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Dog Collars

Dog collars date back to being used by the ancient Egyptian civilization as training tools for dogs as well as decorative pieces of art. In ancient Greece, dog collars commonly had spikes like some dog collars seen today. With frequent use of sheepdogs to heard and maintain flocks of animals, the Greek dogs required these specifically designed spiked dog collars to help protect their dogs from potential wolf attacks. Evidence also exists that dog collars were used to document the relationship between a dog and its owner by inscribing stories of devotion onto the dog collars. In the Dark Ages, dog collars were mainly used as identifiers for hunting dogs. Around the time of the Renaissance, dogs were more affordable as pets and therefore more affordable dog collars made of leather and often had tags for identification. Padlocked dog collars also were popular to show the true owner of a particular dog. As time went on, dog collars grew in variety and became increasingly about decoration.

As a staple for every dog owner, today dog collars serve many purposes and come in many kinds. Flat dog collars are the most standard dog collars and come with a snap or buckle as well as a ring on which to hang dog tags. Make sure that flat dog collars are tight enough to not let your dog slip out of them, but not so tight that your dog is choked in any way. If you can fit two of your fingers beneath flat dog collars, than they are the perfect tightness. Another of the available kinds of dog collars is martingale dog collar. These dog collars are sometimes called limited-slip dog collars and are designed for dogs that tend to try to slip out of dog collars and dogs that naturally have smaller or thinner heads. Martingale dog collars are made to safely tighten when a dog attempts to slip out of it. Head collars are an option for stronger and more rambunctious dogs that may jump and pull. One strap of head dog collars loops around your dogs muzzle while the other strap of these dog collars sits high on your dog’s head, above the neck, while the leash is meant to attach at the bottom of the loop of the muzzle. Beyond these various types of dog collars, dog collars come in nearly infinite sizes and colors so you can customize which dog collars you use for your dog to suit both the dog’s need and your personality.

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