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I'm looking to get Cedric a new collar but I want to get one that will go big enough he won't out grow it but I don't want one that will be huge on him either. He is growing like crazy!! Sooooo I was wondering what size collar your adult Dobes wear? I know they are all probably a bit different but what's the average size?

Cedric is about to drive me crazy! It's been snowing for several days and it's sooooo cold outside that he won't stay out and play so he is BOUNCING:boldpurpl :bounce55: off the walls!!! Any advise for a cooped up Dober pup?
 

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Darmok wears a 16" -18" in better quality collars, or a 16" - 20" in the Wal-Mart variety. Sasha wears a 14" - 16" because she has that beautiful thin, long arched neck. Dar's is more short and thick. I bought a really great collar at Petsmart over the weekend, though...it lights up with blinking red & green christmas lights all along the neck, and it's a heave triple-thick webbing with a heavy brass buckle closure. I love it!! I walk Dar every morning before I go to work, and it's just as dark at 6 am as it is at midnight, so it's not only decorative and festive (haha) but it serves a purpose as well---I can see where she is! It's hard to see a black dog in the black night!
 

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I think that you need to get out there and play with him! I took Lex out last night, bundled her up in her coat and had a great old time! She loves to chase snowballs. Honestly I think she was a husky in a former life!!! But the key is to have them bundled up, I've even met some people that put the winter booties on their dobes to keep them comfortable. If I don't have Lexy's coat on she wants back in right away.

As for the collar size, I have an 18 for her, but she's on the 2nd to last hole. she'd be comfortable in a 20 too I'm sure and it would be on a tighter fittings.
 

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It's about -6 outside right now, he doesn't care if he has his coat on or not, he want's IN!! And I have to Make him go outside! My poodles get so cold when they are out for just a minute that they can't walk back to the door, I have to go get them. It's COLD!!
 

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poodles&adobie said:
It's about -6 outside right now, he doesn't care if he has his coat on or not, he want's IN!! And I have to Make him go outside! My poodles get so cold when they are out for just a minute that they can't walk back to the door, I have to go get them. It's COLD!!
Do you go out and play in the cold with them or send them out to play by themselves? I have found that with GKar, it does not matter rain or snow, if I am willing to play or train so is he.
 

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Do you go out and play in the cold with them or send them out to play by themselves?

Both. And he still gets cold and I can tell his feet are freezing so I don't make him stay out.
 

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I think you should get him some winter booties then as well as a coat, so his pads don't take such a freezing.... give it a try. When we get the really frigid temps here, I don't go out too much in it, when it's so cold, there's an advisory not to even go outside, and it's uncomfortable to even breath out in it.

If I put Lex out by herself or even with the other dogs she just potties and wants back in, she might run around for a few minutes, but that's it. I take her out in her coat and play with her, and she's as happy as can be. But I know when she's getting cold or tired, as she starts standing by the door.
 

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Good link TD, thanks for posting. I'd definetely look into getting my dogs a breakaway collar, I could have her story on that page of when I nearly lost her. Now I don't even keep a collar on her except when we leave the house, and even then it's usually a harness, and I have also removed my other two dog's collars too after that incident, and they used to wear theirs all the time.
 

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Gracie wears between a 16 and an 18 inch. I think the one we got her not to long ago was a 16 she is on the last hole, but she isn't growing much anymore.

As for the cold, I don't have much of a problem there. Gracie wants to live outside when it's snowing. I have a hard time getting her to come inside. I think she forgets how cold it is, by running around non stop. As for the booties, I won't try them on Grace. I wont even dare. She freaks out over things being close to her feet let alone touching them. Poor girl!
 

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Ava wears a 3/4 inch adjustable snap collar and to tell the truth I don't know the length I have it set at. She's a petite girl so I don't think it's adjusted at any longer than 17".

As for keeping them entertained indoors, we play hide and seek, find it(I hide a fav toy, she sniffs it out), trick training and Brian and her wrestle. I also swear by the Biscuit Block she has... That thing will keep her busy for quite some time as well as a big meaty marrow bone.
 

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Keeva's collar is set at 15" right now, she's still a pup (9 months) but is also very petite for a Dobe. Winston's is set at about 21" or so.
 

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Katie is only half Dobie (I think Boxer is the other half) and she has a big neck coupled with a small head. She also has a habbit of losing collars if she can work them off over her head. I have to have a collar that's "micro-adjustable" to get it tight enough so she won't lose it, while still allowing her to breathe. Lately I've been making my own out of stuff I find at the local R.E.I. (You can mail-order from www.rei.com )
To make one I use:
-two "TriGlide" sliding buckles (4 for $1)
-one "D Ring" (2 for $.80)
-one "Side-Release Buckle" (2 for $1.25)
-a couple feet of "One Inch Tubular Webbing", the Rock Climbing kind ($1 a yard)
Make sure your plastic hardware is of the "one-inch" variety so it matches the webbing. After you get the collar sized right, melt the ends of the webbing with a match to keep it from un-raveling. Leave plenty of "tail" on the tail-ends of the "TriGlides" to keep the webbing from working back through.
The plastic parts are surprisingly strong. I hook Katie's leash to the "D-Ring" and she pulls very hard, like she's trying to pull the "Clydesdale Wagon" out of the mud, and she hasn't broken it yet.
For about five bucks, you should be able to make two collars, adjustable for your Puppy's growth.
Happy New Year
 
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