There are many things to consider when shopping for puppy collars; however, the most important thing is to choose a collar that is lightweight and narrow. Your dog won’t be used to wearing something around its neck so collars can be something of an annoyance. Lighter and smaller collars are easier for your dog to come to terms with.
Another factor that must be considered is that your pup is going to grow and grow quickly. This can be particularly crucial with larger dog breeds. Some dogs grow at an alarming rate and certain collars may not last the test of time.
You should resist the temptation to buy a long or heavy collar when your pup is to small as it will not be comfortable for them to wear, even if it saves you a few bucks on a new collar.
As your dog will be growing very quickly you should be checking in on the fit of the collar at least once per week. Try to make sure you can fit two fingers under the collar. With smaller dog breeds, being able to slide one finger under the collar is enough. Medium-size breeds 2 fingers and larger sized dogs three fingers. These are of course just guidelines and your dog will be slightly different.
Your dogs’ collar should be quite snug but not tight, as a tight collar can be very dangerous. Collars that are too tight can embed themselves in your dogs’ skin and collars that aren’t tight enough can slip over your dog’s head which can be extremely dangerous in the wrong circumstances.
Finally, collars that are to loose can be a choking hazard for your dog! You will find that your puppies naturally curious nature will lead them into everything and a loose collar could get caught and cause strangulation so it is important to make sure your collar fits well!
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