Dog collars – The Portugal News

Dog collars – The Portugal News

First of all, I wonder how many people know of the existence of the world’s only Dog Collar Museum, an exhibit of dog ties that spans five centuries of fashion and function for dogs. This unique collection consists of over 130 necklaces that were compiled by medieval scholar John Hunt and his wife. Expanded by the Leeds Castle Trust in Essex, UK, the collection has pieces from medieval to Victorian times. Apparently, in the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries, the forests of Europe were full of predators that were happy to slaughter hunting dogs that entered their territory, and to protect their faithful companions, hunters fitted them with thick collars. iron covered with impressive spikes. Poor things either way!

Today, collars are a vital part of dog ownership. You hang his ID on them, maybe even your phone number, and of course he gives you a place to clip your leash when you go for a ride.

But did you know that there are a few ways that collars can harm your dog?


Tags can get caught on objects and cause choking and can put your dog at risk of snagging the collar on a fence post or branch outside. Even a well-fitted collar can be dangerous if used to leash a dog (god forbid) in a backyard, where dogs have been known to attempt to jump a fence while on a long leash and end up hanging themselves.

skin problems

Necklaces that are too tight can cause hair loss, and the skin in those areas can become more prone to infection. Even a wet collar after playing in the water at the beach or in the garden can cause chafing and leave sore skin open to infection. In extreme cases, a too tight collar can cut a dog’s neck, which can happen in cases of neglect, when a puppy-sized collar is left on a growing dog. A good idea is to rotate between a few different collars and regularly check that they still fit, and even letting your dog sleep at night without a collar gives your dog some rest.

Limb or mouth injuries

Aside from strangulation hazards, a collar can pose other serious physical risks, especially if it’s too loose. If your dog scratches his ear and the collar is loose, there is a chance his rear leg could accidentally get caught inside the collar, which could lead to a broken limb. It is always possible for a dog to get its teeth or tongue stuck in a collar that is too loose while grooming, which could lead to broken teeth or other injuries to the mouth.

neck damage

Traditional collars can damage a dog’s neck if the pet owner uses the collar to pull the dog or if the dog pulls too hard. Shaking the dog backwards could injure him, as the neck is a very sensitive area. Repeated stress on the neck can even lead to long-term medical problems, including damage to the thyroid glands and the tissues around the neck area and the salivary glands. Using a chest harness can be a safer alternative if you have a ‘sling’.

Collar Safety Tips

Breakaway-style collars, which are designed to break when pressure is applied to the buckle, are a very good idea and can prevent many potentially fatal injuries. When measuring the size of a collar, experts say make sure you can fit your thumb between the collar and the dog’s neck, and if you can fit your whole hand in there, it’s too loose, and if you can’t fit a finger there, it’s too tight. To complicate matters, if the dog sits or rolls over, his skin and body fat redistribute, and a collar that sits perfectly when standing may be too tight when the dog reclines. The wrong collar can also be irritating to a dog and owners should use common sense when shopping for a collar. If a collar seems stiff and uncomfortable, it probably is: a really stiff collar will impede his mobility and could end up with a very downcast pup.

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