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How to Choose a Dog Collar Your Pup Will Actually Love

Whether you’ve just brought home a new dog or you want to treat the one you’ve had for years, choosing a collar is something you need to put a lot of thought into. But with so many options, it can be hard to decide what’s best for your dog.

The good news is, when you consider a few things ahead of time, making the right decision becomes a lot easier.

Keep reading to learn how to pick a collar both you and your dog will love. Use what you learn and you’ll find that other dog owners will be asking you how you managed to pick such an awesome dog collar. Let’s begin!

Size of the Collar

The first thing you need to get clear on is the collar size you need. You don’t want to end up finding the “perfect” collar, only to find it’s not the right size for your pup.

Luckily, a lot of dog collars have a feature which allows you to adjust the size. This is good, but even then, there will be limits to how big or small the collar will be.

In general, you can separate most dog collars into three different sizes — small, medium or large. You’ll need to pick a size that fits your dog now, with a little room for growth.

How Much Do You Want to Spend?

As with all items, there’s a wide range of collars you can select from. Some of the cheapest collars tend to be those made from nylon. Yet the ones that are more expensive are often made from leather.

There’s also the option of buying fancy or designer dog collars that have a special design. (If you’d like to see an example of such a collar, view here to learn more.)

Sturdiness Is Important

When you take your dog for a walk, the dog collar can experience a lot of stress. If you don’t have a collar that’s sturdy, it could lead to your dog getting hurt.

If you buy your collar from a reputable store, you’ll find that the quality should be good.

If your dog pulls a lot on the lead, you’ll want to think about purchasing a harness. This is important because if you have a harness, it means that there’s going to be less pressure on the collar. Many pet stores sell harnesses and you should be able to find one that’s relatively affordable.

If you’re going to buy a harness, be sure to measure your dog ahead of time. This ensures you pick a harness that’s going to fit your dog and doesn’t make them uncomfortable.

Should You Make Your Own Collar?

There are a lot of people now that enjoy making their own collar for their dog. This can sound like a good idea in practice, but if you’re going to do this, you need to be careful.

For one, you need to make sure that you’re not using “weak” materials. As mentioned, the dog collar can experience a lot of strain when you’re taking your dog for a walk. If the material is not strong enough, the collar could snap.

Even if it doesn’t snap, it could stretch. This can lead to the collar slipping off when you’re exercising your dog or taking them for a walk. It could even just come off when the dog is at home.

You also can’t be sure of how sturdy the “clasping” mechanism is going to be when you design your own collar. Most of the collars you buy from reputable stores have undergone rigorous testing.

This ensures that the collar mechanisms are going to withstand stress. But if you make your collar at home, it might not stick to the design processes followed by proven manufacturers.

Aside from that, a lot of people also like to add custom designs to the collars they design at home. Again, this can be a problem.

Things like sequins or beads can make the collar very uncomfortable for the dog. They can also represent a health hazard as the dog might eat them if these items fall off the collar.

When Should You Replace the Collar?

If you’ve just bought a brand new collar, you’re likely not worried about replacing it anytime soon. But it’s something you should keep in mind, so you when it’s time to make a change.

You can learn a lot just by looking at the collar. If you notice that it’s becoming ragged, it’s likely a good time to change it.

In general, leather collars last longer than nylon. But even these collars are prone to some wear and tear.

You should also take a look at the clasp mechanism. If it looks like it is slightly damaged, you should think about replacing the collar as soon as you can.

It also helps to pay attention to your dog. Sometimes your dog will look as though they’re scratching at the collar. When you see this happen, take the collar off and watch how they react.

If their state improves, it’s a sign the collar isn’t up to standard and it needs replacing. Of course, if you buy a new collar, make sure you watch how your dog reacts. You don’t want to end up buying a new collar only to find it causes the same problems.

Ready to Buy a New Dog Collar?

Buying a new dog collar is a big decision. But if you have little experience with buying dog collars, you may not know how to pick one that’s right for your dog.

You need to consider the size of your dog. You also want to think about which kind of design is best. It’s important you avoid designing your own collar as doing so can be dangerous for your dog.

Over time, you need to keep a close eye on the dog collar. You need to make sure it’s in good shape and that it isn’t going to break when you’re out taking your dog for a walk.

Interested in buying some dog accessories? Check out this post for some good ideas!

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Luxury Dog Accessories & Home Products Your Dog Needs to Live Like a Rock Star

The NY Post found that the bond between pet and person is very strong. In fact, 84% of pet owners see themselves as “pet parents.” And, what parent out there doesn’t want their kids to have everything and more?

If you love to pamper your fur baby, read on for the best luxury dog accessories you need for your dog.

The Latest Tech

In the last few years, our homes have started to include many modern and convenient tech that make life easier. From smart appliances that you can control from an app while you are out to garbage cans that scan items to add to your grocery list. There’s something to make life as easy as possible.

Your pampered pooch should have the latest tech too. For example, an electronic dog door gives your pup the freedom to go in and out as she pleases. And it relieves you from being a doorman for your pet.

Another great techy gift for Coco is a smart collar. Not only does it tell you where your dog is in the house, but it also lets you monitor your furbaby’s health. It can even help you train your pup using some sound stimulus.

The Best Designer Dog Collars

The one thing on every luxury dog accessories list is a blinging collar. We suggest an iconic Tiffany and Co. collar that your pup will be proud to show off during your walks.

Ranging from extra small to extra large, there’s sure to be the right size for your pup. She will love the luxurious feel of high-quality Italian leather. You’ll love the custom hardware surrounded by glorious Tiffany blue.

Check out these 5 celebrity-inspired dog-walking outfits so you can look as fab as Fido.

Luxury Dog Houses

Give the phrase “in the doghouse” a whole new meaning with a spacious and comfortable adobe for your pooch.

The Juxtapose dog house by Kelly Wearstler is stylish and on trend. You’ll both love the modern and sleek architectural grid design that will be a pleasant accent in your home.

The Bowhaus can hold its own on MTV Cribs. It functions as both a side table and lounge area for your pampered pet. It’s a win-win.

If you want a gorgeous dog house for your pup in your yard, consider getting a custom-build.

Custom dog houses at Puppy Boutique can be made to fit the design and style of your home. Choose a concrete and glass contemporary pad or a Brooklyn brownstone replica for your pup to flow with your existing architecture.

Luxury Dog Accessories

One of the best ways to ensure your pup lives like a rock star is with a slew of tasteful designer dog items.

We love the collection of Henri Bendel pet toys and carrier totes. The Rock Dog Bowl by Michael Aram is full of glam.

Doggy sweaters are so last year. Why not pamper your pup with a full wardrobe including bathrobes, tutus, swimwear, and formal attire? Make sure to snap some pics and post them to give your pooch a taste of the rockstar life.

Final Thoughts

We hope you enjoyed reading about the many luxury dog accessories you can treat your furry friend with. After all, your dog is your best friend. And doesn’t he or she deserve the best?

Make sure to follow these dog twitter accounts to find more like-minded people on social media.

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