Among the many styles of dog collars to choose from, you’ll want to consider first your dog’s size and your preference of style, and next, consider your dog’s disposition and any specialized training needed. Collars have two functions: to keep the dog’s ID tags attached all the time and to attach a leash for walking or containment. Caring for your dog means taking the necessary steps to ensure your pet is safe, isn’t damaging anything, and does not run become lost, so a comfortable collar with an identity tag is the simplest way to do that.
Placing the first collar on a new puppy or adult dog might be difficult, especially if that animal is not used to wearing one, but in most places, it’s the law that all puppies and dogs wear collars with ID tags.
Simply Pets’ Dog Collar Buying Guide
A quick look at the Simply Pets website will reveal a vast array of choices in pet collars. There is a huge array of sizes, materials, colors and uses to consider, so what’s the best way to narrow down your search for the perfect dog collar? We’ve broken it down for you to a simple process of just a few steps to hone in on the very best choice for your dog.
Step One: Size of the dog and size of the collar
Sizing and adjusting puppy collars
Collars don’t expand in size, but puppies do! The American Humane organization recommends that you check the on collar your puppy at least every week by slipping 2-3 fingers inside and loosening it as soon as it starts to feel tight. In unattended circumstances, collars can actually grow into a puppy’s neck causing continual excruciating pain. You’ll need to check, expand and/or buy a larger collar when needed for the first year of your puppy’s life, and longer for large dog breeds.
Remember to never use a choke chain or prong collar on a puppy because they can damage the throat and spine of a growing puppy. The same applies to small breeds and toy dogs that have delicate tracheas.
Sizing and adjusting adult dog collars
Even when your dog is full-grown, size changes can occur throughout its lifespan, so regular checking of the collar size is important to ensure it is neither too tight nor too loose and in danger of falling off. Adult dogs may lose weight or gain weight during their lives, with elderly dogs most likely to lose weight. Additionally, you’ll find that dogs with a heavier coat in winter will shed in summer, and you’ll need to loosen or tighten the dog collar to adjust to the seasons. For standard collars, you should always be able to easily slip 2-3 fingers between the collar and the neck of the dog without choking him.
Step Two: Choosing a dog collar for everyday use or for outdoor use
Your dog’s collar for everyday use should always have the ID tags attached. For the everyday collar, it is best to use a flat-buckle adjustable collar made of leather, cotton or nylon that is properly fitted to the neck size of your dog. If you choose to use a pet body harness, keep in mind that when unattended, some dogs chew the harness off and the tags could be lost, so you may want to also use a comfortable dog collar just for the ID tags, but attach the leash to the harness for walks.
Should I buy an everyday collar, an outdoor collar, or both?
An everyday dog collar can range from simple to decorative, from lightweight to durable, and it depends largely on the lifestyle you and your dog experience. The most important point is to choose a collar that is appropriate for the dog to wear every day. For most dogs, the only time the collar comes off is for bathing, so over time, the collar becomes part of your dog’s identity.
Indoor Sedentary Dogs
There are many types of dog collars you can research for everyday use, and they should be comfortable. If your dog spends most of its time indoors, durability might not be as important as comfort. Some durability is recommended, however, since introducing new collars may take some getting used to by your pet.
Outdoor Active Dogs
If you and your dog enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle, you’ll need a strong, long-lasting collar for these activities, possibly even weather-proof or with reflective qualities. You might consider using a lightweight, comfortable collar just for the dog’s ID tags that the dog will always wear, and another sturdier collar with a quick snap release that is always attached to your dog’s leash – this way you’ll only put it around your dog’s neck when it’s time to go for a walk or a hike.
Dogs in Obedience Training
If your dog is in training, you will definitely need a separate training collar—no dog should wear a training collar as his everyday collar. See Step Four below to learn more about the many types of training collars.
Questions to ask when buying a collar for frequent use:
For your dog’s everyday collar ask yourself these questions:
- Does the collar feel comfortable? Flexible? Soft? Non-irritating? (Some breeds, like Dalmatians, may allergic to synthetic materials.) Would you be comfortable wearing it?
- Is the collar durable enough to hold up to the dog’s normal activities?
- Will the color or decoration on the collar get ruined or stained easily with daily use?
- Is the collar the correct size for growth if used on a puppy, or can it be tightened fora dog that is elderly and may lose weight?
