What is the best dog collar for my dog?

Published by , 20th January 2017 in Dog Behavior

What is the best dog collar for my dog?

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Can you picture this? You go out for shopping a dog collar and enter your favorite pet shop store. If you are like me, the number of choices, styles, and colors overwhelms you. You don’t know what to do because there is no explanation anywhere.

If you are a new dog owner looking for information or even if you are an experienced dog owner, you have to understand some details of each dog collar and then make your decision.

A collar is frequently the first thing you buy for your puppy because you need to go out.  There are more things involved than deciding between rhinestones and patterns when choosing a collar.

Important: Did you know that some dog collars are recommended for dog training, while others are good for all-purpose use?

I’m here to tell you that before you select a collar for your dog, take the time to familiarize yourself with the different types so you can make an informed decision. You can buy them online or at the pet store.

We are here to help you and your loved puppy or dog!

Let’s take a look at 10 different types of Dog Collars and analyze all varieties and purposes

Before I start describing them, I want to mention some things:

  • Puppies
    • Safety. Puppies will grow quickly, therefore, you will have to buy other collars as he grows. Check the collar and his neck frequently to make sure it is okay. You can do that during the whole first year and see if it fits two fingers under the collar.
    • Weight. As mentioned above, choose a narrow collar and lightweight. This will be something new for your puppy and he is not going to like at first. Therefore, lightweight may help him to accept the collar.
  • Neck measure. It is simple. Just use a measuring tape around the neck or simply bring your dog to the store.
  • Identification / tag. If you are at home, you don’t need a collar. But, if you go outside, it is important to have your address in the tag.

If you want to read a quick article on how to leash train a dog, just read our article, and you will learn the simplest way you can train your dog to walk on a leash.

Now, let’s start.

1) Traditional Nylon Collars

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Easily the most common and basic of dog collars. These all-purpose collars consist of a simple strap and buckle that can be adjusted to fit around your dog’s neck. While lacking the complexity or features of the other collars in this list.

It is difficult to go wrong with a collar as universally recognizable as this one. Traditional collars are often also made of other materials such as leather or plastic. But nylon is designed to be more comfortable for your dog and is also convenient for absorbing flea repellant.

If you want to spoil your dog with a custom collar, try Quick Switch Collars.

Tips:

  • I prefer a metal fastener instead of a plastic fastener because I believe it is safer and it lasts longer.
  • Nylon Collars are an excellent choice for dogs that love water.

2) Martingale Collars

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Also known as Greyhound collars, limited slip collars, and humane choke collars.

This type of collar was designed for dogs with slightly longer necks than your average breed of dog, who tend to be able to slip out of a traditional collar.

The Martingale collar consists of two loops; A ‘control loop’ and an adjustment loop.
The control loop is where a lead is attached and will tighten if your dog pulls against the lead.

This makes it ideal for training as it will make your dog uncomfortable if he tries to escape during walks. The second loop is a simple adjustment loop that adjusts the collar to the correct size for your dog.

This type of collar is preferred for show dog owners because it will not damage the fur or the dog’s trachea if he struggles against the lead.

3) Chain-Slip Collars

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Chain-Slip collars are most commonly known as ‘choke chains’ and tend to do just that.

A more aggressive version of the Martingale collar, this collar will tighten around the dog’s neck as he pulls against the lead.

Unlike the Martingale Collar, however, there is no way to control just how much pressure is applied to your dog’s neck making it possible accidentally strangle him.

It can cause damage ranging from injuries to the trachea, esophagus, blood vessels, neck sprains, nerve damage and more, causing severe health problems.

This type of collar is not generally recommended because of the issues described above. Even professionals will tend to limit their use to particularly strong and aggressive dogs that do not show progress when using the Martingale collar.

4) Metal Prong Collars (not recommended)

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An even more aggressive variant of the Chain-Slip. This collar adds to the discomfort of choking with small metal prongs on the inside of the collar that make contact with the dog’s neck.

The prongs are blunted fang-shape metal protrusions that pinch the loose skin around the dog’s neck when the control loop is pulled.

