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Measuring for a new collar without an existing one.

Updated: Apr 28

If your dog doesn't have an accurate-fitting collar, you can easily measure the neck to get the right size.


(If you want to measure from an existing collar, check out this post.)


Before you start, make sure you have a flexible measuring tape. If you don't have one, a piece of string or ribbon and a ruler will do just fine.


Find the spot on your dog's neck, where the collar will sit. Wrap the measuring tape around this point, allowing space for two fingers to fit snugly between the tape and your dog's neck. This ensures the collar isn't too tight or too loose. In the image below you can see that with two fingers between tape and neck, the measurement is 34cm.


Once you have the measurement, note it down. It's crucial to measure accurately, as this will determine the size of the collar you need to purchase.


Now that you have the measurement, refer to the sizing guide on the collar listing. If your dog's measurement falls between sizes, it's generally recommended to size up for comfort.


Once you have the collar, test the fit on your dog. Ensure it's snug enough that it won't slip off over your dog's head but loose enough that it doesn't restrict movement or cause discomfort. Again, you should be able to comfortably fit two fingers between the collar and your dog's neck.


As your dog grows or loses weight, their collar size may change. It's essential to regularly check the fit of the collar to ensure it remains comfortable and secure.


If you have any questions when measuring for your new collar, please contact us.


Dog with person holding tape measure around the neck, with two fingers between the tape and the neck.
Measuring the neck size


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