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Keeping Your Dog Safe and Chic with a Personalized Dog Collar

Aug 17, 2007
If you want to keep your dog safe and at the same time stylish, then you might want to get your pooch a personalized dog collar. Dog tags are easy to fall off but personalized collars can be engraved with all useful information that would come in handy in case your pet gets lost or gets into an accident. Hundreds of lost dogs were able to reunite with their owners just because their contact information were printed on their collar and such is reason enough for you to get your dog his or her own personalized collar.

What a Personalized Dog Collar Should Have

A good personalized do collar should be durable, non-toxic, easy to clean and good looking for your dog. You should be able to easily put information that can be used in the undesirable chance that your dog gets lost. Most importantly, the personalized collar should perfectly fit your dog; otherwise it would not be a personalized at all.

Materials for the Personalized Dog Collar

Most personalized dog collars are made of nylon or leather with either snap-on or buckled locks. Be sure to test snap-on closures because some of them might not securely be fastened to your dogs neck. Usually, larger dogs would need buckled personalized collars for more security.

Depending on your dog's breed and size, you may need to get an adjustable personalized dog collar so that it can grow with him or her as he or she grows from a puppy to a full-sized dog. Some nylon dog collars can be woven with your pooch's name with your contact information. Others have metal tags that are attached as pendants with vital information engraved for reference purposes.

If you walk your dog at night, you might also want to get reflector or glow-in-the-dark materials. With such, you would be able to easily spot your dog in case it gets away during your night walks.

Choosing the Right Collar for Your Dog

When shopping for a personalized dog collar you have to bring your dog with you to have the collar fit. The collar should be loose enough for you to fit three fingers between the collar and the neck if your dog is large, two fingers if your dog is medium and one finger if your dog is small. If the personalized collar is too loose, it would easily slip off. Conversely, if the collar is too tight, it might choke your dog and cause gagging asphyxiation.

If you want to get a collar for training purposes, a personalized dog collar may not be a good choice since training needs different collar features. Consult a professional dog trainer about training collars.

You might want to look at personalized dog collars that can work with body harnesses, especially for toy dogs or puppies. With a body harness, you can pull the leash without risks of choking. Instead of tightening the neck, the harness would tighten around the chest, providing you with control without causing strain on your dog's back or neck.

Generally, leather is a good choice of material for the personalized dog collar because it is quite stylish and ages well. However if your dog is a chewer, leather might not be a good choice because leather can deteriorate with constant nibbling and moisture from saliva. Whatever material for the personalized dog collar you choose, you should check it regularly, at least every month, to see if there are signs of damage due to chewing or other factors. Replace damaged collars immediately to make sure that it would not fall off easily from your dog.

Personalized dog collars are good for many reasons especially for safety and aesthetic purposes. Choose your dog's personalized collar well to ensure that your dog not only looks good but is kept safe all the time. Personalized dog collars are usually available at your leading pet shop or pets supplies store. You may also want to try out shopping for dog collars online.

Pet dogs are great companions and it just rightful to provide your pooch with safety as well as beauty. A personalized dog collar can provide these both. So grab one now!
About the Author
Lee Dobbins writes for http://dogcollars.topicgiant.com where you can learn more about all types of dog collars including the personalized dog collar.
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