Best Dog Collars [Complete Guide]

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According to Wikipedia, “A dog collar is a piece of material put around the neck of a dog. A collar may be used for restraint, identification, fashion, or protection. Identification tags and medical information are often placed on dog collars. Collars are often used in conjunction with a leash for restraining a dog.”

Dog collars might seem like a trivial accessory and not something to spend too much time on but for dog lovers, they’re one of if not the most essential part of their precious pet’s wardrobe. A dog collar is it’s means of identification and for days when they have to take a walk, they’re what the leashes are attached to. A dog collar is one thing that stays on the dog all the time and for that reason it has to be functional and fashionable too.

Benefits Of Dog Collars

-Dog collars make the difference between a stray animal and a lost pet.
-They serve as a symbol of ownership and identification. The owner’s details can always be attached to them.
-Nylon collars are soft and comfortable for your puppy as they’re made from soft durable webbing . Due to their comfortability, dogs are not bothered by them and they can have them on all day which makes them perfect for round the clock use.
-Leather dog collars offer an attractive look that makes a pet stand out and makes the owner happy with the dog’s appearance.

Some of the best collars currently are;

For collars, a number of dogs need no more than an collar made with high-quality materials that happens to be fashionable too.

The Lupine Eco Dog Collar has that in spades, and the craziest part is, the collar is also made from recycled plastic bottles and comes with a warranty that protects your investment for life — an investment which, by the way, starts at under fifteen dollars.

From its look and feel, you’d never guess what goes into making the Lupine Eco Dog Collar is plastic waste. It manages to be both soft and strong while remaining attractive, with a two-tone woven texture in nine colors. This collar comes in three widths (1/2 inch, 3/4 inch, and 1 inch) and two sizes, appropriate for necks from 8 to 28 inches in circumference.

In the same vein, if you’re out for a regular collar that can stand the test of time which also happens to be great for the bank balance, The Blueberry Classic Nylon Dog Collar fits the bill. Blueberry’s Classic Collar is made from durable nylon with high-density webbing, strong buckles made of eco-friendly plastic, and a metal D-ring coated in chrome.

The Blueberry Classic Nylon Dog Collar has a wide range of colours (26 to be exact), from bright french pink to subdued military green. Matching leashes and seatbelts are also available and the collar is also available in lots of adorable patterns including flowers, plaids, stripes, and zoo animals. There are four sizes and the width of the collar increases with each, from 3/8 inch (extra-small) to 1 inch (large). The Blueberry Classic can also be embroidered with your pet’s name and phone number.

Leather collars offer a level of durability that nylon can’t. A good leather collar just gets softer and more supple with use. As long as your dog doesn’t turn it into a chew toy, a well-made one like Perri’s Padded Leather Dog Collars could last a lifetime.
Perri’s leather collars are handmade by Amish craftsmen in Pennsylvania and lined with lambskin padding. I love that they look like luxury items, without the luxury price tag. Even with that extra padding, the collar doesn’t feel overly stiff, which is always my concern with leather products.

If you have a skittish, noise-sensitive, or Houdini dog, there’s always a risk that they will escape their collar. Some dogs, especially those with narrow heads like greyhounds and whippets, or with big, muscular necks, can lose their collars without even trying. “For dogs with relatively little difference between the head and neck diameter, a martingale is a good choice,” said Dr. Bain.

A Martingale Collar, or limited-slip collar, will prevent them from escaping by tightening enough to keep the head from fitting through the loop of the collar. Unlike a choke collar, a martingale will never tighten more than a couple of inches and should not cause discomfort. On a dog that pulls frequently, however, a martingale, like any collar, could put dangerous pressure on the trachea and neck, according to Dr. Siracusa.

Made of heavy-duty materials and sold in 12 bright colors, the If It Barks Martingale Collar is a well-made martingale. If It Barks has sewn its collar out of two layers of extra durable nylon webbing and added nickel-plated steel hardware to stand up to daily use. One of my favorite things about If It Barks is that if your pup has a neck too small or too large to fit into their standard sizes (small, medium, and large), they’ll customize a collar for them.

