Dogs truly are man’s best friend. So if you adore your dog as much as you should, why not make a personalized collar to show everyone how much you care? Personalized collars can be purchased from a number of online and retail pet stores, but can be fairly expensive, so using a store-bought collar and making a good thing better can save you money.

The first thing you will need when personalizing a pet collar is simple and inexpensive nylon or leather collar that fits your dog. A nylon weave collar is the most affordable, but a leather collar will last a long time. These days collars are not just available in primary collars but come in a variety of prints that may include cartoon characters, paw prints, or even leopard and tiger prints. Assess your dog’s personality and buy accordingly.

The easiest way to personalize your dog’s collar is by purchasing a dog tag. These can be purchased through mail order and even in some machines outside grocery stores and other shops. Metal or plastic dog tags can be inscribed with your pet’s name, address, and phone number. These tags come in a variety of shapes and colors and are usually priced between three and six dollars apiece. Not only do these tags give your dog’s collar a little personality, but they also may help bring your pet home to you if they are ever lost.

Besides dog tags, there are many other ways to spruce up your dog’s collar. For instance, slide-on charms. These charms can be purchased at many retail shops in malls and other locations. They range from things such as rhinestone letters to dangling dog bone charms. These charms are handy because they simply slide onto a ribbon, a flat bracelet, or in this case, a collar. These charms range in price from 99 cents to five dollars. Use these to spell out your pet’s name or to just add some color and sparkle. Another easy add-on for any collar is a clip-on charm. These charms can also be purchased at retail stores and will easily clip to the small metal ring attached to the collar. These charms sell for about the same as the slide on charms and often come in theme sets.

If your dog looks better in jewels, small rhinestones can be added to a nylon collar using craft glue or a stone setter. For a more permanent approach, try a stone setter. These attach the rhinestones using small prongs. The rhinestones can be purchased at any craft store and at many online stores. They are usually sold by gross and range in price from two to ten dollars. These small plastic, crystal, or glass jewels are made in every color and several different cuts. Add a few of these to a collar and your dog will look like royalty.

Get a little more adventurous and you could make a collar with dangling fringe or beadwork. With a little work at the sewing machine, you can add pre-strung items to a nylon collar in a cinch. Fringe, beadwork, and sequins can be purchased by the yard from a fabric or craft store for about three to eight dollars a yard. This is a fairly inexpensive way to embellish a collar since you will need only a small amount. This sew-on item is usually attached to ribbon which can be easily switched to a nylon collar either by hand or with a sewing machine.

A pet can be a big part of your life and family, so personalizing a collar can be a fun and simple way to show off your dog and doesn’t have to be a one-time event. Why not make several? It never hurts to accessorize.

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