Selecting a dog collar for your dog is an important decision you have to make as a dog owner. A dog collar has a lot of practical uses as well as benefits for training and overall safety for your dog. Dog collars are one of the first things people buy when they adopt a new dog because they think it’s important. The truth of the matter is, they’re very important because, without one, any number of unfortunate circumstances can happen.
As the newest member of your family, you want to do everything in your power to provide your pet with the best protection and collars are no exception. With so many to choose from and available options, how do you make an informed decision on which one is the best? The information below will answer that question, and it will help you understand the benefits of leather dog collars versus other materials.
Leather dog collars are:
- Important for leash and obedience training as well as the dog’s overall safety when you need to tie them outside.
- Lightweight and waterproof for active dogs who love the water, and for dogs who don’t mind being the tugboat, dog collars provide a handle for the kids to hitch a ride.
- Durable. Genuine cowhide leather dog collars that are handmade like the ones seen here, are designed to last.
- Easier to grip and less slippery which helps in the summer as well as the winter.
- More pliable than its counterparts and more comfortable for the individual who is holding the leash.
Stronger than most other materials with the exception of heavy-duty chain; however, dog collars made with chain can cause a host of problems to your dog as this article will explain in more detail below.
The Dangers of Heavy-Duty Chain Dog Collars
Chain dog collars, especially prong and choker chains are made to punish dogs who like to pull by inflicting pain. They can cause emotional and serious physical harm to dogs and shouldn’t be used. These types of collars have been known to cause fractures and crushing in the larynx, asphyxiation, crushing of the trachea, whiplash, spinal cord injuries, fainting, prolapsed eyes, and dislocated neck bones.
Metal spikes on prong collars are just as dangerous as they can pinch or puncture the skin around your dog’s neck. Since a dog has no feeling in the skin around the neck, they can build a tolerance to the pinching sensation and continue to pull while causing more skin damage or increase the risk of infection. Prong and choker chain collars have restrictive properties that can make a dog become aggressive or even fearful.
The safest and most humane solution to correct your dog from lunging and pulling is by using a method called “leash reactive.” This unique technique along with some positive reinforcement can correct most behavior problems in dogs and make your walk with your new best friend a pleasant experience.
Why Most People Chose Leather Dog Collars vs Other Materials
There are a lot of people who prefer handmade leather dog collars versus other materials like nylon webbing, plastic, fabric, and chain because leather’s material is all natural. Additionally, leather is less irritating versus other materials and stronger. A common myth is that a dog can’t get wet while wearing a leather collar? That myth isn’t true. Leather dog collars can get wet and last a long time. As a matter of fact, treating a leather dog collar with leather wax can make it last even longer.
People also prefer leather than other materials because of the flexibility they provide. Leather dog collars are available in several colors and styles with custom embossing, jingle bells, metal studs, and spikes. Spikes can be cute on a dog as long as they’re not long or pointed. You don’t want to hurt your dog, so short and blunt spikes are the safest option.
10 Fun Facts About Dogs
- Three dogs from the first class cabins aboard the Titanic survived. One was a Pekingese and two were Pomeranian’s.
- Adult dogs have 42 teeth and puppies have 28.
- Paw movements and twitching is a sign that your dog is dreaming. They have the same rapid eye movement (REM) and slow wave sleep (SWS) patterns as humans.
- Dogs don’t need night vision goggles, they can see perfectly in the dark.
- Dogs don’t sweat all over the body as humans do, instead, they sweat through the pads on their feet.
- They’re smarter than you think, and they can even read your mind. They know your feelings and thoughts probably better than you do yourself.
- 45 percent of all dogs sleep in their owner’s bed; however, the percentage is most likely higher for being a blanket hog.
- Humans have about 9000 taste buds and dogs have about 1700.
- A Dogs sense of smell is tens of thousands more acute than humans. They know where all of the goodies are kept.
- Dogs scratch and dig after they use they bathroom because they are using their scent glands on their feet to mark their territory.
Leather Maintenance and Care
Depending on the type of leather dog collar you buy, proper maintenance and care should be considered, especially if you want it to last a long time. You can buy a leather dog collar either unfinished or finished. It’s easy to tell them apart, unfinished leather is dull in appearance and finished leather dog collars are shiny or glossy.
Cleaning unfinished leather:
- Avoid using water for cleaning.
- Use saddle soap and work it into the leather with a dry, soft cloth.
- Wipe the soap away with a clean, dry cloth.
- Once it’s dry and clean, rub leather wax on the collar.
Cleaning finished leather:
- Use a damp cloth with mild dish detergent to wipe off dirt and mud.
- Use a stiff-bristled brush with detergent for stubborn stains.
- Remove all soap and residue with a clean, damp cloth.
- Buff it back to a shine with a dry, soft cloth.
- For added protection, apply a preservative or conditioner. Then buff again until shiny.
Additional Tips For Leather Collars and Puppies
Now that a conclusion has been made about why leather dog collars are better than other materials, it’s time to talk about puppies. Puppies who wear leather dog collars need ones that are lightweight and narrow. Puppies are not used to having something around their necks, and they can be annoying for a puppy. Select your first leather collar for your puppy with one that is light and small. A puppy will accept this much better than a “decked-out” leather collar with heavy beads. Wait until your puppy is at least six-months-old before you outfit them with a thick and heavier collar.
It’s also a good idea to buy an adjustable leather dog collar because puppies grow at an alarming rate. Since puppies grow fast, check the fit of the collar once a week. A good rule of thumb is one finger under the collar for small dogs, two fingers for med-sized dogs, and three fingers for large dogs. A lot of people who buy leather dog collars online, buy one for the puppy stage and a second one for when they graduate puppyhood.
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