How to Clean a Nylon Dog Collar
Nylon dog collars are popular because they are cheap, colorful, strong, and easy to clean. follow these tips to keep your collar looking great:
What You’ll Need:
- 1 gallon warm water
- 1/2 cup baking soda.
For Reconditioning stiff Nylon Collars:
- 1 gallon warm water
- 2 TBS Fabric Softener
Pre-Treat to Remove Odors and Stubborn Dirt
If your dog has gotten his collar very dirty, or it’s been awhile since you’ve washed it, you’ll have more successful results by pretreating with an overnight soak. Pretreating with baking soda is particularly helpful if the collar has a doggy odor. Simply fill a large bowl or small bucket with warm water and add baking soda. Stir to dissolve baking soda and allow to sit overnight. Immediately wash the next day.
How to Wash Collars
Collars do best when washed with soft, sturdy textiles- like towels. To prevent your laundry tangling around your collars or leashes, use a laundry bag designed for heavy duty items (in a pinch, a laundry bag designed for delicate items can work, but collars may break a lightweight laundry bag after a few uses. Using a laundry bag can prevent damage caused by tangling and save time.
Wash your collar on a standard cycle with cool water and an unscented laundry detergent (your pup won’t enjoy a “fresh linen” scented collar and the fragrances can irritate the sensitive skin of a dog’s neck.)
Most nylon collars tolerate a cool cycle on of a dryer well, but you can prolong the life of your nylon collar by allowing it to air dry. Never, ever dry a nylon dog collar on a high-heat dryer setting!
Reconditioning Stiff Collars
As nylon webbing is exposed to dirt, use, and UV rays it can become stiff and frayed. To give your old nylon dog collars a makeover, use a trick riding stables use to recondition nylon horse bridles: soak your collar for 1-3 hours in warm water mixed with a very small amount of liquid fabric softener. The conditioners in fabric softener will soften stiffened nylon. Be sure to rinse very well, or even run through a washing machine cycle, following this treatment, as the chemicals in fabric softener are very likely to cause a reaction on your pet’s skin if not rinsed off.
Using our tips for cleaning and conditioning nylon dog collars, your stinky, stiff nylon dog collar should taken on a whole new life and last months, if not years, longer! Be sure to allow any collar to dry completely before placing back on your dog’s neck. Wet collars can trap moisture under them, leading to fungal and bacterial growth on the skin underneath.
If you think your nylon collar may be compromised in terms of it’s ability to contain your dog, don’t hesitate to replace the collar. BigDogBoutique.com carries hundreds of nylon and polyester webbing dog collars starting at $7!
How to Select a Collar for a Dog with Sensitive Skin
Like humans, some dogs have sensitive skin which can become painful, itchy, or irritated in response to friction, humidity, and external allergens that can range from airborne pollen, to ingested food ingredients, to materials used to construct their dog collar.
Causes of Collar Irritation:
Allergic reaction to materials, such as nickle-plated hardware or the harsh chemicals used to tan and dye cheap leather collars.
Yeast, Fungus, or Bacterial Growth caused by collars that are too wide, tight, or made from unventilated materials, preventing air from reaching the skin under the collar. Dogs with very long fur or already compromised immune systems are at a greater risk for this type of skin irritation.
Friction – Some dogs, particularly dog of breeds that originated in hot, dry climates which have short, thin coats may develop skin irritation from the constant rubbing of collars made with cushioned materials.
Only a veterinarian can determine for sure if your dog’s skin irritation is a response to their collar or an environmental allergen, however two strong indicators of a collar-caused irritation are itching that is isolated to the dog’s neck, and/or itching that stops or improves within a few days of allowing the dog to go collarless.
Why is a Collar Necessary?
all domestic dogs should wear dog collars. A dog collar allows a leash to be attached and removed easily, and provides an easy grip to catch a dog when they need to be controlled or restrained in a potentially dangerous situation. Even in an age when many dogs have microchips identifying their owner, a dog collar is still an important part of recovering your dog should they be lost. A collar, with tags, can be the difference between your dog being returned by a neighbor within minutes of being lost and your dog being lost several days before winding up at a facility that can scan for chips.
A well maintained dog collar can save your dog’s life! Many people see a collarless dog loose near a road and continue driving, assuming the dog is a stray- but a well maintained collar can show, even from a distance, your dog is a beloved pet and is missed! For all of these reasons it is important to find a dog collar that will be comfortable and safe for your dog.
Identifying the Cause of Irritation
Your vet, or a nearby veterinary school, can run tests to specifically identify if the irritation is an allergy, and if so identify the specific cause. Many of our customers are able to eliminate collar-irritation quickly and relatively inexpensively by purchasing a collar designed for dogs with sensitive skin. A collar made with natural fibers and stainless steel hardware typically resolves irritation caused by any of the above mentioned problems.
Below you’ll find an assortment of our bestselling collars for dogs with sensitive necks:
Rolled Leather Dog Collar
Natural fiber, vegetable tanned leather is gentle on the skin. Stainless steel hardware ensures no allergic reactions. Rolled design of the leather encourages maximum air flow around the collar. 8 Color Options!
Fleece Lined Nylon Dog Collar
High loft sythetic fleece allows air to flow under the collar and buffers the skin from the friction of nylon webbing. Stainless steel and plastic hardware is hypoallergenic. 8 Color Options!
Sheepskin Lined Leather Dog Collar
Natural fiber, vegetable tanned leather is gentle on the skin. hi loft 100% natural sheepskin rests against the skin. Stainless steel hardware ensures no allergic reactions. Martingale style sits loose on neck. 8 Color Options!
