It’s no secret that there are a lot of dog collar options out there. It can oftentimes feel overwhelming when trying to choose the right collar for you four-legged furry family member and friend. If you treat your dog like another member of the family, then you probably want to give him or her the best of everything- and this is no exception when it comes to choosing a collar style. But what even are the options available for dog collars and how do you know which collar is right for your dog?

Below, are three types of dog collars and which type of dog they are best for.

Standard Flat Collar

A standard flat collar is the classic go-to for dogs. This type of collar is best for dogs that are obedient and well-trained walkers. Why? Because this type of collar can choke your dog if it pulls too much, lending itself to injury or neck strain. Even more, if your dog is a puller, there is a greater chance that he or she will be able to slip right out of the collar, head first. So, if your pup is well-trained and doesn’t run the risk of pulling and escaping, then the classic flat collar is great for you.


A harness is technically not a collar, but it serves the same purpose. For example, dog harnesses are used to walk a dog more efficiently with a low chance that the dog will escape. There are a lot of benefits to harnesses. Specifically, if your dog is a puller, there is almost no chance that he or she will be able to escape, so long as the collar is properly secured. This is due to the fact that a harness is wrapped around your dog’s entire body and buckled either underneath or on the back. There is virtually no way to slip out. Another perk is that there is also no chance that your dog will start choking when pulling while out on a walk. Of course, it is the most ideal for your dog to avoid pulling altogether on walks, but if he or she gets distracted or excited and begins to pull, you can be more confident that your dog will not sustain a neck injury.

Pinch or Prong Collar

A pinch or prong collar is a collar that looks like it has spikes on it- but don’t worry they are not meant to cause your dog pain. The prongs face inward and rest on your dog’s neck, and when your dog pulls, the collar applies pressure to certain points on your dog’s neck, forcing him or her to relax and stop pulling. Therefore, this type of collar is great for a dog that just won’t stop pulling on walks. There is less of a chance that your dog will wiggle itself out of this collar as compared to how easily a dog can escape from a standard flat collar.

So, there you have it- three different dog collars with an explanation regarding which type of dog is best suited for a flat collar, a harness, or a prong collar!

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