The Best Dog Collars Australia -
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Dog Nation Personalised Dog Collar
A dog collar has so many functions in a dog’s life. It’s an identifier to strangers. It is a signifier that your dog is loved and cared for. It is a convenience when walking on a leash. Sometimes, it is even a training tool.
The best dog collar for your dog would take into account the form and function you are using it for. There is more to it than just the right size or a cool design.
There is a LOT going on. We are going to break down the types of collars available, what they do, and who they’re for. We’ll then quickly define what to look for in a dog collar. Finally, we’ll sum up the best dog collars on the Australian market to help you find the right one for you!
Harnesses Vs Collars
Just as a quick note, how do you know whether you want a dog collar or a harness?
It depends on a few factors. Dog harnesses are great for small dogs who are susceptible to Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome. (1) This is when pressure is applied to your dog’s trachea because of the collar. Harnesses spread the pressure more evenly across your dog’s chest.
On the other hand, collars can work better for walking if your dog is very comfortable with one.
"A common, traditional collar that does not constrict is fine for dogs who don’t have respiratory problems and aren’t prone to pulling on leashes. They may also be more comfortable for some dogs, especially if you plan on leaving it on all the time.” - Mike Clark from Dog Time (2)
Types Of Dog Collars
There is a lot of variety within the dog collar category. There is quite literally something for everyone! Knowing which collar is right for your dog makes it ten times easier to choose one. Let’s dive in.
Flat collars are what you picture when you imagine a dog collar. A simple collar that clips around your dog’s neck comfortably. Most dogs will start their collar life with a flat collar. This is also the type of collar that you typically leave on all of the time.
Martingale collars have a similar structure to the humble flat collar with one key difference - they are roughly ⅓ shorter than the average flat collar with a fabric or chain loop making up the final third. This essentially gives you more control as you are walking your dog. Naughty breeds like greyhounds are great escape artists of the regular flat collar. A martingale collar can be a total game-changer in that instance.
Head collars are much like flat collars with an extra strap resting above your dog’s nose. This is not the same as a muzzle. Muzzles are usually made of hard plastic or metal around the nose and mouth. Head collars are training tools that allow for plenty of free movement of your dog’s jaw.
Flea collars and/or tick collars are flat, plastic collars that are infused with insect repellent. These collars are much more function over fashion. They tend to be a dull grey colour without a pattern in sight.
They are very lightweight and are meant to worn loosely. Therefore, the comfort level of these collars is very high - your dog will barely notice they are wearing one!
Because of their unique function, they can be paired with any other type of collar and your dog won’t mind the double collar style. That way, you can have a more fun design with a flat collar.
Vibrating collars get likened to shock collars but they are very different. Vibrating collars do not use electric shocks as an aversive tactic. They are much gentler as a training tool. That said, that is not why we mention this collar specifically. Vibrating collars are actually fabulous additions to your support kit for deaf dogs.
If you have a deaf dog, things can be very challenging. I am starting to notice it with my elderly pup who is slowly losing her hearing. On long walks or outdoor spaces like beaches and lakes, it can tricky to get her attention.
“Some people use the vibration as a command for “come,” others for “look at me.” Either is fine because, once you have eye contact, you can switch to visual signals. Vibrating-collars are a wonderful invention, but don’t be fooled into thinking that a high-tech device will do the training for you. Even when a deaf dog has been “paged,” she can be just as selective as a hearing dog about responding… and we have all seen lots of dogs with selective hearing!” - Dr Messer for the Modern Dog Magazine (3)
Aversive collars are collars that use the classic negative behavioural reinforcement instead of positive reinforcement. This means using pain or fear to steer your dog away from undesired behaviours.
It’s really important that we emphasise that we are not recommending aversive collars in any way, shape or form. They are cruel, outdated, and, ultimately, ineffective as training tools.
The following types of collars are still available on the market but we disagree with their methods wholeheartedly as Gentle Dog Trainers. Here is what you should be avoiding.
Shock collars were very popular in the 1960s as a form of deterring “bad” behaviours in dogs. By emitting a shock directly to your dog’s neck, they induce pain which in theory associates the behaviour with the pain. (4)
This has been considered inhumane for quite some time. Some states in Australia have banned it completely. It dampens the spirits of your lovely dog and doesn’t really teach them anything. Imagine giving your toddler an electric shock every time they cried or made a mistake? No? So, don’t do it to your dog!
This is possibly the most arcane and terrifying of the aversive collars. Choke collars do what they say on the tin - the pull on your dog’s neck and choke them. This is not a walking training tool. It is just painful and hugely damaging.
Choke chains have been known to cause nerve damage, bruising, swollen blood vessels, asphyxiation, skin damage, increased anxiety and depression. They shouldn’t be used in any circumstance. If you want to train your dog to walk nicely, you can use a martingale collar or just good old persistence and positive training techniques to improve their walking etiquette over time. (5)
What To Look for In A Dog Collar
To ensure the perfect fit for your dog’s collar, it is important to measure your dog correctly.
