All dog owners will agree that when raising a puppy, one of the most exciting times for both you and dog is when you take your pooch out for a walk for the first time.

But before you can embark on your first outdoor trip with your young dog you're going to need to buy them a collar.

Not only is a collar important as it gives you something to attach the lead to, but it is also essential in that it enables your pet to wear an identification tag, which can make all the difference in finding your pooch if they run off and become lost.

But with the wide variety of styles of collar on offer, it can be confusing to decide which product will best suit your four-legged friend.

In general, young dogs are usually most comfortable in standard nylon collars which can be adjusted as they grow and come in a whole range of funky colours and designs to suit any stylish pooch.

Some owners choose to remove their pet's collar while they are in the house or eating their premium dog food, but if you pick a comfy, well-fitting product for your pup, it's perfectly okay to leave it one all the time.

But for some dogs with particular needs, a standard collar may not be suitable and you may want to look at other options.

Amanda Shih, author of, suggests that if your dog have a breathing issue, which is fairly common in pug-faced pooches, that owners should consider using a harness rather than a collar, although she points out that this can encourage pulling on the lead,

"A typical harness encourages pulling in a dog that is inclined to do so since it distributes his strength across his chest instead of his neck," she says.

"However, if your dog is happy-go-lucky and doesn't pull, a harness is a perfectly acceptable way to walk."

You may also have noticed that there area range of correctional collars on offer, but these are rarely suitable for a young dog and should be avoided if possible.

"Whichever collar you decide to choose for your dog, it should increase your bond and make walking a joy," Amanda adds.

Written by: Hannah