Designer dog collars are 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 or designer. 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.
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. There existed this fancy dog collar with 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.
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.
You must have watched the 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.
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 buckles are used. Your dog can easily wear these collars every day and also during training exercises.
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.