When searching for the best dog collar for your dog, you may be confused by the different types and styles available. What works for one size and breed of dog is not necessarily appropriate for all types. You can consult with your veterinarian or dog breeder as to the right collar for your pooch, but you may have to wait for a return phone call if your vet or trainer is busy with other clients. Let’s take a look at three very popular styles of dog collar designs and a few others that may have some value for your pet.
First up, there is the versatile buckle collar. The buckle collar is the most popular of the dog collars and includes a ring around a belt so that you can attach dog ID tags. You can also use the buckle collar to attach a copy of the dog license or vaccination verification. If you don’t want to use the standard metal tags, then a tag pouch in leather is also available for these types of collars.
Next up is the muzzle collar. These large dog collars are a mesh cover or cup-like contraption that fits over your dog’s nose and mouth and attaches to your pet’s head with straps that go around behind the animal’s ears.
There is also a dog collar called the head collar. The head collar is very similar to the muzzle collar but has some notable differences. It keeps your pet’s head fixed and does not allow the animal to pull against the pressure you exert on the neck.
When all is said and done, most dog lovers can’t resist the latest designs and fancy dog collars either. With all sorts of designs, from punk to romantic, to exotic to animal print, these are some of the most popular collars to use on your pet. For a dog that has grown up and become a full-fledged member of the family, why not get them the best dog collar that expresses your unique sense of style.
Occasionally used for an extremely disobedient or unruly dog, the prong and pinch collar is not considered very humane. This collar covers your dog’s entire neck from all sides and it works by tightening as you pull the leash, causing the metal prongs, which are blunt, to pinch into your dog’s neck.
Putting utility aside, you shouldn’t choose a collar that doesn’t suit your dog’s size and personality. A poodle is going to look ridiculous in one of those heavy chain collars but will look just adorable in a ribbon and bow collar. Also, the best dog collar will fit properly. Too tight or too loose collars can cause discomfort for your pet as well as open the possibility that your dog can break free from the collar and/or dog leash and run away.