My Dog’s Collar Is Too Big

Imagine buying your dog the most expensive collar, then on reaching home; it doesn’t fit. You will be heartbroken, but you need to make quick decisions first then look for what to do about it. Maybe you might think of returning it for replacement or demand for a refund to go and look for a perfect fit somewhere else. It will be very frustrating if it is loose, and you don’t know how to fix it. More so, if the pets store is too far from your reach, and you have no one to help. I know you are not ready to risk your dear dog’s life by exposing them to wild animals or accidents because of a loose collar that increases their chances to escape. 

But don’t worry because we have a solution for you. We will look at what you can do when your dog’s collar is loose right here.

Change the Collar

If your dog’s collar is too big, chances of it being loose are high. To help you save your situation, consider looking for a fitting one by buying a new collar. Or go for a replacement at the pets store if you just bought from them. Ensure that when you go for a replacement, you have the right measurement of the neck. Use a tape measure to read the neck’s size, and to avoid coming back with a tighter collar, add at least an inch on the measurement you have. 

Consider Your Dog’s Breed

You can also use your dog’s breed when you change the collar as they vary according to breed. But be careful to know that not all breeds are of the same size on the neck. In line with that, consider the length of your puppy’s fur before and after trimming. Know that the collar can be fitting well when you buy it before shaving your mongrel. But after grooming, it becomes loose.

Learn How to Make It Shorter

It would be best to learn how to Do it yourself to reduce the loose collar and make it fit. First, separate the knot that binds the collar and the buckle. Cut it using any sharp object at your reach and then pull it to the right size. After having the right size of the collar, you want to tie it and cut out the remaining part but ensure you leave some inches for adjusting. 

If you have a collar made of slippery materials, know that it will get loose again. If this is your collar type, sew it using a needle to prevent it from sliding back. Make sure you pass the cut edges over the fire to stop them from tattering. 

You can search for YouTube clips showing you how to shorten the collar or look for your trainer to show you how to do it from home. Having this knowledge at the tips of your hands will help you during emergencies.

Check the Position of the Collar

Your furry friend’s collar can be loose because of the position you put them on. If the tether is hanging low, almost on the shoulders, they will be loose. To make them fit well, pull it higher around the neck. Ensure it doesn’t reach the puppy’s ear or near their shoulders to make them uneasy. 

You might be complaining about the collar being loose, but you might be the problem by not putting the collar in its rightful place. Check well before rushing into conclusions.

Consider Adjusting It

Sometimes all your dog needs is to drag up the collar to the right size. Not all loose tethers require you to think hard. Take your time and adjust it because all types of collars allow for adjustments. Look for where the straps and buckles are and drag them to the right size. Slide the webbing into the lock then tie. 

To know if the collar is not too tight, put your two fingers through it; if it passes with no struggle, it’s fitting. Each collar has its unique design of adjusting so ask for clarifications if you don’t know how to do so. Check it out regularly to see if the buckle is intact to prevent the collar from becoming loose again. 


All dogs require a collar to hold the leash, making them secure from wild animals or accidents. The collars also help in bearing your puppy’s identity and crucial information. 

Having a loose collar will not only risk your dog’s life but also make it hard to identify them when it falls off, but they are lost. When the collar is loose, you will strain a lot, passing information to your pooch like pulling it to stop them from running.

So when it loses, consider changing to a different one, learn how to make it shorter. Don’t forget to check the position of the collar on the neck and adjust where possible. 

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