It is a well known and accepted fact that dogs are man’s best friend and it seems to have been that way for almost as long as the two have co-existed.
Fossil findings and DNA research have provided evidence of early domesticated dogs being kept 32,000 years ago by a group of hunters in Europe, this is the earliest proof of man and dog cohabiting found to date. DNA analysis has shown that these “first dogs” were closely related to modern day wolves and it is believed that they began following the nomadic tribes to scavenge food but were accepted into the tribes due to the advantage the dogs early warning of danger such as wild animals or rival tribes approaching.This early relationship of mutual convenience laid the foundations for the modern bond that owners feel with their dogs, as the dog became of more value to humans their domestication was complete. Humans began to then claim ownership of individual dogs and eventually the notion of keeping them as pets rather than purely working dogs was born.
The dog collar however is more than just a symbol of ownership . Dating back to ancient Egypt dogs wearing collars appear in paintings from as far back as 3,500bc although these dogs were not yet “pets” they were loyal hunters or protectors and wore collars made of leather often featuring their name.
In ancient Greece dogs, once again filled a valuable role as a protector of livestock. As such collars of this time were leather with spiked nails to protect the dogs vulnerable neck from predator attack and inflict serious injuries on the attacker.
By the time we reach ancient Rome it is believed that people had grown loyal and attached to their dogs, legend has it Caesar publicly berated the masses for treating their dogs with more devotion than their Children. Mosaics of this time have also been unearthed showing dogs adorned with fancy collars and leads. A preserved dog found in the ruins of Pompeii was examined using infra red and found to have a collar inscribed with a message expressing appreciation to the dog for saving his life in a wolf attack.
During the Middle Ages dogs provided many different services to humans and their collars depended on their job. Hunting dogs wore simple leather collars, Sheep dogs wore spiked collars similar to the Grecian design with this type of collar also being used in the sport of wolf hunting when a dog would be sent towards the wolf to bait it into attacking. These dogs were not expected to survive.
During the middle ages dogs owned by upper class ladies were kept as ornaments, adorned with collars made from precious stones and metals.
During the 1500s people began to keep dogs solely as pets rather than workers or ornaments and began to give them simple and affordable leather collars. However due to disputes over ownership the padlock collar was developed, this was a hinged metal collar with a padlock that could only be opened by the rightful owner, providing irrefutable proof of ownership – providing the key was not mislaid or stolen.The industrial revolution saw a move towards fashion collars made of engraved gold, silver or brass containing the owners name and a witty quote or comment. Precious metal or leather collars with bells also became popular.
Modern day dog collars come in a variety of styles and sizes from jewel encrusted and covered in baubles to environmentally conscious hemp with a wealth of styles in between.
Modern dog collars are generally used to attach a lead as a means to controlling your dog whilst walking but there are some controversial “punishment” type collars on the market, mainly aimed at preventing unwanted behaviour such as barking or pulling with deterrent such as electric shocks or bursts of citronella, an unpleasant scent to dogs.
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