As a responsible dog owner, it is im-paw-tant to maintain the safety and comfort of your canine companion. One essential accessory that plays a crucial role in your dog's well-being is a well-fitted dog collar. A properly fitted collar not only keeps your dog secure but also ensures their comfort and prevents any potential harm. Here's why a well fitted dog collar is so important and how to make sure your dog is wearing the right size...
Comfort is key
A collar that is too tight can cause discomfort and irritation for your dog. Just like humans, dogs need to feel comfortable in their clothing and accessories. If the collar is too tight, it can rub against their skin, leading to chafing and even sores. This discomfort can provoke uncharacteristic behavior in your dog, such as excessive scratching or biting at the collar.
A collar that is too loose can pose a safety hazard as your dog may be able to slip out of it easily. On the other hand, a collar that is too tight can restrict your dog's breathing and movement. This can lead to serious injuries, especially during physical activities or when your dog tries to escape from a potentially dangerous situation. A well fitted collar ensures that your dog stays secure without compromising their safety.
Identification and control
A properly fitted collar allows you to attach identification tags and control your dog during walks or outings. ID tags are essential for ensuring your dog can be easily identified if they ever get lost. Additionally, a well fitted collar provides a secure attachment point for a lead, giving you better control over your dog's movements and behavior.
Choose the right size
When selecting a collar for your dog, it's important to choose the right size. Measure your dog's neck circumference accurately and choose a collar that allows for a comfortable fit. Take a cloth measuring tape and measure your dog’s neck circumference. Make sure the tape is snug but not tight to be sure of a correct measurement. Then add two inches to the measurement for the best collar size. You should be able to fit two fingers between the collar and your dog's neck. This ensures a snug fit without being too tight or too loose. Here at Hiro + Wolf we sell collars between lengths 21cm and 60cm.
Regularly check and adjust
Even if you have initially chosen the right size, it's important to regularly check and adjust the collar as your dog grows or gains/loses weight. Puppies in particular may quickly outgrow their collars, so it's essential to monitor their collar fit regularly. A loose collar can easily slip off, while a tight collar can cause discomfort and restrict your puppy's movement.
Remember, a well fitted dog collar is not just a fashion statement, but a vital accessory for your dog's safety and comfort. By ensuring the collar fits properly, you can prevent discomfort, injuries, and potential behavioral issues. Take the time to measure your dog's neck accurately and choose a collar that provides a secure and comfortable fit. Not sure what type of collar to buy your dog? Take a look at our handy guide here.