Sizing your dog for a collar is simple. Use a tape measure to measure the circumference of your dog’s neck. It should be towards the base of the neck where the collar is meant to sit. Pull your measuring tape to a snug fit but not taut. You want there to be some give.
Manufacturers of dog collars tend to be quite diligent about giving measurement data for the size of your dog’s neck and the size of the collar itself. Follow the guidelines and it should be a Cinderella fit!
You want your dog’s collar to withstand all of the roughhousing and mischief they get up to. Rain, sweat, mud, seawater - all of it has the potential to disintegrate even the best of dog collars.
You are looking for hardy materials that won’t fall apart with extended use. Remember your dog essentially lives a lot of their life with their collar on, so it needs to keep up with them!
Comfortable dog collars are paramount to a dog’s happiness. Yes, the overall fit is important when discussing the comfort of any garment, but here I mean the wearability.
These all factor into the ideal comfortable dog collar for your pooch.
Call me vain or superficial, but I think the style of the collar is also an important factor.
In the human world, we use clothes to express ourselves and give us personality from the outside looking in. Dogs don’t wear sleek, leather jackets but they can rock a punk-style collar or a girly floral print. Make your pup the envy of the daily walk with a collar that is as unique and fun as they are.
Best Dog Collars Australia Reviewed
So, you have the low-down of what makes a great dog collar and the multiple types of collars that you may need. Here is our review of the best dog collars on the Australian market. We’ve tried to find an option for each of the categories we mentioned so you can find the right purchase for you.
We love bright colours, cool designs, and high-quality products for dogs. The Dog Nation Personalised Dog Collar, fortunately, does all three with ease.
These collars are best known for their incredible designs that include laser engraved personalised name and owner phone number that are made in a variety of colours and patterns, ranging from our standard neutral tones to rainbow-esque design. We chose the Maya design as the unique patterns and colours will make your dog stand out which can be an added safety bonus (plus your dog will surely be the most stylish at the dog park).
Luckily, the Dog Nation collars aren’t style over function. They are soft and durable, made of high quality materials, lightweight and comfy for your dog to wear here, there and everywhere.
The Dog Nation collar comes in 5 different sizes - extra small, small, medium and large & extra large, making it a suitable option for all breeds.
Judging by the high quality and the fantastic reviews, we’re sure this option won’t disappoint!
For our budget-friendly pick, the Rogz Snake Collar is a solid choice.
With a bright colour and durable material, this collar will last your dog for a long time. The material is woven for extra strength.
Built into the sturdy weaving are reflective strips that provide a glow at night time. Perfect for owners who prefer to walk their dogs at night or early morning.
This particular collar in the vibrant turquoise comes in small, medium, large and extra-large. Though it is awesome for our extra-large furry friends to be represented (since they rarely are), what about the tiny pups?
Of course, best of all is the very reasonable price point. For quality and durability, it’s a wonderful, economical option.
Though we absolutely love the cool designs of the Lucky Love collars, the Aring Pet feels soooo luxe. The soft velvet is smooth and comfy on your dog’s fur. Seven gorgeous colour variations add to the stylishness. You can choose from soft black, azure blue, minty green, tan brown, barbie pink, fiery red, and mustard yellow. They all come with a rose gold D-ring and buckle for an extra bit of pizzazz. So, chic!
For extra durability, the velvet encases a strong cotton-webbed interior structure. The great reviews attest to the long-lasting nature of the collar and leash set.
Finally thank you Aring Pet for having a truly representative selection of sizes! These collars start at extra-small with a 20-30cm length. The largest size is extra-large with a 40-66cm length.
An extra bonus of this dog collar is the packaging. A weird thing to note perhaps, but with Christmas just around the corner, this is the perfect gift for the dog-owning buddy in your life.
For the giant loves in our lives, the Ezydog Oxford Collar is a classic flat leather dog collar that will surely suit your pup.
It’s a simple, leather exterior design; elegant and timeless. The inside is constructed of padded leather lining. Leather, as you know, is super durable and looks better the more your dog wears it. This definitely passes the perishability test.
As for the size, the length ranges from 55-65cm depending on whether you lengthen the collar or not using the adjustable straps.
We like this dog collar because it is chic, reasonably priced and a great size for extra-large breeds. If that’s what you need, this is the choice for you.
Can you tell we like the leather look? In fairness, leather is incredibly hard-wearing, whilst also being fashionable. It’s a win-win!
The Ozpaw Padded Leather Dog Collar is the perfect introductory collar for your puppy. The padded interior lining is comfortable and soft. There are 5 adjustable holes too that allow for your puppy’s fast growth.
