When fitting a collar for your dog, it’s vital it fits just right. Too tight and your dog may choke. Too loose and he might slip off. Each collar type has slightly different fitting guides. To ensure proper collar fitting, read on to your dogs collar.
Flat collars are the easiest to fit. Simply tighten the collar, leaving only enough room for 2 fingers to fit underneath it. Due to stretch and our dogs growing and changing, it is important to check for a proper fit every use. The width of your flat collar is also important for proper collar fitting. Small breeds like jack russles, etc. require thinner designed collars. Whereas large breeds and sight hounds benefit more from wider collars, 2.5cm or sometimes larger.
Slip collars are a little more complicated than flat collars. A slip collar must be long enough to slide over your dogs head and maintain 3-4 inches of slack once the lead is attached. A quick measurement of your dogs head from under the jaw, around in front of the ears will give you an idea of the size required. Add 3-4 inches to the measurement or ideally, choose the size up.
Martingale collars are the hardest to fit. Since they must be able to not only slide over your dogs head, but also tighten enough to prevent your dog from slipping off. To get a proper fit, measure around your dogs head, starting under the jaw around the front of the ears. Add a few inches to allow for growth or alternatively purchase the size closest to your measurements. E.g 14″ Measurement= M (15″) collar. 15″ Measurement= L (19″) Collar.
Not sure which collar is best suited for your dog? Read our guide on Choosing The Right Collar to ensure your dog gets the perfect collar.