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Choosing the Right Collar for Your Dog

March 15, 2021

If you’ve recently adopted a new four-legged family member, one of the first things you’ll need to purchase for your pet is a collar. Every dog needs a good collar, and you are tasked with finding the right one. The question is, how do you know which one to choose? There are certainly plenty of options out there. Read on to find out more about choosing the right collar for your canine companion.


T  he Importance of the Collar

Your dog’s collar is important for his or her safety. First of all, it’s what attaches the leash to your dog, giving you control over your pooch’s movements and preventing them from darting away from you, perhaps into the street or toward another animal. Even the most well-trained canine companions should wear a collar and leash while going on walks outdoors, just to be safe.


Collars also provide a place to house your dog’s ID tags. These tiny items are crucial for getting your pet returned to you in case he or she runs away or get lost. Most Coles County vets recommend using collar tags and a microchip implant together for maximum identification potential.


Types of Collars

There are plenty of different collar types out there, the most common of which is the standard flat collar. This type of collar is usually made of nylon but could also be crafted from leather or other materials. Then there are Martingale collars, also known as limited-slip collars, which are useful for slender-necked breeds, like Greyhounds and Whippets. This type of collar tightens if your dog gets too close to slipping out of their collar. 


There are also a number of different types of training collars, which can be useful depending on your dog’s behavior. For instance, there are choke collars, prong collars, spray collars, shock collars, and more. Be sure to consult with your Coles County veterinarian or a professional dog trainer before using a collar of this type on your dog.


Sizing and Fit

As a general rule of thumb, you should easily be able to fit two fingers between your dog’s collar and their neck. If you can’t do this, it’s too tight! Keep in mind that a collar that fits a puppy will be too small by the time he or she has grown larger. Be sure to check the fit of your dog’s collar frequently to make sure it’s still comfortable.


You’re not alone in the search for the perfect collar. Contact your Coles County vet’s office for advice on the best choice for your dog. 

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