Never have we had more choices when it comes to dog collars! They are made out of many different types of materials and features many different designs, which can make it hard to decide which one to buy for your canine companion.
Don’t just pull the cheapest collar off of the shelf, especially if you have a large breed. “Large dogs need more than the average dog collar has to offer. These muscular, friendly pets require a dog collar that will stand up to their strength and muscularity,” according to Dog Digz.
The question is, exactly what should you look for when you’re searching for the perfect collar for a large dog breed?
How Well Your Dog Is Trained
The first thing you want to consider is how well your dog is trained. The last thing you want is for your pet’s collar to break free when you’re in the middle of a walk!
If you’re still training your dog to stop pulling on a leash, you will definitely want to choose a sturdy collar. One that is made out of leather is a better choice than one that is made out of nylon. A harness instead of a traditional collar may also be a good option for dogs that pull.
If your dog is well trained, you may not have to worry about the material so much. If he doesn’t pull on the leash, than almost any kind of material will do.
How Long It Will Last
It’s common for pet parents to wonder when and if their dog’s collar should be replaced. The answer is different for every dog, and it depends on what the collar is made out of.
If you want your dog’s collar to last a long time, you’ll want to look for sturdy stitching, metal rings instead of plastic, and leather that will hold up over the years. If instead, you plan on replacing your dog’s collar often, a lighter nylon and plastic fasteners might be okay.
No matter what kind of collar you purchase for your dog, it is important to keep a close eye on its condition. If the stitching is starting to fray, if the collar has a tear, or if the rings seem to be brittle or are pulling apart, it’s time to go shopping for a new one.
Comfort for Your Dog
Your dog’s comfort matters. Although choke and prong collars are popular with some pet owners for training purposes, they can actually be very harmful. Not to mention, they train your dog using pain and fear, when positive reinforcement is a much better way to train an animal. These collars are best left on the rack at the pet store.
Whether you choose leather, canvas, or nylon, consider the width of the collar. Dogs with very thick necks will appreciate wider collars, while large breeds with thinner or shorter necks will appreciate a collar that’s thinner.
Is your pup still growing? If so, make sure you choose a collar that will accommodate him as he grows from a puppy into an adult canine.
Your dog’s safety is important. That means choosing a sturdy collar to ensure your pooch doesn’t escape from his leash when you’re on a walk, but it also means choosing a safe collar when he’s off the leash too.
Breakaway collars are popular with cat owners, but they should also be considered by dog owners. That’s especially the case if you have a dog that roams on a large plot of land if you hunt with your canine companion, or you regularly take him off his leash when you’re in nature.
Look for a style with a clasp that unlatches when pulled strongly, or look for a collar with a loop that enables your dog to pivot his head in order to avoid strangulation.
Don’t forget about style! Although it’s not quite as important as some of the other tips on this list, it’s still something you should consider!
There are many stylish options to choose from. Look for collars:
- In different colors
- With jewels are gems
- That feature pictures or words
- With studs
Although it may not seem that important, choosing the right collar for your dog is one of the most important things you can do to keep him safe and comfortable. Choosing one can be a lot of fun too! Just make sure you use these tips to guide you when you’re ready to head to the pet store.