For many dog owners, the question of “when should I replace my dog’s collar?” is likely to be a familiar one. This may seem fairly obvious, particularly if the collar is very worn or damaged. But there are other things to consider too. Below we discuss some of the key reasons you should consider when it’s time to change your dog’s collar.

1. Consider the training needs of your dog

The type of activities you do with your dog will determine what style of collar or lead is required. Short strolls along Park Lane may warrant a more decorative collar and lead. But if your walks are longer and more arduous then you definitely want a collar and lead that provide comfort. And that’s comfort for both dog and owner. You may find some cheaper nylon or leather collars/leads cut into your hand. So it’s worth remembering that this could be what your dog feels around its neck. If your collar starts to wear easily after longer use, then it is time to change.

The type of dog and its behaviour may also signal time to replace your dog’s collar. For instance, if you need more control and flexibility while walking, then a training lead may be the perfect choice. A training lead gives you the opportunity to shorten or lengthen the lead alongside extra clips. They also offer the option of hands free walking.

2. Has your dog grown or lost weight?

As well as thinking about what activities your dog takes part in, think also about your dog’s age. During the first two years of your dog’s life this is very important. As your dog matures from puppy to adult their size and possibly shape will change . A simple rule of thumb is to see if you can get two fingers under the dog’s collar. If you can’t, then it is probably too small. If you can comfortably get more than two fingers under then it is probably too big. There is a risk that it may come off.

This doesn’t just apply to puppies in their early years. It also applies to fully grown dogs that, like us, put on and also lose weight! A quick check is much better than finding out when a collar comes off.

3. Signs of wear and tear

You should always check your dog’s collar for any signs of wear and tear. Fabric and nylon collars may become frayed over time. Any fraying is a sure sign that the dog collar may need changing. Never wait for the moment the collar breaks as this could be life threatening.

Be aware of the material your dog collar is made of. For example, leather collars are not very water friendly. If they get constantly wet, you may start to see structural changes that could be weakening the leather.

Checking the hardware on the collar is also very important. If you see any signs of rusting make sure the metal work still holds. Buying collars from reputable retailers and brands should ensure you have a quality product. Check out other customers reviews to see what people say about their products. You can find our Trustpilot reviews here.

Alternatively, if you are changing your dog’s collar, consider whether a harness would be a good investment also. A harness is great for avoiding too much strain on the neck if your dog is a puller.

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