Although On Point is in the business of fabulous fashion it may interest you to know that our love for your pooches and their welfare runs deeper than looks alone…
As well as a sewer of sorts, I am a full time registered veterinary nurse. So my care of duty to your pets health and safety is always at the forefront of my mind.
A collar is first and foremost a safety feature! oh yes! Before the days of dogs strutting their stuff on the cat walk in beautiful bright accessories, the primary function of the collar was simply to have something to get a hold of a dog by without grabbing randomly at any part of its body!
ALL collars, yes ALL! will need some level of adjustment. It’s highly unlikely that you will take a collar out of the pack and find it fits perfectly straight off.
With this in mind it is still astonishing to me the number of dogs I see on a daily basis with ill fitting collars. So here is a super quick mini blog (or bloglette as I like to call them) on how to ensure your #OnPointPals collar is correctly fitted.
NB: If you have a wiggly enthusiastic dog like mine then it’s sometimes best to adjust the collar off of the dog, (rather than be dragged around the house by your four legged friend). Keep popping the collar back on to check you’ve got it right.
1) TO TIGHT – If the collar is too tight you may find it causes your dog to cough / wheeze and could restrict their breathing. This is dangerous! and the collar should be removed immediately and resized. The collar should not leave an indentation in the neck. Dogs with lots of loose skin around the neck may have an “over hang” but should still be fitted safely to prevent it slipping off.
2) TO LOOSE – A loose collar is just as dangerous a one that is too tight. Far to many of the injured dogs I have seen over the years have come to harm because an owner has gone to grab them by the collar to keep them safe and the dog has simply slipped out of it… Collars should not be baggy or gaping. Its a collar after all not a neckless.
3) AHH JUST RIGHT – The collar should be a snug fit but should not cause any obstruction to the dogs airway. Most importantly you should not be able to pull it off over your dogs head without undoing it!! The recommendation is that you should be able to wiggle two fingers (side by side) in between the collar and the dogs neck. This is the perfect fit!
NB: Your pets collar will need adjusting throughout its life. Whether that be because it’s grown from a puppy to an adult, because it’s lost/gained weight, or simply because the collar has stretched and become loose over time, you should check the fit periodically and adjust accordingly.
Its also worth noting that all our On Point collars come with with “room to spare” so you can simply slide the strap to the perfect length using the tri glide adjuster… (pictured right!)
Well I think we can all agree that those are some fairly simple rules to follow. Now your correctly fitted collars can be beautiful as well as a life saver.
“Ahh… So now I can rest easy… Zzzzzzzzzzz”
If you want to know the facts about the law regarding dogs and collars we’ve detailed the important bits for you below.
Control of dogs order 1992
Every dog while in a public place must wear a collar with the name and address of the owner inscribed on the collar or on a plate or badge attached to it.
(Adding a telephone number is optional but strongly recommended)
Failure to do so could result in a fine of up to £5000!!!!!!!!!!
Heres an example –
This law does NOT apply to…
Dogs being used for sporting purposes,
Dogs being used for the capture or destruction of vermin,
Dogs being used for the driving or tending of cattle or sheep,
Dogs being used in emergency rescue work
Dogs being used by the police, Customs Officers or the army
Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.
#OnPoint highly recommends ‘Red Dingo’ Tags. They’re super strong and durable for dogs on the go. As well as this they come in a massive range of designs to match any On Point collar. (Link Below)