- What kind of buckle or clasp is on it? A buckle with a prong and adjustable holes is often best for everyday collars because they don’t need to be removed.
One collar will be sufficient if your dog is mainly in the house, the yard and goes for walks in the neighborhood on a leash. Buying a comfortable collar with a buckle will keep the ID tags on your dog at all times.
However, two collars may work best for your dog if it lives indoors and in the yard, but you take it out for rugged play, hiking, and swimming. Buy a second collar with a quick-release type clasp and a D-ring for attaching a leash for a dog that is outdoors a lot and likes to swim. Nylon is a good choice rather than leather, since a leather collar will stretch when wet, and deteriorate quickly when damp.
The Seven Types of Dog Collars to Consider
You’ll find there are seven main types of dog collars for everyday use, as well as variations of each type, not including specialized training collars (See Step 4 for Training Collars). Pick the collar that is appropriate for your dog’s current daily activity level. You’ll probably want to use different collars at different ages and for a variety of purposes.
1. The Traditional Dog Collar – Buckle Collars
Traditional dog collars, or everyday collars come in all the needed sizes and a variety of materials, most commonly leather or nylon webbing. Less common materials can include polyester, hemp, metal, or “oilcloth” (vinyl woven with cotton). Collars can be decorated in a variety of ways with a variety of materials.
Pet collars should sit high on your dog’s neck, and not near the top of the shoulder blades. Also, the collar should not be loose enough to easily slip over the animal’s head. Collars should not be fastened so tightly as to restrict breathing or make your dog cough. Measure your dog’s neck and then add 2-3” length. Narrow, lightweight collars work best for puppies and small breeds, while wide, strong collars are for larger and stronger breeds.
Which type of closure hardware is best for dog collars?
Dog Collars usually feature one of the following types of closures: buckle collars, quick-release (also known as side-release) collars, or slip-on collars with chain or rings.
Buckle collars, also called flat collars, use a belt-buckle style closure that is usually made from stainless steel or brass.
Quick-release collars are flat, made of nylon and have a plastic clasp. This hardware consists of a metal or plastic bucket with a female and male ends that clips together. Generally, the buckle will hold tightly when it’s being pulled on, but when you squeeze the sides, the buckle releases quickly and easily.
Side-Release collars are often metal and used for strenuous outdoor activity, for working dogs, or for large breeds or very active dogs. Side-release closures can be made from plastic for smaller breeds, since a very small dog would find a large metal closure too heavy.
Breakaway collars are a variation of the quick-release closure and includes a safety clip so that when excessive force is applied, such as when the collar snags on something, it will prevent your dog from choking or strangulation.
Safety stretch collars have an elastic panel sewn into nylon collars, which allows the dog to escape from potential choking or strangulation if the collar snags on fences, gates, or branches. Unlike a breakaway collar, a stretch collar functions with a leash like a traditional, and this type of collar is sometimes required when boarding a dog or at dog day-care facilities because it makes it easier for staff members to keep your dog safe.
2. Outdoor and Sports Collars
Outdoor collars and sports collars are strong and usually designed for specific jobs for working dogs to keep them safe in very varied and active situation. Some of the types of outdoor collars include:
If you have a dog that loves water and gets to swim regularly in a nearby stream, river, lake or frolic in the ocean surf, you can keep an extra water sports collar on hand. A leather collar is not be the best choice for water play, because wet leather stretches easily and the collar (and your dog’s ID tags) can easily be lost. Leather should not be exposed to for salt water immersion, which causes more rapid deterioration.
Waterproof collars are usually thick and made from various types of plastic or oilcloth. They are mildew and microbe resistant as well, making them easy to clean and dry when your dog comes in. Although waterproof collars go well in water, you may want to consider using them only when engaging in water play, and not have them replace a more comfortable everyday collar. The heavy plastic materials and texture can cause discomfort and even chafing on your dog’s neck if worn continually.
Reflective Collars and LED collars
Collars that are made with reflective cloth strips or LED lights are perfect for nighttime walks, yard play and camping to keep an eye on your dog’s whereabouts. They are also really helpful for the short nights of winter when the sun sets early, but the dog needs a walk after work. Collars with reflective strips sewn in will glow when light hits it or you shine your flashlight on it. This visibility helps cars to see an animal if it’s close to or in the road at night. Collars with LED lights use one or more light-emitting diodes and can be any color, although most are either red or blue. Batteries add weight to the collar if they are the AAA variety, so finding a collar with the smaller lithium coin cells can be a better solution. LED collars are convenient and easily visible in case your dog is a night owl.
