In the US, a whopping 44% of homes own one dog (or more!).
It's no question that the saying "dogs are man's best friend" is completely true. But, are you hurting your furry friend by forcing them to wear a collar which is too tight or too loose?
A collar should sit with comfort around your dog's neck, flat against the skin. It can be easy to get this measurement wrong.
Don't get too caught up in the style of your dog's collar. Instead, you should predominantly be buying for comfort.
In this article, we'll answer the question of "how tight should a dog collar be" once and for all. Let's get started:
It's important that your dog has a collar that fits will. But, why should your dog even have a collar at all?
In many countries, it's illegal for your dog to not be wearing a collar in public. Also, a collar is an easy way for an owner to comfortably hold onto a dog without hurting it. Of course, it's also a place for a leash to attach to.
Most importantly, a collar can help with identification of the dog. If your dog went missing, a tag with a name and phone number could help quickly resolve the situation.
Think of your dog's collar as its own form of ID. Yet, never forget to also get your dog micro-chipped too.
It's no exaggeration that getting the right size collar for your dog is a matter of safety for both you and your pet pal.
A loose collar can very easily slip off. Why is this a concern?
However, be careful if you're tightening your dog's collar to make sure it's not too tight either!
A tight collar poses risks such as:
Neither of these options is desirable. Therefore, getting the right tightness is extremely important. Now, let's take a look at how to measure a collar for the perfect fit.
There is a difference between having a snug collar and a tight one. However, these simple steps will help you get the sizing right, making ordering a new collar easy.
Buy a flexible or soft measuring tape. This is the only measuring tape option which will provide an accurate result.
Wrap this around your dog's neck. Then, place two fingers under the measuring tape too. This will ensure the collar is snug, but not too tight.
Use this measurement to figure out your dog's exact requirements. Sizings run from small, medium, large, X-large or XX-large collar. If you're still unsure, get in contact with a professional.
It's extremely important that you measure your dog's neck and not their current collar. All collars are different sizes. Therefore, this won't provide you with an accurate measurement.
Don't simply go with the first collar you find. The process should involve a little trial and error to make sure you're getting an option.
After measuring your dog's neck, start looking for the right style of collar. For example, if you have a large dog which pulls on a leash, then you should consider a wider, thicker dog collar. This will offer more control over your pet.
However, if you use a collar which is too wide for a small dog, such as a pug, it may rub and chaff its neck.
Once you've got the right shape and size, you can focus on the aesthetics of your pooch's neck-gear. Flat or rolled leather collars? What colour, style or look suits its personality? There are hundreds of different choices available.
Keep in mind that as your dog's weight changes, its collar will also need to change too. If your dog puts on weight, a perfectly fitting collar will become too tight.
Furthermore, you should regularly remove your dog's collar. This way, you can check if it has been chaffing the skin. If so, you may need to buy a new collar or change the notch you're using.
It's also important to pay attention to whether your dog appears comfortable. A telltale sign of discomfort is if your dog is regularly scratching. By testing whether the collar fits, you can be sure that your dog is content and comfortable.
The question "how tight should a dog collar be" can only be answered with: there is no one right answer.
Make sure you follow these tips closely. Check your dog's collar at least once a month. Then, if it appears not to fit anymore, buy a new one.
Check out our store for some beautiful collars. As well as being comfortable, your furry friend will also look stylish.
Still struggling with how to pick the right dog collar for your pet pooch? Check out this blog post for more answers.
A properly fitting dog collar should be snug - not tight. Measure your dog's neck using the simple steps below for the perfect fitting collar every time. If you are unsure of what size to purchase, please contact us with your measurements.
Find a flexible measuring tape or rope that you can use to wrap around your dog's neck.
All collars are made differently, so do NOT measure the overall length of your existing dog collar.
Place the measuring tape snug against your dog's neck with 1 or 2 fingers placed between the measuring tape and their neck and record the measurement.
Use your neck size measurement to determine what size you need to purchase from the table below.
Each collar comes with 5 holes, spaced 1 inch apart, with 1 hole overlapping between sizes - The largest hole on the small size, is the same length as the smallest hole on the medium size.
|Size||Neck Size / Hole Locations||Width|
|Small||8" - 12" (20.5cm - 30.5cm)||5/8" (1.6cm)|
|Medium||12" - 16" (30.5cm - 40cm)||1" (2.5cm)|
|Large||16" - 20" (40cm - 51cm)||1" or 1.5" (2.5cm or 3.8cm)|
|X-Large||20" - 24" (51cm - 61cm)||1" or 1.5" (2.5cm or 3.8cm)|
|XX-Large||24" - 28" (61cm - 71cm)||1" or 1.5" (2.5cm or 3.8cm)|
|Dog Leash Size||Overall Length||Width|
|2ft Leash||24" (61cm)||1" (2.5cm)|
|4ft Leash||40"-48" (100cm - 120cm)||1" (2.5cm)|
|6ft Leash||72" (183cm)||1" (2.5cm)|
|6ft Split Leash||72" (183cm)||1" (2.5cm)|
Each cat collar comes with 5 holes, spaced 1 inch apart.
|Cat Collar Size||Neck Size / Hole Locations||Width|
|One Size||8" - 12" (20.5cm - 30.5cm)||5/8" (1.6cm)|