The Best Puppy Collars Australia -
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DogNation Soft Padded Nylon Dog Collar
Is your puppy looking a little naked at the moment?
A collar is a simple product that does so much. It is a symbol that your puppy is cared for and loved. It is a unique fashion statement to show off your dog’s personality. It is a portable ID card that your puppy has at all times in case they wander from the pack while you are walking.
So, it stands to reason you’ll be looking for the very best puppy collars you can find right?
We’ve got you covered. In this mega guide, we’ll chat about the qualities of a top dog collar, the different types of puppy collars on the market and then get into our recommendations for the best puppy collars Australia has to offer.
Finding The Right Collar For Your Puppy
There is sooo much choice on the market for cool puppy collars. And given that the first collar your dog will wear will likely be outgrown at some point, it’s worth bearing these factors in mind when you make your choice.
Of course, a decisive factor of the collar you choose will be the size. Your puppy is a baby still and therefore likely doesn’t have a neck the size of Scooby Doo’s. That said, unlike with our human babies, you don’t want to purchase a collar that your puppy will “grow into”. A loose-fitting collar can be dangerous.
“When sizing a collar, make sure you can fit your thumb between the collar and the dog’s neck. If I can get my whole hand in there, it’s too loose, and if I can’t even wedge a finger in there, it’s too tight,” - Dr. Barbara Hodges, a veterinary advisor with the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, PetMD
To accurately measure your puppy for their collar, you need to measure two points of their neck. You need to measure around the base of their neck and the high point. These are the two areas that the collar will rest at various points of their day. You don’t want it to be too tightly wrapped around either point. (2)
Your puppy will be a rambunctious little thing, getting into scrapes, falling off the sofa and playing with the neighbourhood children. These are all opportunities for any of their wearables like their collar, harness or ID tags to be ruined by sheer playfulness.
In the case of collars, it is pretty difficult to find a collar that easily falls apart. Even cheap puppy collars are often made of nylon which is tough as nails when woven into a collar.
That said, the buckle and D ring can be obviously of cheaper quality. These can be broken easily. The buckle and D ring are often made of metal or plastic. The metal variety is generally better quality and longer lasting.
To truly assess the durability of any collar you may come across on the world wide web, you need to review the reviews. They will tell all. No broken buckle goes unreported in honest feedback.
The comfort of your puppy is paramount. This will likely be their very first collar, so they need to adjust to life with it on. Therefore, it needs to be lightweight and well fitted.
You also may want to account for your dog’s unique physiology. For example, if you have a little pug puppy, they have a short neck so a collar with a wide width won’t be the most comfortable for them. If you have a Dachshund puppy, they have small, delicate necks. A collar that is too bulky will surely get in the way of their important day to day activities. It’ll also probably look quite comical. Imagine a Dachshund with a huge, spiked collar? Comedy gold.
Yes, I am the reviewer who loves a gorgeous looking product, but it is never so important as with your dog’s collar. I am happy to die on this hill. The collar is a statement to the wider world, and outside of protective dog shoes, dog coats and jumpers for cold weather, this is likely the only piece of apparel your dog will wear on a consistent basis.
Is your puppy super outgoing and fun? Why not have a colourful, exciting design!
Is your puppy prim and proper? A sleek leather number will suit their soul.
And yes, this is a complete vanity metric. Your dog will not care in the slightest if the collar you choose matches the undertone of their fur. But for your own sense of pride and personality, it’s just a bit more fun to look for a collar that looks as good as it functions.
The Different Types of Puppy Collars
The above list of attributes can be… attributed to any type of collar. There is quite a wide range of collar styles out there.
Picture a dog collar. Any dog collar. Got the image in your mind?
That’s a flat collar!
This is the most traditional and popular type of collar. It is called a “flat” collar because it lays flat around your puppy’s neck.
Martingale collars are special collars made with the purpose of walk training.
"Martingale collars work differently than traditional dog collars. They have two loops: one that goes around the dog’s neck like a regular collar, and another, smaller one positioned at the back of the neck with an integrated D-ring to attach a dog lead. The loop around the dog’s neck fits loosely until you pull on the dog leash which causes the loop to tighten, applying gentle pressure to the dog’s neck.” - Jill Jones, Orvis News
But wait, doesn’t that sound like a choke collar?
