Making sure that your dog has proper identification at all times is so very important. This is just a simple responsibility, but you have to make sure that you do it so that your pet will make it back home safely if he ever gets lost. A very small percentage of lost dogs are actually returned to their owners, and this percentage drops even more if they don’t have a collar with proper identification. While you may have your pet microchipped, you should also put a collar and ID tag on them at all times, because it is much easier for someone to find you if they have a collar with your information.
Common Concerns With Dog Collars
Unfortunately, many pet owners wait until it is too late to consider getting identification for their pets. Some just delay unintentionally, while others may have concerns when it comes to putting a collar on their pup.
The number one reason that we are given when we ask why a dog isn’t wearing a collar is that they don’t like it. Truthfully, a dog isn’t really going to like the idea of the collar at first. This is because it feels different for them. When you first put a collar on them, it is important to introduce it to them slowly. Start by putting it on them for short periods of time and give them treats as a reward when you take it off. They will start to associate the collar as a good thing, and after a while they will be willing to wear it without an issue. Don’t just think that it will be uncomfortable for them forever. That isn’t the case. You can also get certain collars that are designed with comfort in mind.
Some people may give the excuse that their dog is an inside dog. The truth is, inside dogs can get out and get away just as easy as an outside dog can. Even if your dog has never stepped foot outside of the house, you will still want to keep a collar on him. It is almost even more so important for an inside dog to have a collar and identification, because if he is used to being indoors and gets out, he may not know how to defend and protect himself or even provide his most basic needs. You will want him to make it back home as soon as possible.
Another common concern is that the dog may get choked on the collar. A good rule of thumb when it comes to the size and fit of the collar is that you should be able to put two fingers next to each other in between the collar and your dog’s neck. If you leave it any looser, it may get hung up on things. If it is tighter, it may be too tight and won’t give them room to grow. Make sure that you keep an eye on the fit as they grow, because you may notice that they need a larger size, or it may just need to be loosened a bit.
If your dog doesn’t like the tags hanging from their collar, you can also look for collars that have built in places for their name and information. There are also some that can be personalized without having to add an additional tag that hangs and distracts them. If they don’t mind the tags, but you don’t like the jingle, just consider tag silencers that can be place around the tag to keep them from clanging together.
As you can see, there really is no excuse when it comes to your dog wearing a collar. Collars are affordable, and you can have tags personalized with your information for inexpensive as well. Make sure that your pet finds his way home safely by getting him a quality collar with proper identification.
Now, let’s take a closer look at our favorite dog collars. You are sure to find the perfect collar for your pup!
Our Picks for the Top 10 Best Dog Collars
#1 – Personalized Custom Embroidered Dog Collars
First, we have the personalized custom embroidered dog collar. This is a collar that is easily personalized to include your dog’s information. You can put their name and phone number on the collar and if they get out, you will be able to be reached easily with your phone number. It is available in adjustable sizes and has a plastic snap enclosure for easy fitting and placement. Choose from four different sizes, based on your dog’s breed and size. You can customize when you order it, and choose from a variety of different collar and thread colors to personalize it even more.
#2 – PetSafe Anti-Bark Spray Collar with Citronella
If you are tired of your dog barking at every little thing, but don’t really want to get them a shock collar, take a look at the PetSAfe Anti-Bark Spray Collar with Citronella. PetSafe offers quality products that are performance driven to ensure health and safety of your pet. This collar has been tested and meets and exceeds quality standards and safety standards. It comes with the collar, battery, device for spraying, and the refill citronella spray and a manual to ensure that you are using it properly. It releases a harmless spray of citronella when your dog barks, making them not want to bark as much, without causing them pain or discomfort. It is safe for dogs that are over 6 pounds, and requires a 6V alkaline battery for proper function.
#3 – Perri’s Padded Leather Dog Collar
So many people love the look of a leather collar, but don’t want their dog to be uncomfortable. The Perri’s Padded leather dog collar is a great choice if you fall into this category. It is a top quality collar that is Amish made in the United States. There are various different colors and sizes for you to choose from, and the inside has a soft lambskin lining to ensure that your dog stays comfortable. The collar is made with stainless steel or brass hardware, and has a classic style that your dog will look great in.
#4 – GoDoggie Glow USB Rechargeable LED Dog Safety Collar
If you enjoy going for walks before the sun comes up or after dark, then consider GoDoggie Glow USB rechargeable LED dog safety collar. It is available in various different sizes, from extra small to extra large, and is also available in various colors. This collar will help to improve your dog’s safety and visibility in the dark. It has the latest technology with LED lighting and is guaranteed to be safe for your dog. It is also weatherproof, making it ideal for all weather conditions. It is water repellent, rust proof, lightweight and durable, and has a 100% full money back guarantee.
#5 – Blue Nylon LED Dog Night Safety Collar
Here is another LED lit night safety collar. It is also available in various sizes to meet your dog’s specific size needs, and various colors as well. The collar is made up of blue nylon, but you can also choose from pink, green and other available colors. There is an attached circular pendant that makes it easy for you to attach their ID tags. If you want a light up collar but don’t want to pay for the USB rechargeable collar, this is a great affordable one to consider, priced at under $5.
#6 – PupLight2 Twice as Bright with Reflective Dog Safety Collar
The last of our reflective light collars, PupLight2 Twice as Bright with Reflective Dog Safety Collar is available in black, red or silver. It allows you to see up to thirty feet in the dark, making it ideal for visibility. It was just named the best lighted dog product by the Whole Dog Journal, and uses AAA batteries, which are really inexpensive to keep up with. It also offers 360 degree visibility, for added security and safety at night time. Best of all, it is highly affordable.
#7 – Mokingtop Hot Cute Knit Bowknot Adjustable Collar
Mokingtop Hot Cute Knit Bowknot adjustable collar is great when you want a cute frilly collar. It has a bow, and is available in hot pink, black, orange, purple and red. It is made with high quality standards and is 100% PU leather. When you want your dog to be cute, but still have a functional collar, this is an excellent choice.
#8 – SKL Hot Pink Pet Collar with Sparkly Rhinestones
Here we have another cute collar. The SKL Hot Pink Pet collar with sparkly rhinestones is available in multiple sizes. It is made up of real leather, and has a heart shaped rhinestone pendant attached. There are even matching leashes available. When ordering, make sure that you measure your dog’s neck to ensure that you get the right size based on their particular needs.
#9 – Custom Engraved Slide On Pet ID Tag with Tough Nylon Dog Collar
Here is another one of our customizable favorites. It comes with an adjustable collar and a personalized slide on ID tag, which is great if you don’t like the jingle of a tag. You can give them your information when you order and have it personalized any way you like, with name, address and telephone information. The collars have a metal buckle, made with durability in mind. If you want something that will be inexpensive and durable, then this is a great choice.
#10 – Tagg GPS Pet Tracker Dog Collar Attachment
Last, but certainly not least, we have the Tagg GPS Pet Tracker Dog Collar attachment. This isn’t your average collar, but it is a great tool when you want to keep tabs on your pup. It is not only great for dogs, but is also suitable for cats. It has a free app that is compatible on both iPhone and Android devices, and you get alerts sent straight to your phone when the pet gets out and has the collar attachment in place. There is even an interactive map that makes it easy for you to make your way to your pet. It will fit most collars, but it is not really recommended for pets that weigh less than ten pounds. You can even use it to track your pet’s daily activity and exercise levels to ensure that they are happy and active.
What are your favorite dog collars? If you have any other suggestions to add to our list of top picks, let us know! We love feedback from our readers.