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One of the best friends a person can have is a dog. No one listens better or is more willing to have your back than a canine. Dogs are naturally loving of people and want to be with us all of the time, and many people take advantage of their doggie relationships, keeping their furry friends with them practically at all times. This includes hanging out at the park, going for rides to the grocery store, or even taking Fido on camping trips or hikes. My own personal Fido loves hiking and enjoys a good mud bath from time to time.

If you have a Fido like mine, you are well versed in the effects of mud on a dog. In the picture above, my dog had a brand new Lupine collar around her neck. I like and support Lupine collars; I have one that is 8 years old and still going strong. While the performance of such collars is great, what does not agree with those collars (or most commercially made collars), however, is mud. You can only wash so much mud out of a regular dog collar. I am not sure whether or not this has to do with the looser weave in dog collars enabling them to suck up more mud in comparison, but paracord has proven much more mud-resistant when put to the test by my Fido pictured above.

Paracord dog collars are great gear for a survival dog, regardless of whether or not that dog wallows like a pig. They are another way to make paracord accessible at all times and carry some in place of something else that you would likely already be carrying anyway. Plus, paracord looks good on dogs. It gives them swagger.

You would make a paracord dog collar much like you would make a typical bracelet. Select the type of closure you want and tie it in a length to fit your dog. The only difference is that you want to add a ring of some sort onto which a leash can clip and/or to hold dog identification tags should Fido ever wander off. You can find such a ring at any hardware store or farm supply store and all you have to do is pick a place for it to go on your collar and work it into the knots. Since the tensile strength of paracord is 550lbs, you should not have to worry about your dog pulling and breaking the cord unless maybe your dog is part rhinoceros.

The downside of a paracord collar is that the measurement is pretty stringent. Since knotted paracord does not flex or give, you need to measure your dog and make a collar as near to that length as possible. If you make something too tight, it will not stretch to fit, and if you make something too big, it could slip over your dog\'s head and come off. Rigid measurements aside, paracord dog collars are very functional and durable as well as good-looking in appearance. In fact, paracord collars as so attractive, even cats are willing to wear them!

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