Fleece Lined Nylon Dog Collar
All the features of the above collar, with the added benefit of the martingale design. Martingles fit loosely around the neck, unless held tight by a leash, and provide maximum air flow. 8 Color Options!
Horses and Hounds: Teaching Safe Stable Etiquette to Dogs
Whether you are a horse owner who has recently adopted a new dog, a rider who’d like to take your dog with you to the stable, or are raising a puppy on a farm, teaching your dog how to behave around horses is essential to keeping both the horses and your dog safe.
Dogs who chase, bark at, or even attack horses can be a danger not only to themselves but to the horses. A horse panicked by trying to escape a dog may injure themselves or might kick or bite the dog. A bite or kick from a horse can be a life threatening injury for even large breed dogs.
The method of training your dog to get along well with equine companions will vary greatly depending on your dog.
If your dog is aggressive or aggravating to horses, you’ll need to keep your dog on a leash until they learn appropriate behavior. A sensitive dog can be retrained and taught what behavior is inappropriate simply by shouting “no” when the dog instigates a confrontation with a horse.
Many dogs, however, ignore the verbal reprimands of their owner when they are confronted with an opportunity to “play with” or chase a horse. Because this behavior can be so dangerous if left unchecked, you may want to intentionally place your dog in an environment with a particular horse you think may be able to provide the negative reinforcement your dog needs to learn not to confront horses.
Some horse owners choose to place their dog in an safe enclosure with a pony for an extended period. They claim the dog will, in that time, either grow bored or pester the pony until the pony kicks out and teaches the dog, through negative reinforcement, not to provoke a horse.
Another option, which is safer but requires that the owner be willing to show their dog some “tough love” is to research how to appropriately and safely use an electronic shock collar, and then purchase or borrow a shock collar to use to teach the stubborn dog to avoid confrontations with horses. This method is controversial, however when compared to the pain and suffering of injuries sustained by horses who’ve been herded into a fence, or of dogs who’ve had massive injuries caused by horses, minor pain to teach avoidance may be preferable in your dog’s case.
Many breeds of dogs, at any age, can easily be taught to calmly coexist with horses and livestock. If your dog proves to be more difficult to break of a natural drive to herd or hunt your horses, you may want to enlist the help of a professional trainer to maintain the peace and health of your horses and your dog.
4 Tests You Can Do to Help you Pick the Right Dog to Adopt
No “tips list” can guarantee that the dog you walk away from the shelter or rescue group with will be the perfect dog for your family, but by giving the dogs you meet 4 quik personality tests, you can help minimize the chances of adopting a dog that will fit well into your family and lifestyle. Our tips are developed to help you pick a well socialized adult dog and are not accurate predictors of personality when done with puppies.
The first step in choosing the right dog is choosing the right group to adopt from. If you have small children in your home, prefer a purebred, or would like to do a specific activity with your dog such as therapy work or agility you should probably go through a rescue group to get your dog. Rescue groups are often breed-specific, and because they foster dogs in homes instead of kennels, they can thoroughly evaluate a dogs temperament- making it easier to match dogs to homes that prefer or require specific traits. If you have a soft spot for mixed breed dogs, a lifestyle that can accommodate working through unexpected behavioral issues, and like the feeling of rescuing a pup from death row the local animal shelter may be the better (and more affordable) option for you.
Test 1: Ignore Him.
when you meet a potential new dog for the first time let him sniff you, show some brief interest/affection towards him, and then turn and ignore him for a few minutes. Does he pursue your attention? nuzzle for attention? Follow and engage with you even thought you are ignoring him? Or does he or wander to the other end of the room investigating smells? A well socialized, trusting dog will pursue your attention (NOTE, however, that in a high-distraction area like an adoption fair this test is particularly inaccurate)
Test 2: Test Her Boundaries
Pet and play with the dog. Not all dogs are playful in strange situations, but they should not show discomfort in being petted. As you pet her, run your hands all over her body, including ears, paws/nails, and lifting the gums to look at the teeth. A dog that will be safe with your family and safe for the vet and groomer will tolerate this touching without any tough of aggression.
Test 3: Engage Their Play Drive
Play with the dog, getting the dog excited, and then turn and begin to jog away. Dog the dog immediately start to follow you? Does he run ahead? A dog who doesn’t follow may have trouble bonding with you, and a dog who runs to be in front of you may have dominant tendencies, ideally, the dog will run along beside or just behind you.
Test 4: Go for a Walk
Take the dog for a short walk outside, preferably around people. Does he pull ahead? Lag behind? Lunge at strangers or balk from them? Any dog not leashed trained may lag to sniff or pull ahead in excitement, so don’t expect a perfect “heal”, but a behaviorally sound dog will not pull back out of fear or lunge towards other people or dogs in aggression. The dog should show an interest in people and dogs walking by without signs of timidity or aggression. If at any point the dog demonstrates aggression you should allow the dog more time to work with rescue/shelter trainers and behaviorists before bringing him into your home.
Remember that many dogs new to the shelter or rescue may be healing from a spay or neuter or being treated for illnesses- medical conditions like these, or extreme starvation, can affect the dogs behavior around you so the above tests may not be accurate. If you find yourself drawn to a dog that isn’t healthy yet, inquire if fostering is an option. Fostering the dog will allow you the opportunity to get to know the dog without making a commitment.
If the dog passes all these test with an amicable and friendly personality then you are well on your way to adopting a happy, healthy canine companion.