How To Select An Ideal Dog Collar

Do you go for strength, safety, or style?

Selecting a dog collar is not a trivial task. The pet accessories market is swamped with conventional as well as unusual types of dog collars to serve diverse functions and needs. As a pet lover, you must be aware of that different kinds of dogs need to be harnessed using different dog collars. Here are a few tips to help you select an ideal collar for your dog.

Before you venture out to buy a dog collar, learn all about the various types of dog collars available, prices, and latest fashion trends. Check out some online stores, such as mine (links below).

When buying a dog collar, it is important to consider the breed and the fur color of your dog. A fuzzy pink collar would look amazing on a toy poodle, but disastrous on a Doberman.

If you are trying to train your dog, an electronic collar, also called remote or shock collar, might be ideal. It delivers an electrical stimulus to the dog in training as a correction method. The intensity of the stimulus ranges from low to high levels depending on the disobedience of the dog. Prong or pinch collars are also good for training purposes. Unlike slip collars or choke chains, they do not cause neck, back or tracheal injuries.

Are you fanatical about your pet's safety? If yes, then buckle collars, quick-release collars, and break-away collars, are tailor-made for your dog. They will never strangle him.

Is your dog an ardent water sports lover? Go for a nylon collar. Anything else will not hold up as well to constant moisture.

Ensure that the collar fits well. Improperly fitted collars and their incorrect usage may prove to be fatal for your dog. A properly fitted collar is one in which there is at least two-finger width space between the collar and the neck of the dog.

I hope these tips help you select a perfect collar for your dog.

Anita Dzebic has a passion for pets and owns a poodle herself: "Melly is my little baby!" Anita also owns SmartPetSupply.com.