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Plastic Or Metal, Which Should I Choose?

By Ace Winget_

There are many things to consider when selecting a dog collar. Your first consideration needs to be the size and strength of the dog that will be wearing it. A collar needs to fit the dog, not only in size but also in strength.

When looking for a collar for a small dog, puppy, or toy breed, plastic hardware has many advantages. One advantage is the lighter weight of the plastic when compared to metal. This makes for a lighter collar that is easier for small dogs to get used to.

Of course we all know that puppies grow fast. Even so, we shouldn’t put them in such a large collar that they are uncomfortable wearing it. We want them to associated collars with pleasant things.

Have you ever seen a tiny dog wearing a huge collar? The poor puppy can hardly hold up its head! A better choice would be to give it a smaller collar with plastic hardware.

Smaller dogs don’t need the extra strength of metal hardware on their collars. They don’t weigh as much and aren’t as strong as the larger dogs. Collars with strong plastic fittings work much better on the small dogs than do the ones with heavier metal fittings.

In contrast, a large strong dog does need the extra strength provided by metal hardware on the collar. When a large dog lunges after something, it can easily exert several hundred pounds of pressure on the collar. Having a collar with metal fittings will give you greater peace of mind.

The extra weight from using metal fittings doesn’t bother the larger dogs. They won’t notice the difference between the two. Metal fittings will provide greater security and a longer lasting collar.

Both metal and plastic hardware have their purpose and place. Both function very well for what they are intended. Both are excellent choices for dog collars, depending on the size of the dog.

The owner of the dog ought to be well-informed about the types of collars available and how to use them properly as to not inflict injury to the dog. Jim Witt recommends visiting Country Brook Design to view the wide assortment of custom made Martingale Collars that are available in many sizes and colors.

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