Mar 21, 1999 - What should your dog be wearing around his neck

When the leash is attached to the dead ring, the collar does not constrict on the dog's neck
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-- Harnesses are best left on little dogs, since they offer nothing in the way of control and give up a great deal in the way of leverage. Some small breeds, such as poodles, have a tendency toward "collapsing tracheas," where the rings of cartilage in the neck collapse temporarily when the dog is excited. These dogs are ideal candidates for harnesses, to relieve the pressure on their necks from pulling.
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My six month old Sheltie, Sami, was neutered on February 8. I wish I had read this article prior to his surgery because it has been dreadful having him wear this large, hard plastic cone. It is huge because although Sami's neck is only 11 inches his nose is long - like you expect a Sheltie to have and he could reach his stitches with the cone that fit his neck size. When we brought him home wearing the cone he first shook his head in a fit as if he was manic. Once he realized he couldn't get it off he simply laid on the floor. He wouldn't eat unless I hand feed him and he wouldn't drink water. I had to feed him ice chips and moniter his urine output to make sure he was hydrated. We read about the ProCollar about 8 days after the surgery by which time he had started to eat and would walk with me in the yard. I called our Vet who had no experience at all with the ProCollar. We talked with a clerk at the pet store and didn't purchase the ProCollar because we were concerned that if it didn't work Sami might tear his stitches and we would be back to Day 1 with the cone. I read some reviews on the ProCollar and some dogs punctured the collar causing it to deflate which allowed the dog to bite their wound or stitches. However, I read about some collars that had a canvas interior so I think there are different manufacturers. Another alternative I read about is the Thunder Shirt which is a Shirt that wraps around and is secured with velcro. It didn't seem long enough and I was afraid the velcro would be easily removed by Sami. It is now only 4 days until Sami's stitches will be removed and thank goodness this horrible cone with be gone. However, Sami did an amazing job of adapting. I throw him his ball and while he cannot see it he listens for the sound of the bounce and when it hits the floor he runs in that direction, finds it and runs back to me. Our Vet said Sami couldn't play outside because he would get dirt in the wound but today he was bouncing off the walls with the need to run so 10 days post-op I let him run to his hearts content outside. I wiped his stitches with a warm, soapy cloth but he really wasn't dirty. If Sami needs surgery in the future (and my first two Shelties both had several surgeries over the course of their lifetimes), I will be prepared with a comfortable alternative to the hard, plastic cone. However, I am very disappointed that my Vet has made no efforts to investigate alternatives to the hard cones which are simply unacceptable. If the live ring pulls the chain under the dog's neck, the collar is on backwards
Photo provided by Flickrwhere the rings of cartilage in the neck collapse temporarily when the dog is excited.
Photo provided by FlickrUp Country Wedding Collection - Rose Ring Dog Neckwear.
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The collar is made of nylon and a unique construction - it does not stretch and lasts for years. It has a clasp and two rings - a stationary one and a floating one. The collar is put around the dog's neck and the clasp is snapped onto the floating ring. The leash is attached to the stationary ring, thus making a training collar. The collar is available in 1/2-inch increments and different colors.Trainers who use training collars advise handlers to make the leash/collar correction a quick motion that sharply tightens the training collar about the dog's neck. Then the handler should immediately release pressure; if the collar was put on correctly, the links should immediately loosen up in response. Otherwise, if the training collar remains tight, the dog won't be able to distinguish between an intentional correction and the handler simply pulling on the dog's neck for no reason. The dog will quickly get accustomed to being uncomfortable, rendering the training collar useless (and possibly leading to a hurt neck or throat).What should your dog be wearing around his neck? The choices used to be pretty basic: a buckled collar for everyday wear, and a slip or "choke" collar for outings or training. But things have changed in recent years. Basic canine neck gear remains the flat or rolled collar, in either leather or nylon, with the choice of a snap-together clasp added to the time-honored buckle. Every dog should have one of these, with license and ID tags attached.21. Is she a pet lover? How about getting her a puppy or kitten and tie the ring around the new animal's neck as a collar. If she already has a house full of furry friends, tie the ring around her favorite cat or dog's neck. Now just make sure the four-legged friend doesn't bite the ring off and swallow it!