As for design, the Ozpaw comes in 5 colourways - black, blue, brown, pink, and red. All very versatile and universally stylish colours.
This collar comes in four sizes from extra small to large. Extra-small or small will work perfectly for your puppy, measuring 30cm and 37cm respectfully.
Finally, this is another awesome manufacturer that offers a 100% money-back guarantee to dissatisfied customers. It’s a risk-free choice for this reason, but we’re certain you and your puppy will love it!
Moving onto the more speciality collars, first, we have our pick for the best head collar.
What you want from a head collar is one that is easy to fit and comfortable to wear. The Canny Collar does both. It is made with your dog’s physiology in mind, so the noseband is fitted loose enough for your dog to open their mouth freely.
As the Canny Collar, and all head collars, are just training collars to teach good walking etiquette, they don’t need to last forever. Durability is less of a factor here. However, the cotton webbing is still hardy enough to last through your training phase.
In terms of sizing, there are 7 sizes ranging from 23cm at the smallest to 58cm at the largest. This still leaves out extra-large breeds who can go up to 65cm in neck circumference but it is a good size range in general.
There are many great reviews of this head collar, attesting to its high quality and effectiveness as a training tool. If you are in the market for a gentle head collar, this is a wonderful, economical option.
Flea and tick collars are woefully unstylish and boring but a necessary purchase for many of us. Unfortunately, the Seresto Collars aren’t any more exciting than the typical flea and tick collar, but they do the job - that’s what matters! After all, flea and tick collars are very thin so you can always pair it with one of the other more fashion-forward collars on this list. Fun & function!
The actives are 100mg/g imidacloprid and 45 mg/g flumethrin. These chemicals are infused into the plastic collars and are non-toxic to your dog. It is also water-resistant and completely odourless.
It is effective for 4 months against ticks and 8 months against fleas. Therefore, focus your energies on what you need it for most.
The con here is clearly that the design is not so fun. It is also only 38cm in length, which will suit many dogs but not all.
That said, if you have a small to medium dog in need of a reliable flea and tick collar, this is our top choice for them.
I love a good pun, so a “good boy” collar is just irresistible. But I promise that this isn’t why I chose this model as our pick for a vibrating dog collar.
The first thing to say is that this isn’t a shock collar in any way. I am actually recommending this more so for owners of deaf dogs who need vibrations as an added sense to communicate with their pup.
The Good Boy collar works with a remote control that has a range of 2700ft/900 yards which is quite an impressive range for the category. You can use the 9 levels of sound and vibration as a tool to train your dog however they need it.
As for durability, this vibrating collar is completely waterproof and so is the remote. It’s the perfect companion for outdoor training and communicating with your dog in all types of weather.
The con here is the sizing (a familiar let down but still a letdown nonetheless). This dog collar is only meant for small or medium dogs. Large or extra-large dogs will need to find other options.
The Final Verdict: The Best Dog Collars
As an overall winner with a range of sizes and cool designs, the Lucky Love collar is fabulous. Adding to the fact that they come with a leash too - it’s the perfect starter collar for the new or old pup in your life. For the puppies, the Ozpaw collar is perfect. It will easily stand up to their rambunctious mischief whilst also being totally fashionable.
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Yes, they can! The truth of the matter is that collars and harnesses, by and large, do different things. Dog harnesses are used for a relatively short period of time and only for walking. The placement of the leash attachments means that harnesses are softer on your dog’s windpipe, so it is much more comfortable as they pull ahead. (6)
Collars on the other hand aren’t just for walking. They help identify your dog. They add to your dog’s aesthetic. They show that they are a member of your family.
Most of all, collars are usually kept on for long periods of time. Sometimes collars are only removed when you wash your dog. For that reason, your dog should be comfortable enough to wear their collar whilst they wear their harness for walking.
I use both with my dogs all the time!
The rule of thumb, in this case, is the rule of two fingers. A dog collar should not be tight and restrictive. They shouldn’t be so loose that it is easy to slip out of either. So, the rule of two fingers is that you should be able to slide your index and middle fingers comfortably between the collar and your dog’s neck.
- Williams, K. “Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome in Dogs”. VCA Animal Hospital. Retrieved November 22, 2020. https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/brachycephalic-airway-syndrome-in-dogs
- Clark, M. “Collar Versus Harness: Which Is Best for Your Dog?”. DogTime. Retrieved November 22, 2020. https://dogtime.com/dog-health/general/43739-collar-vs-harness-best-dog
- Messer, J. “Training Deaf Dogs”. Modern Dog Magazine. Retrieved November 22, 2020. https://moderndogmagazine.com/articles/training-deaf-dogs/10727
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- Donovan, L. August 30, 2019. “How to Teach a Puppy to Walk on a Leash”. American Kennel Club. Retrieved November 22, 2020. https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/teach-puppy-walk-leash/
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