Buying a new friend? Adopting one maybe. Still don’t you think you should gift him something. After all he is going to be your best buddy, a caretaker, a patient listener, a secret keeper , you lover-boy or your baby girl! How about a collar as a start? Nice idea. We know. Now all you need to know is how to find a perfect one.
Most people focus on texture and color and designs and that’s not wrong, these are important too but unlike them we will focus upon the most important consideration – the right size!
These are some other points
Consider the fur of your pooch. If he is extremely furry brush him often. measure the dog right after grooming. Then compare this measurement to one you take right before the dog got groomed (remembering to add the extra 1-3 inches), find adjustable ones.
Measure the neck size. Use a cloth measuring tape to get accurate size. from this measurement, add 1 inch for small breeds (that weigh less than 10 pounds), 2 inches for medium-sized dogs and 3 inches for large breeds (that weigh over 80 pounds).
Widths matter too, generally thicker collars are more supportive and ideal for stronger dogs. Wider ones are more comfortable as they reduce pressure on neck. the best option is to go with a collar that is a standard 1 ½ inch width. always opt for an adjustable one. Be sure the collar fits on the smaller end of the scale helping in making it comfortable. make sure that it fits the dog comfortably and is not too loose or too tight.
A general rule is that if it is a small breed you should be able to fit one finger under it; if it is a medium breed you should be able to fit 2; and if it is a large breed you should be able to fit 3. The most important thing is to make sure your dog is comfortable and if he is, you have selected the right size.
If you’re still unsure which collar to buy, talk with your veterinarian about your dog and which collar would be best.