How To Measure Your Dog For A Collar

A properly fitting collar is a must have for your dog. You’ll use the collar to attach his all important ID tag, you’ll use the ring to attach his leash and the collar provides a handy handle should you quickly need to grab your dog to restrain him for any reason.

Dog collars should not be too tight. You should be able to comfortably insert two fingers underneath the collar when the collar is on your dog.

Dog collars should not be too loose either, as they can get caught on an object and choke your dog or he could possibly slip out of the collar while on the leash.

Here’s how to measure your dog for a standard colloar so you can get a one that fits:

Use a cloth dressmaker’s or tailor’s measure, as trying to wrap a stiff metal tape measure around your dog’s neck will give you an innaccurate measurement and the crackling noise the metal makes could very well alarm your dog.

Measure around the widest part of your dog’s neck, where it attaches to his torso. You want the tape to be snug but not tight. If you don’t have a cloth tape measure, use a piece of string or yarn and then lay that out flat and measure that with your ruler or metal tape measure. 

If you are planning to get a Martingale collar, you’ll need to measure your dog’s neck circumference just behind his ears.

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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