How to Put on A Collar on Your Beagle
The beagle dog breed is a small dog breed that normally weighs between 18 and 30 lbs. even at maturity. People tend to love this breed because they are happy-go-lucky and loyal animals. They are some of the loyal companions you can ask for and sometimes they can be timid or even act funny. Beagle is mostly short-hair breeds; therefore, you should consider a collar that is convenient and comfortable for such dogs. It is also important to understand how to properly put on a collar on your beagle.
What Type of Dog Collar Should You Consider for Beagle?
Since beagles are short-haired breeds, you don’t have to worry about the collar pulling their hair and causing significant damages. The flat collar is the most suitable type of collar for a short-haired breed like the beagle.
This can be a buckled or strapped collar, and it is the preferred option because it retains its size and can be adjusted as the dog grows bigger. You can use a bristle brush to keep the collar area of the neck healthy especially if it is a little tight and you can adjust accordingly as the dog grows.
Preparing your Beagle to Wear A Collar
Perhaps the first step you must take to put on a collar on your beagle is to take it slowly. It is assumed that your dog had never worn a collar before, hence you should assuming that having a collar on him for the first time can trigger rejection.
If the beagle just came to your hours a few days ago, you don’t need to start leash training immediately. A bark collar for Beagle must be used from the first date if you want to incorporate behavioral training into leash training.
The bark collar works by producing sound, vibration and, or minor shocks to stop the dog from barking unnecessarily. There are lots of these collars around, some produce beep sounds and vibration only and they increase steadily as the dog continues to bark.
Make sure you go for a bark collar with auto shut-off mode to stop the vibrations and shocks after repeated barks. This is a safety tip that has become necessary.
You need to ensure that the collar is comfortable with the dog. Smaller dogs usually have more challenges than larger ones when it comes to dog collars. A collar is a form of restraint on them; therefore, it shouldn’t be too tight or too loose. Ideally, you should be able to slide 2 fingers under the collar.
You should put on the collar on your beagle only when you are ready to spend some time with the animal. The first test of the collar should last for 15 to 20 minutes, just to get the Beagle to use to the new accessory and operation.
Since you want to collar to be related to positive interaction and experience, you should play with the Beagle even after putting the collar on him. You should consider having some clicker training with the dog to build a more positive link with collar wearing. Repeat the practice sessions regularly for a few minutes at a time until the dog can stay conveniently with the collar.
How to Put on a Flat Collar on Your Beagle
Flat collars are the simplest yet stylish collars you can put on your Beagle. They are normally made of fabric or leather, and they come with buckles or plastic snap to help fasten them around the dog’s neck.
When putting on the bark collar on your beagle, keep in mind that you don’t want it to be too tight or too loose. If it is too loose, the dog will slip out and if it is too tight, it can cause serious discomfort to the animal.
One general rule you must follow is that you should measure the girth of the neck and size of the head, then adjust the collar to the measurement, leaving a few inches. Loosen the collar very well to help slide it from the front of the head to its neck before you tighten it up. Make sure you can insert 2 fingers comfortably between the collar and the dog’s neck.
If the dog’s head is similar in size to its neck, even the snug collars may eventually ride over the head. You should be able to access this issue on the dog by placing a properly fitted flat collar on the dog’s neck and then attempt to pull the collar over his head. If this collar goes over easily, the dog will likely slide out of it. In this case, you should rather go for a cinching collar, harness or martingale barking collar.
You should be cautious of leaving a collar on your dog for a long time, especially if you don’t have plans to walk or exercise the animal. If you leave the collar on the animal and he moves around the house or yard, the collar can get caught in several things that could injure the animal. In many cases, strangulation of the dog may occur. If your dog has to wear a collar while in the yard or anywhere else in the house, a quick-release collar may be the best option. A quick-release will simply detach automatically when it is entangled with any object.
There are several factors you should consider when choosing a collar for your beagle, perhaps the first is convenience and size. The type of material used, such as nylon or leather is also important and you may want to consider the budget too. If you are unsure about what to do, you may want to speak to professional dog trainers or veterinarians. Don’t just rely on online reviews to make your final choice, one single collar may not be ideal for all breeds of dogs. You must be specific with the option of choosing a collar that can assist your Beagle to obey commands and correct bad behaviors such as excessive barking.
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