Again, this type of collar is usually limited to professionals training dogs with more severe behavioral problems. If you are having dog obedience problems, try the methods described here. We don’t recommend buying Metal Prong collars.

5) Breakaway collars

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Breakaway collars are most similar to the traditional nylon collar.

However, there is a very important difference. When pulled against, with enough force, this collar will break away, freeing your pet from whatever their collar was stuck to, be it a fence they were going under or the leash you were holding them with.

tip: Needless to say, this collar is not meant for dog training or going on walks, rather for keeping your dog from getting stuck on something when you are not there to free them.

Keep this collar on your dog when letting him roam around in your backyard. This will prevent him from getting trapped if he escapes the yard and gets the leash caught on something.

6) Head Collar

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Also known as ‘Head Halters‘. This type of collar closely resembles a muzzle, however, it does not restrict your dog from opening his mouth.

The head collar includes a small band that goes around the dog’s muzzle and is linked to the lead used for walking. If you are not familiar with this one, it looks like the one used by horses. Therefore, you are not controlling your dog’s body, but solely his head.

Tips:

  • Keep in mind your dog has to adapt to this.
  • You will have control, but be careful with neck issues, if used incorrectly.
  • When your dog pulls or lunges away from you, a quick tug on the lead will tighten this loop and pull your dog’s nose in your direction and get his attention off of whatever it was that caused him to lunge.
  • The loop will loosen again as soon as pressure is removed from the lead. If used correctly, it doesn’t cause any pain or discomfort.

7) Harness

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Rather than looping around your dog’s neck, this walking collar loops around your dog’s back, belly and chest in order to provide the most comfort.

When pulling against the lead the pressure is distributed evenly across these points and keeps all pressure off the neck and throat.

A harness is the most comfortable option for your dog when on walks, but does not offer any incentive against pulling at the lead.

This could be a good choice if your puppy is not leash trained (but keep in mind you have less control than if he uses a dog collar).

It is also good for small dogs with a tiny neck.

8) Shock Collars (mainly 3 types)

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A common type of collar for use around the home, but definitely not for going on walks, a shock collar works by administering a small electric shock on certain queues.

1) Barking shock collars are triggered by the wearer making a loud noise, usually barking. This is used to dissuade your dog from barking, but as mentioned in some of my other posts, negative reinforcement is a bad way of dog training because it confuses him and doesn’t go to the root cause of the problem or solve the aversive behavior.

2) Another type of shock collar is the ‘electric fence’. A base unit is set up central to your yard and if the collar moves outside the base units preset range a shock is administered. This is designed to keep your dog from running off and encourages him to stay on your property.

3) The last type of electric collar is triggered by simple remote control.

Tips:

  • Before using a shock collar, please test it on yourself first. You have to understand what is going to happen to your best buddy.
  • If you buy this one, please never leave the collar on your dog if you are not around and always keep the remote control with you.

9) Snoot loop collar

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Similar to the head collar, a snoot loop is designed more for dogs with short muzzles that would escape from a standard head collar.

The lead is usually attached below the chin, ahead of the neck and making it easier to turn his head.

A snoot loop collar has the same end result and guiding your dog’s head away from where he is lunging and back toward you, regaining his attention.

10) Ultrasonic Collar

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Another electric collar similar to the one mentioned above, this collar will emit a high-frequency noise instead of an electric shock.

The noise is ultrasonic, meaning your dog can hear it but you cannot. When your dog barks they will be immediately interrupted by the loud noise of the ultrasonic dog collar.

However, if you have multiple dogs they will also hear the noise when the wearer barks and may even cause them to bark. Although not nearly as unaffordable as an electric shock it is still not a recommended way of preventing your dog from barking (click here to learn how to reduce excessive barking)

Conclusion on Dog Collar – what is the best?

There are many variants, brands, styles and purposes of dog collars to choose from.

There is no right or wrong choice when selecting one (there are always opinions based on own experience). But if your dog or puppy have a very sensitive skin, then, I recommend a leather collar for him.

The best dog collars are those that work well for your buddy. You simply must use the information you have learned to pick one for your dog and your situation.

Take into account your dog’s breed, size, age and temperament and make the most informed decision you can.

Happy Dog Training!

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