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How to Pick a Dog Collar That Is Good for You and Your Pet

While all dogs should have a collar on them with current rabies tags and address information, getting the right collar and right size are also important.
Our dogs range in size and strength just like we do.
So while a small jewelled collar may work on a teacup Chihuahua you wouldn't put that on a Bull Mastiff.
You would need something more sturdy.
Also, you may decide that while the collar is pretty, you prefer to walk your dog with a harness.
So when they find that attractive blade of grass they just have to sniff and it is almost at the leashes end and they keep pulling, you all know what I am talking about, they won't be choked by the collar on their neck they will be pulling against the harness on their chest.
When choosing your collar or harness make sure of the type you want.
While a cute collar with jewels may look appealling, if your pet loves to snuggle like mine does, some of the jewels may scratch you.
You may prefer a nylon collars with a pretty design or a simple leather collar.
NO matter what you chose make sure you measure.
You don't want to get one that is to big or small.
When you measure for a collar put the measuring tape around their neck and allow for you to put your fingers under it comfortably and that would be the size you need.
Keep in mind if you are buying one for a puppy to allow for growing room.
Now, if you are ordering for a harness, you still need to decide on what type you want.
Is the harness going to stay on all the time or is it just for walking? If it is just for walking you may prefer a step in harness.
They actually just step in and it is closed by you hooking the leash to it.
If it is going to stay on all the time you may prefer a comfort harness or a soft mesh harness.
No matter what you decide you do have to measure.
To measure for a harness:
  • measure around the neck just like you do a collar
  • measure around the chest at the widest spot also called the girth
  • measure from the neck to the base of the tail
After you have all of these measurements look at the size chart and if your dog is in between sizes going with the bigger size usually works best.

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