Dog collars are arguably the most important accessory your dog will have in its lifetime. And although many collars are designed to last, you will more than likely have to replace them at some point—whether it’s due to wear and tear, functionality, or something else that has jeopardized the safety of the accessories. So, let’s check out some frequently asked questions and take a look at some signs that indicate your dog’s collar needs to be replaced.
How Often Should You Replace a Dog Collar? Since dog collars are typically worn more frequently than dog harnesses, you will probably need to replace your dog’s collar more often than you think . While there is no specified frequency, there are some signs that it’s time for a replacement.
5 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Dog’s Collar or Harness:
1. The Collar Does Not Fit Correctly
Since your dog’s weight may fluctuate over the span of its life, it is common for dog collars to no longer fit like they previously did. And it is very important to note that dog collar only keep dogs safe, comfortable, and assist with training when they fit properly. In other words, the many benefits of collars are reduced or lost when they don’t fit your pup correctly. In general, a dog collar should be snug, but not too tight or too loose.
Be sure to follow the “two-finger rule,” which means that your pointer finger and middle finger should be able to fit between your dog’s collar and your dog’s neck once the collar is secured on your dog.
2. The ID Tags on the Collar Are Outdated or Difficult to Read Have you changed your phone number recently? Did you move since you purchased your dog’s ID tag? Are the ID tags scratched, damaged, rusted, or difficult to read? Be sure that all of the contact information on your dog’s tag is correct, up to date, and easily readable! A dog collar or dog harness ID tag can make all the difference in whether or not your pup comes home to you if they are lost. If someone finds your dog or your dog ends up in a shelter and the ID tags are missing, outdated, or difficult to read, reunification becomes much more difficult. So, if that’s the case for your dog’s ID tags, it’s time for a replacement.
3. The Collar Doesn’t Meet Your Needs It is important to choose the right collar for your dog. In other words, depending on your dog’s behavior, breed, and training needs, your dog may need a different type of collar. For example, if your dog is prone to pulling or can easily slip out of a regular collar, martingale dog collars could be a great option for your pup. Additionally, sometimes regular buckle collars are not the best option for controlling a hyper dog or teaching them how to walk on a leash. It is also important to note that a training collar for walking should not be used in place your dog’s everyday collar. So, if you have a special training collar for your dog, be sure to also purchase a collar for everyday wear.
4. The Collar Has Suffered from Wear & Tear Your dog’s collars are for more than just looks and following leash laws; they are for protection and safety. That’s why it is important to check this accessory frequently for wear and tear.
Depending on the material of your dog’s collar, it could start to rip, tear, or fray. If the collar isn’t as strong as it once was, it’s time for a replacement. A worn or broken dog collar can be very dangerous, so you’ll want to replace the collar before it breaks to avoid all risks. Also, if your dog loves the water or the mud (and for emergency purposes), it might be a good idea to have a backup collar with ID tags so your dog can always have clean, fresh, and dry accessories on backup.
5. The Collar Stinks, Even After Washing
If your dog collar stinks, even after washing it, it might be time to consider a replacement.
Depending on the type of collar, you may be able to toss it in the wash on the gentle cycle and allow it to air dry. But if the collar still stinks after washing, it is probably time for an upgrade!
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