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Old 09-02-2011, 03:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys,

We've just started conditioning with our SportDog e-collar. I know that it needs to be tight, but how tight is to tight? I feel like I have to make it super tight to keep it from slipping around. Tanner has a lot of fluff (almost like a mane) around his neck, and he also has quite a bit of scruff skin. I just don't want to choke the poor guy!

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Old 09-02-2011, 03:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My trainer says very sung right under the chin, but to where you can still fit 2 fingers under
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Old 09-02-2011, 03:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If I can fit 2 fingers under it moves around his neck while he's running. :/
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2 fingers? One on top of each other? That would be pretty loose and I wouldn't think the prongs would be making contact.
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Snug enough that when your dog shakes his head, the receiver does not move.

I slip one finger under one of the contacts - if my finger feels crushed, that is too tight. If it feel like even pressure, that is fine.
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2 fingers? One on top of each other? That would be pretty loose and I wouldn't think the prongs would be making contact.
Sorry I guess technically I mean one finger... 2 fingers not on top of each other.
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Old 09-02-2011, 06:35 PM   #7 (permalink)
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very snug and if he has thick fur you can slide it back and forth a few times in place before you tighten all the way to be sure the contacts are meeting his skin.
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agree - you want an e-collar snug.
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Old 09-03-2011, 08:38 AM   #9 (permalink)
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very snug and if he has thick fur you can slide it back and forth a few times in place before you tighten all the way to be sure the contacts are meeting his skin.
Good idea! Thanks guys!
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we slide a finger under the collar - snug but not choking her either. Her fur is getting thick around the throat so I usually check the fit about mid- day to make sure I got it on right in the morning.
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