Choosing the right dog collar

There isn’t one right dog collar for every dog. Choosing the best dog collar depends on which breed of dog you have and what types of activities your dog enjoys. Think of your pet’s collar like his version of clothes – would you wear work boots to go dancing, or sweat pants to a nice restaurant?

The flat dog collar or padded leather collar is one of the most common dog collars on the market. It has a clasp like a standard belt and like a belt it comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. Common materials include leather, nylon, hemp and cotton.

A wider collar is best for a larger breed because it will distribute any weight your dog puts on his leash around the collar. Thin collars are fine for smaller house dogs, or dogs who wear a collar for identification purposes only.

While we’d all love to hang out with our pets at home every day, most of us have to work. Break away and stretch dog collars add an extra level of safety for your dog when he’s on his own. These types of collars will snap off or slip over the dog’s head if it gets hooked on something.

If you like to think your dog is a tough guy, why not go with a studded dog collar? Traditionally the studs protected the necks of farming and working dogs from attacks by wolves or other wild animals. These days most of us live in cities where wolves aren’t a problem, so studded collar is more of a fashion accessory.

Dogs with smaller heads, like Greyhounds and Afghans, need a different type of collar. A Martingale style dog collar looks like a regular flat collar combined with a chain link collar. When your dog pulls on her leash the chain tightens enough to keep the flat portion of the collar from slipping over her head. This is also the perfect dog collar for smart pooches who can Houdini out of their collars.

Which ever type of dog collar you chose make sure it fits properly. Consult your vet or the staff at your favourite pet store about properly sizing your dog’s neck.

Don’t forget to dress your dog collar up to suit your dog’s personality. Try rhinestones for the princess in your life, or a wild colour scheme for your wacky puppy. Having different collars for different holidays is fun too. Remember, it’s your pet’s way of showing their style!


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2 Responses to “Choosing the right dog collar”

  1. Sue says:

    We have two pembroke welsh corgis. I like to have a choke collar on them when we walk because they are stronger than you would think. However, I have yet to find a good choke collar that works well and does not turn their breast hair gray. I keep a plastic collar on them when not walking so that if they get loose, their chip id information is available.

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