Decoding the Double-D-Ring

The double d-ring feature tends to be one of the more complex choices we see folks make when shopping for a collar. So, we decided to help out by writing a bit about the pros & cons.


What is an extra d-ring? This is a feature we offer where a secondary d-ring is placed at the center/back of the collar, which ends up being at the top/center of the collar when the collar is being worn by your dog. This d-ring is in addition to the primary d-ring that is made into the collar by the buckle like any traditional dog collar. Double d-rings are added by affixing the d-ring in between the base collar and top layer with Chicago screws on our double layer collars. On our single layer collars we use a small piece of leather on the inside of the collar riveted into place to hold the second d-ring (example = Princess Collar).

PLEASE NOTE: We can add or remove the extra d-ring feature from any collar design!


The PROs of adding an EXTRA D-RING:

You paid for bling, so keep it front and center! The extra d-ring feature allows you to keep your collar "forward facing" while using a leash. This means you do not have to spin the collar around to use a leash, the buckle will stay down under your dog's chin and the bling will stay on top where you can show it off!


If you use a training tool such as a prong collar, Halti, Gentle Leader or other head harness device, we suggest "backing-up" your gear in case your training tool gives out. We have a whole blog post about this topic; BABY GOT BACK-UP. We also make a few leashes to help with backup - Easy Backup Leash & Double Ended Leash.


The CONs of adding an EXTRA D-RING:

On smaller sized collars/dogs we suggest skipping the extra d-ring because it just takes up too much room. Again, you are paying for bling, so the more space we have for the collar design the better. Some of our smaller collars have been designed to accommodate the extra d-ring, such as our Prana and Princess collars, but for most smaller collars we say SKIP IT!


Multiple dog homes my want to consider dropping the extra d-ring in the name of safety. While we have never heard of a dog getting caught up on another dog's extra d-ring, it seems like it could happen. Just something to think about if you have multiple dogs. Again, our dogs wear double-d collars and have never had a problem, but you know your dogs best and should consider your dogs' activity trends when choosing the right gear.


Safety first! If you have a ranch dog or dog that spends a great deal of time outside unattended we suggest NOT adding an extra d-ring. With working breeds it is best to keep things low profile to mitigate any possibility of the collar becoming caught on something while your dog is working or running around outdoors.


Form over function... We try to work the extra d-ring feature into the design on most of our collars, but sometimes it is just nice to see a design without that big fat d-ring at the top of your collar. Extra d-rings are a great tool, but if your dog spends most of the time off leash while wearing the collar, we say skip the extra d-ring and rock the full design!

Understanding Collar Width


Choosing a collar width can be very confusing... We have broken down our products into width categories on our website to help you pick the right width for your dog's size.

There are exceptions to the rule, but basically, the smaller the dog the narrower the collar. The narrowest collar we sell is 1/2" wide (half inch), which is very skinny. Half-inch collars are great for Chihuahuas, Doxies, and very small-framed dogs. The widest collars we sell are 2 inches wide,*  which is a great size for Mastiffs, Large framed power breeds, and dogs with long necks. 

MICRO & SMALL FRAMED DOGS (15-pounds or under): Dogs this size generally have 9"-12" necks. We recommend our 1/2," 5/8," and 3/4" wide collars for small dogs. If your dog is a dainty little one, stick with 1/2" collars, as they are lightweight and narrow. If you have a tough little dog, you could go all the way up to our 3/4" collars. Some smaller dogs can even handle our 3/4" & 1" collars tapered to 1/2" at the front, like the Outlaw or Little Rocker collars. 

SMALLER & MEDIUM FRAMED DOGS (20 to 35-pound dogs): Dogs this size generally have 13"-15" necks. We recommend our 3/4" to 1" wide collars for medium sized dogs, if your dog is on the smaller side we can always taper our 1" collars down in the front to keep the hardware bulk to a minimum, like our Zen and Targa collars.

LARGER FRAMED DOGS (40 to 65-pound dogs): Dogs this size generally have 16"-19" necks. We recommend our 1.25" and 1.5" wide collars for larger dogs to ensure durability and longevity. If you do not use your flat/buckle collar for walking or you have an older large dog, you can always go with a narrower collar to reduce weight and bulk. Tapering can always be requested on larger necks 18" and larger, we automatically taper collars with neck sizes smaller than 17.75". Click on these links to view our full line of 1.25" and 1.5" collars.


The 1.5" wide double layer collars may be too wide for some standard poodles and the width (1.5”) of the collar can press between the top of the shoulder bone and the bones of the neck. We recommend a 1" width size for this breed.

EXTRA LARGE FRAMED DOGS (70 + pound dogs): We generally recommend 1.5" to 2" wide collars for extra large breed dogs. Our collars are not intended for extended tethering use (as a primary mode of confinement), so we find that 1.5" wide collars are often plenty for everyday wear... But 2" collars are just tons of fun and give us so much design space the possibilities are almost endless. 

Hope this sheds some light on the vast selection of collars we offer. Have fun and never hesitate to email us if you have questions or would like to have a custom collar made!

*If you would like a collar wider than 2" we can make it, just email us for a custom quote.