There are tons of options for dog collars out there. We even have a large selection right here at dogIDs. You may think it doesn’t really matter what type of collar your dog has, or maybe the selection is overwhelming, so you just choose one at random.
To take a little of the mystery out of the myriad options, today we’re going to highlight one particular style of dog collars today: padded ones.
The primary purpose of padded collars is to provide a cushion between your dog’s neck and his collar. This is mostly beneficial for dogs that experience rubbing or chafing on their neck, ones that have sensitive skin, or doggies that just seem to like the added comfort.
“I like padded dog collars, especially for short hair dogs like pointers, because they are much less likely to rub and cause hairlessness,” Dr. Jena Questen, a holistic veterinarian, said. Dogs prone to sensitive skin can often benefit from a padded collar so that they can still wear a collar all the time and their owners don’t have to worry about taking it on and off.
Our Designer Leather Padded Dog Collars have the best of both worlds: The leather makes the collars durable, but the padding adds comfort for your four-legged friend. It also features a military grade side-release buckle as well as a layer of 100% cowhide leather, which is still soft enough for a great alternative to nylon collars. It’s adjustable, water resistant and washable too!
Another option dogIDs has are the Bison Leather collars, which also have matching leashes. This staff fave is super durable with two layers of leather, and it is surprisingly soft.
dogIDs own Ashley Farkas has used one of the padded leather collars on her own skin-sensitive dog for field testing purposes. She says that the padded leather coordinates beautifully with the nylon ribbon and contrasts enough to show the collars’ layers, and it seemed to be really comfortable for her pup.
Dr. Cathy Alinovi of Hoofstock Veterinary Services in Indiana added that she sees the biggest benefit of padded collars is that they distribute the pressure of the collar across the whole neck, which is useful for dogs with a sensitive throat, as there will be less pressure in one spot. The other interesting thing, she says, is that a padded collar will also communicate better to the dog than a thin collar, as less pressure will say ‘hello’ better than with a thin unpadded collar.
Dr. Questen offered another good tip: Padded collars are a good choice for young puppies who have a tendency to pull a lot on the leash, so that they don’t hurt their delicate tracheas, and also for dogs that experience a collapsing trachea. “Although a dog with a collapsing trachea should never be walked by anything but a harness, they can wear a padded collar to carry their ID tags,” she said.
Of course, no collar is complete without those ID tags, so make sure you have one on hand to use next time you order a new collar! But we’ll still engrave your pup’s information on the collar itself for extra assurance Fido can get help finding his way home.
Have you tried any padded collars before?