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Old 03-13-2013, 07:59 PM
Kilter Kilter is offline
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Default How tight are your dog's collars?

I'm just wondering!

My guys don't wear a collar but if they are wearing a buckle, I have it fairly snug - two fingers can still fit but they can't pull out of them and I have control.

The house I nanny at has a boxer and her collar is very loose - as in why bother putting the collar on the dog in the first place. She'll scratch and it'll come off, she'll get into something and I'll try to walk her away with her collar and she puts the brakes on and pops it off. Drives me crazy. And what's worse if she gets loose outside, she doesn't listen well at all and has started to check out the road (which is why I keep her on leash... oh that and she attacks the kids because it was cute when she wasn't full grown).

So, loose or snug?
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:01 PM
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Limited slip. It sits loosely when not in use, but if you grab the ring it tightens up to prevent escapes. When they do wear a regular collar it sits midway down their necks, so not super loose, but more than 2 fingers can fit.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:03 PM
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I prefer a bit looser vs. tighter. But not too extreme either way. I can fit two fingers through his leather collar, but it's still not too loose to easily slide over his head. We walk on harnesses though, so sometimes collars are kept a bit looser.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:04 PM
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Just barely two fingers. I like them snug. But I also take collars off or loosen them when not walking.

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Old 03-13-2013, 08:05 PM
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Merlin only wears his collar for ID purposes when we are out and about (he wears a harness for walking and I take off his harness when he is off leash so he wears a collar as ID) so it's usually snug but not really tight at all, he could slip out if he really wanted to.

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Old 03-13-2013, 08:43 PM
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Moses just wears his on walks and it's pretty loose, probably two or three fingers.

Cali doesn't wear a collar anymore, just her harness (which has plenty of extra room although a size smaller wouldn't be comfortable getting on over her head). When she does wear a collar, when I sometimes take pictures, it's pretty loose even though it's frequently on the last hole.

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Old 03-13-2013, 08:45 PM
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Logan - naked at home and a martingale that tightens enough to not slip off in public (but still fits loosely when not "active").

Gavroche - tight enough he can't slip out, but he has a big head, so it's still comfortably loose.

Super loose collars drive me NUTS.
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:48 AM
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Mine tend to be fairly loose, but the collars are there just for tags, I don't walk them one their collars, nor do I ever attach a leash to them, if I am in a pinch I will use the handle of the leash and make a slip collar instead.
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Old 03-14-2013, 01:20 AM
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Mine are on the looser side. I can pretty much make a fist under Juno's lol but it's not like... hanging on her. It doesn't slip off. I mean, she could back out of it if she wanted to, but it would have to be much snugger than I'd like it to be in order to prevent that.

I do keep Happy's more snug than Juno or Lucy's. She's just the one dog I wouldn't want to back out. The other 2 it's not the end of the world, they're not going anywhere, they'll listen to me. Happy, she can't hear me anyway lol and I have no doubt she'd just take off.

But they wear their collars 24/7 so I want them to be comfortable to wear.

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Old 03-14-2013, 02:08 AM
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Marsh's collar is quite loose. It's also a center ring collar, so it can move around quite a lot. It doesn't pop off but if he really struggled he could probably slip it. I like a loose collar, I want to be able to grab it easily.
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