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August 24, 2010

Buyer's Guide: Choosing the Right Dog Collar

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Every dog needs a collar, there's no question about that. But, which collar to get may remain a mystery. There are many things to consider to ensure that you purchase the right collar for your pup.


Consider the main purpose of the collar you are looking for and your dog's lifestyle and activities. For instance, do you need a collar for everyday use, training, show, safety, hunting or maybe a dress-up collar? Not all collars are created equal, each purpose might require a different collar, it's not all about look. Read on.


With your main purpose in mind, think of how different dog collar fabrics ware and hold up to your dog's lifestyle. For instance, if your dog is a water hound, you should look for a waterproof or quick-drying nylon collar, rather than a nice leather dog collar. And if you want a decorative or "fancy" necklace collar, know that it isn't intended for leash attachment, it's for a fashionable look only.

  • Nylon - great for everyday use.
  • Nylon with ribbon or embellishment - Ok for everyday use but might ware or fade quickly if really active or worn around the clock.
  • Leather - Good for everyday use if not getting wet. Color can sometimes transfer to dog's coat.
  • PVC - Great for very active dogs that enjoy water. Resist stains and odor.
  • Gems, pearls or jewels - Look great but not meant for use with leashes.
  • Metal - often used for specialized training collars.



You might not put much thought into the closure on a dog collar, though they can make a big difference.

  • Quick-snap plastic or metal - Easy to get on/off in a hurry. Plastic is lighter, but can break under rare circumstances
  • Buckle - Very secure, but harder to get on/off in  hurry
  • No clasp, Slip-on - Great for getting off in entanglement or emergency situations, but not secure without leash or for daily use, as a dog can slip it off.



Choosing the correct size is essential when choosing a dog collar. If the collar is too small you risk hurting your dog and if it is too large, the dog can slip out of it, creating a safety concern. To get the proper fit, measure your dog's neck and add 1". Then make sure that measurement is within the adjustable range of the dog collar you choose. If your dog still has growing to do, understand you might need to buy multiple collars until she is full-grown. The collar should fit snug, but not tight. You should be able to get a few fingers between the collar and your dog's neck comfortably.


So, now that you know all about dog collar materials, sizing and purposes, it's time to learn about all the collars out there.

Types of Dog Collars

Quick Snap Dog Collars

Quick Release Collars - The most common dog collar due to ease of getting on and off. Available in all sorts of materials.

Buckle Dog Collars

Buckle Collars - Also a popular choice and made with all kinds of materials. The buckle looks really nice, but can be difficult to get on/off.

Decorative Dog Collar

Decorative - Pearls and diamonds...oh my! Dog necklaces or decorative collars make your dog look fabulous, but aren't functional for leashes.

Safety Dog Collar

Slip-On Safety Stretch - Designed to stay secure when attached to a leash, but stretches and can easily be slipped off in case of entanglement.


Martingale Dog CollarsMartingale - The unique loop and loop design slips on and off, but tightens slightly for training control. Materials range from nylon to metal.


Dog Headcollar

Head Collars - Halter-style collars are for dogs that pull on leash and are designed to give the human control and re-direct a dog's attention.

Chain Prong Training Dog CollarChain Slip or Prong Collars - Used for training dogs. The tightening or pinch is intended to correct or re-direct a dog's attention to the handler. Only use these collars once you learn to use it properly from a trainer.

Electronic Training Collars

Electronic Training Collars - Electronic dog collars are commonly used for dog training and sporting, and come in many different forms. These collars require proper human training, and are then to be used with caution.



Additional Dog Collar Tips

Tag, You're It. Make sure your dog has - and wears - I.D. tags. Even a micro-chipped dog should have tags. If you are concerned with the noise or metal rubbing on fur, consider a Quiet Spot.

Calling for back-up. Always have a back-up dog collar on hand. You never know what can happen, so as the Boy Scouts say, "always be prepared," with a backup.

Effective dog training collars on December 28 at 1:31 AM said:

Hi Friends, Nice picture! A leather collar is the regarded as the strongest, most practical, and most comfortable dog collars. Thank you.

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