Absolutely not! While the mechanisms are similar, martingale collars have a much more limited amount of constriction, so they can’t hurt or strangle your puppy. It is gentle pressure, not a strangulating squeeze.
Choke collars are not advised for any dog, young or old. They can cause so many neck injuries and anxiety issues.
As for martingales, you can use them with puppies, but I wouldn’t advise doing this before attempting to train your puppy with a regular collar. This is for two reasons.
- They may respond well to walk training and be perfectly fine with their flat collar
- Martingale collars are typically only used during walking. You will likely have a flat collar for your dog’s everyday use. So, martingale collars should only be tapped in when you need them.
Isn’t everything better when it is customised? I believe so. Personalised puppy dog collars just add an extra element of specialness to their collar. There are a few interesting options for personalised collars on the market. We have linked one below.
Definitely one of the more boring collars in the category but consider it a necessary evil. Flea and tick collars are used in tandem with traditional collars as they tend to be thin and worn for a limited amount of time. You can’t really affix any identifiers to a flea or tick collar. It’s important to note that puppies should not have flea or tick treatments of any kind before they reach 7 weeks old. (4) The chemicals are too strong for them.
Vibrating collars are meant as anti-barking and training collars. They are also great for deaf and blind dogs. (5) If you want to explore vibrating and anti-bark collars, we have made a separate listicle for them.
Best Puppy Collars Australia: 2021 Edition
So now we are all caught up with the different types of puppy collars out there and what could be right for your little one, let’s dive into the recommendations we have for top puppy collars in Australia.
Dog Nation have such high quality and varied collars that we have to feature them in the top spot here. Our pick is their soft padded nylon range which is stylish, durable, and the perfect size for young dogs.
The smallest size is suitable for a neck girth of 17 - 27cm. This is an ideal range for puppies and your pup can grow with this collar for quite some time.
The padded nature of the collar may make it a little heavier than most but infinitely comfortable and cosy for your dog to wear for long periods of time. This is a great introduction to wearing collars with confidence.
Best of all, this is a personalised puppy collar meaning you can give them your dog’s name and your phone number, and they will lovingly engrave those details onto the front buckle. ID and collar all in one!
For reasonably priced personalised soft dog collars for the special pup in your life, Dog Nation has you covered!
For an economical option with a side-order of bling, the Gummi Bling Puppy Collar is a prime choice. It is quite a simple, thin, delicate collar with bright colour and a touch of pizzazz with the little diamantes. I am not a diamante person per se, but it does look quite fetching on this collar.
I think because there are few of them and the band is thin, it manages to look quite elegant and fancy rather than naff. But I think this is a marmite situation - you love it or you hate it.
Beyond the design, it is made specifically for puppies, so it has a very short length of 20-30cm. That still allows some growing room for your pup as well.
The collar is lightweight, making it almost imperceptible to your dog. This is always helpful when getting a new puppy used to wearing a collar.
This collar is durable and weatherproof. Essential to your puppy through their early months.
Overall, Gummi has an economical option that won’t melt on the first wear! Fabulous.
Leather dog collars can look very classic and beautiful on every breed. The one drawback is that the majority of leather dog collars tend to be a bit bulky and macho for a little puppy. It’s a bit like giving a toddler a Moleskine notepad. You could do it, but it definitely looks too grown up for them.
We love the Dog Nation Leather Collars, but they are a bit wide and adult. So we chose the Pzpaw range for this category because these collars are small, fine, and come in youthful colours that will suit any puppy’s playful personality.
There are 5 colours in total and four sizes. The extra small size measures 30cm in length and 1.5cm in width. It is suitable for a young dog with a neck size of 20-26cm. So there is some growing room here but perhaps not as much as the Dog Nation or Gummi options.
The soft leather design is weatherproof and durable. The nickel-plated buckle is also rustproof and should last your puppy for as long as they fit the collar.
Best of all, this is another economical option that rivals the best of them. The manufacturer also offers a money-back guarantee. It’s a no-brainer!
