Choosing a collar for your Labrador
If you’re anything like me, you probably enjoy buying things for your dog more than you enjoy spending money on yourself. I buy things for Monty whenever I have some spare cash. Usually toys or treats, impulse purchases, the kind of things you don’t have to put too much thought into. A couple of years ago I had a thing about buying him collars. I’d often buy a new one just because I liked the look of it. Again, impulse purchases. In many cases money wasted on ‘cool’ collars that just weren’t suited to an active, water loving Labrador.
Over the years I’ve learned that a Labrador needs a couple of collars. Well, a Labrador that loves muddy water and rolling in unmentionable things, seemingly just for the fun of it, needs a couple of collars. One for work/play/exercise/rolling in stuff and one for everyday use.
So, how to choose the right collar for your Labrador?
Lets start with collars for work /play /exercise/rolling in stuff
One of the problems I found with Monty and his collars is they end up smelling rather bad after a month or so. Regardless of how many times I washed them. It took me a while to realise that there’s collars out there specifically designed to tackle this problem.
Odour-releasing bacteria cause unpleasant smelling collars. The combination of a damp collar and the warmth of your dog’s body is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
Spiffy Dog has come up with the ‘Air Collar’ to help combat this problem. The collars are made from a special, quick drying fabric that dries quickly and ‘breathes’. This significantly reduces odours. Perfect for Labradors!
So, ideally, if your Labrador spends a lot of time in and around water, something lightweight, breathable and quick drying is definitely recommended.
A collar for everyday use
This one is a bit easier because there are so many fantastic dog collars out there to choose from. My favourite type of collar for everyday use is a simple webbing (high density, tightly woven nylon for maximum durability) collar with a quick release buckle, the sort of buckle that snaps shut and can be released using one hand. Nice and easy to get on or off a wriggling Labrador!
There’s no reason why these collars can’t be worn in and around water but they will begin to harbour bacteria pretty quickly if you don’t keep them clean. If this type of collar gets wet, make sure you dry it quickly and thoroughly after use.
High Visibility Collars
As winter approaches here in the U.K. it’s worth mentioning high visibility collars. Many of us will be walking our dogs in the dark both before and after work for the next few months. I’ll still be walking Monty down the same unlit country roads and letting him run free across the fields regardless of how dark it is. A high visibility, reflective collar is a must!
Tips for cleaning your Labradors collar:
Wet the collar with warm water and add a small amount of laundry detergent to the fabric
Work the detergent into the collar using either your hands or a soft brush. A nail brush is perfect for this
Rinse the collar thoroughly with warm water. Be sure to remove all of the detergent. Dogs can be sensitive to detergent and it could cause irritation if not rinsed properly
Remove any excess water from the collar and lay it out to dry straight away
Wipe any surface dirt of the collar with a damp cloth
Using a clean, lightly dampened cloth, rub saddle soap into the leather
Buff the collar with a clean, dry cloth once the soap has dried
You may then wish to apply a leather conditioner
A few great collar suggestions for your Labrador:
Ideal for work/play/rolling in stuff:
The Spiffy Dog Air Collar is perfect for water loving Labradors. The Air Collar breathes and does not retain odours.
The only collars on the market made from Aerospacer, a quick drying fabric.
Find Spiffy Dog Air Collars Here
High Visibility Collars
The Spiffy Dog High Visibility Collar has same features as the other collars in the range but with the addition of a hi-visibility strip. Ideal for night time dog walks.
Find Spiffy Dog Reflective Collars Here (AMAZON.COM USA)
Perfect for everyday use
Red Dingo collars are not only great looking but they’re incredibly well made from high-density, woven nylon. They also feature a cute ‘Bucklebone’ quick release buckle.
Also available in many other countries.