Safety or Center Ring Collar
The O-Ring collar (aka Center Ring or Safety Ring) style of collar is often used with hunting dogs that roam over a large area and may run into trouble with the leash snagging on a branch or rock. The O-Ring is sewn about halfway into the collar which allows the collar to pivot in such a way that is not possible with traditional collars, so that a dog can slip its head out of the collar and escape.
3. Martingale Collars
Martingale Collars have an excess loop made of chain, leather or other sturdy fabric that is connected to the collar. When a leash is attached to the loop, the collar will tighten around the dog’s neck just enough when it pulls on the leash to give a slight correction to the dog, but not so tightly as to choke the dog like a slip-chain or choke collar. The loop also prevents the dog from slipping out of the collar. Although Martingale collars are useful for any dog breed, they are often used with Sighthounds that have heads smaller in circumference than their necks. These no-choke and no-slip features make this style of collar a popular choice for kennels and animal shelters.
4. Choke Collars and Slip-Chain Collars
Choke collars, also known as slip-chain collars are made from chained links with two rings at either end, with one end slipped inside the other. It’s a popular training collar because it’s inexpensive and nearly impossible for a dog to escape from it. There is some criticism to using a slip-chain collar because if it’s pulled to tightly it can cause trauma, injury and or even death, since there is no way to prevent it from completely blocking the dog’s windpipe. Although people buy choke chain collars for everyday use because they may not understand the danger of unsupervised use. These choke collars should mainly be used for training and only with supervision by the trainer.
5. Walking Harnesses and Halters
What is the difference between a harness and a halter?
Harnesses and halters are not technically dog collars since they don’t wrap around the dog’s neck, but they are a good option to consider for your pet. A harness wraps around the dog’s body at the chest, under the front legs and across the back. Harnesses are considered by some to be a more humane dog collar, however, if you need to train and control your dog’s behavior, it may not be a suitable until the dog is well trained, depending on your particular dog’s temperament. A halter is similar to a horse halter, and wraps around the dog’s mouth and head. The design is similar to a dog muzzle, but the dog can open its mouth to drink water, bark and bite. It gives more control over the dog’s head, which some people prefer for training and control purposes. Let’s look at these collar alternatives in more depth:
Harnesses come in two main styles – back clasp and front clasp. A back clasp harness is often made of nylon straps that wrap around the chest and front legs with the clasp and the leash ring positioned at on top and centered at the dog’s back, so that the leash will not pull on the neck like a traditional collar. Many people think that a dog will pull less wearing a harness, but the opposite is true since the dog will be able to use all of its strength, like a sled dog. You may not want to put a strong or large dog in a harness, unless they have medical problem with their breathing. For small or delicate dogs that cannot possibly overpower the person walking them, a harness is a wonderful option since it doesn’t apply any pressure to the dog’s neck. A front clasp harness also goes around the dog’s front legs and chest, but rather than attaching the leash to the dog’s back, it attaches to the front of the dog’s chest, allowing the owner to lead the dog in a natural way that doesn’t allow the dog to pull in a direction opposed to it. So if your dog is pulling hard to get ahead of you during a walk, the leash will not allow the dog to walk forward. A front clasp halter is safe and effective for even the most active dog.
Dog Halters and Head Collars
Dog halters (aka head collars) gives maximum control over the dog. The theory is that when you control a dog’s head, you control the body as well. Halters have a band that fits around the back of the head and another band around the nose. The leash is connected to the halter under the chin. When the dog pulls on the leash, its head will either be pulled down or to the side, making it impossible for the dog to move ahead or pull you. The halter-style collar controls the dog’s head when leashed, and at all times, whether leashed or not, the dog is not restricted in its ability to pant, drink, eat food, or play with toys or other objects. Halters are very useful to stop a strong dog from pulling on a leash, and it is a humane management tool for strong pullers since the pressure will not be directly on the windpipe.
