Choosing the Right Collar

A collar is everything from a fashion statement to an essential item to attach ID, registration tags and of course your pet’s lead. Registration tags are a must for many types of pet. For dogs, leads are required in many outdoor spaces throughout the metropolitan area.

There is a huge range of collars available and we know it can be a little overwhelming. There is such a thing as the right collar for your pet so here is a quick guide to help you keep it simple and make the right choice.

Size and Weight

While it’s easy to get blinded by all the pretty colours and patterns, the most important thing for your pet is to choose a collar that fits and isn’t too heavy for them to wear. For example, bigger dogs need a heavier and wider collar than their smaller counterparts.

Most collars are adjustable to some degree. As a general rule, you want to be able to fit two fingers between the collar and your pet’s neck. You can also cut off any excess strap so that your pet doesn’t chew or pull on it.

Nylon Collars

If your pet is out and about, getting dirty and especially getting wet, a nylon collar is a durable and washable option. Softer nylon collars are great for puppies and smaller animals. There is a huge array of colours and patterns and many even have matching leads!

Leather Collars

Hardwearing, long-lasting and naturally softened from the oils in your pet’s skin. There are lots of widths and styles available, the thinner collars are more suitable for smaller animals. You can even get some studded collars to show off your pet’s tough side.

Head Collars

If you have a dog that tends to pull while walking, a head collar may be a good training device for you. The light pressure that is applied on the muzzle and on the back of the dog’s neck actually resembles the action of a mother dog on her puppies. With a lot of positive reinforcement and the right rewards, a head collar can help your dog to behave during walks.


While not technically a collar, harnesses can be a good alternative for dog’s that tend to pull while being walked. As the harness is fitted around the chest, there is no choking sensation for your pet. Some harnesses even have attachments for car seat belts to keep you and your pets safe in the car!

If you have any questions at all about choosing the right collar for your furry friend, be sure to drop by Moorabbin Veterinary Hospital and have a chat to one of our friendly staff members, or just bring it up with your vet at your next appointment.

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