Looking for a new collar
Hello everyone, have been looking for a new collar for my Nickey, who is now 2 years old, have found one that looks fine to me, you can see it in the link i post, but really i am not experienced about this kind of collars, has anyone ever tried such a collar? Is it safe for our cavs?
Personally I am not a lover of collars for cavaliers, I think they can put a lot of pressure on their necks and back, I prefer to use a harness, and LOVE the Puppia soft harnesses, they are not only adorable in their design and colours but also they are very sturdy and support the cavalier, it's like a little hug for them :-)
Mine both have harnesses - Cassie is going to a show soon so I have to get a show lead for that but back to the harness straight after.
They seem much more comfortable :))
If you want a collar just to wear to hold ID tags, rolled leather is nice, but that looks like a choke collar of some sort? I would not use that kind of a collar on a cavalier.
Mine used to have a normal rolled leather collar. They did great with it, but now they just wear harnesses. Currently we're using step-in harnesses from www.upcountryinc.com. My dogs are pullers and even though I really like the Puppia harness they don't work for us as they tend to pull a lot more when they are wearing them.
All of my dogs have harnesses from Up-Country. I use to keep a collar on for ID tags, but Riley has severe SM and had decompression surgery so I don't want anything around her neck, Oliver had ruptured discs in his neck and had surgery, so I don't want anything around his neck and Oz has the Chiari malformation so I don't want anything pulling on his neck either. Maddie's fine and she still has a collar with her ID tags on. I use one I just got at PetsMart.
I have always used a harness for my 1 year old cavalier, collars worried me since she likes to pull and she is really small framed, i didn't want to put pressure on her neck. Funny thing is though, we recently tried walking her on a collar and she stopped her pulling and for the first time she is walking nicely. I was shocked! I have a Puppia harness which I've always used on her and the problem I've been finding with the mesh style is that the fine cotton like fur on her chest seems to get really matted very easily from the harness. My groomer said it's pretty common with harnesses. So my newest solution is that she wears a collar and if she is going outside for a potty break or a quick walk from the car to a store, etc she will walk with that. If its an actual walk or a longer day out, I've been using a No Pull harness (link below) that works wonderfully. I still get paranoid that she will see something exciting and will pull hard with her collar.
Thank you for all your replies, they are really very useful :l*v:
Erin, do you have pictures of how the softouch fits her (and what size she wears)? I'd looked at those previously, but ended up buying a sporn harness locally (which I've been very happy with).
Originally Posted by Erin2854
maybe you would like to try a harness like the one on this website, a friend of mine have this and i personally will get one soon.