4 Different Types of Dog Collars, Explained

By Editor

Headcollar, nylon collar

Headcollar, nylon collar, martingale collar…

Is your head already spinning from all the different options?

We understand. Walking into a pet store or perusing a website in search of a collar for your dog can be quite overwhelming.

Yet, picking the right dog collar is vital for your relationship with your canine friend.

You need to take into consideration your dog’s daily activities, basic needs, and a few other key aspects. With this in mind, we have highlighted 4 types of dog collars to help you make the best choice.

Did you know? Domesticated dogs wearing collars dates back to about 5000 B.C. Egyptian ruins depict dog collars as early as between 3500 and 3000 B.C.

1. Martingale Collars

Blue Floral Dog Collar

A martingale collar is also referred to as a limited-slip or no-slip collar. This type of collar suits a dog breed that has a head narrower than its neck. They’re popular among owners of Whippets, Greyhounds, Salukis, and other sighthound breeds.

Don’t have a sighthound? Not to worry, you can use martingale collars with other dog breeds as well. Especially if you want more control during leash training or if your dog tends to slip out of the collar.

This type of dog collar is fitted with a D-ring and the leash attaches to this ring. When the dog pulls on the leash, the collar constricts. Since the collar is adjustable, it won’t tighten beyond your dog’s neck width if properly fitted. This way, you can provide comfort without harming your pooch.

Dog owner Amanda says,

“The colors and fabric are fantastic. It’s soft, smooth, durable, and looks great on our pup!”

Sizing

These collars come in different widths to cater to dogs of different sizes. Most dogs use the 1” width like this 1” Earthstyle Rocky Dog Collar, while smaller dogs can opt for the ⅝” Argyle Black and White Collar by 2 Hounds Design.

“Received the soft colorful collar today and both my dog and I love it… its quality is awesome as is the fit! Thank you!!” — Michele

2. Nylon Collars

Martingale black

Nylon dog collars feature a metal buckle or plastic clasp. They come in a variety of patterns, colors, and sizes.

Dogs that love water activities or live in wetter climates enjoy these collars. This is because nylon material can tolerate moisture and humidity.

To prevent rust, the solid color premium nylon collars by 2 Hounds Design are made with stainless steel hardware. No matter how hard your pooch pulls, the collar can’t break or fray because the nylon webbing is strong enough to pull up to 3800 lbs!

Wondering About the Price?

Nylon collars are super affordable, ranging in price from $15-$40. Besides, they require minimal care and maintenance.

As a bonus, it’s generally easy to find a matching leash.

Sarah Wilson says, “Had one of these for the last 3 years and love it. Just got another. It’s easy to put on and great for giving a bit more control in a softer way than most slip collars. Great quality!”

3. Velvet Collars

Velvet dog collar

If you value style, elegance, and sophistication, a velvet collar is an eye-catching option. This collar provides the perfect blend of comfort and style for your dog.

2 Hounds Design’s velvet collars have strong nylon webbing on the inside, and luxurious velvet on the outside. Without sacrificing functionality, your dog gets to show off their personality and style!

Dog owner, Sharon Richie says,

“Soft but effective Martingale style is great and it looks so good that the bull terrier’s head has gotten even bigger, and she prances even higher (if that’s possible)! Got a terrific jingle-free tag, too!”

4. Head Collars

Dog head collar

In principle, a head collar is similar to a horse halter. One strap goes around your dog’s muzzle right below the eyes. You can then attach the leash under the chin.

This type of dog collar is perfect for strong and energetic dogs that often pull or jump. Here’s the logic behind this collar design:, your pup is bound to lose a lot of leverage since the halter goes around the muzzle. Thus, your dog won’t be able to pull on the leash with its full body weight.

This allows you to easily redirect your dog during a walk and gives you better control over your pooch’s gaze.

Proper Use and Fitting

The head collar should be properly fitted to ensure it’s both safe and effective. Also, you should be careful not to yank the leash while your hound is wearing the halter as this may cause harm. Especially during leash training.

We recommend that you buy a halter in person. Or, you can request help from your pup trainer when fitting the halter to your pooch’s muzzle.

It’s also important to make sure that the halter doesn’t ride up to your dog’s eyes or rub its head.

Your four-legged friend will likely need some time to become accustomed to wearing a head collar. Short and frequent training sessions are the key to success here.

If your pooch doesn’t accept the collar over time, don’t sweat it. And don’t force it; head collars aren’t meant for every hound. There are plenty of other options for your canine buddy, like nylon or martingale collars.

Still Not Sure Which Type of Collar Is Best for You?

Choosing the right type of collar for your adorable pooch doesn’t have to be an uphill task.

“A beautiful dog collar that is true to the picture. My elderly boxer is right between sizes so I ordered up, and it fits wonderfully!” – Andi

Nylon collars are easy to clean, affordable, and great for pups that love water activities. Velvet varieties are excellent to showcase your dog’s personal style. While martingale collars are perfect for smaller pups.

Plus, you don’t have to limit yourself to only one type; you can have several collars for different occasions. Your pooch will thank you for shaking things up a bit!

At 2 Hounds Design, we incorporate so many thoughtful features into our products. Is your pup sophisticated, flirty, or athletic? We have a custom-made collar for every dog!

As if that’s not enough, we only use premium materials to ensure the safety of your canine friend.

We pay careful attention to your pup’s comfort and safety without compromising on design.

Who wouldn’t want to join this dog party?

Comfort, Style & Safety

Since 2003, 2 Hounds Design has been making quality products that dogs love wearing and people love using! We use Lean Manufacturing principles to drive continuous improvement in the areas of quality, comfort, and on time delivery.

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