Finding the Perfect Collar for Your New Dog

June 3, 2024 | We Learn

Bringing a new dog home is an exciting time. You are embarking on a journey that will be filled with love, companionship, and responsibility – you will be taking care of another living being!

There will be a lot of anticipation and preparation as you gather all the essentials your new family member will need. Among these, a collar stands out as one of the first and most important items to purchase. At first glance it seems like an easy grab off the shelf but there are some things you should consider when finding the right collar for your new dog.

Types of Collars

First, there are several types of collars available, each with its own purpose:

  • Flat Collars: Ideal for everyday use, available in nylon, leather, and fabric.
  • Martingale Collars: Designed for dogs with narrower heads, like Greyhounds, these collars work to prevent slimmer heads from slipping out.
  • Harnesses: Great for small breeds or dogs with respiratory issues because they distribute pressure across the chest rather than the neck.
  • Head Collars: These collars fit around the dog’s muzzle and head and provide control, which can be especially useful for training larger dogs.

Measuring for the Right Fit

A properly fitted collar is crucial for your dog’s comfort and safety. Here’s how to measure:

  • Neck Measurement: Use a flexible measuring tape to measure the circumference of your dog’s neck where the collar will sit. Ensure you can fit two fingers comfortably between the tape and your dog’s neck to prevent the collar from being too tight.
  • Width: The collar’s width should be proportionate to your dog’s size. Smaller dogs need narrower collars, while larger dogs need wider ones for better distribution of pressure.

“…there are some things you should consider when finding the right collar for your new dog.”

Features to Consider

When selecting a collar, consider these additional features:

  • Adjustability: Ensure the collar is adjustable to fit your growing dog or if they gain or lose weight.
  • ID Tag Ring: A sturdy ring for attaching ID tags is essential. Some collars come with built-in ID tag slots.
  • Quick-Release Buckles: These are convenient for easily putting on and removing the collar, especially for wiggly puppies.

Once you’ve chosen the perfect collar, give your dog some time to get used to it. Allow them to wear it for short periods indoors before venturing outside. Offer treats and positive reinforcement to help them associate the collar with good experiences.A well-chosen collar not only keeps your dog safe but also showcases their personality and style, making it an essential accessory for every new dog owner.

Photo courtesy of @africa-images

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