Where Should a Dog’s Collar Sit? (Solved & Explained!)

Your dog’s collar should sit comfortably on the neck, flush against the coat, but not so tight that you can see obvious ‘pushing’ on the fur.

You can further test it out by pushing 1 to 3 fingers through, with 1 finger being optimal for very small dogs with smaller heads, while 2 fingers is a good test for mid-sized dogs, and 3 fingers for larger breeds.

If your fingers fit beneath the collar without much difficulty, then it’s perfect, but if it’s a tight squeeze then you should loosen the collar and if you have room to cross your fingers, then you’d better tighten it up!

For the remainder of this article, we’re going to answer questions trending on the web this week about dog collars. Can your dog wear 2 collars? How do you know if a puppy’s collar is too tight? Find out the answers to these and other important questions by staying with us and reading on through the sections below!

How tight should dog collar fit?

A good fit for a collar is an all-around, snug thing. Look around the neck to make sure that the collar is sitting flush against the coat and then press your index and middle fingers together to push them in-between the collar and neck. If it’s an easy fit, but the collar can’t be pulled over your dog’s head, then it’s perfect.

If it’s TOO easy and you can put 3 fingers inside, then tighten it a notch, and if those two fingers are really hard to push through, then the collar needs to be loosened. Don’t worry, you’ll know when you’ve got it just right!

How much room should a dog collar have?

While the ‘2 finger’ test is generally touted as ideal, it actually depends a little more on the size of the dog. For very small dogs, make sure that you can fit one finger through, while medium dogs should have 2 fingers of space.

Large dogs, however, can have up to 3 fingers of space, as their larger heads make removing that collar quite a bit more difficult. Don’t be afraid to test it out in the yard or even to clear out some livingroom space.

If the collar is a new thing, your dog will try and try to wiggle backwards out of it and it’s good to test this before going outside where this would be much more dangerous.

How much room should be in a puppy collar?

It depends on your pup and the size of their head. With smaller pups, you should go for the space of a single finger, while puppies from comparatively large breeds should have about 2 fingers of space.

You also want to check this from time to time – after all, your pup is growing and so it’s important that you don’t let the collar get too tight as a result!

Can a dog wear two collars?

A dog can indeed wear two collars if you like and one common combination for this is a regular collar worn for hanging tags, paired with a vibrating e-collar for training purposes.

Just make sure to test the space in between with your fingers, so that you know that both collars are snug, but not too tight, and if that’s the case then wearing two collars is not a problem for your dog.

Why would you put two collars on a dog?

Most commonly, a two-collar scenario is going to be for one of two things. The first scenario is the addition of a training collar, such as a collar that will vibrate in response to the owner’s remote to get a dog’s attention. The second scenario where you will commonly find a dog wearing 2 collars is for hunting.

When out hunting, a second collar with a specialized ring may be used so that a stake can be quickly and firmly driven into the earth to secure the dog while the hunter is otherwise busy with another task. So, if you see collars, it’s most likely to be one of these two reasons behind the dual-collar choice.

Should I take my dog’s collar off at night?

That’s entirely up to you, as a dog can certainly wear their collar 24 -7 and will likely not even notice it after awhile. That said, there are advantages to taking the collar off at night and hanging it up with the leash.

It gives your dog’s neck skin a break and helps to prevent thinning of fur there, while also helping to build up positive associations to the collar.

Your dog will see the collar more and often even try to push their nose to it to help you in putting it on, because they’ll associate it with their morning walk and happy times together!

How many fingers should be on a dog’s collar?

As a general rule, you want to be able to push 2 fingers in between the collar and your dog’s neck. That said, it’s better if you factor in the size, so for very small breeds and puppies, you want to be able to push 1 finger in between, with 2 fingers for mid-sized dog collars, and up to 3 for very large dogs.

This makes for a much better fitting-rule and helps to ensure that your dog is comfortable, yet still safely secure in their collar.

How do you know if your dog’s collar is too big?

If you can push two fingers through, but it’s a snug fit, then the collar is perfect – but if you can push your fingers through and wiggle them around quite easily, then the collar is probably too big or at the very least, needs to be tightened.

Other signs are, of course, having too much ‘slack’ in the form of remaining collar length flopping around.

The pet stores make it easy on you to select, however, as they will include standard sizes like small, medium, large, and extra-large, while also listing the weights and sometimes even breeds of dog which they are recommended for.

Do dogs like their collar taken off?

When they are just getting used to it, then yes, they like it when you take the collar off, because it still feels unnatural. Fairly soon, though, your dog gets used to the collar and removing it is most likely going to be a ‘non-event’ after that.

There are exceptions, of course, such as if you only remove the collar before giving your dog a bath. They’ll notice this and tie the two together and before you know it, your dog will be bolting to the other room and hiding under the bed every time that you take off the collar.

So, if you’ll be removing the collar from time to time or even better, every night, just be sure not to be too predictable in what follows – your clever dog will learn what it means if you do!

Is a dog harness better than collar?

Yes, a dog harness is much better than a collar for walking, as it puts the pressure from the lead onto your dog’s chest or back, instead of focusing it on their neck. This makes for a safer, more controlled, and much more comfortable walking experience.