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3 things to consider when choosing the right collar for your dog

A collar is an essential accessory for any dog. No matter how well-trained or well-behaved your dog is, there are some circumstances where you need to keep them on the lead.

Here are three things you need to consider when choosing the right collar for your dog.

Your dog's shape

Dogs come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. Most dog collars are adjustable, which is useful for young dogs that are expected to grow. But if your dog is already a full-grown adult and you don't expect them to get much bigger, you should try to find a collar that fits well on the 'medium' setting.

Buying a dog collar that is too big or small and adjusting its size for your dog can make it uncomfortable for them. Most average-sized dogs will be fine with a standard collar. But some, like the greyhound or whippet, have relatively small heads compared to their necks. For these breeds, martingale collars are a much better option.

Their temperament

Another consideration is whether they pull on the lead when you walk them. Some dogs are quite happy to choke themselves out, pulling on their dog lead whenever you walk them. Choosing an elasticated lead and collar will reduce the strain on your arm, as well as their throats. If you have a dog that pulls like it's trying to take your arm off, there are pet collars and harnesses designed to keep you both as comfortable as possible.

Some younger, more energetic dogs are prone to letting their curiosity get the better of them and can snag their collars in dangerous ways, potentially strangling themselves. For these dogs, a break-away collar is an effective safety measure. The collar will release them if they strain against it too hard.

Their strength

As a general rule, the stronger a dog is, the thicker their collar should be. This isn't just about ensuring the collar can withstand the physical stress of a strong dog pulling on it; a thicker collar will also distribute pressure on the neck more evenly. Doing this makes the dog more comfortable and less prone to injury.

Choosing the right collar for your dog is important for your pet's comfort and safety. Don't just buy the first, cheapest collar you come across. Make sure you factor all of the above into your decision.