Are you buying your little puppy his first collar? Good going! Dogs must get used to collars at an early age for their safety. Once they grow up, the sudden addition can confuse and traumatize them. Moreover, you are likely to face severe backlash because of not many dogs like being confused like that!
A collar serves a number of purposes, the biggest one being safety during walks. As much as we would love to let our furry babies free and allow them to roam around at their will, it can be dangerous to pedestrians and your doggy because we never know what could tick them off. Another huge advantage of getting Charlie used to a collar is (forgive me for even thinking of this) protection. You can have an identification tag on the collar so that if he ever gets lost, it will be easier to trace him back to you.
Now, buying a collar is not as easy as picking up the first one and bringing it home. A collar is like clothing. It must fit right so that Charlie is comfortable and loves his collar. We have a guide to help you in this regard:
How Tight Should a Dog Collar Be?
If it is too tight, he will suffocate. If it is too loose, it will come off quickly and the collar will lose its entire purpose. It should fit snugly. But, what is snug? How tight is too tight? There should be a little space between the collar and Charlie’s neck. It should be comfortable for you to slip your fingers in and measure.
What is the Recommended Space between a Dog’s Collar and its Neck?
Taking the aforementioned point forward, you should know what the recommended space is. If you just see that there’s space and leave it there, you will risk it being too loose. We say that the best thing to do is to slip two fingers in between the collar and the neck. If your fingers fit in snugly, the collar is perfect. You shouldn’t have to struggle to push your fingers in. If you do, the collar is too tight. Loosen it or get another size. The opposite is true if your fingers are going in a little too easily.
This is known as the two-finger rule and is the best way to determine the best collar for Charlie.
Consider the width of the dog collar as well!
It is not just the size and color of the collar! You must also think about the width while making a purchase. Small dogs such as pugs need thinner collars while large dogs since they have large necks, need wider collars. Thin collars on large dogs cause discomfort. Wide collars on small dogs are very annoying because they can’t put their head the way they want to. It is awkward!
We recommend that you take your doggy to the pet store, try on a few collars, and choose the best. The experts at the store will also be able to help you in this regard, making sure Charlie loves his collar as much as we love new clothes!