How to choose a dog collar?

What type of dog collar is best? Find out in this article and then find the perfect collar for your pet on our website.

Whether your dog is microchipped or not, wearing a collar is a must for all dogs. First of all, you will use the collar to attach the leash when walking the dog. Plus, the dog’s collar should have your information on it in case your pet gets lost. Unlike with cats, a dog’s collar doesn’t need to be taken off after the walk, so your dog will spend most of its time wearing a collar. Finally, dog collars have become fashion accessories for our pets, which is why choosing a good collar is all the more important. 

Types of dog collars

Dog harnesses

Dog harnesses are difficult to put on and even harder to bear over long periods of time. Harnesses are not a good choice for most dogs since they were created to tow a team, not to walk your dog. Therefore, they encourage dogs to pull on their leash using all the strength of their chest and weight. Consequently, you will therefore have even more difficulty in retaining your companion.

It is true that using a harness prevents neck injury in badly educated dogs who pull until they damage the trachea. But this is only the case for owners who do not know how to use a leash and who pull on it to get their dog back.

A good, well-used collar is more educational and less aggressive for a dog than a harness that can deform the joints of a puppy that is too fragile or in the middle of its growth.


Leather dog collars

While it was very popular just twenty years ago, leather collars have almost disappeared from pet stores. Moisture can easily weaken a leather collar, which could break when the dog moves or pulls too quickly. You can find high-quality buffalo leather collars at a steep price of over 40 dollars. Collars from faux leather or low-quality natural leather are more affordable but they can easily break, causing your pet to break free. Many dogs are also allergic to leather which can cause severe itching.

Collars with spikes or metal inserts are particularly deterrent and even though they find their use with security dogs, they have no business being around the neck of our charming pets. Don't make your dog look meaner than it is - many children and even adults are already suspicious or even fearful of our 4-legged friends.

Strangler collars for dogs

While they are used in all dog training clubs and by a number of dog trainers, choke collars break many ethical rules. You shouldn’t prevent your dog from pulling by hurting it but by making it understand that it is not its role to walk in front of you since YOU are the leader.

Moreover, there are rules for using this type of collar. When used improperly, it can hurt your dog very badly and it will not prevent it from pulling on its leash since your dog will be instinctively convinced that it is fulfilling its role as a leader by walking in front of you.

Spike collars and electric collars for dogs

These collars are only used in the most extreme situations for short periods of time to change your dog’s behavior if all other methods fail. It is also best to use these types of collars under the guidance of an experienced dog trainer since these collars use pain to train the dog. 

Nylon collars

It is THE IDEAL COLLAR for your dog. Nylon collars are almost indestructible and you can find a collar in any color with all kinds of patterns.

The only thing you should keep in mind is the clasp on the collar you’re choosing. Although they are very practical, plastic clips often made in Asia are cheap and often very fragile. The consequences can be devastating. Alternatively, you can choose metal buckle collars, the same type as belts. Opt for fairly wide collars padded with foam to ensure more comfort for your dog.