Would you wear an uncomfortable necklace or scarf? Of course not! So why should your dog? Dog collars come in various shapes and sizes, from simple plastic ones to expensive leather ones. But which one should you get and which one is best for your pup?
There are several types of dog collars, each designed for specific purposes. The most common every day collar, is usually made of nylon or leather and has a buckle or clip to hold together. For a dog that pulls, we would recommend using a harness until you have trained your dog to walk to heel, as to not damage their neck.
Whether you want to train your dog or simply choose a new collar as a fashion accessory, you must choose a collar that fits your dog’s size and shape. You may also want to consider the environment where you live. For example, if you live near fields, you may need a more practical synthetic material that is easier to clean, or a collar with natural colours if you pooch likes to roll in mud (and other lovely things).
Should a dog wear a collar all the time UK?
By law, when a dog is in a public place it must wear a collar and tag. This must have its owner’s name, address and contact number. Owners may be fined up to £1,500 if they don’t comply.
Is a harness better than a collar in the UK?
It is common for dogs to wear collars around the house. For many pet owners it is easiest to just attach a leash to that collar, so that they can be ready for walks in seconds. Or if training your dog, you are able to attach a training lead to the collar for inside the house.
Some dog owners prefer to have a regular collar for inside the house and a more sturdy collar for outside of the house. For example a brown leather dog collar.
Our Favourite Dog Collars
These are cute and stylish collars. They are all adjustable to allow for growing room, and you can also purchase a matching lead & beautiful accessories. There is a small leash clip to attach a tag or lead and the collar clips together, great for dogs who are a bit wriggly when putting on collars. They are machine washable to ensure you keep the collar clean.
The best leather collar with an adjustable buckle. Available in a range of colours and made with comfortable, soft, quality leather. What’s even better is their lifetime guarantee, so you really can’t go wrong.
Forget garish yellow collars, a beautiful collar with reflective material which come in a range of designs, all inspired by nature. They have a quick release buckle, so that you can put it on and off your pooch quickly as well as a quick ring for ID tags. No more fiddly name tags, if your dog needs to size up or if your dog simply needs a new collar.
This collar is a lovely thick flat collar so that if your dog is training, for example not to pull on the lead, that the collar doesn’t cut into their neck. It includes a safety lock and handle, if you ever need quick access to hold your dog. It comes in a range of colours and is made with extremely good quality material, perfect for dogs who love an adventure!
If you’re on a budget or looking for a cheaper option while your dog is growing, this nylon dog collar is perfect. it is on the more affordable side, with all the key things you will need from a collar: a quick release buckle, a loop for an ID tag, a range of colours and comfortable material. The perfect classic dog collar.
What is the safest type of dog collar?
The safest type of dog collar is one that has a buckle or a clip. This ensures that your dog will not escape, but if needed, you are able to release your dog quickly if they get stuck or are in any danger. It is highly recommended to purchase an everyday collar that is not too thin, for if the dog pulls, it won’t damage their neck. Before purchasing any dog collar, measure around your dogs neck and ensure the collar will allow for growing room and is adjustable.
If you are concerned about your dogs safety walking at night, it is advised to purchase a light-up collar, or a collar with reflective material so that it can be seen at all times.
Should I take my dog’s collar off at night?
This is completely up to you. Providing you purchase a comfortable collar that fits your dog, they can sleep in it at night time with ease.
Emma Wally is the founder of thedoggeeks.com, a website for dog owners in the UK and the rest of the world. Emma has a lifelong love of dogs and has devoted years to learning and training dogs of various kinds and ages.
Emma’s love for dogs and animals started as a child with looking after many different pets from fish, to dogs and even sheep. This love for animals led her into the world of dog training; with a real passion in positive reinforcement techniques.
Dog training specialist
Emma has completed multiple certifications in dog training, focussing on positive reinforcement techniques.
Puppy socialisation group
Emma is also the founder of 'Stony Stratford Puppy and Dog Group'. This growing community of dog enthusiasts provides weekly socialistion for new puppies and dogs wanting to integrate into socialisation, as well as giving specialist training advice for dog owners wanting to address problems... Or just wanting to give their pup the best life they can!
Kobe is Emma's current fluffy best friend. Being a Tibetan Terrier she can be stubborn at times but has the biggest personality for such a small dog.
Passionate about Dogs
Emma Wally is more than just a dog trainer; she is a mentor, a guide, and a friend to all dog owners seeking to build a better relationship with their furry companions. Her commitment to enhancing the lives of dogs and their owners is evident in every piece of advice she shares, making her a trusted and respected figure in the dog training community. Trust Emma, and you trust a true dog geek.