One of the first purchases a dog owner makes is a collar for their dog, but not all owners are adamant about their dog continuing to wear the collar at all times. Some owners feel that since their dog is typically in their home or in their yard, there’s no need for them to wear a collar, especially if the use of the collar seems to be making the dog uncomfortable.
While some owners may not force their dog to wear a collar, it is an important feature for dogs. The following are five reasons why your dog should always wear a collar.
1. It holds ID tags.
One of the biggest benefits of a dog collar is that they’re meant to hold your dog’s ID tags. Having ID tags on your dog can help your dog be returned to you if they are ever lost. This is why it’s important to not only have an ID tag on your dog, but to also make sure that the information on the ID tag is up to date. Be sure your dog’s name is on the tag as well as a current phone number or address.
2. It can help you recognize your dog.
Collars are one of the easiest ways to tell your dog apart from other dogs of the same breed. If you are at a dog park, for example, and your dog is running around and playing with other dogs of their breed, you may not be able to keep your eye on your dog at all times. When it comes time to get your dog ready to go home, their collar will let you know which dog belongs to you without having to call their name and see who comes running.
3. It can be worn at all times.
Some dog owners don’t put collars on their dog because they opt to use harnesses when taking their dog for a walk. While harnesses have their own list of benefits, dog collars are meant to be worn at all times. There is typically no reason to take the collar off your dog unless you’re giving them a bath or having them groomed. Plus, choosing the right size collar for your dog will fit your dog snuggly enough where it’s not a nuisance to them.
4. It can help you restrain your dog.
Collars are a necessary part of the training process for your dog. You can easily grab your dog’s collar to keep them from jumping on someone or something, from running away, or to get them to stop barking. Plus, you can use your dog’s collar as a way to direct them to a certain area, such as into their crate or into the car.
5. It fits with most leashes.
Using leashes is important to keep your dog near you while out in public. Most collars contain a universal hinge that can connect with most leashes. This means that no matter what leash and what collar you purchase, they will be able to fit together, so there’s no need to constantly buy the same brand or the same color.
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Angela Webber is an avid writer and dog trainer who loves to give tips to pet owners on how to get the desired behaviour out of their animals.