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How to Get a Snug Collar Without Choking Your Dog!
March 31, 2009, 5:04 pm
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Dog collars are essential to having a dog or just about any pet.  Such collar makes training them easier, and puts you in control every single time.  A dog collar also provides you a convenient manner with which to attach an ID tag or a leash to your beloved pet.

It is very important that the collar has a snug fit.  Snug means a comfortable fit that is neither too tight nor too loose that your dog could slip out of the collar.  Having a collar that is too tight and your dog runs the risk of choking; too loose and the collar could snag on something.

To ensure a snug fit, get a seamstress’s tape measure, or if you do not have one, you can use a string and a rigid ruler.  The rule of thumb is that you take the measurement around his neck, a few inches down from the head.  For small dogs, you then add an inch and two inches for medium and large dogs.

Some tips:

  • A snug fit usually means that you can insert two fingers inside the dog collar comfortably.  If your two fingers do not fit into the collar, it is too tight.  If there is any extra space, it must be too loose.
  • Be sure to check your dog’s collar every so often since dogs, especially puppies, grow!
  • When purchasing a collar for your puppy, make sure that the collar is not too long that they could reach it with their mouths and chew on it.
  • Always replace worn collars.  Frayed, chewed-on or torn collars will break at the most unlikely moments.  Rather than run after your dog in traffic, you might save yourself the effort and the stress by buying a new collar every now and then.
  • Now, more than ever, dog collars are getting more and more fashionable.  We see dog collars with great designs, in a variety of colors, and made out of different materials.  While it is easy to go overboard and buy every cute dog collar available, you also have to take into consideration that other than a snug fit, a pet owner should also take into consideration the weight and width of the collar and the dog’s size. Also you have to make sure that the collar does not tangle with your dog’s hair.
  • If you have a large dog, you might want to go for the buckled collar.  Otherwise, a snap collar will do.  Many people prefer snap collars because it looks neater and are easier to put on, but these types of collars are generally weaker and with a large dog’s tendency to lunge forward, it may break.
  • In terms of material, you might do well with a nylon collar rather than a leather collar.  Although both are durable, dogs often chew on leather collars.

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Lost Pets: How ID Tags Could Save the Day!
March 30, 2009, 5:05 pm
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I had an experience with my old maltepoo, Penny, that made me appreciate dog tags more.  You see, Penny got lost when he was still a puppy and his old dog tag made finding him a lot easier.

I hate to say this, but most people do not know a poodle from a maltepoo.  For some, dogs are just dogs.  Breeds are not significant.  Even if they see your posters identifying your lost dog’s breed, age, and contact information, they would not be able to remember it as much when they do find your lost dog.

Also, when people find a lost animal, they tend to call an animal shelter instead of trying to find their owners.  Lucky for me, Penny had an ID tag that identified him as properly vaccinated, owned by me, and had my details: my name, address and telephone number.  A kind soul picked Penny up and read the dog tag and 5 hours after he was lost, and after the person who found him called me, I was driving across town to pick him up.

It is fairly a common thing to lose your pet.  In fact, around 30% of all pet owners lose their pets at one point or another, according to a 2003 study made by the Animal Hospital Association.  So it is vital that you take steps to make it easier for your pet to be returned to you in the event he gets lost.

Having an ID tag also identifies your pet as one that has a loving home and a loving owner to return to.  Not just a stray.  So if you want to save your pet from euthanasia, better get those ID tags.  These would help animal shelters locate you if ever they end up in their care.

What is more, ID tags now are very fashionable and easily customizable.  These days, your pet can sport a fashion statement according to his personality.  ID tags now come in a range of designs, colors, and materials that you will surely adore!

Some tips:

  • Select a large enough tag to be able to fit in all the information you need to include.  Make sure that the information is legible.
  • Do include your name, address and phone number on your pet’s ID tag.
  • Do use those closed-type clasps, or “o” shaped clasps, instead of the “s” shaped because closed-type clasps ensure that the tags stay on
  • Use a collar that will stay on your pet no matter how he tries to wriggle out of it.  It should be snug, but not too tight.

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