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5 Simple Steps To Train Your Dog To Wear A Collar

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Choosing The Right Collar

There are several factors to consider before selecting an appropriate collar for your dog. Namely, they include the size of the dog, the material of the collar, and its purpose. In this respect, it is crucial to measure a dog’s neck with an adjustable tape tightly, ensuring that two fingers can fit between the tape and dog’s neck with ease. This ensures that the collar will not choke your dog and will be comfortable for wearing. The material of a collar varies from nylon and leather to neoprene types for the dogs that swim a lot.

Types of collar

There is a variety of types for collars, as many purposes can be served. Namely, a flat collar without any equipment is the type a dog often sees on the streets and is a better option for adding your phone number and names of your dog. Martingale one would serve better for the purpose of training the dog and will not choke your pet if he or she begins to pull the leash. If you are walking your dog in the evening or in the early hours of the morning, a light-up or reflective collar may help you to see your pet in the darkness. Now, when you have chosen the size, remember to adjust the collar. There should be some minor move, but tight enough for your pet not to slip out of it and not tight enough to go over the dog’s head. Due to this reason, regular checks are also required, especially for puppies.

A collar can be integrated into a training program, for instance, a training collar that would help you teach your dog to have more approachable leash manners. Remember that you should use positive reinforcement while using any types of collar, and collars alone should not be associated with teaching your dog a good lesson.

Introducing The Collar Playfully

It is vital to introduce your dog to the new collar in a fun and positive way so that they accept it and feel comfortable. First, let your dog have a good sniff of it. At the same time, try to pair the collar with the positive. Put the collar beside the food dish when you feed your dog, or drape the collar in and around your dog’s favorite spots in the house.

Rewards and treats

From time to time when you put the collar on, make sure to pair it up with a treat and happy, upbeat vocalizations. Treat your dog with a treat for each interest shown in the object or easy putting it around its neck. This method, known as classical condition, will ensure that the collar provides a cue that something good is about to happen, and it is not a restriction.

Gradual introduction

At first, you should put the collar on your dog for a short period during activities your dog enjoys, such as playing or getting ready for a walk. Over time, you should increase the period it wears the collar and do it only when your dog is enjoying such activity. If you see that your dog has problems with it, then decrease the time and increase it more slowly.

Make it part of a game

For your dog, the collar can be part of getting ready to play. For example, you could put the collar before you start a quick, fun game of fetch, or start a tug of war. This could help the dog to understand that a collar is just routine and that with it, fun things happen.

Gradual Exposure Technique

The perfect method to train your dog to wear a collar is Gradual Exposure Technique. To master this technique, it is necessary to gradually familiarize your pet with a collar, and both steps should be reinforced with positive running. Start with the shortest, most comfortable sessions, when the collar does not create a feeling of pressure and the dog is free to examine it.


When the dog realizes that the collar does not cause them discomfort, start to handle it. During the handling, you should constantly remind your pet that it is doing well both the verbal praise and some treat would be appropriate. Every time your dog gets used to the contact with the collar, move on to the new step of the training : from touching the neck – to loosely fastening the collar, moving it from hand to hand, and later – to the full fastening. After you secure the free handling, handling sessions becomes less intense but are reinforced with positive reinforcement in the form of, say, small treats.

Simply wearing the collar

After your pet learns not to flinch when the handler applies it, the final step of the contrast is to begin to put the collar on for short periods of time. The first such sessions should take no more than five seconds and it would be useful to combine them with something pleasant, for example, feeding the dog or playing with them. As soon as the dog calms down and becomes comfortable, you can gradually extend these sessions, but never in excess. At every moment of the training, it is vital to monitor the dog’s reactions and, upon manifestations of discomfort – scape the dog from the collar and end the sessions.

Short Positive Sessions

An efficient approach to training a dog to wear a collar comfortably and without fear is implementing short positive sessions. Such schedules are effective because of the inability of the canine to concentrate on the single action for a long time. The short training intervals help sustain high levels of enthusiasm and focus.

Keep It Short

Each session should not last too long but be effective. The collar should be associated with positive emotions, and the best criterion of short sessions is to stop before either of you gets frustrated. Five to ten minutes seem to be the period sufficient to achieve the set goals and prevent your dog from getting bored with the experience.


It is better to opt for a few short sessions during the day to facilitate learning without wearing your dog out. For instance, you can use daily routines as prompts and train your dog before giving food or playing together. Remember to celebrate and reward as even small signs of the dog acknowledging the collar are to be seen as great results. The rewards can be various and depend on your dog’s preferences and habits, but one of the best in training a dog to wear a collar is to give treats.


The treats can be cookies, meat, or other human or dog food your pet prefers. Remember that rewards other than food are also to be applied. Some dogs are motivated by praise, others by their toys. Use whatever seems to be the best to you, but remember to celebrate any signs of progress and reward your pet even for ell learning how to calmly acknowledge the presence of a collar or staying still while you put it on. Try also to diversify the rewards to avoid boredom or lower motivation.

Consistency And Patience

Training a dog so that it can wear a collar, comfortably and without problem, requires a tenacious determination to consistency, and an abundant level of patience. These two elements help mold your dog’s behavior and ensure that they internally and externally react positively in connection to the collar. Your training is successful if your dog allows you to put it on without any difficulties, and it does not resist it while it is on it. Here are some steps that you could follow to make your dog friendly toward wearing a collar:

Keep Regular Times

Train at regular times: put the collar at the same times throughout the day at times convenient for your schedule. For instance, in the morning during walks, or right before feeding. At such times your pet is rested and placid. After a few days, your dog will start waiting for the act and will perceive it as something normal. It is a good idea to keep the collar on your dog for a few hours after putting it on, so that your pet does not get used to the time the collar is put on – this will make it harder to take it off.

Gradual Growth

Progress gradually: The duration essential for your dog to get used to the new element is measured in hours. Start from five minutes to an hour, then to a couple of hours and so forth. It is necessary to feel the moment and if it seems that your pet is not down to it, then give it more time. The collar should be put on for no longer than eight hours per day.

Do Not Get Annoyed

Patience is key. The pace of your training progress may be very slow and assuming a bad mood from your side may bring about a delay. In case of a good response, do not hesitate showering your pet with praises and treats. If something goes wrong – keep repeating to yourself it is just a dog, and do not put the collar on it until later on during the day.

Constant Training Reinforcement

Be consistent with the commands and the actions when you start putting the collar on your pet. Marry the verbal signals with the physical actions. Repeat this process to help your pet understand what it is supposed to do. Finally, bear in mind to be consistent with the chosen type of acclamation and verbal orders you perform – this is the secret of effectiveness.

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