Have you recently adopted a new dog? Good for you! One of the first things you’ll need to purchase for your canine buddy is a collar. Every dog needs a good collar, and it’s up to you to find the right one. But how do you know what to choose? Read on to find out more about choosing the right collar for your canine companion.
The Importance of the Collar
Your dog’s collar is important for their safety. After all, it’s what attaches the leash to your dog! That leash and collar give you control over your pooch’s movements and prevent him from darting away from you, perhaps into the street or toward another animal. Even the most well-trained pups should wear a collar and leash while going on walks outdoors, just to be safe.
Collars also provide a place to hang your dog’s ID tags. These tiny items could be crucial for getting your pet returned to you in case he ever runs away or gets lost. Most vets (including us) recommend using both collar tags and a microchip implant in tandem.
Types of Collars
There are all sorts of different collar types out there. The most common one is the standard flat collar. This is usually made of nylon but could also be crafted from leather or other materials. There are also Martingale collars, also known as limited-slip collars, which are useful for dogs with slender necks like Greyhounds and Whippets. Martingale collars tighten if your dog gets too close to slipping out of their collar.
Harness collars are usually recommended for small dogs and brachycephalic pups. If Fido is strong enough to carry some of his own things when going hiking, these would also be a good option for that.
There are also various types of training collars, which might be needed depending on your dog’s behavior. These include choke collars, prong collars, spray collars, shock collars, and more. Be sure to check with your veterinarian or dog trainer before using a collar of this type. Generally, these should only be used by professionals.
Sizing and Fit
Here’s the general rule of thumb to follow: you should easily be able to fit two fingers between Fido’s collar and his neck. If you can’t, it’s too tight! Remember that a collar that fits a puppy will be too small by the time they’ve grown larger. Be sure to check the fit of your dog’s collar frequently to make sure 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.