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The Pursuit for the Perfect Dog Collar

6a00e55132d8be8834019b00b2d1d7970b-200wiWhether your four-legged family member is a fashionista or an avid outdoor explorer, moves at a slow pace or constantly pulls on the reigns, we have just the right dog collar to meet their needs. Looking for a new dog collar can be confusing, especially with such a plethora of different sizes, styles, materials and more to choose from! This is why we’ve compiled some tips to help guide you towards the right collar. To get started, we like to consider a few features including size, durability, safety and ability to clean.

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SIZE

Unfortunately there is not a set of standard sizes for pets like there are for humans, so it’s very important to always look closely at the sizing for each collar you are considering. For the ideal fit, you will want to allow for one to three fingers to fit between the collar and your dog’s neck, depending on your dog’s size.So, when you measure your pup’s neck,
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Small Size Dog (20 pounds or less) – 1 finger’s width
Medium / Average Sized Dog – 2 finger’s width
Extra Large Dog – 3 finger’s width

 

DURABILITY
6a00e55132d8be8834019b00ca005c970b-200wiDurability comes from both the fabric used to construct a collar as well as the closure. Quality nylon webbing is a sure bet when it comes to strength and durability! But leather collars can also provide the strength your pup needs, and quality leather softens with wear for a very comfortable fit. One thing to watch out for if you choose leather is potential wear around the buckle, so stay mindful of that.

Most nylon collars have plastic buckle closures. If you are purchasing your pup’s new collar in a store, be sure to open and close the buckle a few times and give the collar a good tug when closed to ensure it doesn’t pop open with force. If you choose a collar that has a traditional metal buckle and loops, you don’t have to worry about the risk of the collar popping open per say, but make sure that the hardware is quality and solidly secured on the collar.

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SAFETY

Safety correlates quite a bit with durability, so be sure to cross-check the quality of the material and closures, but there are a few other things to be mindful of as well. Many pups need collars specific to training. These collars are often referred to as “slip,” “choke” or “martingale” collars, and are made with mostly leather or nylon with additional nylon or a chain link. This design is used to reduce tugging with a swift, clean correction. We don’t recommend using training collars everyday, just went necessary or until the behavior is corrected.

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Another safety concern that many small dog owners face is pressure on a pup’s neck. For smaller breeds, placing pressure on the neck, specifically the tracheal area, can cause coughing, gagging or choking. Harnesses are a great option for pups that have trouble with pulling, as they control the dog without placing pressure on their neck or back, but instead around the chest and breastbone.

It’s important to also be mindful of visibility when it is dark out. Check out our Night Safety Tips to learn the importance of outfitting your pups in the appropriate gear to ensure they are seen when it is dark out. We carry a collection of lighted and reflective collars to help keep your pup safe.

 

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Is your pup extra active, often getting messy or playing in the water? If so, then a waterproof collar might be the perfect solution. Specially made to not absorb moisture, retain dirt and harbor bacteria, waterproof collars generally stay clean as is. And if your pup does manage to get them dirty, all you need to do is rinse the collar under warm water.

For those pups that aren’t quite as active or messy, but still need their collar to be freshened up from time to time, there are many nylon and fabric collar options that are easy to hand wash, or are machine washable. But pay special attention to the instructions on each collar, as many cannot be machine dried.

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6a00e55132d8be8834019b00d26bae970c-200wiOnce you’ve considered these key collar features, it’s time to search out the style that best fits you and your pup’s personality. Colors, patterns, embellishments and more! Our astute buying team has made Muttropolis the best place to shop for the latest, design-driven and functional collars. Our selection is one of the widest in the pet products marketplace, so take a look for yourself, as we’d love to outfit your pup with their next new collar!

Muttropolis collar categories include Fabric + Nylon Collars, Stripes, Plaids + Solid Fabric Collars, Leather Collars, Sparkle Collars, Training Collars, Teacup Collars, Lighted or Reflective Collars, and Holiday Collars, all of which can be found in stores or online.

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New to Muttropolis, the Fashionably Safe Collar & Leash Combo You’ve Been Searching For!

Pup-protector-logoWith safety at top of mind
and a dedication to finding the latest and most innovative products for your
pet, we’ve teamed up with Pup Protector
to be the first retailer to introduce their fashionably safe collars and
leashes!

Pup Protector was born
after tragedy struck Trevor Jensen and Naraku, his beloved Weimaraner. For six
years, the duo walked every morning before sunrise to maintain optimum mental
and physical health. However, one morning at 4:45AM, Trevor was struck by a car
after throwing Naraku out of the way. Not until that morning did Trevor realize
the real danger that the two of them faced going out in the dark without lights
and/or reflective gear. In search for a solution, Trevor was inspired to build
the Pup Protector brand.

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With a passion to protect every
dog that walks in the dark and a realization that there was nothing on the
market that could meet that need, Trevor started designing and developing a line
of ultra-bright lighted LED collars and leashes. Made with cutting edge
thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), often used in various eco-friendly products,
Pup Protector collars and leashes are safe and durable. Featuring a row of
extremely bright LED lights with three settings, one static and two different
flashing modes, protective pup parents are able to adjust for maximize
visibility, accommodating preferences and safety concerns. Each collar and
leash has a small battery affixed that will last for roughly 30 hours if lights
are left on static mode. If blinking, the battery life may last even longer.
For consumer convenience, all Pup Protector products are designed to use flat
batteries, also used for watches and financial calculators and available in
many retail locations.

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The benefits of choosing a Pup
Protector collar and leash goes far beyond keeping your four-legged friend safe
during early morning or late night walks, you’re also able to (1)
easily spot your dog off leash, (2) distinguish your dog in a large pack or at
a dog park, (3) keep an eye on your dog in your yard, and (4) differentiate
between multiple dogs by choosing collars with different LED colors. Built on a
passion to protect and a desire to make a movement, Pup Protector stands behind
their products, offering a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

We
are pleased to stand behind the Pup Protector brand as well, supporting their growth
while being the first to offer these innovative, safe and stylish dog collars
and leashes. Beginning May 3rd, Pup Protector products will be
available in all three of our Southern California
store locations and online at Muttropolis.com. Time to suite your pup
up for safety!