Which Collar is best for My dog?
Dogs have such different personalities that there is not one universal correct answer.
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At the bottom of this page are the collar styles I believe are best for Safety, Security and Comfort.
Let’s start with materials. Your choice of materials should be influenced by your dog’s lifestyle. Are they a couch potato? Do they love to swim? Are they your hiking buddy? Does every mud puddle have their name on it? Is their skin easily irritated?
Oh so soft, supple, and comfy
Great colors and patterns
Wears and frays
The strength is variable according to the many different qualities
Leather is beautiful
Can be conditioned to keep it looking and feeling new
Depending on the thickness can be soft or stiff
Colored leathers can bleed onto your dog’s fur
1. Surface printed – wears off over time
– PVC Coated Biothane
Ultrathin and Superflex have a pull strength of 400# per inch of width. (40# after slotted where the buckle is)
Standard Beta and Super Heavy Beta have a pull strength of 1000# per inch of width. (200# after slotted where the buckle is)
Both are durable, supple, do not absorb odors, and dry immediately.
– TPU Coated Biothane
Diamond, Gold, and Griamond all have gloss finishes. The coating is more durable than PVC but results in the collar being stiff and not supple.
I use Standard Beta Biothane here. It has a leatherlike finish, is supple, soft, durable, and not as heavy or bulky as the Super Heavy Biothane. To me, Super Heavy gets too bulky at the fold over where a buckle is attached.
(I do not cut slots for the buckle. I use a buckle that doesn’t require a slot)
Cannot be conditioned. Over a period of time it can get stiff and after long term use the coating can start to crack.
Standard Beta Biothane is comfy, durable, secure & waterproof. If your collar gets soiled, simply wash in soapy water, rinse and wipe off excess water. Waterproof, Odorproof, AntiBacterial and AntiMicrobial.
Buckle Collars ~ There are regular belt type buckles and side release buckles. I don’t offer side release buckles because they are not available in stainless steel. I don’t suggest training a dog with a collar like this. Dogs that pull on the leash can easily damage their neck area. I also believe that them pulling in the opposite direction of me and my leash can escalate their desire to pull, resulting in a tug of war. For a happy family dog, hanging around with the family, they are just dandy.
My Collars can be ordered with a stainless name plate and can be Swarovski blinged.
Snap On Collars ~ The most comfortable collar ever! Snap On Collars are not meant to be used with a leash. They are usually ordered with a stainless name plate. They simply snap on, and snap off, with stainless steel snaps. Their size is not adjustable so accurately measuring your dog is imperative. Click here for tips on how to measure your dog’s neck size: How To Measure
These are the perfect way to have contact info for dogs that use a harness. Great collar for dogs as they romp and play in the yard. They can be ordered with Swarovski Bling.
Slip Collars ~ With a Slip Collar, you don’t have to keep the collar tight around a dog’s neck to ensure safety. They do the same job as a martingale but without the chain. The loop around your dog’s neck tightens only when the leash is pulled on. A dog won’t escape when on a leash by slipping out of the collar. A properly made Slip Collar should loosen as soon as the dog stops pulling on the leash. If your slip collar stays tight, keeping the dog in a choke hold, then it is poorly designed with incorrect hardware.
These are truly wonderful collars but they must fit properly. Their size is not adjustable so accurately measuring your dog is imperative. Click here for tips on how to measure your dog’s neck size: How To Measure
My Slips can be ordered with a stainless name plate and can be Swarovski blinged.
Martingales ~ We use these collars frequently when transporting rescue dogs. They are useful because it is difficult for any dog to slip this type of collar off. What’s nice is that you don’t have to keep a very tight collar fastened around a dog’s neck to ensure safety when you’re dealing with dogs considered flight risks. Whether the doggie tries bolting forward, backwards, or sideways, the collar tightens, keeping a frightened dog from escaping. A properly made Martingale collar should release the tension immediately. The reason I will use these and won’t use choke collars is that there is no chain cutting into the very vulnerable area under the neck because the chain is only on top where the leash connects.
My Martingales can be ordered with a stainless name plate and can be Swarovski blinged.