6. Decorative Collars and Occasional Collars
Decorative and occasional collars are for fun, decoration and celebrating special occasions. If you’re a fashionista, there are many types of decorative collars available that have a lot of detail and may be delicate, so they’re generally not of sufficient sturdiness to be a collar for everyday wear. Fashion collars that match your outfits, holiday collars for those special occasions, and hand-made artisan collars and one-of-a-kind collars are everywhere these days, in stores and on the Internet should you have the desire for your pet to stand out from the crowd. Keep in mind, however, that as much as you may love to dress up your canine friend, you’ll need to consider if the dog is comfortable for his or her activity level, and that the decorative collar is not itchy, getting in the way of eating, drinking water or other necessary functions, and that it’s not too heavy.
7. Medical Collars
Two common types of medical collars for dogs are flea and tick collars and cone collars.
Flea and Tick Collars are usually a type of plastic that has been impregnated with chemicals that repel parasitic insects. They are worn as a supplementary collar alongside your dog’s everyday collar, and are worn as a preventative method against fleas and ticks, however, they are not a cure for dogs that have already been infested. Since there are many alternative products to eliminate fleas and other dog parasites, such as topical spot treatments, shampoos, and oral medications, flea collars are not used as much these days. They can, however, be very useful in certain situations as a preventative measure, such as walking through tall grass or at dog boarding facilities. They are more effective against ticks because they work best in the neck, head and face region than the rear end.
Modern flea collars can be effective for up to 8 months. The two types of flea collars function differently. First, a repelling collar emits a gas that repels parasites. The second type is a treating collar that passes medication into the fatty layer of the neck skin that is spread by the dog’s natural skin oil. Some treating collars work when a pest bites the dog, and another type works to kill insects on contact, before they bite. Look for the more effective collars that “kill fleas and their larvae” rather than “repels fleas.”
You can use flea collars occasionally and store them in a zip-lock plastic bag between uses if you’re concerned about over-medicating your pet. Another innovative use is when you’re combatting a flea infestation in your home, place a flea collar inside your vacuum bag, and when you vacuum up these critters, the collar will kill them and prevent them from crawling out into your house again.
Warning about flea collars: If your dog comes into regular contact with children, the medication in the collar could cause problems if the children touch the collar and then put their fingers into their mouths or eyes.
Cone Collars (aka Elizabethan Collars)
We’ve all felt sorry for the dog with a large plastic cone around its neck that fans out to cover the sides of its face. Such cones are fitted to a dog for medical reasons, such a preventing the dog from scratching or chewing on a wound that needs to heal, from licking an infection on its body, or from biting off surgery stitches. If the cone is properly sized and fitted by a veterinarian, the dog should be able to eat and drink water from its dog bowls with the cone attached. The bowls can be raised on a brick to facilitate eating and drinking if the cone extends too far over the mouth.
Step Three: Choosing the dog collar material
Now that you’ve selected the everyday collar style and possibly a sports or specialty collar, the next consideration is to choose the material and color you prefer. There are a number of materials to choose from if you’re going for a special look, and you want to think about durability as well as what will be most comfortable for the size and breed of your pet. Here’s a description of the most common materials to choose from:
Leather Dog Collars
A top quality leather collar looks great on most dogs. Some are plain and others decorated with studs, spikes or even rhinestones for the fashionista dog owner. For a growing puppy, a leather collar may be on the expensive side since you’ll need to buy a new collar as the dog outgrows the collar. Leather collars usually come with a buckle closing.
For large dog breeds and very active dogs, a bridle leather collar is a good match, whereas padded collars are better for dogs with sensitive skin. For small dogs and toy breeds, lightweight Italian leather collars are comfortable. For dogs that spend a lot of time in the water, leather is not a good option.
Patent leather is true leather with a high sheen, and may have a plastic coating to protect the gloss. It is usually for decorative collars and not intended for everyday use. Imitation leather doesn’t contain any leather or animal products and is a good choice since it ages and softens like true leather, can be stronger than leather, and resists mold, bacteria and algae, so it’s a great option for the dog that spends a lot of time outdoors. Leather alternative collars usually come with a buckle closing, but you’ll find variations in closures.
