collar will make the whole experience less intimidating for them. Ensure you stay away from heavy chain leashes.
- Rolled or flat collars- These types of collars fasten with a buckle or a plastic clip. They can hold your puppy’s license tags, rabies, and your dogs’ identification. Though they can keep their size, they can also be dangerous. When puppies are playing rough, they can get their mouths stuck in the collar of another puppy. So, when your dog tries to get loose, the collar can tighten, and the dog can suffocate.
- Martingales- this type of collar is very similar to flat collars and is less likely to slip over your puppy’s head when they are adjusted correctly, unlike a flat collar. These collars are fitted in a way that, even at their tightest, they will not strangle your puppy.
- Choke chains- This type of chain is worn when your puppy is in training. They have a sharp jerk that is strong enough to make your dog halt and do something else. Choke chains should never be left unsupervised as they can get caught on something and strangle your dog.