Slip collars: May be made of nylon rope, nylon strap, chain, or leather. These collars constrict and can constrict
infinitely. They apply pressure to the throat and can constrict the blood vessels in the neck. There is danger of
permanent damage to the throat or to the eyes due to constriction of the throat and jugular veins when these collars are
used. A dog may be killed by hanging with one of these collars. Tags should never be attached to a slip collar, and slip
collars should never be left on a dog who is unsupervised. Slip collars should never be used for tethering. If a slip
collar is used, the collar should be just large enough that when the slack is taken up from the collar on the dog’s neck,
there is 2-3 inches between the rings. Slip collars are not safe for use with retractable leads.
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Halters: Fit around the dog’s head and consist of a strap that goes around the neck, like a collar fitting high up behind the
ears, and a strap across the dog’s nose. There are several variations, including the Gentle Leader and the Halti. There is
no risk of strangulation using a halter, and some halters (Gentle Leader) may be left on the dog while it is unsupervised.
All halters should be removed at night. Halters should never be used for tethering, and may be inappropriate for some
dogs. There may be some risk of injury to the dog’s neck if the dog slams into the end of the leash while wearing a
halter. Tags should not be put on a halter. The collar-like strap that goes behind the ears should, on most halters, fit
snugly enough to prevent the strap from coming off over the ears, but refer to sizing instructions for the particular brand
of halter to determine correct fit. Not for use with retractable leads. Not for tethering.
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Prong collars (pinch collars): Consist of a series of interlocking metal links with blunt prongs that face the dog’s neck
and rest against the skin. These collars have a limit to how far they can constrict and have no risk of strangulation. The
blunt prongs actually protect the throat and blood vessels in the neck by allowing these structures to slip between the
prongs without being constricted. These collars should never be left on an unsupervised dog or used for tethering. The
strength and frequency of corrections may be reduced up to 80% by using a prong collar instead of a slip collar. These
collars are not to be confused with slip-type collars that have pointed nail-like prongs embedded in leather or nylon.
Tags should not be put on a prong collar. Prong collars should be fitted so that each prong rests gently against the skin of
the neck at all times. You should have to take the collar apart to put it on or take it off – a prong collar should NEVER
be loose enough to slide over a dog’s head. Quick release models are available, and make “dressing” large dogs easier.
Not for use with retractable leads. Not safe for tethering.
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