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Choosing the Best Collar & Lead for Your Dog

Choosing a collar and lead for your dog is more important than you think. There are a number of factors you need to consider including the style, size, colour, fabric and much more to make your dog look good and feel great! There are so many styles and types that sometimes shopping for a lead and collar can be an intimidating task, but we're here to simplify the process for you.

How to measure your dog for a collar

When choosing a collar, measure the size of your dog's neck with a tape measure. You should be able to fit 2-3 fingers into the collar when it is on the dog’s neck, so add an extra 2-3 inches (approx.) in length to the measurement you get. For example, if your dog’s neck measures at 5 inches in circumference, buy a collar that is roughly 7-8 inches. Make sure to check the collar size frequently on growing pups, as they may grow into the collar very rapidly.

What type of collar should you get?

Next, ask yourself what you need in a collar. Is it for identification purposes only? Is it for looks? Or is it to stop pulling? This is the most important point, so make sure know exactly what type of collar you want for your dog.

There are many styles of dog collars to choose from depending on your dog's size and disposition, and your training need.

Basic Dog Collars: For the majority of dogs, a traditional nylon collar or a leather dog collar is sufficient. Traditional dog collars are available in a variety of styles, colours, and widths. If you're looking for something simple, try the Doodlebone Collar range. These are available in a variety of colours, from pink to blue to purple. There's a colour to suit any dog. 

Harnesses: If your dog pulls on the leash when wearing a collar, it places pressure on the throat and trachea, causing irritation and coughing. Harnesses relieve that pressure and prevent the damage. Choose a harness that avoids being clipped around the neck. Instead go for one that clips across the stomach or back.

Halters: Halter-type dog collars go across the dog’s head and nose. When you have control of the dog's head, you have control of the dog. 

Choke Collars: Choke collars provide effective training and retraining tools when used correctly and on appropriate dogs (puppies and dogs with delicate tracheas, such as Yorkshire Terriers should never wear choke collars). These collars are most often used for dogs that are strong-willed and pull when on a lead, or those that do not respond to training when wearing traditional collars.

LeadsAll pet owners should have a 6-foot lead for training and restraining that matches collar style. Almost all proper training is centered around having control of your dog. Leads are the only way to maintain in-close control. If you're looking for something simple, try a Doodlebone lead. These leads are available in a variety of colours and styles to suit any dog. 

Retractable leads are an excellent product for walking pets as they allow up to 26 feet of freedom to roam and investigate smells, yet still keep the owner in control. These leads provide a convenient way to end the frustrating tug-of-war many pet owners experience and make walks more enjoyable for both pet and owner.

Just got a new puppy? Read our blog here on how to lead train your puppy. Or, if you're looking for some general tips on dog walking you can check out our blog here