Your Guide to Sizing and Fitting a Dog Collar

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Your Guide to Sizing and Fitting a Dog Collar

A dog collar allows you to control, train, and affix an identity tag to your dog. You can find a wide selection of dog collars on eBay. Before you buy, learn how to measure and fit a collar, and know how to choose the right dog collar for your dog.


How to Size a Dog Collar

To find the ideal collar size for your dog, position a cloth measuring tape around the dog's neck to obtain the measurement. If you do not have a measuring tape to hand, use a piece of string, mark the ideal length, and measure the string using a ruler or rigid measuring tape. Add 5 centimetres to obtain the correct collar size. Choose a collar width suitable for the size of your dog. A collar with a width of at least 2.5 centimetres is ideal for a large breed; a width of up to 2 centimetres is suitable for a medium-sized dog; and around 1 centimetre is best for a small or toy breed. Opt for an adjustable collar if your dog is still a puppy. Remember to check the fit of the collar as your puppy grows. Do not simply measure the dog's old collar, as this can provide an inaccurate measurement due to stretching and wear.


How to Fit a Dog Collar

A dog collar should fit snugly, high on the dog' neck, without being too tight. If the collar is too loose, the dog can easily free itself. If the collar is too tight, it affects circulation and can cause health problems. You should be able to fit two fingers between the collar and the dog's neck. Check the collar once a month for signs of fraying and wear, and replace a defective collar as soon as possible to prevent the dog breaking its collar at an inopportune moment.


How to Choose the Right Collar for Your Dog

Traditional dog collars are available in a wide selection of colours, widths, and styles. Choose clips and hardware suited to the dog's size and strength. A martingale collar looks like a cross between a traditional collar and a choke chain, and provides added control during walks. Reflective dog collars increase the visibility of your dog in poor lighting conditions and are ideal for night-time walks. You should never leave a collar on an unsupervised dog because the collar can snag and choke the animal. A breakaway collar has a safety clip that releases if the collar snags. Opt for this type of collar if you want your dog to wear an identification tag permanently. Choose the ideal material for your needs. Nylon collars are strong, lightweight, affordable, and ideal for all-weather wear. Leather collars are strong, attractive, and suitable for dogs with sensitive skins or metal or nylon allergies.

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