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Tips on Choosing the Right Dog Collar

By: Dr. Debra Primovic

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It is important that every dog have a collar with an identification tag. The collar will allow you to connect a leash when going for a walk and will help to keep him identified if he runs away or gets lost.

There are several factors to consider when shopping for a collar. You will need to consider what materials you want the collar made, the correct size.

The ideal collar is easy to clean, highly visible (allowing for your dog to be seen at night), durable, comfortable and safe. You will need to decide what materials you want to collar made from, the style and color as well as choose the correct size.

Nylon and leather collars with buckled or snap-together closure options are great choices. Test the snap-together sample to ensure that the hold is strong. Depending on the size of your dog, you may need one that adjusts easily as he grows or choose one for him as a puppy and another for him at his adult size. Some collars can be woven with your pets name and your contact number in the case his is lost or gets away. Consider reflective materials if you plan to walk your dog at night.

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