Dog Collars – How to Choose the Right Collar

You may know it is important that your dog or dogs have on dog collars, but do you know if you are buying the best type for your particular pets? Some collars are made better than others, and what you need for each size of dog might differ from what you are usually buying. Making sure your pets have the correct collars and leashes will mean your pet is safe, and you can rest a bit more easy when you are walking them in the neighborhood or taking them on vacation with you.

The first consideration when buying dog collars is the material from which they are made. When you have a smaller dog that might not have a lot of power, you might not have to worry about that as much. However, anyone with a mid-sized or larger dog should give strong consideration to the strength of the material from which the dog collars are made. Not only should the material be strong and durable, is should also be something that will not irritate the skin of the animal. It is always a good idea to check often for signs of irritation, red skin, or any type of odd behavior in your dog in regards to a new collar.

Another consideration when buying the right dog collars is the fit. This is often the reason why some take their pets with them when they shop. A good collar will fit just right. As I mentioned in a previous collar article, you should be able to put a few fingers between the collar and the dog, but it should not be loose enough that the animal could twist around and break free of the collar. Most collars are adjustable, and most work fine. If you happen to get one that is not right, don’t be afraid to send it back for a replacement or to take it back to the store.

If you have a large dog, focus on the strength of the dog collars you buy, as well as how secure the fastener might be. You may know your dog is a big sweetheart, but if you have a large breed, others will be concerned. Your dog may break loose and want to lick someone to death, but that person may not know your pet is docile, and may become frightened. That could alarm the dog and cause problems. If you have the proper dogs collars, this will not be something you will have to worry about while out and about.

Lastly, remember that even though some dog collars may meet all of the above specifications, they still might not be good enough for your pet. The collars you choose must have a place for identification tags. While a collar alone might indicate that a dog is a pet rather than a stray, no one will know how to notify you if you are not able to attach a lost pet recovery tag to the dog collar.