A Guide To Dog Collars

One of most commonly asked questions is regarding dog collars. What are the requirements, how should it fit, what about flea collars etc. In this blog we explain all about them!

Does My Dog Have to Wear a Dog Collar?

In the UK, it is a legal requirement for dogs in public spaces to wear a collar with identifying information, as per The Control of Dogs Order 1992. However, exceptions do exist for working dogs, rescue dogs, and registered Guide Dogs. The necessary details on the dog tag should include the owner’s name, house number or name, and postcode. Adding a phone number is recommended, so that you can be easily contactable.

There is debate whether to include the dog’s names on the tag, as this can allow somebody to try and strike a bond with your dog. Regular checks for wear and tear on the collar and tag are essential, and spare tags are advisable. Despite microchipping regulations, dogs must still wear a collar in public, and not complying can result in fines or jail. Even if using a harness, dogs still need a collar with identifying information. Collars can be removed at home, but security measures should be in place, and the collar should be worn when venturing into public spaces again.

How Tight Should Dog Collars Be?

Dog Collars are essential, serving as a place for identification and lead attachment. A collar also acts as a secondary point of attachment when using a harness. Properly fitting collars are crucial for a dog’s health and safety. In order to measure, use a cloth tape measure around the dog’s neck, add two inches (5cm), except for very small dogs (add one inch – 2.5cm) or very large dogs (add three inches – 7.5cm). Collars should be snug but not tight and a general rule of thumb is to allow for two fingers underneath the collar between the skin. It is also really worth considering the width, with wide collars suitable for large dogs, while small breeds should stick to thinner ones. Regularly check the collar’s condition and fit, as materials may stretch or a dog’s weight can fluctuate. For puppies, opt for adjustable collars on the smaller side, allowing room for growth.

What about Flea Collars?

  1. How do flea collars work?
    • Older collars emit toxins as gas, killing fleas in proximity.
    • Newer collars release repellent chemicals that spread through the pet’s coat, providing continuous protection.
  2. Why use a flea collar for your dog?
    • Collars are useful preventatives, especially for outdoor pets.
    • They work best in conjunction with other flea control products.
  3. Can all dogs wear flea collars?
    • Not suitable for senior, pregnant, nursing, or very young dogs.
    • Consult your vet for proper guidance if you are unsure
  4. Is exposure to collar chemicals dangerous?
    • The chemical is on the collar itself.
    • Wash hands after touching the collar.
  5. Can a dog wear a flea collar while swimming?
    • Collars are water-resistant but not always waterproof.
    • Some may be toxic to fish and wildlife; check the product packaging for full information.
  6. How should the collar be worn?
    • Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.
    • Collar should fit snugly, allowing two fingers underneath.
  7. When to change the collar?
    • Follow manufacturer’s directions for consistent protection.
    • Regularly check for irritation or hair loss around the neck.