This is a piece of equipment advice which will significantly increase the safety of your dog.
There are so many collars out there, which feature a plastic buckle (and on occasion even a plastic slider). Those are the most common collars on the pet market. And if you look at your regular “Fido”, this is the type of a collar he will be most likely wearing. But there is a reason why you won’t see such collars on the dogs of professional mushers. The reason is: PLASTIC BREAKS! Yes, a plastic buckle is the weakest link on a collar. It is a huge safety hazard, as a dog who is attached by such collar that all of the sudden pulls/jerks, can break such buckle easily (especially in below freezing temperatures). Plastic buckle is also prone to chewing, will get banged up easily and it will on occasion lose its flexibility over time. Not to mention that it can open accidentally just by bumping into something.
Even though collars with plastic buckles are the most common ones on the pet market (and quite often they are used and recommended by inexperienced dog owners due to the fact that they are easy to put on and take off), be wary. Us here at Howling Dog are staying away from plastic collar hardware for the reasons stated above! We never used plastic buckles or any other plastic components on our collars and we never will. Check out our Standard Collar or our Padded Collar and see a reliable and professionally designed collar for yourself. And STAY AWAY FROM PLASTIC! 😉
Disclaimer: Our LED Collar features a plastic buckle for easy put-on, easy take-off. However, we do not recommend to use this collar as a main collar. A leash (a neckline) should not be clipped to the LED Collar. This collar is an addition to a regular collar.
One Reply to “EQUIPMENT TIP: What collars to stay away from”
While I was searching your web site for a padded collar for my new rescue dog, I came across this information. Excellent advice!
My new best friend, Koda, came from the beaches of Turks and Caicos, and the one thing I fear is for my girl to break out of her collar. While she does walk gentle and hardly pulls, there’s always a chance of getting out of a collar.
Now, where is that loving dog sleeping so I can measure her neck and order her a padded collar.
Thank you. I will definitely keep your web site for future orders like winter things..