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How to Pick the Right Collar for Your Dog

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Are you looking for a new collar for your dog but unsure where to start? With so many different types and styles in the market, it’s difficult to know which one is right for your furry friend. The most significant concerns are safety, comfort, and style. You also want a collar that makes it easier to control your dog if it gets excited or jumps up on people. Here are a few tips to help you pick the right collar.

Safety Concerns

Do you want to keep track of your dog while exploring? A GPS tracker collar is a great option for dogs that like to wander. You may also want to consider an invisible fence collar. These collars give your dog a mild shock if they try to cross the boundaries you've set. With Halo Collar, you can set a virtual fence on your phone to always know your dog's location.

Body Weight and Size

A lightweight nylon collar with a small buckle is appropriate for a small dog, while a large dog will need a heavier-duty collar that can hold up to more wear and tear. The collar width should also be proportional to your dog's size - a wider collar is more comfortable for a larger dog.

To measure the dog's neck, use a soft tape measure and start at the base of the neck, just behind the ears. Check whether you can slip two fingers underneath the tape measure - if so, the collar is a good fit.

Dog's Age

A puppy needs a collar that will grow with them, so choose one that is adjustable. A half-check or martingale collar is a good option for a young dog as it won't slip off the head and is less likely to choke them. You can gradually loosen the collar as your puppy grows to keep it comfortable but not too loose.

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Because you might have to change the puppy's collar a few times as it grows, go for more affordable materials such as nylon or polyester rather than leather. However, these materials are not as easy to clean. 

Collar Type

The most common type of collar is flat nylon, leather, or biothane collar. These are suitable for most dogs and come in various colors and designs. Many handmade collars are available if you're looking for something a little more one-of-a-kind.

Head collars are an alternative to a standard flat collar and attach around the back of the dog's head and under the chin. They are suitable for dogs that pull on the leash or are difficult to control. Head collars can be made from nylon, leather, or biothane and usually have a padded section at the nose to make them more comfortable for your dog.

Rolled collars are made from a single piece of leather rolled and stitched together. These collars look great on all dogs but are especially well-suited to breeds with long necks, such as Greyhounds and Whippets. Rolled collars are also more comfortable for dogs as they distribute the pressure evenly around the neck. The collar prevents matting if your dog has a long fur coat.

Consider Your Dog's Temperament

If your dog is friendly and not prone to pulling or escaping, any type of collar will be suitable. However, consider a stronger collar that gives you more control if it's more energetic or gets excited. A harness is a good option for dogs that pull on the leash as it takes the pressure off their necks.

Get Help If Unsure Of The Choice To Make

Once you've considered all the above factors, it's time to look for the right size collar. It should be comfortable but not too loose. If too loose, your dog may wiggle out and escape. A too-tight collar is uncomfortable, causing chafing. If unsure, ask a sales assistant to help you measure the dog's neck and find the right size and type.