We have had a number of incidents recently where a determined dog has been able to slip their collar due to the fact that it is simply too lose. As you can imagine this can be dangerous if near a road or livestock and of course means that there is no visible way to then identify the dog.
Collars are available in a wide variety of styles, materials and colours but remember, the most important aspect when selecting your dog’s collar is to ensure that it fits correctly and is secure.
Measure the circumference of your dog’s neck; you can use a piece of string or ribbon if you don’t have a tape measure. To ensure the collar isn’t too tight, you’ll need to add about one to three inches (depending upon your dog’s size) to this measurement to find the correct length collar.
In addition to the length, the width of your dog’s collar is also important. A collar that is too wide for your dog may rub and cause discomfort, while a collar that is too narrow may not be comfortable when you walk your dog on a lead. Bigger/stronger dogs as well as dogs that tend to pull will require a wider collar.
Use the “two finger” rule: Once the dog’s collar is fastened, you should be able to easily slide two fingers under the collar. When you slide the width of your two fingers between the collar and neck, the collar should feel snug, but not tight. You should not be able to slide your dog’s collar off his head, or your dog may end up slipping his collar.
After you have found the proper-size collar for your dog, remember to check periodically to ensure your dog’s collar is in good repair and still fits correctly.
Now you the right collar for your dog and it’s fitted correctly you need to ensure that it has an identity tag attached. The Control of Dogs Order 1992 states that any dog in a public place must wear a collar with the name and address (including postcode) of the owner engraved or written on it, or engraved on a tag. Your telephone number is optional but we would recommend this.