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One of the very first things you need when you adopt a dog is a collar, of course. When you start shopping for one, you’ll come across so many varieties and styles that it will take you some time to find what you like.
However, if none of the standard dog collars catch your eyes, you might look for a custom dog collar. These tend to be a little more expensive than the usual ones, but the unique design and high-quality craftsmanship are worth the price.
So, today, I’m going to give you some tips on how to choose a custom dog collar. Keep on reading.
#1 Find the right collar type
If you’re shopping for custom dog collars for the first time, you probably will have trouble deciding the type of collar. Well, most dogs need a flat dog collar. That’s the one that fastens with a clip or a buckle and allows you to attach identification tags.
What’s excellent about these types of dog collars is that they are easy to slip on and off. What’s more, they are perfect for letting your dog adjust to wearing a collar. And when you shop for custom ones, you might have it made in such a way as to open when the collar gets stuck on something.
Other types of custom dog collars include:
As a whole, I don’t recommend choke collars since they are used for harsh corrections, and they are not as easy to use as most people think.
Pinch collars, on the other hand, are safer than choke ones, but they still have to be used very carefully as not to harm the dog.
Martingale collars are similar to flat ones with one exception. They tightened when your dog pulls, so they are excellent for training.
What’s also good about custom dog collars of any type is that they take into account your dog’s size and head shape. Custom dog harnesses are also a good idea if you’re afraid you might hurt your dog with a collar.
#2 Choose the material
Mostly, manufacturers use leather, nylon, and chain as a material for dog collars. So, when you’re shopping for custom dog collars, you have to choose one of these materials. Let’s see the pros and cons.
Leather collars are usually made out of cowhide, and they tend to be sturdy and last longer than nylon ones as long as you take proper care of them. In addition to this, they are comfortable and safe.
However, leather is an attractive chewing toy for some dogs, and these collars tend to be more expensive than the other types. But the extra cost will be covered by the longevity of your custom leather dog collar.
Nylon collars, on the other hand, are light and easy to care for since you can wash them in the washing machine. They are suitable for dogs who spend time in water since they won’t get damaged, unlike leather ones.
In addition to this, nylon collars tend to be more affordable than leather ones, and they are less likely to fall apart under pressure. However, some dogs do have an allergic reaction to the nylon.
Chain collars, including choke ones, are sturdy and effective. However, you have to know how to place them properly on your dog’s neck, or you can cause him harm. So, avoid this material if you’re a rooky dog owner.
#3 Get the right fit
Finally, after you’ve picked the type and material of your custom dog collar, it’s time to get the right size for your dog.
First, you should consider the width of the collar. The rule of thumb is that the wider the collar, the less pressure it puts on your dog’s neck. Moreover, the applied pressure will be evenly distributed. However, avoid wide dog collars if you have a dog with a short neck. If you’re not certain about the width, you can discuss it with your vet or start with the standard 1.5 inches in width.
Then, you must measure your dog’s neck while your pooch is standing up using a soft tape measure. Add around three inches to the result, which will give you the length of the collar.
The custom dog collar should be snug, but not too tight as to chafe your dog’s skin. So, to determine if the collar is a good fit, you must be able to place two fingers between the collar and your dog’s neck.
Finally, when you’re choosing a custom dog collar for your dog, you might want to take into account your dog’s fur. A collar might get too loose after a haircut or get too tight when your dog’s coat changes. So, keep an eye on it and make the necessary adjustment.
What do you think about these three tips on how to choose a custom dog collar? What’s your opinion of custom dog collars? Tell us in the comment section.