How To Choose The Right Dog Collar?

Whenever we adopt a dog, a dog collar is one thing that comes on the necessary shopping list for them. But choosing the right collar for doggos is tricky, as there are many types of dog collars available in the market and used for different reasons. 

Also, you have to keep in mind that a dog collar is something that stays around the delicate necks of dogs. So, choosing anything you like doesn’t always seem comfortable for your dogs. Choosing a random collar for your fidos can cause choking, or they can get hurt in their neck. 

So, before buying a dog collar, you have to be very careful about your dog’s safety and comfort. For that, you have to look into different important aspects of a dog collar that we are going to discuss in this article.

How To Choose The Right Dog Collar?

As mentioned before, many collars are available on the market and have different features. But, most importantly, every collar has a different purpose. So, you have to choose the collars based on why you are buying one. Such as, if you want to buy a collar for regular uses and walks, then a standard collar will suit best for your canine. But if you want a collar for your dog’s training, the collar choice will be a little different. So, firstly, Let’s check some best collars based on their useful purpose. 

Standard Dog Collars

Standard dog collars are the most common ones used by many dog owners. These collars come in beautiful colors and patterns that look very attractive and classy. Also, they are really easy to put on and take off from the dog’s neck. Moreover, these standard collars are very comfortable for dogs, as they don’t choke or hurt dogs’ necks.

Standard Dog Collars

Dogs who are well-trained and don’t pull while walking are recommended to wear standard dog collars. However, basic dog collars that come with plastic or metal buckles or a Flat-buckle collar are known as standard collars for dogs. Also, some of these dog collars come with special dog IDs that help find your dogs when lost. 

Training Collars For Dogs

Now coming to the training collars, there is more variety in training collars than in standard ones. These collars are made based on the basic problems dog owners face during training, like- pulling during walks or taking over the control. We suggest using collars such as Martingale Collars, head halters, or body harnesses to prevent those problems. Martingale Collars are pretty similar to flat buckle collars. 

Training Collars for Dogs

These collars have a small chain or a separate piece of fabric linked with rings at the end of the collars. So, whenever your fido pulls while walking, the collar becomes tighter and prevents dogs from pulling.  Where a head halter is basically a head collar that gives you the grip of your doggo’s head. So, whenever your dog tries to pull you, the dog’s head will come back, and you will get better control over your doggo.

And your dog won’t get hurt by these collars also. Just like a head halter, body harnesses also give better grip and control over your muscular dogs, and they don’t get choked with this kind of harness. So, these collars seem the best for use in training dogs. 

Which Collars Should Be Avoided? 

Though good options like a head halter or body harnesses are available on the market, many dog owners pick Choke Chains, Prong or Pinch Dog Collars, or Shock Collars for their fidos. But we suggest not picking such collars for your fur babies. Choke chains or prong collars can make your dogs very uncomfortable during training. Also, metals can hurt your dog’s neck hard, and their fleshes or furs can break out while pulling. Moreover, the Prong or Pinch Dog Collars have a tendency to open up while pulling. So your dogs will easily run off if you use prong or pinch collars alone. Lastly, shock collars are the most dangerous thing you can put on your dog’s neck. 

Shocks created by these collars stay static at first, but the shock level increases, and your dogs get a tremendous shock from every mistake. But that doesn’t help reduce your dog’s ill manner and negatively impacts your dog. So you should avoid these collars for your furry friend. Now, as you know which types of collars are best for dogs, there are some more things you have to consider before buying a dog collar. 

Measure The Right Size Of The Collar

To buy a collar, you have to measure your dog’s neck properly. If you get a poorly fitting collar for your dogs, your dogs may get off-leash, or the collar can be very tight for their breathing. So, you have to measure the size of your dog’s neck based on where the collar will sit.

And try to take a collar that is at least 2 inches larger than your dog’s neck. Also, after putting the flat collar on, remember to check if the collar has two fingers gap inside. 

Materials Matter

As the collar stays almost all day on your dog’s neck, the material of dog collars has to be very comfortable and very strong enough not to break. The most common materials used in dog collars are nylon, Neoprene, Leather, and Biothane. Among them, nylon and leather collars are the most comfortable ones to go for. This material doesn’t harm your canine skin or fur and looks pretty healthy to put on. 

Other Features To Consider

Other features you have to consider for your dogs are the strength of the buckle, the adjustability of the collar, and whether it should have any decoration. If you buy a loose buckle collar, there is a possibility of the buckles breaking down or opening up easily. Also, the excessive decoration and accessories on the collar feel very itchy and uncomfortable for doggos. So, it is better to avoid this. 

Final Thoughts

So, these are all the facts and tips that you should consider before buying a dog collar. Though buying a collar for your dog is an easy task, choosing the right one wisely is challenging. Hope this article will help you select the perfect collar for your dog that will serve the purpose properly.

Murphy Bernier

Murphy Bernier

Murphy Bernier is a New-York based freelance writer, professional blogger and certified dog trainer. She networks shelter pets to help them find homes and volunteers for rescue groups as she is passionate about dog rescue and adoption. From a very early age, she developed extensive animal handling skills from her dad, and that’s where her love for animals started.

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