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Choosing the Right Collar for Your Dog

November 1, 2021

Purchasing a collar is one of the first things you’ll need to do if you’ve recently adopted a new dog. Every dog needs a good collar, and it’s up to you to find the right one. The question is, how do you know which one to choose? There are certainly a lot of options out there. Read on to learn more about choosing the right collar for your canine pal. 


The Importance of the Collar

Your dog’s collar helps keep him safe. First off, it’s what attaches your dog to the leash, giving you control over your pooch’s movements and preventing them from scampering away from you, perhaps toward another animal or into the street. When going on walks outdoors, even the most well-trained dogs should wear a collar and leash, just to be safe.


Collars also provide a place to put Fido’s ID tags. These small items are crucial for getting him returned to you in the event he gets lost or runs away. Most vets recommend using both collar tags and a microchip implant for maximum identification potential. 


Types of Collars

All sorts of different collar types exist out there. The standard flat collar is the most common, which is usually made of nylon but may also be crafted from leather or other materials. Then there are Martingale collars, also called limited-slip collars, which work well for dogs with slender necks like Whippets and Greyhounds. Martingale collars tighten if your dog gets too close to slipping out of their collar. 


There are also various types of training collars to consider, which may be necessary depending on how Fido behaves. There are spray collars, choke collars, shock collars, prong collars, and more. Be sure to check with a professional dog trainer or even your veterinarian before using a collar of this type on your dog. 


Sizing and Fit

Here’s a general rule of thumb to follow: you should easily be able to fit two fingers between your dog’s neck and collar. If you can’t, it’s too tight! Keep in mind that a collar that fits a puppy won’t fit by the time they’ve grown larger. Make a habit of checking the fit of your dog’s collar often to ensure they’re comfortable.


You’re not alone in the search for the perfect collar. Contact your vet’s office for advice on the best choice for your dog. 

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