How to fit a dog collar correctly
While it is highly recommended that you get your dog electronically tagged
so that he can more easily be found should he go missing, we would also
advise that you get him a collar.
A dog collar allows you to attach identity tags (for people who may find him
who do not have a tag reader), allows you to attach a lead to take him for a
walk and provides a handle should you need to control him.
Plus, with a
massive variety of designs, colours and materials available, your dog’s
collar can help him to look his best and express his personality to boot!
While there are a wide range of collar designs and materials available, with
differing fastening systems, the following general tips should help to make
sure you get the fit of his collar correct – essential if you don’t want him
slipping it at a bad moment and want to be sure you are not restricting his
comfort by having it too tight.
Ideally, get your dog used to wearing a collar from a young age – when
he is bigger it may be more difficult to get him used to wearing one
(especially for the larger more powerful breeds)
Measure the girth of your dog’s neck about half way down its length
using a tape measure. Measure snug to your dog’s neck, but not tight.
Add 2” to the measurement and purchase a collar of about this length.
When buying the collar think practicality, safety and durability before
style – delicate collars may look nice but may tear under the strain of
a large dog pulling at the end of a lead.
When fastening the collar, tighten to a point where you can comfortably
slide two fingers under the collar against your dog’s neck – if you find
it tight to do so the collar is too tight. The collar should be snug but
not tight with your fingers under it.
As an extra check, gently slide the collar up as though to pull it over
his head – the collar should not be able to slide off (do not do this
Allow your dog to wear his collar around the house for a few hours
before attaching a lead and walking him. This will give him time to get
used to it and show that he is happy it fits comfortably.
As your dog grows, don’t forget to adjust his collar accordingly to
prevent it getting tighter.
Some breeds are more prone to slipping their collars than others due to the
shape of their heads.
In these cases you may wish to consider a chain or a halti harness for the purpose of attaching a lead and walking him.
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