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
1. Best Fashion Collar – Poppy & Ted
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.
2. Best Genuine Leather Collar – Soft Touch
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.
3. Best Reflective Collar – RUFFWEAR
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.
4. Best Training Collar – Julius K9
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!
5. Best Budget Friendly Collar – Taglory
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.