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Choosing the Right Collar for Your Dog

March 15, 2021

If you’ve recently adopted a new canine companion, one of the first things you’ll need to purchase is a collar. Every dog needs a good collar, and it’s up to you to find the right one. The question is, how do you know which one to choose? There are certainly plenty of options out there. Read on to read a Carteret County vet’s advice about choosing the right collar for your dog. 


T  he Importance of the Collar

Your dog’s collar is an important safety measure. First of all, it’s what attaches the leash to your dog, giving you control over your pooch’s movements. This can prevent them from darting away from you, perhaps into the street or toward another animal. Even the best-trained dogs should always wear a collar and leash while going on walks outdoors, just to be safe.


Collars also provide a place to house your dog’s ID tags. These simple things are crucial for getting your pet returned to you in case they run away or get lost. Most Carteret County vets recommend using both collar tags as well as a microchip implant in tandem for maximum identification potential. 


Types of Collars

There are a variety of different types of collars out there. Most common is the standard flat collar, which is usually made of nylon but can sometimes be crafted from leather or other materials. There are also Martingale collars, also known as limited-slip collars, which are great for dogs with slender necks like Greyhounds and Whippets. Martingale collars will tighten in the event that your dog gets too close to slipping out of his or her collar. 


There are also various types of training collars available, which might be required depending on your dog’s behavior. For instance, there 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

Here’s the general rule of thumb: you should easily be able to fit two fingers between your dog’s collar and his or her neck. If you can’t, it’s too tight! Remember that a collar that fits a puppy will be too small by the time they’ve grown larger. Be sure to check the fit of your dog’s collar from time to time to make sure they’re comfortable.


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

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