Every dog owner knows that choosing the right collar is crucial for the comfort and safety of their four-legged friend. There are several different types of collars, but two of the most common ones are standard collars and slip collars. The difference between these two types of collars lies in how they are measured and used.
Standard collars are the most common type of collars for dogs. They are made from various materials, such as leather or nylon, and usually have several holes where the collar buckle attaches. Measuring for a standard collar is based on the circumference of the dog's neck. Here are the steps to correctly measure a dog's neck for a standard collar:
Measure the neck circumference: Use a tape measure and measure the circumference of the dog's neck at the center, just behind it. The measurement should be snug enough to prevent the collar from falling off but loose enough for the dog to breathe comfortably.
Hole selection: Standard collars typically have five holes spaced about 2 cm apart. A properly measured neck circumference allows you to fasten the collar on the middle hole, providing enough room for movement while keeping the collar in place.
Half check collars
Unlike standard collars, half check collars are not adjustable and their size is measured based on the circumference of the dog's head. Half check collars are commonly used for dogs prone to pulling on the leash. Here is the procedure for correctly measuring a dog's head for a half check collar:
Measure the head circumference: Use a tape measure and measure the circumference of the dog's head just behind the ears. This measurement should be loose enough for the collar to slip over the dog's head but tight enough to stay in place without slipping off.
Half check collars do not have a buckle, so it's crucial to measure the head circumference correctly. The collar is designed to be worn loosely around the neck and can be tightened when necessary.
The difference in the measuring process between standard and half check collars is important to ensure that the collar will be the right size and comfortable for the dog.