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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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