Choosing the Right Collar for Your Rottweiler

The Rottweiler was developed as a working breed, so these dogs have a fair bit of energy which equates to moderate needs for exercise. The best way to exercise your dog is to take him for a 30-minute walk once a day or to break it up into two or three smaller sessions. To walk your Rottweiler safely, you’ll need a leash and collar – keep reading to receive some tips for choosing a collar for your dog.

Types of Collars for Rottweilers

Dog collars come in all shapes and forms but some are better for large-breed dogs like the Rottweiler than others. In the end, it is up to you which type of collar you choose, but the following collars are frequently recommended for Rottweilers:

  • Choke Chains– Also known as a choke collar or chain slip collar, this type of collar consists of a length of chain that can be made into a loop and slipped over your dog’s head. Because the collar is a continuous loop, it will tighten around your dog’s neck as he pulls on the leash to provide correction. These collars are often used for training but you should exercise caution because putting too much pressure on you dog’s neck can be dangerous.
  • Prong Collars– A variation on the chain slip collar, a prong collar consists of links made up of blunted metal prongs. You place the collar around your dog’s neck and, when he pulls, the collar tightens and presses the prongs into his neck. These collars usually have a built-in stop to prevent the collar from tightening too much.
  • Martingale Collars– Generally used on dogs who have a tendency to slip out of their collars, the Martingale collar can also be a pain-free alternative to choke chains and prong collars because it tightens when your dog pulls, but only by a little bit.
  • Head Halters– This type of collar consists of two loops – one that goes around your dog’s nose and one around his neck. You clip the leash to the underside of the halter so that when your dog pulls, it turns his head to the side to deter the behavior.

Once you’ve decided which type of collar you want to use for your Rottweiler, all you have to do is buy one of the appropriate size and put it on. Keep in mind that some of the collar types discussed above should only be used for training purposes – they shouldn’t be used as everyday collars. This applies to the choke chain and the prong collar. When you get home from a walk or finish up a training session, take these collars off and put on your Rottweiler’s everyday collar that carries his ID tag.

Choosing the right collar for your Rottweiler is very important. Not only will it carry his ID tag, but it will also determine how well you are able to control your dog on a walk. Rottweiler’s are large, powerful dogs so you want to choose a collar that gives you better control in case your dog starts to pull on the leash. The four types of collars reviewed above are some of the most popular choices for Rottweiler’s but you can do your own research to determine which is best for your dog.

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