Enter any pet store and you are likely to be inundated with the amount of different collars available; this can make it hard to choose a collar. However, every new dog needs a dog collar as part of their basic supplies, and some cities and states require that all dogs be properly tagged with a collar and ID tag. In fact, a collar and ID tag will help you find your dog more easily if they ever get lost. Below is a guide on how to choose the best dog training collar for your pet.
Types of Collars
- Nylon collars are the basic collars that can be found in any pet supply store. They are durable and able to withstand heavy wear even in water. Most nylon collars can be purchased in a variety of colors which makes it easy for pet owners to personalize their dog supplies to their taste.
- Leather collars can be used on any dog and are also considered heavy duty. Leather collars are more natural than nylon collars making them less likely to cause an allergic reaction or to scratch against a dog’s delicate skin.
- Choke collars or choke chains should never be used as a regular collar. These collars are only meant to be used as a training tool and many people don’t use them at all. Choke collars should always be taken off immediately after a training lesson.
- Harness collars fit around a dog’s neck and ribcage and are especially helpful to use for a dog that pulls a lot when they are walking. Harness collars are gentler than regular neck collars and will not choke a dog.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- Always choose a collar that fits your dog. You don’t want the collar to be too big or too small as both can end up causing harm to your dog. You should also choose a collar that is not too light or heavy in terms of its weight so that your dog is comfortable at all times.
- When placing the collar on your dog you should make sure that you can slip two to three fingers in between your dog and its collar. This will ensure that the collar is not too tight. Some nylon collars may start to stretch as your dog wears it day in and day out so check it every once in a while and tighten it if it seems to be getting too loose.
- You should also tug the ID and make sure that it can’t get loose since the ID is going to be your number one tool in finding your dog if he ever gets lost.
While there may be many collars that your dog could wear don’t forget that the most important thing when choosing a collar is that your dog is comfortable wearing it. The first time you place a collar on your dog they may not be used to it and will try to take it off. However, eventually your dog’s collar should become like second-skin to them.