Dog collars from Meg Heath last a long time. Our 19 & 25mm collars are made from cushion web which is a very soft and incredibly strong material which can be washed to bring up like new and our puppy collars (16mm) are made form a plain weave web which is a lighter narrow fabric.
The dog collar is essential to attach your dogs’ ID to and necessary for U.K. law too. A useful piece of kit for handling your dog, without which you could be in trouble.
Just received two smart new collars for my boys that I ordered only yesterday! They arrived at 9.00 am today by courier. They replaced ones I had 12 years ago (again from Meg Heath) and, they were fine but looking a little tired so, time to buy the dogs new ones. I can’t recommend these highly enough, they are very well made and last a VERY long time.
Wendy – Lincolnshire, U.K.retractable dog lead
The 25mm cushion web that we use has a 450-kilogram breaking strain and the 19mm has a 375-kilogram breaking strain. So with our 40 TKT high tenacity nylon thread, the only part of your product that will fail, is me! The thread is Certified to Öko-Tex Standard 100, which is a worldwide, independent testing and certification system for raw materials, in this case, sewing thread.
Coats Nylbond is a bonded nylon thread made from pre-stabilised continuous filament nylon 6.6.
It cuts cleanly at thread trimming with no ply separation and provides superior abrasion resistance in the sewn product. [https://www.coats.com/products/threads%20and%20yarns/nylbond/nylbond] …
So you can see, we only used the best materials.
Lifetime Stitching Guarantee
All of our products come with a lifetime stitching guarantee. If the thread breaks or there is a stitch fault, we will replace the product.
What is a dog collar and what is it for?
They are a piece of material placed around a dogs neck for the purpose of adornment, control or both. Often more that just practical, the dog collar is a piece of equipment that people spend money on to make their dogs look smart!
Their use goes back thousands of years. It is thought that the Greeks gave their dogs spiked collars in an effort to deter wolves from killing the farm dogs by ripping their throats out. Today some collars like the prong collar which is spiked on the inside, still exist as anti-pulling devices. Collars with spikes on the outside still exist amongst certain breed ciircles.
The dog collar was originally used in ancient Egypt to display the status of the family and the dog. Different materials were used such as gold, brass, silver, silk, velvet and leather as people started to personalise their dogs’ collars.
Nowadays, they are more likely to be made from manmade materials such as nylon, polypropylene, faux suede and leather, but also real leather is still used.
Leather collars are an art in themselves, with professional saddlers being the only real trade to make this type well.
During the reign of King Henry VIII, the dog collar was used to represent how many battles a dog had survived. Sounds barbaric now, but in those days dogs were seen as possessions and the dog collar was fitted with padlocks where only the owner had a key.
Choke & check collars & chains
The choke or check chain is still common today with dog people alike divided as to their humane use. The kinder half check or martingale collar is much nicer and when used and fitted properly are an asset to any dogs’ wardrobe.
The choke chain or similar action of the slip lead, is a punishment based training method to (supposedly) stop or reduce pulling on the lead. Choke chains are commonly seen on large dogs such as German Shepherds.
Greyhounds, Salukis and Lurchers often wear special collars that are wider due to the dogs physique. Their wide necks and similar sized heads make it easy for normal collars to come off. The martingale types pull tighter when the lead is pulled meaning that they tend not to come off when fitted properly.
The doughnut, soft collar or buster collar as they are known, are types of restrictive collars that dogs wear to stop them licking, biting or chewing wounds during surgical recovery.
In the name of dog training, the controversial electric collar is a type of battery operated dog collar that delivers a battery-powered shock to a dog in the attempt to stop nuisance barking, a bit like a static shock on their neck. The shock is delivered either remotely by the handler or activated by the vibration from the dogs’ bark.
Another alternative is the citronella collar. This type of collar is battery operated and either activated by sound or vibration. Sound activated citronella collars are not suitable where they can be activated by anything other than the dog wearing the collar, such as neighbouring dogs.
Ultrasonic collars emit a high resonance tone which cannot be heard by the human ear but due to the dogs superior hearing, they are ‘punished’ by the ultrasonic sound whenever the collar is triggered. Similar units can also be purchased that you situate in your house or garden and not worn.
Collars for the showing of dogs are for looks alone. Pretty collars and dog leads that a dog may or may not wear day to day are used specifically in the dog show ring to displays one’s dog.
Fixed length half chokes (half checks) made of leather or faux leather, in rolled leather or pretty coloured nylon with fine chains in nickel or brass are often used.
The most popular area of the pet trade today. Dog collars and leads are big business and countries like China and India sell to our big companies here in the U.K. in bulk to be sold to the British buyer to pamper their pets.
Dog fashion is popular and it doesn’t stop at dog collars. Embossed collars were found in ancient Egypt in 1440 BC, depicting hunting scenes. The name of the dog on this particuar example of an early collar was Tantanouit.
Of course, today, it is commonplace to see dogs’ dressed up albeit odd, particularly small dogs. It is not unusual to see canine fashion and dog clothing that look like human clothes such as a sailor, a tutu or something else.
The most popular dressed up canines are Chihuahuas, Yorkshire Terriers and small breeds alike.
Pet garments are also made to be practical. Dog coats made from waterproof material to keep them dry in the rain or warm in the winter are the more sensible accessory for our beloved dogs.