Personalized dog collars can be a great option for owners who want to make sure that their four-legged friend not only looks good but also stays safe. With personal information printed, embroidered or engraved right onto the collar there's no need for an ID tag, which can sometimes be uncomfortable or get in the way. Or you can have both. Either way, you'll know your pup is safe and easily identifiable should he get away from you.
There are a wide variety of personalized collars available, in all sorts of materials and featuring any number of designs. Some of the most effective of these have the information displayed on the back or scruff of the neck so that it is easily visible without having to handle the dog. This would make it easier for strangers to get your information and return your dog to you even if they are leery of touching him.
As far as what information is included on personalized dog collars, that's really up to you. You can include the dog's name, your phone number, your address or anything else you might find important. And once again, you can still opt to also include an ID tag if you want to reflect your dog's personality. Personalizing the collar itself just gives you another option.
When it comes to choosing a collar that will depend on a variety of things, including the size of your dog and what kind of lifestyle he leads. For dogs who are in the water a lot, there are waterproof collars that are not only designed to be durable but also to dry off quickly, avoiding that unpleasant "wet dog" smell. Surprisingly, leather collars are actually quite good at wicking off water, as long as they are treated with leather conditioner on a regular basis.
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For more active breeds like the Australian Shepherd, the choice of personalized dog collars can include soft grip, reflective and camouflage styles, all of which can stand up to the rough and tumble life of a working dog. For these dogs, having a collar with identification embroidered directly on it or engraved on an inset panel at the scruff not only makes it easier to read but also makes the collar more comfortable as it is able to lie flat against the neck.
Of course there are other breeds that prefer comfort and style over durability and for these pups you can find personalized collars in a variety of fashionable fabrics. You can choose designs that reflect your pup's personality or even point to a particular interest and still have all of the personal information you need built right in.
There is more to choosing personalized dog collars than the look though, and you also need to take size into consideration. Obviously, smaller dogs will require a narrower collar while larger dogs should have about a 1-inch width. The key is making sure that the collar is comfortable as well as attractive, so don't forget to take all of the important factors into consideration.
There are many kinds of collars you can choose from, available at larger pet retailers or online. If you want something that is personalized for your dog, then do a little comparison-shopping and you'll be sure to find something that works for both you and him.