Tell me, do you purchase dog collars for fashion or function?
Recently I’ve been looking at dog collars differently…
For years, I’ve focused on the functionality of the leash and never really gave much thought to the collar.
Color consideration and making sure it didn’t mat their hair was about the extent of it.
THE BIG SHIFT –
A new friend gifted Jaxson with a Martingale collar a few weeks ago. It’s red, its fun, festive and oh so functional as a training tool. He walks like royalty with that thing on! He’s a gem to take out for long walks now!
The past year and a half Jaxson has worn a no-pull harness, but it looks really old and worn. It needs to be retired. I started him with the harness to reduce his pulling. The Martingale has eliminated the pulling altogether!
Because I wasn’t focused on the collar I was clueless to the rhyme and reasons behind all the different styles, materials, widths, snaps and buckles. I had no idea!
HERE’S WHAT I DID KNOW –
Although collars are extremely common to use on dogs, that doesn’t necessarily mean they will be appropriate for your Goldendoodle.Barkspace
Some Doodle coats may mat more than others. That’s why their coat may dictate a specific type of collar. For this reason – I’ve never kept collars on the Boys when they’re inside the house.
Pawhaps this is why I stuck with the harness and/or focused on the leash as the important component. And I must add – both worked well. But the fashion pizazz – I’ve now found – is in the collar!
FASHION AND FUNCTION –
Collar us slow (pun intended) but it has been so much fun (and interesting) learning about the variety of types/styles they can wear.
Allow my models to show you some that we’ve looked at…
The ROLLED COLLAR by Auburn Leather Crafters…
Retails at $40.00+ and is universally approved by groomers. Great for dogs with long and thick coats. The round shape aids in the prevention of tangled and matted fur. The leather doesn’t hold moisture either. #goodtoknow
The MARTINGALE COLLAR is made by many vendors…
Prices range anywhere from $22.00 and up. Once associated with sighthounds because their necks were larger than their heads, they could often slip out of traditional buckle collars. With the Martingale, when the dog tries to pull, the tension on the lead pulls the small loop taut, which makes the large loop smaller and tighter on the neck.
Pawfect for strong pullers or escape artists and great as training tools.
Jaxson’s been wearing one with the metal chain for the loop which is audible and makes for easier training.
The Happy Pooch gives an excellent review on the Martingale Collar. I found it to be an in-depth look at why –
Martingale dog collars are recommended by veterinarians as one of the safest and most efficient ways to train your dog.The Happy Pooch
The MEDOTA COLLAR by Mendota Pet…
Reasonably priced from $7.49 – $12.99 depending on the size of your pooch! They’re soft yet sturdy and durable. There are no pre-set holes so they can easily be adjusted to your dogs neck. The added plus is the hardware. Nothing plastic here, either brass or satin nickel metal clasps.
I like this inexpensive collar style for our summer’s at the beach. I can throw them in the washing machine over and over.
The MAX & MOLLY COLLAR by Max & Molly…
Average price at around $12.99. These are both smart AND extraordinary! Colorful, soft and comfortable. Their bright “happy” colors really pop! Machine washable as well. Smart ID tag is attached to every dog collar that you can register online. Design and technology working together to ensure your pup doesn’t get lost.
OUR CHOICE? –
Since I’ve been walking Jaxson in his new Martingale collar – it has been wonderful.
I’ve settled on Marvel characters (Batman & Robin ) like the Superman one Harley modeled in the first photo. The patients at the hospital will get a huge kick out of them as well…
This was NOT a product review. I just wanted to share our dog collar journey with you in the event the thought of purchasing a new collar has been on your your mind.
I hope this post will help you get started.
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