While you might get the impression that any dog collar will do, there’s a lot more to it than just picking out the cheapest or most colorful one and calling it a day. In addition to size, pet parents have to consider things like — will the color track your puppy, does it glow in the dark, does it come with a leash, etc. Here, the best dog collars this year.
Cool Dog Collars
LupinePet Basic Solids Dog Collars
The collars from Lupine Pet have everything you could want in a collar. The nylon web material is soft and won’t ever irritate or rub against your dog’s neck. They have a custom-designed, virtually indestructible YKK buckle and a welded steel D-ring that’s rust-proof.
The collars are available in three widths and nine distinct adjustable neck sizes. The best part? All of their products come with a lifetime guarantee. Yes, even if your chewy puppy nibbles right through it.
Illumiseen LED Dog Collar
For pet parents who like a little company on night walks, this LED dog collar from Illumiseen makes your dog—and you—more visible when it’s dark out. You have the option of setting the rechargeable light to steady, rapid flashing, or slow flashing with the click of a button.
The light lasts for up to five hours with just an hour of charging. The collar also features an off switch so that you can save some battery life during the daytime. Choose up to six colors and six sizes, and matching light-up leashes are also available.
Whistle Go Explore Dog GPS Tracker
Maybe you live in an open community. Perhaps you have a pooch who’s always disappearing. Maybe you want to keep an eye out when he goes on strolls with his dog walker; whatever your situation, a tracking collar will help you know where he is at all the time. The Whistle Go Explore Tracker fastens to a collar up to 1-inch in width (not included) and offers real-time tracking powered by Google Maps. It also acts as a movement tracker so that you can see how many calories your dog is burning in a day, distance traveled, and so much more. It also tracks various health measurements, such as how much they lick, scratch, and sleep.
Black Rhino The Comfort Collar
It goes without saying that bigger dogs need a more oversized collar—and these comfort collars from Black Rhino come in a large, 1-inch width and an adjustable length of up to 27 inches. That should be long enough to fit even the giant Mastiff breed or other large dog breeds. But, when it comes to larger dogs, size is not the only factor to consider – comfort is essential too. The webbed nylon collar is lined with fine neoprene padding that won’t rub on its neck, plus it’s lightweight, odor-resistant, and dries fast should your good boy take a dip in the pool. The best part? The collar features reflective stitching for added security on your nighttime walks.
Nice Digs Velvet Collar
Even the most spoiled dogs need a decent dog collar. Why? First, if they get in trouble in your home or are prone to sneaking out, a collar gives you a handle to restrain them if it comes down to it. This velvet collar from Nice Digs combines functionality and style as it’s made of the plushest velvet, gold-tone outlines, and an added charm to top it off. Matching leashes are also available.
L.L. Bean Personalized Dog Collar
ID tags rarely stay on collars for extended periods, and microchip I.D.s for dogs haven’t caught up. That said, pet parents should get a collar with their pup’s name stitched right into it. You can even include your phone number, too, just in case.
The personalized collar from L.L. Bean is made of long-lasting nylon that won’t irritate your dog’s neck. The plastic buckle is simple to snap on, and the solid metal D-ring works with all types of dog leashes. Sizes range from small through extra-large—be sure to measure your dog’s neck before buying.
Dogs come in many shapes and sizes, which is why finding a collar that suits your dog right is so important. No matter how strongly made or smartly designed a collar is, it won’t get the job done if it doesn’t suit your dog’s particular needs. To make sure you get a suitable collar, measure your dog with a tape measure and review size charts thoroughly. Keep in mind that sizing varies by brand. That said, you can’t expect your dog to be exactly the same size when comparing brands.