Of the many styles in dog collars today, personalized dog collars are becoming very popular for a number of reasons – fun and safety. Some dog owners have their phone number put on the collar, as a way to let people know who to contact in the event their dog becomes lost.
If you don’t like the jingle jangle of multiple tags (rabies tag, id tags), a personalized dog collar could contain the information that would normally be on the dog’s ID tag, like their name and address, or phone number. Over time, tags can become hard to read (or come off all together), so having contact information embedded directly on the dog’s collar can act as an added measure of safety.
Some people just like to have fun and get creative with their choice of personalization with funny sayings (will work for treats) or nicknames for their pooch.
This type of custom made dog collar comes in various forms from leather to the more common nylon material. Nylon seems to be the most popular, since there are more color options. The collar can usually fit up to approximately 25 characters, depending on the size ordered. Permanently stitched, embroidered lettering is usually the best way to go over stamped on lettering, because it will last longer and will hold up better against wear and tear.
What is a Citronella Dog Collar and why would you want to use one?
When I first saw an advertisement for one of the citronella dog bark collars, I though it was an odd combination (citronella/collar). How in the world could citronella help to train a dog and what purpose could it serve by having citronella on the collar?
Well, it appears that citronella is a natural deterrent and when used on these types of collars – a quick burst of the citronella is emitted from the collar when unwanted behavior, such as nuisance barking, occurs. Knowing that a dog’s natural behavior is to bark for various reasons (protection being one of them), you should closely monitor the use of bark collars and only use one as a last resort.
This seems to be a more humane way of correcting problematic behavior, without provoking fear or pain. I am sure it must be something to be used as a training aid and not a permanent solution. It must be used properly as a training aid, and not as a punishment.
Depending on the intended purpose, different mechanisms control the release of citronella. Dogs hate the smell of citronella. In the case of a no-bark collar, it would be sound activated. Some collars used for training are activated by remote control. This dog training collar can be an effective way to train a difficult dog when other methods fail, however there is no guarantee if not done correctly.
For training with a Multivet Spray Commander 3 Refill Scentless, 3 Citronella, 5 Batteries – When your dog is too distracted to obey a command or is behaving badly and you are having difficulty correcting him/her, you use the hand-held remote control dog-training device to trigger the spray collar. The spray is then released which interrupts the dog’s inappropriate actions and makes him/her more receptive to your command.
It is just plain foolish to think that you don’t need a collar for your dog – and it is potentially dangerous. Dog collars are tools that most people feel are used to control a dog and some may feel that they are unnecessary. On the contrary, a good dog collar is a necessity.
The number one reason to always have a collar on your dog is for their safety. While you may have “the most obedient dog in the world,” sometimes the unexpected happens and having that collar on your dog may help to avoid a disastrous situation. Especially for large dog owners, having the ability to grab onto a collar when a lead is not available is extremely important.
Your dog will never get out or get lost. Never say never! It has happened to the best of us. Even if the dog stays inside most of the time or you have a fenced yard, your dog could get out unexpectedly. If the dog has a collar, people will immediately know that it belongs to someone and is not a stray.
That brings up another point – identification. Your dog’s collar should contain some sort of identification either on the collar itself, or on an ID Tag attached to the collar. Anyone finding the dog with contact information can then return him/her to you quickly. Yes, there are exceptions or situations of foul play, but for the most part people are very kind-hearted when it comes to lost dogs.
Most veterinarians have their contact information on the rabies tags your dog should always wear, in case of emergency, so if you don’t have a tag at the moment, that will do.
Always use a strong, secure collar on your dog and inspect it often to make sure it still fits well. You want to make sure that it is not too tight or too loose, so that it will stay on when it needs to and not snap or snag on anything.