Ask any dog owner. Dogs are notorious chewers. Some of the reasons are normal. Puppies chew to explore the world much like babies that put a new toy straight into the mouth. Puppies may also chew to relieve the pain of teething while older dogs are attempting to keep their jaws strong. But the main reason dogs chew is boredom.
It might be one of your new red-soled Louboutins or the door jam. But one of the worst things for a dog to chew is its own collar (or the collar of a sibling) while you’re at work or busy.
You’ll eventually learn to put those expensive heels on the top shelf of the closet, but what about Poochie’s collar? Experts agree your dog should wear a collar most or all of the time.
A collar serves as a place to carry identification should he bolt outdoors or become separated from you in a crisis. This is important, even if he’s micro-chipped. Most people won’t think or take the time to get a lost dog scanned.
Solve the problem of collar chewing with one of these great unchewable collars. And your new Louboutins? That’s on you.
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Our Favorite Non-Chewable Dog Collars
The FDC Tactical Dog Collar is fashioned of strong military-grade polyamide webbing. Two layers of this 1.5 in-wide webbing are sewn together for extra toughness. Nexus buckles by Illinois Tool Works give the collar an extra military flair. ITW is a company that manufactures most military equipment worldwide.
The nearly-unbreakable, wear and tear proof FDC military-style dog collar will be impossible for your dog to chew through. The metal ring and buckle can withstand a 350-pound pull. The handle is designed to grab and get extra control of the dog that makes off after a cat or other “prey” and is designed to fit up to an adult man’s hand.
The absence of seams and webbing ends on the collar’s underside of the collar means no loose ends to irritate the dog’s neck, one of the reasons why some dogs chew their collars. The sturdy handle, leash ring, and rivet hole for ID tags are double and cross-stitched for extra durability.
The FDC Tactical is a great collar for sporting, working, and military dogs. Toss it in the washing machine with warm (not hot) water to keep it clean without breaking down the fibers. It’s available in 9 colors and in sizes from Medium to XXL. Be sure to measure your dog’s neck before ordering.
The Tuff Pupper Dog Color is made of ballistic nylon that is 3 mm thick and rip and fray proof. The buckle is 100 percent stainless steel and guaranteed not to rust. The integrated bungee-style handle is nice and wide for better control in tense situations, yet is more comfortable and secure than a tactile dog collar.
Soft neoprene and mesh padding in the inner color is comfortable and breathable in hot weather. Reflective accent trim helps you keep an eye on Fido in low light. The collar is adjustable and comes in sizes S, M, and XL to fit neck sizes from 13 to 26 ins. It comes in 8 attractive colors and is very reasonably priced. It comes with a lifetime warranty for defects.
Does your dog like to go running, hiking, and swimming? The Mighty Paw Dog Collar is great for the active, athletic dog. It’s made from the most durable materials and is also weather resistant.
Additionally, the neoprene padding cushions the dog’s neck from the pressure of energetic activity. Made of hook and loop fabric, it’s heavy-duty with strong buckles and clasps, yet it’s lightweight and won’t irritate your dog’s neck.
The soft grey color of the collar is soothing and easy on your eyes, and it has triple-line reflective stitching to help spot your best friend in low light. Weatherproofing helps add durability as well as comfort since moisture is absorbed.
And if the sound of jingling tags around the house is a nuisance, you’ll appreciate the non-metal ID tag holder. You won’t be tempted to remove the collar and risk Fido darting out of the house without his tags.
Mighty Paw is a new company established in Rochester, NY in 2015. Its mission is to provide high-quality pet products.
The Black Rhino is fashioned from a material chosen for extreme durability and heavy-duty hardware. It will withstand the outdoor elements and the rough and toughness of a playful pooch. At the same time, the neoprene padding provides comfort and protection from irritation while your dog is active.
The Black Rhino is lightweight, dries quickly after water play, and is odor resistant. Reflective stitching around the collar helps keep you and your dog safe on early morning and evening walks. It comes in 4 bold colors on black or black on black and is available in small, medium, large, and X-large.
The active dog owner and dog will appreciate every feature of the Regal Heavy Duty Reflective Dog Collar. It’s made of synthetic military-grade material to hold up under extreme conditions and is flexible and temperature-resistant for a high level of comfort. This is the perfect collar for the beach-bound pup or hiking partner.
The Regal Dog Collar comes in 7 neon colors with reflective strips for safety in low light. The collar passes through a double buckle for more secure fastening. The D ring secures any excess strap while serving as a spot to fasten a leash.
An innovative center ring helps relieve pressure on your dog’s neck should he get caught on a branch or fence. The synthetic material won’t absorb water, dirt, or bacteria so the collar stays clean and odor-free.
While it’s true that no collar is totally chew-proof for every dog, all of these collars are made of highly-durable materials like ballistic nylon, military-grade polyimide, and tough hardware that is difficult if not impossible to chew through. The FDC Tactical Dog Collar with its double layer of polyimide webbing and ITW buckles wins hands-down for being chew-proof.
It’s important for a dog to always wear a collar. Like your wallet, it serves as a place to carry his ID. We like the Regal Heavy Duty Dog Collar’s double buckle and D ring for excess strapping to pass through for secure fastening.
The collar is not likely to fall off should Fido wander away out of sight. And if the jingle of tags is so annoying to you that you want to remove the collar, consider the
Mighty Paws with its plastic, no-jingle tag holder.
Consider you and your dog’s lifestyle when choosing a collar. Are you beachgoers? Love to go hiking? Both the Black Rhino and the Mighty Paws are good choices since they dry quickly and are odor-resistant. Do you walk your dog early in the morning or evening? Look for a collar with strong reflection like the Regal Heavy Duty Dog Collar.
If you have a big, rowdy pooch that gets into “situations,” go for a collar with a control handle like the FDC Tactical Collar of the Tuff Pupper.
Finally, one of the main reasons dogs chew their collars is because it’s uncomfortable. The Tuff Pupper, Mighty Paws, and Black Rhino incorporate neoprene padding for comfort, and the FDC Tactical has no seams or webbing to fray and irritate the dog’s neck.