As any dog owner will appreciate, walking your dog is an important part of ensuring that the dog remains healthy. And when walking your dog is important, his or her collar is equally important and a critical accessory to have. However, when it comes to choosing a collar, many dog owners tend inadvertently make mistakes during the buying process.
For starters, there are many different dog collars with varying sizes, materials, textures, designs, and much more. All of these considerations make the process of choosing just one dog collar a daunting task. This leaves them with a collar that is uncomfortable and hard to use at best or a collar they cannot use in worse case scenarios.
Herein we will the must-follows tips that dog owners should have in mind if they are to succeed at purchasing the perfect dog collar for their pooch.
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The Various Types Of Dog Collars On The Market
#1. Traditional/ Standard/ Side Release/ Quick Release
This is the most common type of dog collar. It comes in various sizes and can have a wide variety of clasping mechanism such as a buckle, a quick release clamping mechanism. In this category is the breakaway collars which have a breakaway mechanism that allows the collar to come off quickly when it gets caught by something. This prevents your dog from choking.
#2. Head Halters & Harnesses
This type of collar is almost similar to what you find in horses. It wraps around the mouth very much as a dog muzzle does. However, unlike the muzzle, this type of collar allows the dog to drink water, eat, bark, and even bit. The harness wrap around the dog’s body instead of the neck, thereby negating the possibility of the dog choking.
There are other types of collar that are specially used for training purposes only. These include the choke chains/slip collars and the pinch/ prong dog collars. However, do note that these types of training collars are to never be used on a puppy. They can cause serious damage to a young pooch.
Indoor/Sedentary Collar Vs Outdoor/Active Collar
The requirements for an indoor and outdoor collar are markedly different. Each environment has its own requirements. In the case of indoor collars, you need the most comfortable collar you can find. As such, you can accept compromised durability for enhanced comfort. On the other hand, for outdoor collars, you need your collar to be sturdier, durable, and capable of withstanding the rigors of outdoor activities and the elements as well.
As you can appreciate, you might find it hard to find a collar that best suits the indoors and the outdoors. In this regard, you should evaluate the pooch’s lifestyle and opt for a dog collar that suits your dog. If your dog spends the vast majority of time indoors (a sedentary lifestyle) opt for an indoors collar. On the other hand, if your dog spends a lot of time outdoors, consider opting for a collar optimized for the outdoor environment.
Sizing Your Dog’s Collar And Choosing The Right Size
Using the right size collar is important for the comfort of your dog and the usability of the collar as well. As such, it is important to measure the diameter around the neck where collar naturally sits. To measure the diameter of that you need your collar to have, you can use the soft tape to measure around the neck. Ensure that the tape measure snugs around the neck but is not too tight to cause choking. Alternatively, you can use a string to measure the diameter of the neck. Tie a string around the neck of the dog, ensuring that it snug but not chocking. Take the string and spread it smoothly on a ruler to obtain the measurement.
After measuring your dog neck girth, use the measurements to determine the size you collar you should purchase. You should match the size with the general category. This is to mean: when your dog has a neck girth of 8″ to 11″, you should purchase an extra small-sized collar; when your dog measures 11″ to 15″ you should purchase a small-sized collar; when your dog measures 15″ to 22″, you should purchase a medium-sized collar; and when your dog measures 19″ to 30″, you should purchase large-sized collar.
With regards to the width of the collar, it the general rule of thumb is to purchase a thicker collar for bigger, stronger, and heavy-puller dogs. A thicker collar helps distribute the pressure of the collar far better, thereby reducing pressure points and associated injuries.
Personalizing Your Dog’s Collar
Aside from the fundamentals, you should consider personalizing your dog’s collar. You can opt for leather, synthetic or any other materials you like. On the color front, there are plenty of colors to choose from. In a nutshell, you should consider materials, colors, and personalized clasping systems to personalize your dog’s collar.