Picking your pet’s collar

It’s time to get a new collar for your pet, but how do you pick out a collar that’s right for your pet? You’ll want to consider the following points.

Firstly, select a collar material that’s right for your pet’s lifestyle. Nylon collars are a perennial favourite and for good reason, as they’re extremely durable and versatile. They typically do well with a wide range of coat types and they’re also suitable for sensitive skin.

Leather collars are favoured by some pet owners, but it’s important to note that these can take years to “break in” and until that occurs, the hard edges can damage the pet’s skin and coat. With time, the leather softens, but in the interim, they can be rather uncomfortable, so they’re not ideal for short-coated breeds with sensitive skin or long-coated breeds with a fragile coat.

Metal link collars are favoured for training purposes, but these should not be left on the pet for an extended period of time due to the risk of choking.

It’s important to avoid using traditional buckle closure collars on extremely active pets, as they have a tendency of unbuckling with lots of activity.

When you’re putting on your pet’s collar, be careful to avoid making it too tight or too lose. It should not pull up and over the dog’s head with ease, but you should be able to easily slide two fingers between the collar and your pet’s neck.