The Ozpaw option is pretty stylish but for a polyester option that is still show-stoppingly beautiful, we love this option from Dog Nation. The Maya collar is soooo pretty with a unique almost tribal-like print in bold colours.
It’s unisex and stylish to the highest degree. It looks premium with a high-quality print. This is also a personalised dog collar, so you can have your dog’s details engraved on the front plate. Always handy!
As for sizing, the smallest size is suitable for a neck size of 23-30cm which is a good range for puppies.
This is a very hardy collar with tightly woven polyester; however, nylon and leather are known to be a little more durable than this. That’s not to say that this collar will melt. It won’t. But if the material matters to you, you may prefer the nylon padded collar over this one.
For an incredibly adorable collar that is premium quality and breathtakingly stylish, this is the one for you!
Less exciting than the others on this list but a necessary evil, let’s talk about flea collars!
Now, if your puppy is older than 7 weeks of age, you can start treating them for fleas and ticks. Seresto collars are known for being extremely effective against fleas and ticks due to their strong chemical make-up.
These collars are also loose-fitting, lightweight and won’t interfere with your dog’s day to day.
That said, Seresto can be too strong for some dogs. Think of it like a mosquito repellent. Some of us can slather it on with no issues at all. Others of us are sensitive to the chemicals leading to rashes and discomfort. It’s the same for dogs.
I say this to say, exercise some caution. Most dogs will be perfectly fine with this collar, and it is very effective. If your puppy shows any signs of discomfort or allergy to the chemicals in the flea treatment, simply whip it off.
Seresto collars are hardy, budget-friendly and lightweight enough to wear with your dog’s main collar. We still recommend it as a top flea collar option for most dogs.
Finally, let’s talk about martingale collars! Now admittedly, as I said, I don’t think puppies should start with martingale collars. I simply don’t think that it’s necessary right out of the gate. Particularly as a first collar for your puppy.
Yes, it’s true that dogs aren’t built with walking etiquette fresh out of the womb. Like with all doggy etiquette in their lives, they will need to be taught, but some dogs are more open to their walk training than others. I see martingale collars as a corrective tool to be used if you are struggling to walk train your puppy, rather than a preemptive tool to teach your puppy to walk straight away.
Anyway. Rant over. What do we recommend if you do want to walk train your puppy with the help of a martingale collar?
The Fourhouse chain martingale is a great option for young dogs.
Firstly, the smallest size is decently small at around 25cm. Most martingales are much larger than this.
The red grid design is made of 100% pure cotton for a premium feel and look. The inner lining is made of nylon for comfort and durability where it matters the most.
The chain is stainless steel adding to its imperishability and effectiveness as a walking tool. And yes, this does have a chain but it is not a choke chain. We do not support choke training in any shape or form. Martingales work in a gentle, forgiving way.
Finally, the price point is fabulous. This is an economical option that has a 100% money-back guarantee.
It is worth noting, however, this collar is of a cheaper quality than others on this list. While the design may look premium ad the reviews are generally positive, there have been some outliers of the links breaking or the pattern fading. It is a cheaper quality so do bear this in mind.
The Final Verdict: Best Puppy ID Collars
For a puppy collar that ticks all the boxes with personalisation to boot, the Dog Nation Soft Padded Collar is the perfect beginner’s collar for your new puppy! The sizing runs very small too so the tiniest of delicate necks should suit it still.
The soft material will provide that extra comfort too. You can’t go wrong with them. If you are on a budget and want a touch of bling, the Gummi Bling Collar is a very sweet and simple option that will serve your puppy well.
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The short answer to this is that the harness vs collar debate is not an either/or situation. (6)
The question is whether you get a harness as well as a collar for your puppy. Let me explain.
A collar is more than just a walking tool. It is an identifier too and is generally worn all of the time (except during bath time). In that vein, you need a collar as a general signifier of ownership in any case. A harness is worn just for walking and relieves the pressure from your puppy’s neck while walk training.
Harnesses are great tools, especially while your puppy is learning to walk nicely.
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- Coates, J. June 27, 2019. “How to Choose the Safest Flea Treatment for Your Dog”. PetMD. Retrieved March 1, 2021. https://www.petmd.com/dog/parasites/how-choose-safest-flea-treatment-your-dog
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