Pet Collars – What Type of Collar to Buy For Your Best Friend

If you are shopping for your dogs collar, you probably have some questions and concerns about what type of collar would BEST suit your BEST friend! The markets, today, are virtually flooded with options for pet collars, varying in style, range, and material. Depending on your budget, it would be wise to select a collar that is multipurpose.

Hopefully, the following guidelines will help you with this important decision. Your primary consideration should be the purpose of pet collars.

Purpose of Pet Collars

SAFETY and COMFORT – the main thing to remember is your dogs safety and comfort while wearing the collar. Make sure that the collar is the appropriate size. If it is too big, your dog will easily slip out of it. If the collar is too small, your dog may suffocate itself while pulling on it. Safety and Style go hand-in-hand. Your choice of collars is a great way to control your dog and at the same time help enhance their personality!

Helpful Tips Relevant to Pet Collars

The Size of your Dog

Depending on the size, make sure that the dog collar allows one to three fingers to fit between the dogs neck and the collar. This will serve as an ideal fit for your dog. Body harnesses work especially best for small or toy dogs. These are very beneficial for your pet, because the harness is attached around the shoulders and chest instead of just on the throat. So, when the leash is pulled, the force is evenly distributed, thereby reducing the tension on your pets larynx and trachea. Harnesses provide better control of your pet without excessive tugging resulting in a less stressful experience for both of you.

Training

For dog training collars, select a choke chain. However, make sure that after the training process, you remove the chain, as it can be extremely dangerous for the dog to leave a choke chain on for any length of time.

Other Considerations:

Durability

The durability of the dog collar is another important aspect you should consider. After spending a decent amount, you would definitely be concerned about the longevity of the dog collar. For simple walks, you can either go for a rolled leather collar, a choke chain and even a mouth or chest harness. Much depends on the size, age and personality of your canine.

Cleanliness

Whatever dog collar you chose, make sure that it is easy to clean. Saddle soap or a good leather cleaner works well on leather collars.

Chewers

Some dogs are leather chewers. So, before getting a leather collar, make sure that your friend is not one of them.

Style

To enhance the look of your dog and bring out his or her personality, there are several options you can choose from with pet collars. Nowadays, designer dog collars are also available in hundreds of different colors and materials which add that little extra appeal to your companion.

The dog collar you choose will form a bond between you and your BEST friend. Whenever I have taken off any of my dogs’ collars, for whatever reason, they act like they did something to upset me! I do not keep the collars off very long!

Choosing Pet Collars for Your Dog

Pet owners are buying an increasing amount of accessories for their dogs. The collar is probably the first basic accessory to be considered as it is vital to the safety of the dog that the owner can grab onto the dog’s collar to restrain their pet from any dangerous situations. The collar is also necessary to be able to attach a lead for exercising purposes.

An identification tag can also be added in case your pet strays or escapes. Some people recommend that you only have your telephone or mobile phone number on the tag. If the dog’s name is on the tag and somebody is trying to steal your pet, then knowing their name will help them to lure it away.

There is a collar to suit different breeds and size of dog. You can also match a collar to their sex and personality. A small female dog would be better suited to a collar in a soft shade like pink or light blue decorated with some pretty crystals and maybe even a matching leash. The other extreme, a large male dog would look really butch with a leather thick wide collar with metal spikes or crocodile effect.

The main materials used for dog collars are leather, nylon or fabric. Leather is the traditional material and is most durable, versatile and has an elegant appearance. Nylon is lightweight and suitable for smaller breeds. Canvas and woven fabrics are great for sporty dogs who like to go in the water as it will dry quickly.

The fastenings are usually snap, buckle or slip. A buckle is the traditional and is usually used for the leather collars. This is also the only type of collar that is safe to leave on your dog at all times. Snaps are usually used on lightweight nylon and material collars for smaller to medium breeds and also cat collars as the snap fastening can also be quick release if the animal gets into any difficulties. Slip are usually used for greyhounds and are also known as “Martingale”. They work on tension and tighten as the dog or owner pulls on the lead.

There are endless options to choose from when you shop for your dog’s collar and accessories. The most important thing to consider is the animals safety which most dog collar designs take in to serious consideration. Fortunately for dogs and their owners alike, there are many safe dog collar options that are both suitable and aesthetically appealing. It may take some time to find perfect pet collars combining safety, comfort and style, but shopping is half the fun of finding a great pet collar.