of the first purchases you will need to make for your dog is a collar
There are many different kinds of dog collars in the market – almost
as many as different dog breeds. Just as there are no good or bad
dog breeds, there are no good or bad dog collars. There are enough
types of dog collars available that you should be able to find one
that perfectly suits you and your pet.
collars selection depends greatly on the purpose of buying a dog
collar in the first place. Dog collars are mainly used for controlling
dogs and dog training purposes. However, if all you want is a dog
collar that allows you to attach a dog leash and dog tags, then
normal dog collars will do the job.
normal dog collars come in different designs (buckle, slip, metal,
etc.) and textures (nylon, cotton, or leather), they all will allow
you to keep your dog on the leash and have his identification tags.
Your Dog for a Collar
a proper fit, measure your dog’s neck with a cloth seamstress’s
tape measure. You’ll take a measurement a few inches down from his
head and then add an inch for very small dogs or two inches for
medium and large dogs. Pull the tape snug but not tight.
you do not have a tape measure, you can use a piece of string and
then measure the string with a rigid ruler.)
sufficient room for two fingers to be placed flat against his neck
and under the tape measure. Or you can measure his neck and add
two inches. When the collar is on his neck it should allow you to
slide two fingers under a properly fitting collar and your dog’s
neck. If there’s extra room, you need a smaller size. If both fingers
don’t fit, the collar is too small.
shouldn’t be tight around your dog’s neck and it wouldn’t be the
exact measurement of your dog’s neck. But for safety reasons – so
it doesn’t snag on something, it shouldn’t be too loose either.
A snug fit is what you are aiming for. Not a tight one or one that
grow! If you are buying for a puppy allow some room for growth –
leave two holes for growth. You should check your puppy’s collar
for tightness about the neck often. Remember that puppies like to
chew, so when purchasing his collar make sure it isn’t too long
at the end.
shopping for the collar, be sure to take the tape measure with you.
Some collar manufacturers measure the collar from tip to tip, while
others will measure from buckle to center hole, and still others,
will measure from buckle to last hole.
least once a month, and more often for growing puppies, do a quick
“collar check.” Give the collar a hard look to see if it’s getting
frayed, chewed or worn. A worn collar can break when you least expect
it � in traffic, in unfamiliar surroundings, or when you most need
to control your dog. If the collar needs replacing, do it right
away. Don’t take a chance on your dog getting lost or picked up
as a stray.
the fit. Determine how many fingers you can slip between your dog’s
collar and his neck. If you have an average, medium-sized dog, go
for a two-finger fit. If your dog is very large, three may be better.
If your dog is very small (under 20 pounds), leave only one finger’s
so many styles and materials available, choosing just the right
collar for your dog can seem daunting. Keep it simple. The weight
and width of your dog’s collar should be proportional to his size.
For short-coated dogs, a broad, flat leather or woven nylon collar
with a sturdy metal buckle works well. If your dog has a lush ruff
and long hair, a “rolled” style collar may work better. Insure that
the buckle and other parts of the collar won’t tug on or catch your
collars are convenient, attractive and neater looking than buckled
collars, and work well for many dogs. But if your dog is very large
or strong, or has a tendency to lunge when excited, a sturdy buckled
collar is a safer choice.
and nylon are the two most common types of buckle collars, and they
come in different styles and can last for years. However, many dogs
are dedicated leather-chewers. If your dog spends a lot of time
around other canines, check the collar frequently for signs of chewing
damage and replace right away if necessary.
Nylon web collars are not only sturdy and inexpensive but they also
come in many fashionable colors and patterns. There are breed-specific
collars, reflective collars for night runs, holiday-and seasonal-themed
collars, matching leash-and-collar ensembles, and collars embellished
with everything from semi-precious stones to good-luck charms.
plain flat buckle collar is traditional and fits around the dog’s
neck, just above where the neck meets the shoulder and will have
a metal or plastic buckle on it similar to a belt. The buckle makes
the collar size adjustable. It should be buckled tightly enough
so that it doesn’t slip over your dog’s ears but loose enough to
easily slip two fingers under it. The collar has a ring to which
you attach your city dog license and other identification tags.
Should your dog accidentally stray, this collar and the tags are
his ticket home.
flat buckle collars come with a belt-type fastener (with holes for
size adjustment), or a plastic snap. Most leather collars have the
belt-buckle type fastener, whereas most nylon collars have the plastic,
click together fasteners. The plastic fastener makes the collar
look tidier – no dangling, curled up, or excess strap. It also makes
the collar easier and faster to get on and off by squeezing the
plastic fastener. The plastic is also light-weight.
doesn’t shrink, doesn’t dry stiff after being wet, and can be washed
in the laundry machine to remain clean and fresh. The nylon buckle
collars are adjustable also. You adjust it once, for the size of
your dog, and then just snap it around his neck each time and don’t
have to remember which hole it was in.
some trainers regularly use flat buckle collars – especially on
puppies, these collars will not provide adequate control for some
dogs. Nylon collars also come in a wide variety of colors and styles.
are many schools of thought about a training collar. Some people
use a leather collar or nylon collar for training. Many use a “choke”
collar for training.
Collars (also known as soft-choke collars)
A martingale is a type of “limited choke” collar, which is made
to slip on over the dog’s head without fasteners. Once around the
dog’s neck, the collar can lie flat, like a buckle collar, or, with
a leash attached, it will constrict to the size of the dog’s throat.
Adjusted correctly, it will not constrict to a size smaller than
the dog’s throat. In other words, it won’t continue to tighten,
or “choke” the dog. It does, however, prevent the dog from squirming
out of his collar. In its tightened position, it will not come back
off over the dog’s head. These collars are also handy for agility.
The loop eliminates the need for a “tag line” and it allows for
control without danger of choking.