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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. 

dogi identity tags 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!

dog collar with hearts

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.

1:  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)

2:  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.

3:  Add 2” to the measurement and purchase a collar of about this length.

4:  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.

5:  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.

6:  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 forcibly).

7: 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.

8:  As your dog grows, don’t forget to adjust his collar accordingly to prevent it getting tighter.

two dogs on leads 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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