My Great Dane Princeton broke his leather collar today!
I was trying to train him not to attack the mail slot when the mail comes. I tied his leash to our entertainment center and told him to stay after I saw the mail carrier in the distance. Oops! Princeton couldn't control himself when the mail carrier reached our doorway. His desire to attack (protect?) was a lot stronger than his old leather collar, inherited from my previous Dane.
Does anyone have advice about the best kind of collar for a Dane? He plays in the water almost every day, so maybe that weakened the leather. Maybe nylon is more durable?
Let me know soon because we’re probably going shopping tomorrow to buy him a nice new dog collar.
Hey, maybe somebody has some ideas about how to stop him from going ballistic over the mail, too.
My big boy sure is getting strong!
Update in 2016:
In the end we took the advice of readers here and just used a so-called "choke chain" or "slip chain" as his permanent collar.
Update in Dec 2016: Princeton is still using his collar and leash, but he's slowing down and seems achy when he gets in and out of bed. We just bought him the Big Barker 7" Pillow Top Orthopedic Dog Bed for Large and Extra Large Breed Dogs (Sleek Edition).
I wish I bought it for him when he was younger because the foam has a 10-year guarantee. They even have a bigger "giant size" Big Barker Orthopedic Dog Bed -- with a headrest.