Measure Your Dog for a Collar or Harness

When training your dog it is helpful to have a collar or harness that he will wear when you're practicing. Depending on your choice the collar will either help you manage him without resistance, or issue a discouraging correction when he ignores your direction.

Your dog must wear identification tags whenever you leave the house. These tags should be placed on a buckle collar or harness. Do not place them on a training collar; not only would they weigh it down, but they could get caught and cause discomfort or choking.

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Fit a Collar or Harness

To measure your dog for a neck collar, take a tape measure and wrap it around his neck behind his ears (a).

To measure for a harness, measure across his chest and around his rib cage (b).

To measure your dog for a neck collar, take a tape measure and wrap it around his neck behind his ears (a).

To measure for a harness, measure across his chest and around his rib cage (b).

A properly fitted collar allows you to comfortably slide two fingers between your dog's neck and the collar. A snug but not tight fit is best.

Note: If you purchase a leather collar or harness, watch for stretching over time, and secure it increasingly tightly if necessary to prevent slippage. If you purchase a collar or harness made of a nylon web material, the dye may bleed when wet. To prevent this problem, soak it in the sink overnight.

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