As dog parents, we all want our beloved pooches to be safe. They are not just pets; they are a well-loved member of the family. Just like young children, they need constant care and attention to keep them away from the world's dangers.
A collar is a basic necessity for every dog. It is not just an accessory; it has a purpose. That being, keeping your dog and all the others around him, safe.
If you are planning to buy your dog a collar, remember that size matters. A good rule of thumb is to have at least two fingers of space between the collar and your dog's neck. Here are two easy steps you can do to find the right fit for your dog's neck.
Using a soft measuring tape, measure your dog's neck. Measure snugly around where the collar would be.
Whatever the number you got, add two inches.
When you finally have the number, buy the appropriate size of collar that is available. Adjust the straps so that it fits perfectly on the neck. Remember two fingers of space.
Here is a video of Top Dog Tips that show you how to measure your dog's neck and which collar to pick for your dog:
Do not think of it as some kind of chain to contain your dog. Collars can be attached to leashes, which is helpful when walking your dog outside. It will prevent him from running off and getting lost.
Take a bit more effort if you are shopping for a puppy. They are small, but they will still grow. Now and then, check the fitting of his collar. A collar that is highly adjustable may be right for him because he will still grow into it.
Check the straps so that it is not too loose or too tight. A too tight fit can interfere with your dog's breathing and may cause allergies around the neck. Too loose and it will come off.
The right fit is important because a loose collar can cause problems. You will not be able to control your dog when he becomes hyperactive or aggressive. It may also get caught on railings, bushes, or gates and cause your dog to get trapped.
It is a good way of keeping him from attacking people, another animal or chasing after cars. It can also help a lost dog to be returned to its owner if it has a tag that contains an address.
A tight-fitting collar can also cause skin problems for your dog. His neck could get rashes and cause the fur to fall out. Check the fitting while his chin is up and do the same when his chin is lowered.
So, are you still wondering what the recommended space between a dog's collar and its neck is? Hopefully not, because the safety of your dog can be compromised if he is wearing the wrong size of the collar. Since it is very simple, surely your dog would be comfy with the collar you will buy.