Dog Safety Tips: Collars, Necklaces, Tags & Bandanas

Whilst some dog parents prefer to use collars and others prefer harnesses, we can all agree that collars are a great place to hang the very important ID tags. However, it is extremely important to raise awareness on using collars, necklaces, bandanas and tags safely. In this post, we’ll go over over the Do's and Don'ts.


  • Ensure a PERFECT FIT: Any accessory placed around your dog’s neck should fit comfortably and not restrict movement in any way, but at the same time it should not be too loose
  • Follow the 2-FINGER RULE: You should be able to easily slide two fingers between the collar and neck, not more and not less. Check the fit whilst your dog is in both a standing and sitting position
  • ALWAYS REMOVE your dog’s collar, necklace, harness, bandana and tags when your dog is home alone or unsupervised for any amount of time
  • Be VIGILANT at dog parks as mishaps most commonly happen whilst dogs are sniffing, greeting, and playing with each other. If another dog’s paw or tooth becomes accidentally entangled, it will lead to panic and pulling on the collar. If your dog wears a harness, an alternative option is to remove the collar and place the identity tag on the harness front or back D ring instead
  • ALWAYS REMOVE collars, necklaces, bandanas and tags during rough play at home, especially if you have more than one dog
  • DO NOT use a collar with any type of leash attachment that cannot release under pressure

In summary: Ensure your dog’s accessories fit well and ALWAYS remove any neck accessories when your dog is left unattended for any amount of time or when your dog is involved in rough play. Whilst we all love our dogs looking cute and trendy, safety must always come first. 

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