Nylon and Synthetic Dog Collars
Nylon collars a very popular choice for dog owners because they are durable, inexpensive, come in many colors, and are highly adjustable in size, making them the ideal choice for a growing puppy. The material is pliable, making it comfortable for dogs with sensitive skin. They also hold up as well for the very active dog that spends a lot of time outdoors. Some dogs have allergies to nylon, so in that case, consider a leather collar or one from a fabric, such as cotton. Allergies aside, nylon collars are idea for an everyday collar for most dogs. Look for a collar that is washable and color-fast. Braided synthetic collars may also contain strands of reflective material, which helps you see your dog at night with a flashlight or street lamp. Some collars are treated with an anti-microbial product that keeps the collar from developing a stink over time. Synthetic and nylon collars usually have either a quick-release plastic clasp or a buckle closure.
Waterproof materials for collars
Polyester that has been coated with urethane or vinyl is extremely durable and comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns. It’s ideal for dogs that spend a lot of time in water, will not smell, and can endure extreme temperature changes. These collars can also come with reflective strips.
Collars that are made from fabrics with decorations such as ribbons, lace, and so on are mainly for dress-up and occasional use. These collars are not durable and can get damaged or dirty easily. For very small dogs that spend most of their time indoors, fabric collars are lightweight and could be an everyday collar, but for larger and more active breeds, they’re fun for holidays and celebrations but shouldn’t replace the sturdy everyday collar.
Spiked Collars and Studded Dog Collars
Some owners like to accentuate their dogs’ look by using a spiked or studded collar on a leather or leather-alternative collar. These collars harken back to ancient Greece where dogs protected livestock and the collars protected the dogs from wolf attacks, so these collars are also known as wolf collars. Today, spikes and studs are used for aesthetic reasons to give a tough look to a small breed or to emphasize the attitude of a large breed. The metal insets can be heavy, so these collars are not suitable for toy breeds.
Step Four: Choosing Dog Obedience Training Collars (Optional)
Dog Collars for Obedience Training
Training collars, also known as aversive collars, give a dog owner a means of training their dog at home, using a range of levels of discomfort to encourage a dog to change undesirable behavior.
Training collars of all types, including head harnesses, choke collars, prong collars or electronic collars should only be used during training sessions and not left on the dog when it is unsupervised by the trainer. The dog ID tags should not be attached to this collar, but remain on the everyday collar.
Common behaviors that can be corrected with training collars are leash-pulling and barking. There are other training collars available for basic obedience commands, staying inside a prescribed area, such as a yard that isn’t fenced, for tracking and finding a wandering dog, and for field training and hunting. These collars are a great training alternative for blind and deaf dogs. When used correctly, they can be very effective, while being safe and cost-efficient for training your dog.
Martingale collars are comfortably loose when the dog is behaving well, but tighten around a dog’s neck when it pulls on a leash. The loop design prevents it from over-tightening though, so it doesn’t allow the dog to choke, making it the most comfortable option for training dogs that pull.
Choke collars, also known as slip-chain collars, are made with a single strand of chain with two rings, one of which slides along the chain, and the other attached to a leash. When the dog pulls on the leash the chain tightens around the neck, which can be uncomfortable or even painful to the dog, causing it to stop pulling so that the chain immediately loosens for comfort. Trainers use a method of a quick jerk on the chain with immediate release to correct pulling behavior.
Head Halters, also known as gentle leaders, consist of two straps running around the head behind the ears and around the mouth close to the eyes. With a halter, the trainer can lead the dog’s head in the direction it wants it to go. If a dog bolts suddenly when on a head halter, it can jerk the neck or injure the dog, so they may not be the best choice for overly reactive dogs. Halters are mainly used to correct chronic leash pullers, and simulates the pressure of a mother dog correcting a puppy by picking it up by the scruff of its neck, which can be calming. The dog can still open its mouth to pant, eat and drink water while wearing a head halter.
Muzzles protect people from dogs that exhibit aggressive behavior including, growling and biting. Some cities require that dogs be muzzled when outside, and for an aggressive or untrained dog, it might be the best solution on a walk no matter even if not required. Muzzles are merely preventative, and do not aid in training. Dogs cannot open their mouths, bark, eat or drink water when muzzled, so it should never remain on a dog for an extended period of time.
Prong Dog Collars, also called Pinch Dog Collars are similar to martingale or choke chain collars with interlocking metal links, with the addition of metal prongs with blunted tips that poke into a dog’s neck if he pulls on the leash, creating a clear and quick correction to the behavior. These collars are limited in how tightly they close around the neck, like martingale collars, to prevent injury to the dog. Trainers will typically use them for dogs that don’t first respond to other types of training collars. Another variation of this dog collar is the force collar, which is usually leather with the prongs attached along the inside.
