Dog collars are among the most common, popular and basically mandatory accessories for your four-legged friend. There are two different philosophies, one in favor of the collar and one that prefers the bib: both systems have pros and cons and in this post we will deal with the collar, while in another post you can find the details for the bib.
In nature dogs use the grip on the neck to earn respect, but excessive bumps by the master could be interpreted as a continuous threat and make the dog uncomfortable: we will deal with the leash in another post, for now let’s focus on the choice of the collar.
A choice that is not easy, because pet shops and online sales sites offer many different models and there is no fixed recipe. Electric collars, equipped with gps, with studs, bright collars or training collars, anti-flea and anti-basket: you can understand that even a choice that seems easy becomes immediately more complicated.
Let’s start with the materials, which are mainly three: leather or leather, metal and fabric. Also in this case they all have their pros and cons: metal is indestructible and easy to wash but it can oxidize and stain the hair, leather and fabric are probably to be preferred because they have usually smooth surfaces that irritate the dog less and are still washable.
With these two materials you need to pay a minimum of attention when using them on long-haired dogs and you need to evaluate their quality: it is intuitive that it is preferable to buy a collar in soft leather, perhaps two-layer and well worked, compared to the fake leather that will be damaged very quickly.
There are also collars for dogs in ropes and there are no particular contraindications except the fact that they get dirty quickly and are more difficult to clean.
Instead, some precise types should be avoided, such as, for example, the anti-bark collars that emit ultrasound when the dog barks: this is not the right way to educate your best friend and you would condemn the quadruped to a life of hell.
We do not recommend the so-called strangle or choke collars, which are easier to use but can only be used for well-behaved dogs, which do not pull, otherwise they become real loops.
Regardless of the type chosen, it is advisable that the collar has a plate or a pendant with name and address in case of loss.
Once these indications have been taken into account, the choice also becomes a matter of personal tastes, from those looking for a fashionable or signed collar to those who maybe want it with studs to those who choose customised, unique and exclusive collars for dogs.
The important thing, of course, is that it is never too tight but, at the same time, does not allow the passage of the head of the dog: adjust leaving a maximum of two fingers of space between the collar and the dog’s neck. Last detail: if your puppy is going to grow a lot more you will probably have to change the collar when it becomes bigger, so buy a cheap collar for the period of development.