Choosing a collar for a short-haired dog is easy, pretty much any off-the-shelf collar will work. But when it comes to coated breeds, the wrong collar can actually affect the appearance of your dogs fur, or even cause discomfort.
When it comes to the right collar for your long-haired dog, the fur saver collar is the premiere training collar. The long links on fur saver collars allow your dogs hair to slip through, instead of getting caught and pulled in the links. While fur saver collars come in many colors, styles, and finishes, they all work the same way, so the color or style you choose is mostly a matter of personal preference.
The fur saver collar is a good alternative to a choke chain, also known as a zipper collar. But as with all training collars, they are meant to be worn for short periods of time onlyand should not be left on your dog all day. Because fur saver collars can get caught up in furniture, fences, and foliage they should only be worn when training or working with your dog, and taken off after each session.
For dogs with long hair, flat collars (also known as buckle collars) can really wear down the fur on your dogs neck, leaving them with a ring of short, patchy hair. For this reason, it's best to use only rolled collars for coated, wirehair and plush breeds. Rolled collars have a thinner profile and are specifically designed to rest on your dogs fur without pushing hair flat against his neck.
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While a rolled collar may be great for keeping your dogs tags attached, it may still snag your dogs fur on a walk. If your dog is extra sensitive, or if you run into other issues with rolled collars (such as color-transfer from the collar to your dogs fur) you should look into using a harness for daily walks and outings.
Like training collars, harnesses should not be worn all day, as they can chafe and cause soreness where it fits your dog, but harnesses can safely be worn to most places, including:
Fitting a harness is easy. Simply measure one side of your dogs chest and multiply that number by 2, or if you have a cloth measuring tape, wrap it around your dogs chest & withers to get a more precise figure. As harnesses are adjustable, you only have to find something within a range of 2"-4" for the right fit. If you have a young dog or a puppy, you may need to consider buying another harness when he gets older - or, simply use a collar into your dog grows out of it and purchase a harness then.