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Choosing the Right Collar for Your Dog

Have you recently adopted a new dog? Congratulations! One of the first things you’ll need to do is get Fido a collar. Every pup needs a good collar, and it’s up to you to find the right one. The question is, how do you know what kind to choose? There are certainly a lot of options out there. Here, a local vet talks about choosing the right collar for your canine companion. 

The Importance of the Collar

Your dog’s collar is important for their safety. Given that it’s what attaches the leash to your dog, the collar is ultimately what gives you control over Fido, and keeps him from running into the street or toward another animal. Even the most well-trained dogs should wear a collar and leash whenever they are taken off your property, just to be safe.

Collars also provide a place where you can hang your dog’s ID tags. These small items are crucial for returning Fido to you if they run away or get lost. Most vets recommend using both collar tags and a microchip implant in tandem for maximum identification potential. 

Types of Collars

There are all sorts of different collar types to choose from. The most common is the standard flat collar. These are usually made of nylon, but some are made from leather or other materials. There are also Martingale collars, also known as limited-slip collars, which are useful for dogs with slender necks like Greyhounds and Whippets. Martingale collars will tighten if your dog gets too close to slipping out of their collar. 

You can also find various types of training collars, which might be needed depending on your dog’s behavior. Some examples are choke collars, prong collars, spray collars, shock collars, and more. Be sure to check with your veterinarian or a professional dog trainer before using a collar of this type on your dog. 

Sizing and Fit

A general rule of thumb to follow here is that you should easily be able to fit two fingers between your dog’s collar and their neck. If you can’t, it’s too tight, and could obstruct Fido’s breathing. Remember that a collar that fits a puppy will be too small by the time they’ve grown larger. Always check that the fit of your dog’s collar frequently to make sure they’re comfortable.

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

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