Making it possible for you and your dog to enjoy your walks together to the fullest involves a few things. The first is taking the time to learn the best way to walk your dog and then training your dog with that method. The second is finding time to walk your dog every day. By making walking a daily activity, you can prevent your dog from getting hyper due to an excess of energy. Finally, using a collar or harness that fits properly will keep your dog comfortable during your walks. Using a properly fitting collar or harness will also make you feel confident about maintaining control of your dog at all times.
Properly Fitting Your Dog’s Collar
Dog collars come in a wide variety of sizes, colors, styles and materials. A collar also provides a place where you can put your dog’s identification tags. Since online reviews or recommendations from friends should make it easy for you to find the best type of collar for your dog, what we want to focus on is getting the perfect fit.
Prior to buying a collar for your dog, you will want to measure your dog's neck by using a cloth tape measure. Once you’ve found the circumference of your dog’s neck, add 2-3” to that measurement and then you’ll know the ideal length of collar to purchase. Most dog collars are adjustable. So when you put a collar on your dog, you can use the two finger rule to adjust it to the perfect fit.
The two finger rule simply means that you should be able to easily slide two of your fingers under your dog’s collar. Using this rule will keep your dog comfortable while also preventing the collar from being so loose that it slips off during a walk.
How to Fit Your Dog’s Harness
Although a harness can be used on a larger dog, it's an especially good option for small dogs that are under 20 pounds in size. The reason is it protects the often delicate windpipes of smaller dogs. Harnesses also work great for dogs with any type of spine or neck problems.
The standard way to put a dog harness on is to slip it over a dog’s head and then clip the other end of the harness around their stomach. While the exact measurement process can vary by brand, the standard way to find the right fit is to measure around the base of your dog’s neck and/or chest girth. You can then follow the manufacturer's guidelines for picking the right harness size. As with a collar, most harnesses can be adjusted to ensure a fit that’s snug without being too tight.
Remember that if you’re away at work during the day or are leaving for a trip, you can ensure that your pooch stays active and happy during the day by bringing it to Dog Day, Every Day!