Everything You Need to Know about Dog Collars

We all know what dog collars are but do we know all the exact things they can be used for? While it is true that their most obvious purpose is to be used together with a leash in order to keep your dog close to you when walking. But collars are also used to help identify your dog by placing a tag on it and they are used for medical purposes too. Depending on the collar, they can help deter fleas, keep your dog within your yard using electric pulses and some can prevent your dog from barking excessively.



This is the most common material used for collars as it is fairly inexpensive and there are different patterns and designs available. A nylon dog collar is also very easy to put on and take off but it is difficult to clean. These collars can start to smell over time and are not very durable.


Leather dog collar
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Leather dog collars can last a canine’s lifetime and they are easy to clean which makes them very practical. They can be used for pets with allergies or sensitive skin. This natural material is expensive though and despite being breathable it can still become smelly over time.


These collars are also great for pets with skin allergies whilst being very comfortable and fast drying. Neoprene collars are more expensive than nylon collars and are usually available in limited and bulkier designs.


If your dog loves splashing in the water, then biothane collars are what you should get. They are more affordable than leather and neoprene, won’t stink and can be easily cleaned. This waterproof option is also flexible and comfortable but it is not as available as other collar materials.

Choke (Chain)

This type of collar is a chain that is used for training purposes and shouldn’t be left unattended on the dog. Choke collars are durable and do not stink but are not meant to be used in extremely cold temperatures and can be harmful if they are not properly used.


Pinch Collar
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This type of collar is used to prick the neck of your dog when it pulls too hard. There are dull points positioned across the inner diameter of the collar. Pinch collars are used for correcting behaviour and shouldn’t be left unattended.


This is a similar collar to the chain collar as it is meant to be used for training purposes. But unlike a choke dog collar, the martingale is safer as it cinches up to a certain level when the dog pulls on it. These are part nylon, part chain dog collars.

Bark Control

The purpose of these collars is not to eliminate barking completely but to prevent the dog from barking excessively. Bark control collars are used when training and distractions are not working. They emit a smell, noise or a shock to deter the behaviour when your dog barks. These should be used under the presence of a trainer.

Invisible Fence Collar

Invisible Fence Collar
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If you have a big property and you want your dog to roam free without leaving it, use an invisible fence collar. This collar requires placing wires either on your existing fence or in the ground. There is a transmitter that sends a small shock, buzz or a beep to the collar to warn the dog that it’s near the end of the marked perimeter (wire). This collar requires some training before you can start using it on your dog.

How to Train a Dog to Wear a Collar?

Get yourself a clicker, some treats and the collar. Start by allowing your dog to nudge and lick the collar and every time it does so press the clicker and give it a treat. Then proceed by clicking when your dog doesn’t touch the collar and reward them after every click. To put the dog collar on your canine friend, loop it around your hand and lure it with treats.

During this, move the collar over the head and then on the neck. Make sure you give the treat when you have the collar on the neck and then release it. Do this until your dog is comfortable with the collar being placed on its neck. Then, fasten the clasp and leave it on starting for about a couple of seconds and then build it up to a couple of minutes and so on.

Remember to give your dog lots of treats during this and play with him in order to make him feel happy and let it know that it can do everyday things with the collar on. This builds positive association.

Why Do Dogs Chew Their Collars?

Dog Chew Collar
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There are two main reasons why your dog is chewing on their collar. He is either bored and wants to attract your attention or the collar isn’t fitted properly. Make sure your index and middle finger can fit underneath the collar when placed on your dog.