All dog owners have the option of buying a variety of different dog collars for their pooch; there are nylon collars, collars made of leather, chain collars and designer collars. But why choose one over the other?
Besides needing somewhere to put ID and licence tags, much of the choice of dog collar depends on breed, size, comfort and lifestyle (of the dog).
Nylon dog collars have the ability to satisfy every breed, every size, all comfort levels and all lifestyles. Copper kettle The same cannot be said, however, about chain collars, leather collars or designer collars.
Chain collars are used for a very specific function and should not ever be used on puppies: the chain collar (or choke chain as it is commonly referred to), is used for training and controlling purposes. When placed around the dog’s neck properly, it has a very effective pull and release type action which ‘chokes’ the dog and releases the chain back to a loose position. Nylon collars are much safer to use especially for a rookie dog owner dog and they too can also be used for training and control. But, like with any collar, you must learn how to use it properly.
Leather dog collars are very popular with the sporting breed of dog (the ones that typically swim and hunt) or as an alternative to designer dog collars. While they can satisfy most needs for a dog, with their standard belt buckle design, they can be bulky [and uncomfortable] if used on a small breed. These collars vary in price but can be expensive. Nylon collars on the other hand are very lightweight and can be purchased with a flat plastic buckle that goes easily on and off a dog’s neck; each side of the buckle pushes together to close it and it’s undone with one hand by pinching the edges together. While there is a also a varied price range with nylon collars, they are very inexpensive to buy (as little as $5 for some).
Designer dog collars are all the rage with a significant number of dog owners as they can be custom-made and adorned with beads, jewels and the like. They are not, however, very practical if a dog is a swimmer or very active in any other way. In addition, they are quite expensive no matter what you buy. These collars have been popularized by the toy breeds due to their small size and lack of physical exertion (if compared to a Labrador or Husky). Nylon collars can satisfy most dog owners desire for a little bling-bling. Nylon dog collars can also be custom made, but are much more wear and tear friendly. And, due to the inexpensive nylon material, even with a custom made design, nylon collars will not break the bank.