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Measuring Your Dog for a Prong Collar

The prong collar is a collar that needs to be fitted snug on your dogs neck and fitted as high up as possible. The reason for this is that the pressure points of the collar need to be sitting against the skin so that only a small amount of effort is applied to the collar to effectively give a correction.

The other reason is that prong collars are sized by adding and removing links. The links are held together when the collar is kept taught, not loose.

You can use a flexible tape measure to wrap around your dogs neck in the location that the collar will be fitted. As mentioned earlier, as high on the neck as a collar can be fitted.

Once you have this measurement, on each individual prong collar product page, there are the measurements at which the collar is supplied standard and how much length each extra link adds or subtracts. For example, if you were choosing the Herm Sprenger Stainless steel collar, and your dogs neck measures 50cm, the medium collar supplied at 57cm will be the correct size, you will just remove some links to fit.

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  1. Hi Beck,
    I have a couple of questions about measuring my dog for a prong collar.
    1. Am I right to assume that when measuring my dog’s neck that the tape measure needs to be as firm as possible?
    2. I measured her neck to be 44.5cm which collar size should I choose? As going by your size chart both the small and medium will fit if I add or remove links, is the bigger size the better option?

  2. Hi. Just double checking I get correct collar. I measured 40cm for my 23kg border collie. Should I get small and add links or medium and take off links?

  3. Hi, was just enquiring about prong collar for controlling Alaskan Malamute when on lead as she pulls fairly strongly, she will ease up a little after about 15-20 minutes but I would be the only one in family who could walk her with any control.
    Would this type of collar help and I’ve heard there not approved here in Australia.
    Any advise would be great.
    Thanks Mark.

    • Hi Mark, the prong collar is a training aid, this means that it will not improve your dog unless you train your dog with it. Some dogs have learned to pull habitually and they have little interest in food etc so the prong collar can help if you add it into your training program.

      I don’t recommend fitting the collar and just letting the dog pull into it though.

      Prong collars are illegal in the state of Victoria only but are a restricted import to Australia and the only way to legally import them is with a permit.

  4. Hi. Would these work for a very long haired dog. Ie samoyed. Thx

  5. what is a good size for a jack russel terrier?

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