Staying Safe with Dog Collars

Staying Safe with Dog Collars

Posted by Philip Morris & Son on 23rd Feb 2024

Dog collars and harnesses are one of the most common pieces of gear in a dog’s kit. They hold ID tags for quick identification if lost, offer a lead attachment point, and even showcase a little personality with fun colours and patterns. However, you must ensure that you pick out safe harnesses for dogs, which can be found in our whole Ruffwear range.

Dog collars of all brands and styles pose risks during playtime, at home, and on the go. And the best way to mitigate those risks is to be aware and proactive with a few tips:

-Remove collars during playtime

-Remove collars at home and in crates

-Stay aware of your dog and their surroundings at all times

-Make sure the size and fit is right

Ruffwear Front Range Dog Collar

Remove Collars During Playtime

When some dogs play with each other, they wrestle or tug at objects, including collars. Sometimes, a dog’s jaw or tooth can get tangled in their playmate’s collar.

Their first instinct is often to twist and try to break free, and that can result in the tightening of the collar. If the dogs can’t be quickly and safely separated, injury or death can occur. Even ID tags and their clips can get caught and cause injury.

The best way to avoid these issues is to remove collars before play with other dogs.

Remove Collars at Home & in Crates

At home, collars can get stuck on household items, such as fences or upholstery. When a dog is in a crate or kennel, their collar or ID tags can get hooked on the crate. If unable to unhook themselves, it could lead to injury or death.

The best way to avoid this is to remove collars before crating your dog or if leaving them unattended.

Stay Aware at all Times

Dogs will be dogs, and sometimes sniff-and-greets turn into an impromptu play session before you can remove collars. Collar entanglements can happen and escalate quickly, so keeping a keen eye on your dog means you can intervene promptly.

If entanglement does occur, taking action might mean needing to cut the collar off. Cutting might be necessary even for a collar with a side-release buckle.

Make Sure the Size is Right

Not too loose, not too tight – if you’re able to slip just two fingers between the collar and the dog, it’s sized just right.

Too tight and it could be uncomfortable for the dog. Too loose and the odds of getting caught on things (even the dog’s own mouth and paws) are increased.

It’s always good practice to check the fit of your dog’s collar in case they grow or lose weight, or their fur is thicker in the winter.

Ruffwear Front Range Dog Collar

Are dog collars safe?

There are certainly risks to be aware of when it comes to dog collars, but with a good fit, proactive thinking, and awareness of your dog and their surroundings, collars are a useful part of your dog’s kit.

We have a range of stylish and practical Ruffwear dog collars to keep your four legged friends safe and secure including the Front Range Dog Collar and the Crag Reflective Dog Collar. These alongside our range of Ruffwear harnesses, leads, safety devices, coats and toys are a great addition to your dogs wardrobe. 

If you need anything further regarding Ruffwear, please do not hesitate to contact our customer services team on 01432 377089.