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Dog collars come in all shapes, sizes and colors, enough in fact, to match the personality of every dog on the planet. Collars are made of leather, vinyl or chain link material. Some even come equipped with LED lighting for those who like to walk their dogs at night. Your options are endless when picking out a collar but there are a few things you need to take into consideration before making a purchase:
When choosing a collar for your dog you’ll need to think about the breed of your dog. You might notice when buying a collar that the label is dog breed specific—For example, a poodle or a schnauzer. It’s important to remember, however, that every dog is different and you cannot choose a collar based on breed alone. To find the best fit for your dog, you’ll need to measure his neck with a soft measuring tape. To get the correct size:
Add one inch for small breeds that weigh less than 10 pounds.
Add two inches for medium size dogs
Add three inches for large breed dogs that weigh more than 80 pounds
When you take these measurements into consideration it ensures that the collar you choose will not be too tight. When your dogs’ collar is too tight, it might cause your dog pain, or it may even cause an unnecessary injury to your dog.
It’s important to remember that puppies grow quickly. You’ll need to adjust the size of his collar as he grows by checking it several times during his first year of life. You should be able to slip one finger beneath his collar comfortably. As he grows adjust his collar by using two fingers and once he’s full grown, you’ll need to use three.
Did you know you can know tell the personality of a dog by the color of his collar? There are now collars and leashes that come in different colors letting you know which dogs are friendly and which ones you need to avoid. What do the colors mean?
These are just a few things to take into consideration when buying a collar for your puppy or your dog. When making a final decision, the choice is up to you. Remember, it’s not the width, the pattern, or even the color of the collar that counts. The fit of the collar is what matters most.
Today we would like to thank the following websites for helping us write this post: http://www.akc.org, http://www.petful.com and http://www.wetnosespetsitting.com. Be sure to visit all three sites for more helpful information you can use when choosing a collar for your puppy or dog.
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