Dog Collar Selection Guide: Choosing the Best Dog Collar

There are so many dog collar choices out there!  Which is the best?  Maybe you’ve added a new member to your family or maybe it’s just time to replace your best friend’s “clothing,” but for whatever reason you are in the market for a new dog collar and perhaps you are dismayed by all the choices out there!  Well here is a guide to help you get the best possible collar for your fluffy pal:

Personalized Polyester Webbing Dog CollarThe first thing to consider is the collar’s use.  Is the collar used for identification purposes – i.e. do you have tags you’d like to put on the new collar or better yet,

would you like the new collar to incorporate your contact information?

Are you using the collar to walk your dog or do you usually use a harness?  The answers to these questions can have important ramifications to the collar you ultimately choose.

The second thing to consider is the material the collar is made from.  Some materials perform better than others so we will take a look at the various options.

As far as identification is concerned, I really like having a collar that incorporates identification – either an on-collar ID tag or having your information embroidered directly on the collar.  This way you don’t have tags hanging down which are both noisy and can be a danger to the dog if they get caught on something (like the spaces between the boards on your deck).

If you use the collar for walking your dog you should purchase the widest collar that is comfortable for you dog.  This way if the dog pulls on the leash the stress on the trachea is spread over a wider area.  If you do use a collar to attach the leash you might want to consider a martingale type collar so your dog cannot back out of the collar.  Personally, I don’t like to use the collar to attach the leash and prefer a harness.  Even though my dogs are trained to walk nicely on a leash there are times when they get spooked and bolt or they see something (or someone!) they REALLY want to get to and they end up pulling on the leash.  This can cause damage to their trachea and cuts off their oxygen supply which is never a good thing.  Choosing a harness is a whole other topic but PupPanache carries several comfortable no-choke harnesses you and your dog will both love.

Now, on to the various materials collars are made from.

Nylon Webbing Dog Collars

The vast majority of commercial dog collars are made from nylon webbing.  Nylon webbing is soft and pretty strong and works well for a time but the biggest drawback with nylon in my opinion is the smell.  If your dogs are like mine, they get in all kinds of puddles, roll in God knows what, and, well, they smell like dog or worse.

All these bad odors cling to a nylon collar

and soon you will be either trying to wash it (which is possible but sometimes doesn’t remove the stink) or decide to throw it away.

Polyester Webbing Dog Collars

A far better alternative is polyester webbing.  Polyester webbing is stronger than nylon, resists abrasion better and it doesn’t collect odors like nylon – it is very resistant to mold and mildew as well.  Large Leopard Dog Collar BaclIt is also washable but frankly I’ve never needed to wash it.  It sheds dirt and grime extremely well.  A well-made polyester webbing dog collar will last for years with no maintenance required.  PupPanache has a great selection of polyester webbing dog collars.

Leather Dog Collars

A third alternative is leather.  Leather is a very nice material for a dog collar and looks good for a long time.  It is strong and durable.  Check out these great-looking leather dog collarsSmall Leather ID Dog CollarThe only drawback with leather is if your dog is drawn to water and jumps in every puddle, creek, lake, or river in sight.  Leather can deteriorate pretty quickly if it is constantly soaked.  I have leather collars for my dogs that we use for “dress.”  Like when we go visiting someone or we go somewhere I know they won’t be getting wet.  We use the polyester collars for hiking and outdoor adventures.

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  1. For dogs with issues on the walk, the training lead can be a great tool for correcting misbehaviors. If your dog is easily distracted by squirrels, other dogs, or just a strong gust of wind, the collar allows for quick corrections to get your dog back on track.
  2. This really answered my problem, thank you!

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