This is probably the most exciting accessory to buy for your new puppy. What you’re buying is essentially a whole outfit, a whole new look. No pressure or anything, but the collar and tag are a big deal! Before you rush out and buy the first one you see, there are a few things to consider first.
HOW BIG IS YOUR PUPPY? HOW BIG WILL THEY GET?
Choosing a collar for a 12kg Great Dane puppy would be very different than choosing one for a 700g Yorkshire Terrier. Take this into account by choose a small and light collar for a small breed, and a sturdier collar for a large breed. How much your puppy will grow? For a small breed, you might get away with buying one collar and never having to replace this because your pup has outgrown it. Large breeds on the other hand will grow much quicker than their tiny counterparts which leads to the next question…
HOW MUCH ARE YOU WILLING TO SPEND?
How much do you want to spend? If you don’t mind spending some cash to make your puppy the most stylish hound on your street, then you can buy a few collars in a few sizes. Just consider that the first collar you buy might not last long before you have to buy another one. Another factor that might determine how much you spend is how often do you want your puppy wearing a collar? If you only want something to wear for an hour a day you might not want to spend as much as someone who wants their pup to always look their best!
GETTING USED TO A COLLAR
When fitting a collar to your puppy for the first time, make it a fun experience. Try putting it on for short periods of time at first (5-10 minutes) As soon as you put it on, reward with a tasty treat and playing a little game. Make ‘collar time’ exciting and they will forget it’s there in no time. Remember that puppies grow quickly so it’s important to check the fit of your collar every week or so. Do this by making sure you can fit two fingers comfortably under the collar. Larger dogs might need up to 3 fingers of room – every dog is different so do what you feel is right for you!
Now that you’ve got the basics down make sure you order a few different styles, so you have one for every occasion (I mean, how many pairs of shoes do you have, Karen?!) Check out the full range at www.barkerandbone.com.au.