It's vital to ensure that your dog's collar fits appropriately to keep your furry friend safe and comfortable. A collar that is too tight can cause choking or difficulty breathing, while a collar that is too loose can slip off or fail to provide adequate control. So, how tight should a dog collar be?
How to choose the right size for your dog
First, measuring your dog's neck is essential to determine the correct size collar. To do this:
- Use a flexible tape measure or a piece of string that you can then measure with a ruler.
- Place the tape measure or string around your dog's neck, just below the ears and above the top of the shoulders.
- Pull the tape measure or string snug, but not tight, to get an accurate measurement. Have a look at our size chart to find the right size for your dog.
Once you have the measurement, you can select a collar that is the right size for your dog. Our collars are available in various sizes, so choosing one that fits your dog's neck size is important. If you are still in doubt or need more help regarding the size, you can contact us anytime.
Check the collar's fit regularly to ensure it has stayed tight enough. Dogs can gain or lose weight over time, which can affect the fit of their collar. It's required to check the fit and adjust as needed.
If you are buying a collar for a puppy, it is important to regularly check the fit of the collar to ensure that, as your dog grows, you can still slide two fingers in between your dog and the collar. Our collars are adjustable, but once there is no more room to adjust the collar, it is time to size up.
How to check if your dog’s collar is fitted properly
If you're not sure if your dog's collar is properly fitted, there are a few simple tests you can do. First, fit two fingers comfortably between the collar and your dog's neck. If you can't fit two fingers, the collar is likely too tight and needs to be adjusted or replaced with a larger size. On the other hand, if you can fit more than two fingers, the collar is likely too loose and needs to be adjusted or replaced with a smaller size. Are you afraid of your dog slipping out of the collar, have a look at our easy step-in harnesses. Harnesses have less risk for your dog to slip out.
Another way to test the fit of your dog's collar is to attach a leash and see how it sits on your dog's neck. The collar should be snug but not tight and should not be able to slide off easily. It should also not be so tight that it causes your dog to choke or have difficulty breathing.
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If you wonder how tight a dog collar should be, try the guidelines described above to give your dog a comfortable walk. Also, our collections are always designed with comfort in mind and in the dog's best interests. Materials and buckles used on our collars are adjusted to all sizes to make sure your dog's sizes collar is suitable for your dog. Small, lightweight buckles are used for small sizes and larger buckles are used for larger sizes. You can refer to the size chart on our website to check what size your dog needs and if measured correctly, this size, weight and materials used will be suitable for your dog.