Choosing the right collar

Dog collars come in a wide variety of styles and sizes. You need to make sure you pick the right collar for your pet. You should consider the size and weight of your dog as well as activity levels and training needs.

Nylon collars are an excellent choice for dogs that are in the water a lot.

Leather collars are durable and stronger and more durable than some other materials choices. The natural oils in your pet’s skin will soften the leather of the collar as they wear it.

As an alternative, harnesses are a popular choice for dogs with neck problems or for dogs that tend to pull while being walked.

Your dogs collar should fit snugly so it will not slip over a dog’s head but not be so tight that it will be uncomfortable and choke the dog. You should be able to fit two fingers between the collar and the dog’s neck on a good fitting collar.

If you have extra strap left on the end of the collar once you have fitted it, cut the excess collar off so that the dog cannot chew on the extra material. Collars now come with a snap type plastic fastener in place of a buckle. These snap type fasteners are a good choice, but if your dog is an outdoor dog, you should ensure that the collar has a quick release fastener in case your dog gets the collar hooked or hung up on an object while outdoors.