Whether you're taking your dog to the dog park or just playing fetch in the backyard, you want him to be comfortable and safe. The right dog collar can help you take care of your dog at home or on-the-go and can even help with training a new dog. Here is more information about the different types of dog collars, so you can choose the best one for your pet.
Traditional collar: A basic leather or nylon collar can be worn by your dog every day and is perfect for attaching identification and vaccination tags. Choose the right collar size for your dog by checking the diameter and width of a collar. You don't want it to be too tight, to slip off, or to irritate your dog. For more information, this guide on buying pet collars gives tips on how to properly size a dog collar.
Walking collar: While some everyday collars have a leash attachment for walking, not all do. If you're taking your dog for a walk and want to be able to attach a leash, choose a walking collar. In addition to leash attachments, walking collars sometimes have a tighter fit to keep your dog from pulling out of one, and some have a breakaway clasp to reduce the risk of strangulation if the collar gets caught on anything.
Harness: A dog harness offers another option for walking your dog. Harnesses secure around the chest and abdomen of your dog, providing more support through the dog's body when you pull on the leash, rather than putting strain on your dog's neck. Harnesses are particularly beneficial for dogs with joint issues or back pain.
Training collars: Certain collars are used for training in several different ways. Slip, or choke chain, collars are used to train dogs not to pull on their leads by tightening when the dog pulls. Prong collars act in a similar way, but they have blunt, inward-facing prongs that add pressure when the dog pulls. Electronic dog collars can be used to discourage barking or wandering outside the yard. For safety purposes, dogs should never be left alone with training collars on their necks.
Stud collars: Collars with large studs and spikes have become popular because they make your dog look tough, but they also serve a purpose by protecting your dog's neck from the bites of other dogs and animals. You may want to consider using a studded dog collar at the dog park or in other areas where your pet could meet aggressive animals. This type of collar may also be helpful if you are introducing a new pet into a home where existing pets could become aggressive.