How to Choose the Perfect Dog Collar

Did you know dogs are sensitive animals? This means whatever you decide to put on them, either a harness or dog collar can have an effect on them. Your dog may easily let you put on a collar but sometimes they can act widely too if you try to put one around their neck. This could happen for a number of reasons. 

You can train a guard dog with proper commands starting from the very basics and once they are trained enough you can make sure to give them a comfortable dog collar. As long as you know your way around the perfect dog accessories, you can find your dog a perfect collar that he would not scratch at. 

How to Pick the Super Perfect Dog Collar for your Pooch?

For first-time dog owners, this can be confusing. It is understandable. Know that one of the important elements of a pet’s layette is the dog collar. You have to pay special attention to properly select the perfect collar for your pet. When your dog is under house-training a dog collar is a befitting gear to help you teach the right commands too. 

If you want to find the perfect collar for a small breed dog then keep the steps mentioned down below. 

This article is a brief guide for those who want to buy comfortable dog collars but feel reluctant to do so. 

1. Pick a Collar Style

If you are thinking about what collar does my dog need then always begin with a particular style. The collar style matters a lot in terms of comfort or discomfort. Decide early on which type of collar style are you more interested in buying. 

Choosing a dog collar style indicates how friendly the dog gear is for everyday wear and identification. So keeping this factor in mind down below are 

– Traditional Buckle Collar

Imagine it as a human belt buckle –  a standard prong-style buckle with punched holes. This gives the dog owner (you) the flexibility to adjust the dog collar around the neck. This kind of buckle collar works for dogs because they are harder to take off. Usually, they are available in leather and similar sturdy material. 

– Quick Release Buckle Collar

A modern dog collar that consists of a female and male buckle end that can be clipped together. Generally, it comes with a plastic and metal buckle.

The buckle mechanism is rather easy for everyday wear and can be easily removed if need be. So in case if the dog collar does get stuck in something (we know dogs are restless and likes to keep digging and discovering) it can otherwise put pressure on their collars but you do not need to worry. 

– Safety or Center Ring Collar

If you want a perfect collar for hunting dogs this is the right choice to pick. Large dog breeds wear the safety ring collar. The O-ring built into the collar is for the safety precaution to fo the right fit. So if your dog gets stuck in the bush while chasing its prey or otherwise, the collar will not choke your dog. 

A safety collar is your best bet for guard dogs as well. 

– Martingale Dog Collar

If you fear your dog will lose his collar, then a martingale-dog collar works for such occasions. When you take your dog out for a walk or run this collar style is the most suitable of all. This way you have better control over the dog as you can attach the leash to it. 

– Dog Harness

Technically a dog harness is not a dog collar, but it is an important dog gear for everyday use as well. A dog, if it is a stronger puller or happens to have a delicate neck, then you can use a dog harness instead of a dog collar. It protects the chest and does not pressurize their neck. 

2. Choose Dog Collar Material

The material for the dog collar is the reason why your dog loves or hates the collar given to them. You may be looking for a dog collar that is more durable or on a fancier side. But it’s best to seek comfort above everything else. 

So keep the three most common type of dog collar materials;

– Nylon

Super cheap and easy to find dog collars are made from nylon. You have a lot of options for colors and designs to choose from. For small dog breeds, you will find nylon dog collars easily available. If your dog has a sensitive coat, then nylon material is comfortable enough. 

– Waterproof Biothane

A vinyl and urethane-coated polyester material are more like a synthetic leather collar. It looks great on dogs and available in a colorful variety too. It is water-resistant and also is resistant to temperature changes. 

– Leather

It is the most standard material used for dog collars. Mostly bridler, padded or soft Italian leather collars are used for dogs. Leather dog collars do not only look attractive on a dog but also offer protection and durability. With time it softens due to the dog’s natural oils. 

3. Choose the Dog Collar Right Size

As a new dog parent, you need to take correct measurements for the dog collar.  If too loose then your dog will be able to remove it and if too tight then it can become a choking hazard. 

A well-fitting size is crucial to allow your dog to have a sense of freedom and comfort for everyday wear. Measure the dog’s neck circumference and add an additional 2cm to the measurement. You can try by inserting your two fingers to have an idea. 

Also, keep the width of the dog collar in mind. If too narrow it may cut through the skin despite being the right size.  For large dog breeds use at least a 2-inch thick dog collar while for small dog breeds you can use a narrow collar. 

4. Personalized Dog Collar for Safety

You may have a small dog breed, but do not be fooled by the size. When you want a perfect collar for a small dog breed (or any other dog breed) you can make a nice effort by getting it personalized. 

But why personalized dog collars? 

  • A personalized dog collar that matches your dog’s personality goes a long mile. It helps to easily identify the dog owner but also gives your dog a unique identity. 
  • You can have your dog’s name, address and contact number engraved or add a collar ID tag with it. 
  • The dog can have a distinct identity that tells your pet apart from other dogs in the neighborhood.
  • Even if you want to flaunt your dog – have a go at it! 
  • Choosing a yellow color (color customized) is an indicator that a dog suffers anxiety problems and does not like someone within the personal space. So it keeps the people away etc. 

Quality Takes Precedence when Choosing a Dog Collar 

Remember the tips when choosing the right dog collar for your pet. Save time by collar hunting online or better yet you can ask a fellow dog owner in the neighborhood where they got the collar from. 

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Summra is a dog enthusiast fully committed to helping train fellow dog owners. She enlightens them to solve their furry friend’s behavioral issues and to focus on the dog’s needs in optimistic ways.