My puppy, Fenrir, is a bit of an exhibitionist and likes to run around naked. Although I wouldn’t say he hates wearing his collar/harness, he prefers not to wear them. I have to be careful not to leave him unsupervised for too long if he’s wearing anything because he’s become quite skilled at chewing his collar off. I have to get him a new collar (again) because yesterday I left his on while I got some work done and he chewed it off. Not all collars are created equal! Putting some extra time into researching different types and brands of collars is worthwhile. Finding the perfect collar is important for your pet’s comfort, and can also save you from having to replace your dog’s collar too often.
Basic dog collars are usually adjustable, and buckle closed around your dog’s neck. Some are equipped with safety release buckles that will allow your dog to pull out of his or her collar if it ever gets caught on anything. Quick release buckles tend to be less secure though, so be careful if you’re using them to walk or hold onto your dog. Special break away collars are made to come off easily if your dog is in danger of chocking, but this feature can be bypassed during walks so you don’t have to worry about your dog escaping.
Basic collars are commonly made from nylon or leather. They come in a wide variety of designs and colors, and can be a great way to show off your pup’s style. Be careful when choosing leather collars, as some dyed or painted leathers may stain your pets fur or the color can chip. Rolled leather collars are durable, and work great for dogs with long fur. The rolled leather helps prevent hair loss or damage around where the collar lays. Leather cleaning and care products can be used to clean and maintain your pets collar to help keep it looking clean and new for longer.
Martingale Collars, commonly used for greyhounds and other sight hound breeds, are collars that help to prevent dogs from being able to slip out of their collars while walking on a leash. They have a special feature that allows them to tighten if your dog tries to pull out of it’s collar. Training collars such as choke chains and prong collars can cause pain to your dogs sensitive neck, and are best avoided.
Dogs, like people, have sensitive necks. My own dogs are always walked on harnesses that are designed to avoid putting pressure on their delicate necks. I always recommend harnesses for walking dogs, but that doesn’t mean I don’t use collars too. My dogs wear collars as a form of ID. Although they are both micro-chipped, for someone to get their microchip info they’d have to be scanned by a vet or shelter. Collars equipped with clear ID info can be easily and quickly read by anyone.
My boys’ collars, knock on wood, have never come in handy as a form of ID because I’m very careful to make sure they never have any opportunities to wander. But you never know what’s going to happen, and it’s better to be safe than sorry. Plus, I do have fun picking out cute collars for my dogs.
Do you and your dog(s) prefer any specific type or brand of collar?