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Information About Designer Dog Collars

Information About Designer Dog Collars

You can get designer dog collars specially made to fit your dog's unique personality. This write-up tells you more...
DogAppy Staff
Designer dog collars are really more about the dog's humans than about the humans' dog. Any self-respecting dog, if given the choice, would rather not wear a collar, designer or otherwise. But as they live in a society with humans, and some of these humans have made society a pretty complicated place, dogs need to wear collars for identification and safety purposes.

But while wearing a dog collar is a practical necessity, it doesn't have to be of the plain, ordinary variety, and so we have the designer ones. Many dog-proud owners like to fit their pets with collars that complement the dog's coloring or the owners' accessories. You can find quite an extensive variety of designs and styles in dog collars in the market or even get collars specially made to fit your dog's unique personality.

This isn't exactly a new concept. In the older days, well-pampered dogs belonging to the royalty and the aristocracy were known to wear specially made, jewel embellished collars or gold and silver collars. Nowadays, we even have diamond studded collars for dogs as well as those in platinum and white gold. I came across this dog collar that had over 400 handset diamonds adorning the collar belt as well as a diamond set buckle. If you want something and you can afford it, you can probably find a designer to make it for you. The luxury market for dogs is booming. More and more people are willing to spend lots of money in acquiring specially made and ornate fashion collars for their dogs. Indulging our dogs is only an excuse really for indulging ourselves and so long the dog's not uncomfortable in any way, why not? Besides it makes for good business for all the creative people and craftsmen involved in the business.

These are not necessarily all expensive. You can buy some rather interesting ones at about the same price as a plain dog collar. You can get collars in different materials like fabric, leather, polyester and nylon. I saw an ad for 'ostrich leather' and 'alligator leather' collars, but those are on the high-end scale. There are those crafted from silk and jacquard ribbon, in many colors and patterns. You can get hand-sewn embellishments, rhinestones, cutouts and various color combinations. You can get martingale and side-release collars.

These don't only look good, made as they are from the best available materials and with much creativity, they are also tough and durable and will last for a long while. The really good collars have a light webbing base to provide extra strength, together with special styles of stitching with a nylon bonded thread, and this is covered with a satin or silk lining that both looks good and feels comfortable. Superior and attractive looking buckles are used. Your dog can easily wear these collars every day and also during training exercises.

The important thing is not that your dog has the fanciest collar around, but that your dog feels comfortable wearing it. A tightly fitting collar is uncomfortable and annoying for the dog, and one that can easily slip out is risky, especially in a poorly trained dog. You should get a dog collar that fits your dog perfectly. When getting a collar for your dog, here are a few things to keep in mind -
  • Measure your dog's neck span with a tape measure and add two inches to it. This is the required length of the dog collar you get.
  • The dog collar should not be too tight or too loose. If you can insert two fingers between the collar and your dog's neck after it has been put on, then the collar is a good fit.
  • A narrow collar can suffice for small dogs.
  • For large dogs, you need to get a broad and extra-strong one.
  • Don't get a collar with any or many dangling ornaments. There is a chance they could get caught in something and inadvertently injure your dog. They may also keep getting in the way when the dog tries to eat, run or play.
  • Make sure you include identification tags having name and contact information with your designer dog collar.