The Perfect Dog Collar, Guest Post by Leah Whitford
Small dog owners are known for their pampering behaviour. It doesn’t have to be a special occasion to spoil them with something special. Whether it’s a tasty treat, a snooze on your lap, or a play date, there’s nothing better than seeing them happy.
So when it comes to accessories, a new collar can be a great way to strengthen your bond with them. Much more than just a safety device or a spot to place their nametag, a premium collar reflects your small dog’s personality while ensuring they can walk and run in both comfort and style.
As a discerning owner, you should take the time to choose wisely and understand exactly what you’re about to purchase. You might have seen a collar you like at a local dog park, or maybe you’re just beginning your search. Either way, here are a few tips for finding that perfect collar.
Take a few minutes to measure your dog’s neck with a measuring tape. Let the tape fit snugly around their neck without adding too much slack. The shape and length of your dog’s neck are also important – a slender Italian Whippet or a thicker French Bulldog will be suited to different collar types.
Of course, if you own a growing puppy ensure you don’t purchase a collar for a neck size they’ll grow into. A loose collar can quickly catch on objects around the house and also hurt their neck if you pull suddenly on the lead.
As with online clothing stores, a lot of dog products may look the part and be offered at a discount, but flashy photography can’t hide their actual make.
Cheaper, synthetic collars may last a few months, but they can begin to fray and break apart very quickly. You also want to make sure the hardware on the collar is a high-quality, strong material that will withstand all your adventures.
A well-made leather dog collar generally provides greater comfort and is more durable. The leather is also easier to look after with many leather care products available.
Doing your research involves finding out what other dog owners have had to say about particular brand types. You’ll be surprised by how many people have provided detailed reviews of their experiences with collar brands.
It’s important when you’re close to purchasing that you check the company’s terms and conditions for warranties and returns. If what gets delivered to your door doesn’t look or feel the way you expected, then you need to know it can be sent back for a full refund.
In the end, your choice of dog collar for your dog will come down to your own style preference after you’ve ensured it’s comfortable, durable and strong enough for everything you and your pooch do together.