Training a young dog is both a challenging and fun experience, and many owners will have fond memories of teach their pup to 'sit', 'stay' and 'come'.

And alongside premium dog food treats, puppy toys and bags of patience, one of the most important training aids for any dog owner is a good-quality well-fitting collar.

Every dog should wear a collar as soon as they are old enough to leave the house, both to keep them under control and in order to have an identification tag attached.

But with the range of sizes and styles available, Amanda Shih, author of, recommends taking some time to choose which collar or harness is most appropriate for your pooch.

"The options for dog collars are innumerable," she says. "To help you choose the proper collar for your dog, you first need to keep in mind several things, including your dog's needs, your own expectations, and your country's dog tag laws."

Unless you've been recommended otherwise by a professional trainer or you're very experienced with dogs, it's usually best to opt for a simple collar that fits your pup well and is easy to take on and off.

"Standard collars are made of webbed nylon or leather and are the most common and economical," Amanda adds. "They come in a plethora of colours and designs, and can even be inscribed with your dog's name and your phone number.

"[They] should be used to train all puppies and are the only collar I would recommend with use of a retractable leash."

Remember that your pooch will grow very quickly in their early years so make sure you check regularly that their collar isn't too small and be prepared to buy another one or two as they get bigger.

Owners should also keep an eye out for their dog's collar getting old or grubby and replace it if it gets at all damaged or worn.

Written by: Hannah