Last updated on March 21st, 2015 at 10:32 am
Your dog’s leash and collar are one of the most customized and important accessories in your furry friend’s wardrobe. In some parts of the world, it is required by law to walk your dog with a leash and a collar. However, when shopping for one, many people buy with only the style in mind. They want their dogs to look good. They want their accessories to match their outfits. It is not unusual to buy multiple collars to provide some extra diversity. If you are the sporty type, camo dog collars would be anapt fit for your dog. Sometimes, we like to express our style through our dogs and camo dog collars are a popular category.
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While customized collars are important for the dog’s looks, it should also complement their style, character and fur color. Furthermore, functionality is more important than the actual appearance.
Collars are worthless if they look good and the dog feels uncomfortable.
Its discomfort will be obvious and you risk causing a lot of problems in the long run. Look for materials, hardware, joints, tongue holes and other small details in order to determine the quality standards. When you choose quality, finding the right design will also become a lot easier. The collar will maintain its colors and integrity for longer periods of time as well. Here are the top 5 Camo products for your dog.
1. Basic everyday collars
There are a wide plethora of collars for everyday uses. Some of them come with metallic buckles, so you need to adjust the tongue according to the dog’s neck thickness. Some others have quick release clasps. They come in all kinds of materials, styles and designs. The size and strength of your dog are not to be ignored either. If you have a strong and muscular dog, make sure the buckle is sturdier and more efficient. On the other hand, quick release clasps are more common in lazy or small dogs. There are quite a few camo collars that should fit the bill.
The rolled leather collar has gained a lot of popularity too. It is better known for not causing hair loss. All in all, whichever your choice is, ensure that you also “invest” in a name tag with your contacts. Preventing unexpected situations is a lot more helpful than having to face them unprepared.
2. Camo Dog Harness
Harnesses may often replace western dog collars, yet they are recommended to particular breeds only. They no longer stick around the neck, although some models come with a built in collar as well. They mostly focus on the chest, while the longer ones can cover the abdomen too. The leash goes on top of the harness (somewhere in the middle).
Harnesses are mostly recommended to dogs that pull a lot. Since they do not put any pressure on their necks, they are safer. Instead, they put pressure on the body. Some trainers do not actually recommend harnesses because they encourage pulling. The dog figure that it has an extra level of power over you, so problematic pulls will inevitably become part of your daily walks. However, these options have their share of recommendations too, since they become a main necessity in breeds with neck and airway related problems.
Harnesses come in all kinds of styles. You can find a lively colored, textured, cartoon or camo dog harness in pretty much any pet shop.
3. Martingale collars
Martingale collars are better known among Greyhound collars because it looks like they were specifically developed for these breeds. They are normally used to prevent slipping out of collars during a walk. While most breeds do not require such slightly sophisticated mechanisms, the truth is that Greyhounds and other similar dogs have an awkwardly shaped head and neck construction that requires a different level of attention.
The collar is normally tightened of the leash. There is, however, a simplistic mechanism that prevents the full enclosure around the neck. Whether you look for male or female dog collars, these models are rarely made of leather. Instead, most of them come from nylon or other similar styles. When it comes to designs and colors, there is something for everyone out there.
4. Slip collars
Slip camo dog collars are excellent for dogs with slight issues when being walked. They are just as handy for those who go through their first leash training sessions. Correcting misbehaviors and problematic habits has never been easier. It makes no difference if the dog likes to sniff everything or everyone, chase squirrels, get distracted by cats or attracted by garbage bins. In any of these situations, this type of collar guarantees for a quick correction to distract the dog in your favor and show it the right way.
Correcting the dog in this manner asks for a firm and short headed pull. Do not pull back or your dog’s instinct will be to pull forward, so you are just tugging. Instead, do it on one side. You basically target its balance, so it will look into your direction while trying to understand what is going on. It is imperative to avoid exaggerating with these pulls. Perform such training programs with the dog’s safety and comfort in mind. If you have no idea how to use a slip collar, educate yourself instead of making random assumptions.
5. Head collars
Head collars are part of a special category of products. They are not necessarily supposed to become longterm collars. Instead, they are used to prevent specific behaviors, but also to help while leash training a dog. They are sometimes known as halters too. At a first glance, they look like some basic muzzles, yet their goals are completely different. From some points of view, they should be seen as head hardnesses. The way they work is fairly simple to understand. If the dog pulls in one direction or another, the halter will have the head turn into the opposite direction. Put yourself into the dog’s shoes and you will realize that it feels a little unnatural. With time, you dog will quit the unpleasant habits. Make sure that you do not leave your dog unattended with a head halter though.
In the end, you do not have to be a professional dog trainer to realize that the style is practically the least significant thing in the process of choosing the right collar. Whether you prefer camo, girlish, cartoon, leather, nylon, fabric or nautical dog collars, these things are the last factors to pay attention to. As a general rule, you need to choose the collar with the dog’s necessities in mind. Educate yourself on its breed, behavioral characteristics and tendencies. Think about the training part too.
Once you have these aspects covered and you already know what model and construction to hunt, browsing materials, designs and styles becomes a lot easier. You can also narrow your selections a little, since this market has seriously diversified overtime. Sadly enough, a lot of people make bad decisions, so they fail in both training their dogs and caring for them.