A headcollar isn’t so much a collar as it is a harness for a dog’s head. Designed on the same principle as a halter for a horse, headcollars help to alleviate pulling in dogs by putting a walker’s control at the front of their pet instead of at their strongest point at their back.

Headcollars have their limitations. Dr. Bain advises against using a headcollar for a dog who is difficult to control and lunges on walks. For calmer dogs, however, Bain says headcollars “are very effective in helping to control dogs that pull, and can be the foot-in-the-door to help train dogs to walk nicely on leash.”

One of the biggest problems with the headcollar is that chafing on the nose can occur, even in dogs that walk calmly on a headcollar. Many dogs have not only rubbed off all the hair on the bridge of their nose but the webbing of the noseband has left the top of the snout raw and bloody. That’s one of the reasons Petsafe Gentle Leader Headcollar, which has a noseband padded with a layer of neoprene is the best bet. It’s also the top pick for the best no-pull headcollar to think of.

The Ruffwear Top Rope Collar has both strength and reliability, with its all-metal side-release Talon Buckle and durable Tubelok webbing that also has a reflective trim to keep your dog safe at night. It’s designed talon buckle provides ballasts to keep the V-ring leash-attachment point at the top of the dog’s neck, allowing easy on-and-off leash clipping.

The collar comes in four different colors and three sizes. Another great thing about the collar is that there’s a separate point to attach an ID tag, as well as a quick ring that makes it easy to add and remove tags.

For an owner who has a swimmer for a dog or who enjoys trips to the beach or the lake with or loves to roll around in the pool or on the mud, whatever the case may be, the Kurgo Waterproof Muck Collar is the best bet.

This collar is not only waterproof but dirt-resistant and odor-free. This is the perfect collar for dogs that love the water, love the mud, and just love being a dog. The Muck Collar will never absorb any bacteria or odor and is PVC-free. It’s easy to clean and has a bottle opener, plus a leash and tag attachment that will never rust.

This Kurgo waterproof collar comes in nine colors and three different sizes. The Muck also comes with a hassle-free Kurgo lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects when purchased new from an authorized dealer.

Another amazing leather option is the 100% genuine Leather Daihaqiko Collar. This collar is made to last with a 350-pound pull power, a metal alloy buckle, and hardware that prevents rust and corrosion. For owners who are looking for a classic type of look and all-American look for your dog, then you might wanna consider this.

The DAIHAQIKO leather collars come in four colors, with both single and dual stitching, and in three different sizes.

This is 2020 and tech seems to be all the rage now. If you’re an owner who has an escape artist as a dog, one that loves to be off-leash, or you’re just extra cautious, Fi Smart GPS Collar is the collar for you.

Fi is the first GPS collar that can last up to 3 months on one charge. That’s right — 3 months.
The Fi is the first smart collar on the LTE-M low-power cellular network. The smart collar leverages all Bluetooth Low Energy-enabled devices in its area to determine its location accurately and relay all tracking to the Fi app — so you can see your dog even when you’re not the one walking them.

The Fi app also includes daily, weekly, and monthly step goals, as well as breed rankings. You see where your pup stands amongst other dogs of the same breed, as well as your overall ranking amongst all the dogs using Fi. Our favorite thing about the Fi collar is that it’s the only collar that offers Lost Dog Mode, which gives you live location-tracking to find your dog as quickly as possible.

While the Fi is in Lost Dog Mode, you will receive notifications of your dog’s location every minute, and it also activates a red pulsing LED light to make them easy to spot. The Fi is waterproof and comes in two colors and four sizes.

Whatever your fancy, whether is a tech collar, a collar that is great for the environment or just a good ol’classic leather collar, there’s something out there for you. Just put your dog’s needs into consideration and those little treasures will thank you for it.

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