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Can dogs chew through leather collar collar

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A properly fitted leather dog collar, checked monthly for snugness, minimizes throat damage risks.

Understanding Dog Behavior and Chewing Habits

There are several reasons why dogs, especially puppies, tend to chew – exploration, anxiety relief, play, or instincts. As for puppies, they tend to chew during teething when feeling pain. Also, chewing is a result of constant boredom. The general reasons why dogs might chew on their collars are irritation, curiosity, an attempt to remove an unwanted or uncomfortable object from the neck, separation anxiety and tempt to attract the owner’s attention. It is important to observe the dog and its behavior and ensure the collar is not very tight and does not irritate the dog.

Teething is an important stage in the life of a puppy, which can explain the common tendency of dogs to chew their collars. Puppies are starting to teeth at 3 to 4 months of age, when they are extremely sensitive. Most puppies finish teething at six months and quite even sometimes chew to strengthen the gums and because this process gives them additional benefits. To minimize the likelihood of puppies chewing their collar’s owners it is appropriate to give them chew toys that they will enjoy more. In general, by understanding that dogs have a lot of reasons to chew, owners can prevent their pets from chewing up the collar or other personal things, they can also ensure that their pets have enough exercise, mental stimulation, and chew toys.

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Leather Collar Durability and Dog Safety

Leather collars are popular due to their long-lasting service and aesthetic appeal. As these collars are chewed on, they are destroyed comparatively quickly. It is essential to assess the strength of the collar in advance and know the potential danger factors.

Assessing the strength of leather collars

The durability of a leather collar depends on the leather type . The strongest type is considered full-grain leather, which is good enough to use as a towing or restraining tool. Also, the thicker the collar is, the more resistant it is to chewing from the dog’s side.

Potential danger of dogs chewing collars

Apart from the unethical trouble, namely abnormal chewing behavior, it has several direct dangers for the dog itself. Some pieces of the collar can fall off and may be ingested; the nature of the collar alone can cause either choking or the blockage of the GI-tract. Chewing the collar lessens the leather resistance and worsens its quality, which can lead to the collar to fall off during walking, which, in its turn, may result in the dog to be lost or hurt. To prevent leather collars from destruction, it is advised to inspect them on damages regularly and give appropriate chew toys to the dogs.

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Preventive Measures to Discourage Chewing

To prevent dogs from chewing over their collars, the right choice of collar material should be chosen and a number of training and behavior techniques should be implemented. Dogs may harm themselves as well as their collars, so the proper material has to be chosen. Polycarbonate collars seem to be the best solution in this situation. It is strong and will not bother the dog.  As for the training and behavior issues, owners may take a number of steps to control the situation. To start, dogs have to taste their collar. If it is not the ordinary leather one, nylon or plastic bites seem to be a good training tool. One more idea is to use bitter spray to keep the dogs away from chewing . The chosen type of collar should be comfortable enough, not disturbing any dog activities. Besides, the material should be strong enough to meet the needs of a dog and its obsession not to chew.

To control the inappropriate behavior, a number of training techniques should be introduced. There are positive reinforcement strategies to be followed as well as a number of bitter chemicals to be applied. If the obedience training seems to be the hardest thing, professionals may be involved to eliminate the problem.

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