While some may see our fascination with dressing up our pets as a sign of a culture and civilization in decline, the truth is, we love our animals, and giving them a gift, like a dog charm collar, is just an expression of that love.
The dog charm collar has grown in popularity in recent years, as has pet jewelry in general. The dog charm collar is worn by dogs of all breeds, genders and sizes, and identifies the dog as a pooch that has a special bond with their human companion. Charms come in an endless variety of shapes and sizes and either slide onto the collar, or attach through a ring, or through metal studs in the dog charm collar itself.
If you're thinking that a dog charm collar might make a fun gift for your dog, or a dog you know, here's what you should know about the dog charm collar. Dog Charm Collar Features to Consider
As with any collar, a dog charm collar should be sized to fit comfortably around your dog's neck. Measure the size of your dog's neck before buying. Make sure your dog charm collar is adjustable, and that it will adjust to fit your dog. If your dog is growing, you'll want your dog charm collar to grow as he does. The ideal fit should allow for one to three fingers to fit between your dog's neck and the dog charm collar, depending on the size of your dog. If your dog is very small, (under 20 pounds), leave only one finger's width between the dog charm collar and your dog's neck.
If you have an average, medium-sized dog, go for a two-finger fit between the dog charm collar, and the dog's neck.
If your dog is very large, go for a three-finger fit between the dog charm collar, and the dog's neck.
Watch Those Charms on Your Dog Charm Collar!
Because your dog charm collar may get rough-and-tumble use, be sure the charms attach securely to the collar, so that they won't easily dislodge and be lost or swallowed.
Also, because other dogs may be attracted by the charms, always supervise your dog when the animal is wearing the dog charm collar. There is the danger that a charm could snag on another dog's collar, or fur, during play.
Easy Cleaning For Your New Dog Charm Collar
As with any pet product, you'll want your dog charm collar to be easy to clean. That means it needs to be sturdy, and capable of standing up to a good washing. Also, you may want to remove the charms and clean them separately, so that they don't become damaged or lost in the cleaning process. And make sure the dog charm collar you choose has a place for pet ID tags.
Dog charm collars may feature either buckled, or snap-together closures. Either is acceptable, though some people find the snap-together closure more convenient. Test the snap for strength by tugging.
The Ideal Dog Charm Collar
The dog charm collar you choose should be sized appropriately for your adult dog, and/or adjustable to fit your growing dog. It should be easy to clean, easy to remove and put on, and the charms should be securely attached. It should also carry identification for your dog, in case the animal gets lost. Your dog charm collar should be ruggedly made, cute, fun, and a source of pride for you and your dog.