Choosing the Right Collar for Your Dog

If you’ve recently adopted a new pooch, one of the first things you’ll need to purchase is a collar. Every dog needs a good collar, and it’s up to you to find the right one. The question is, how do you know what type to choose? There are certainly a lot of options out there. Read on to find out more from a local vet about choosing the right collar for your canine companion. 

The Importance of the Collar

Your dog’s collar is very important for their safety. It’s what connects Fido to his leash, giving you control over your pooch’s movements and preventing them from running into the street or toward another animal. Even the most well-trained pooches should wear a collar and leash while going on walks.

Collars also provide a place to hang your dog’s ID tags. These small items are crucial, and are the best way for getting your pet returned to you in case they run away or get lost. Most vets recommend using both collar tags and a microchip implant in tandem for maximum identification potential. 

Types of Collars

There are all sorts of different collar types out there for Fido. The most common is the standard flat collar. These are 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 great for dogs with slender necks like Greyhounds and Whippets. Martingale collars tighten if your canine pal gets too close to slipping out of their collar. 

There are also several types of training collars, which might be needed depending on your dog’s behavior. Some examples are choke collars, prong collars, spray collars, shock collars, and more. Most of these should only be used by professionals, or in special circumstances. Be sure to check with your veterinarian or a professional dog trainer before using a collar of this type on your dog. 

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 your furry pal has grown to his adult size. 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. 

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