Whether you’ve just welcomed a new furry member into your family or just looking for a collar upgrade, there are several things to keep in mind. It’s easy to overlook this vital element to choosing the right collar: maybe you’ve never owned a dog and your new rescue came with a collar. Maybe you think one size fits all. Some people have grown up in rural areas with outside dogs who might have never worn a collar.
Think about it from your dog’s perspective. This is an essential accessory that they have to live with quite often. If it’s not comfortable it affects every moment you spend with your dog outside, and for many dogs the collar is a 24/7 part of life. There are a plethora of options out there these days, from custom dog collars made just for your pooch to leather pet collars from Woofwerks. These Woofwerks collars will make your dog look and feel like James Dean, a rebel without…claws. Puns aside, our English bridle leather dog collars are incredibly durable and can be a gorgeous style statement and an expression of luxury to your beloved pet
The most important factor in choosing a comfortable and easily worn dog collar is size. If your dog collar is too big it might fall off while outside, or if it’s too small it can cause pain and discomfort to your dog’s neck.
Measuring Your Dog’s Neck
The first and obvious step is to measure your dog’s neck. Use a soft cloth measuring tape to avoid any discomfort, and make sure to adjust your measurement after you’ve taken the diameter of the neck. For smaller breeds, that is any less than 10 pounds, add an inch. For medium-sized breeds, add two inches. For dogs over 80 pound, add 3 inches. This will ensure the collar won’t be so tight as to cause pain or discomfort.
Collar Weight and Width
Neck diameter isn’t the only thing to measure when choosing a collar size for your dog. Standard collar width is 1 ½ inches, but different widths, specifically slightly wider collars, can be more comfortable in certain ways. Stronger or larger dogs might benefit from wider collars, which provide more support and reduce pressure on your dog’s neck. Wider collars can be heavy and uncomfortable for smaller dogs, though, so be careful.
Fur Length & Dog Growth
If your dog’s hair grows quickly or longer, make sure you take two measurements: one before grooming and one after. Compare the two measurements and make sure you have a collar that can be adjusted to accommodate for the extra fur growth.
Collar size affects more than just comfort for your dog. It can affect your wallet, too! If you’ve got a young puppy, you’ll want to make sure the collar fits a tiny bit on the loose end. This will allow for some room in this rapid period of growth for your dog. In the early stages, some breeds can double in size in a matter of months. Keeping your collar a little large will save you money in the long run.
Don’t forget to keep checking your dog’s neck even if it has finished growing. Fur can change texture as dogs age, as can neck size, even if your dog isn’t gaining noticeable weight. All in all, making sure your dog has a collar that is comfortable, durable, and looking good over the course of its life is one of the simple and essential things in showing and practicing care for your best friend.