Benefits and Types of Puppy Collars

The benefits

It’s important that you get your puppy used to wearing a collar and leash as soon as possible. As 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.

When can you begin and how long will the process be?

It is highly recommended 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. Though you would be better off waiting till 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  Two of the puppies usually take 2 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.
  • Make sure you choose a small leash or collar that is lightweight. This will make it easier for your puppy to get used too.
  • 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 is put 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 puppies first leash or collar is lightweight. This will make the whole experience less intimidating for them. Ensure you stay away from heavy chain leashes.

The types

There are various types of collars that are sold online and in stores but how do you know which one is the right one for your puppy? Some of the most common collars include:

  • Rolled or flat collars- These type 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 hold 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 are 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.