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Proper Collar Fit

Updated: Jan 4

Proper Collar Fit

When you're picking out a cute new collar for your dog, it's important to make sure that you are getting a collar that fits them properly. There are risks involved if the collar is too loose as well as if it's too tight.

Oops! Too Loose!

If your dog's collar is too loose, he may slip out of it. You don't want to risk your dog running off and getting lost or worse, hurt. A collar that's too loose can also possibly cause skin irritation by rubbing against your dog's skin over and over in the same spot.

Yikes! Too Tight!

A collar that's too tight might also be an easy way for your dog's paws, teeth, or

mouth to get caught on it, which could cause injuries. If your dog's collar is too tight, they are at risk of having their airway blocked off which can lead to asphyxiation. A tight collar may also cause your pup to twist his neck or move his head to alleviate some of the pressure. This can cause strained neck muscles and other injuries over time. Lastly, just like with a loose collar, a tight collar may also cause skin irritation due to rubbing.

How to Find the Right Fit?

To do this, you will want to measure your dog's neck with a cloth measuring tape (preferably) or at least one that is soft and flexible. If you don't have one, you can use a string or ribbon instead. Measure the circumference of your dog's neck.

Take the number from that measurement and add one to three additional inches depending on the size of your dog. For small dogs (10 pounds and under), add one inch. For medium-sized breeds, add two inches. For larger dogs, add three inches. This will help to ensure that there is a bit of extra room so that it won't be too tight.

Another thing to consider is the width of the collar. Small dogs should have collars that are narrower in width. Narrow collars will weigh less than collars that are wider which makes them a better option for smaller dogs. Larger dogs, such as Great Danes or German Shepherds, will benefit more from a wider collar. Wider collars are usually more durable and will hold up to more tugging and movement from a larger, stronger dog. You may also want a wider collar if your dog has a thicker neck, like breeds such as Greyhounds or Whippets.

Two Finger Rule

Be sure that you also use the two-finger rule as your securing and adjusting your dog's collar. The two-finger rule means that you should easily be able to slide two of your fingers between your dog's collar and their skin. The collar should feel comfortably snug when you do this and not too loose.

Where to Shop?

Here at Liberty Dog Spa, we have some adorable collars you can choose from as well as team members ready to help you size them correctly!

Next time you are in the neighborhood, stop in and check out our selection!

Liberty Dog Spa


185 Peterson Road - Libertyville

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