Preventing a dog slipping out of their collar to chase a cat

Dogs chase cats. It can lead to injuries and worse for both. A recent Daily Mail story illustrates a problem: escaping a collar.

Dogs can slip their collar when chasing a cat and end up injured
Dogs can slip their collar when chasing a cat and end up injured
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In this story, from Australia, Jim living in Sydney, was walking Lenny, his dog, around a block on his lead when his dog spotted a cat. Lenny managed to wriggle free of his collar and chased the cat. While he was doing this he was running back and forth across a road. Ultimately he bolted into the side of a moving car. Initially he seemed fine and was able to walk home but he wouldn’t calm down and was panting. Jim took Lenny to the vet who found that his lungs were full of blood. He was immediately rushed to a trauma center where it was discovered that Lenny had cracked ribs, a badly bruised stomach and liver. He was bleeding into his stomach.

Okay, Lenny incurred serious injuries. The root cause of the problem was the instinctive desire of a dog to chase a cat and cats are still allowed to wander around unsupervised in Australia but the time is coming when that will no longer be possible as there is a desire by the majority of Australian citizens to keep domestic cats confined to the home full-time.

That is another topic. This article is about the quality of the dog collar to ensure that a dog cannot wriggle free has happened to Lenny. Here are some suggestions.

Martingale Collars: Martingale collars, also recognized as limited slip collars, are commonly utilized for dogs prone to escaping their collars. These collars feature an adjustable loop that tightens as the dog pulls, which prevents the dog from slipping out. Nonetheless, the collar is designed to only tighten to a certain extent, ensuring it does not choke the dog. Martingale collars provide a compromise between control and comfort, favored by dog owners who prioritize their pet’s safety without sacrificing comfort. Proper adjustment of the collar is crucial to ensure a snug fit that is neither too tight nor restrictive.

Martingale collar
Martingale collar

Harness of collar? Choosing between a harness and a collar for a dog that’s prone to escaping can be tricky, as both have their pros and cons. Harnesses are great for spreading out the pressure and avoiding neck strain, which is perfect for dogs with sensitive necks or breathing issues. They also prevent escape artists from getting loose. But, some clever pups might wiggle out of a harness that’s not the right fit or if they’re particularly bendy. Collars are the go-to for a traditional approach and can work wonders for training when they’re snug and secure. In the end, whether you go for a harness or collar should be based on what works best for your furry friend’s unique needs and comfort.

Ensuring a dog collar fits properly is key to keeping an escape-prone dog safe. Start by accurately measuring your dog’s neck where the collar rests using a flexible tape measure. Allow room for two fingers under the collar for a fit that’s snug but not constricting. It’s also important to periodically check the collar’s fit since dogs can change in size, necessitating collar adjustments. A properly fitted collar stays on without hindering your dog’s comfort or breathing.

It would seem that the quality if the collar can be vital to dog safety when walking on a leash in public places.

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