So how do you choose the right collar for your dog?
There are so many aspects to consider. This may sound crazy I know but before you continue think about what would be important to you if you had to wear it every day. The colour would play a part, the material would be hugely important to aid comfort and avoid irritation. The strength of the collar would matter and therefore how long it would last. The size is VITAL. What we really need to think about also is what are we going to be using it with. What type of lead and what will the collars primary use be? Control? Safety? Fashion? Identification?
Buckle collars also known as flat collars can be found in most types of materials including leather, nylon, polyester and faux leather and/or suede. The buckles on these collars are really very similar to the one you would find on your 501 Levi jeans. The beauty about these sort of collars is, due to the buckle collar, they are easily adjustable so that they are comfortable and yet functional. Flat collars are the most popular types of collars on the market as a result of this. Buckle collars are also popular as it is so easy to attach an identity tag or medication tag onto them.
Stud collars are pretty similar to the buckle/flat collars above however in addition, they have studs on them to protect your Pup from being bitten on the neck by another more ferocious dog. You often see very stocky breeds wearing these, for fashion purposes, rather than safety.
The Elizabethan collar are the collars that you will often see pets walking out of the vets with. These are used to prevent dogs from scratching or biting their recent wounds. They are often put on by vets after an operation. Dogs in particular like to lick their wounds along with other areas of their body which means that infection could easily be spread to wounds, hence the collar is fitted. It is unlikely that your pup will like you much for putting an Elizabethan collar on them. They can spend hours trying to get it off and it can take them days to get used to it.
In addition to their buckle collar, it is more than likely that throughout your pets life they will at some point get fleas. There are fleas collars available for all pets. These collars are soaked in flea repellent and usually placed alongside their normal collar until the fleas have disappeared. The flea collars are usually very effective. There are a number of other types of treatment for your pets with fleas.
Buckle collars, stud collars, flea collars and Elizabethan collars are just the beginning. There are so many shapes, sizes and types of collars available. Again, it is important that you the owner weigh up the pros and cons of each collar. Function before fashion.