E-collars for dogs, also called remote collars or shock collars, are designed mainly for home use and answer a number of different types of training needs. Simply Pets Buying Guide points out some of the various functions and which system might best suit your dog training needs.
Remote E-Collars are a very popular option today. These collar systems are highly adjustable, humane, easy to set up and use, and effective for training. Some remote collars which are sometimes called shock collars, use a small amount of electric shock, which can feel as little as a tap or an annoying flick on the neck, and which can be adjusted between very small sensations or set to a level with more discomfort. The e-collars designed today will not cause injury or traumatize your dog.
Take into consideration the size, temperament and breed of your dog as well. Even a small electric sensation might be too much correction for a delicate toy breed or a rescue dog who has been previously abused; whereas it might be the only effective choice for a stubborn or difficult-to-train dog. Most dogs will learn to curb the unwanted behavior very quickly to stop the annoying stimulation.
Some remote e-collars provide a choice of three stimuli: electric sensation, vibration and beeps or tones. Older dogs, or those who have been partially trained but need further training can respond well to mild electric corrections, vibrations, sounds or even various types of aversive scents in sprays.
Electronic dog training collars or radio-controlled collars are activated by a handheld remote device with batteries. The higher quality ones have more functions, choices, levels and duration of stimulation to get the dog’s attention. The negative pulse or reinforcement is used only at the moment the undesired behavior occurs to reduce the frequency of this behavior, such as excessive barking or running away from of the boundaries of the yard. When used in conjunction with positive reinforcement techniques for good behavior, the collar can be especially effective. These collars are often used to train deaf or blind dogs and working dogs.
One of the most effective uses of these dog collar systems is the aversive use for containment, which is sometimes called the “electric fence” in a yard that has no physical fence. It helps establish the permitted borders that a dog may not wander out of without its owner.
These remote e-collars should not be used with a leash, or left on a dog’s neck in an unsupervised situation, and should not be left on for an extended period of time. They should only be used during training sessions, or if you are teaching a dog to go on a walk with you without using a leash.
Some specific types of remote collars include:
Bark Collars are specifically designed to stop uncontrolled and constant barking. For dogs who bark too often without provocation, this nylon collar comes with a small electronic unit attached that will respond to barking with an uncomfortable stimulus, and will stop when the dog is quiet. Depending on the collar system or how the owner sets it, the annoying stimulus could be a loud noise, an ultrasonic noise that only the dog can hear, a spray of citronella mist, or a brief electric shock. Most dogs respond well to these methods.
Dog Tracking Collar Systems use long-distance GPS tracking software, and are considered a great advancement in monitoring the whereabouts and movements of your pet. When a dog wears a collar that can be picked up by this GPS system, it has the great advantage of making it possible to find a lost or runaway dog. Even if a dog has a microchip inserted for ID purposes, the microchip does not provide location tracking, and the information of the dog’s owners can only be read by a facility with the de-coding equipment, such as a veterinarian office or an animal rescue or shelter.
Pet Containment Systems, also known as an E-Fence or Electric Fence are used to keep a dog within the boundaries of a residence or yard that doesn’t have a physical barrier, such as a fence that will contain the dog. These containment systems are especially popular in neighborhoods where local laws and homeowner’s associations prohibit building fences, or that only allow fences of a very low height that are not sufficient to keep a pet from wandering off or running away. These systems range from ones that have small in-ground installations, or above-ground installations for yards that have low fences, or wireless systems for indoor use. The wires or flags that are laid around the perimeter of a property have no electric current or charge, but they form a closed loop with a circuit box that transmits a radio signal to the receiver on the dog’s collar. As the dog approaches the boundary of the wire, the collar is activated and the dog remains within the boundaries to stop the annoying stimulation.
Simply Pets’ Summary of Dog Collar Buyer Choices
Dog owners’ have the responsibility for the safety and behavior of their beloved pets. The right collar is essential for identification, control and good behavior on a leash or off. Displaying the dog’s ID tags on an attractive collar is the best way to know that if your dog gets lost, it will be returned home. By choosing and using the best options for your dog for its everyday collar as well as special use collars, such as sports, special occasions, and training will keep your dog safely and happily by your side for many years.