Do Dogs Care About Wearing Collars? (Solved & Explained!)

A dog that has a properly fitting collar does not care about wearing it. Training a small puppy to wear a collar may pose a challenge, but once the dog has been trained correctly to wear it, you will see that the dog does not care. 

There are times, however, when a dog may in fact care about the collar they are wearing. This could be because the collar is uncomfortable to wear or they are having other health problems that could cause them to be more sensitive to wearing the collar.

Continue reading on to learn more about what a collar is used for, signs of distress to watch out for, and how to properly fit your dog for a collar.

What is a collar?

A dog collar is a piece of fabric that is fastened around a dog’s neck. The collar could serve as an identification tag, restraint mechanism, fashion statement, or protection. The earliest representation of what appears to be dogs on leashes – implying some kind of collar – comes from modern-day northeastern Saudi Arabia. There have been panels discovered that date back to more than 8,000 years ago.

Modern collars today come in many different types of colors, fabrics, materials, and designs. There are specific collars, like the Martingale collar, that are made for specific breeds while others, like the prong collar, are made strictly for training purposes.

Most towns and cities across the United States have ordinances and mandates that require your dog to be on a leash and have an identifying collar on them. This means that buying and fitting the correct dog collar is a crucial component of being a responsible pet owner.

Choosing the Right Collar for Your Dog

Depending on what your needs are will determine which collar will be best for your dog. Standard nylon collars are great for everyday use on most dogs. They feature a plastic, sometimes metal, buckle that can easily clasp on and off. You can find nylon collars in almost all stores that sell even basic pet supplies.

Prong, pinch, and choke collars are heavy-duty training implements that require special knowledge before use. These collars are designed to either tighten around the underside of your dog’s chin or pinch together the scruff of their neck to employ lead training. These collars are an excellent choice for a large breed dog that is being leashed trained.

Martingale collars are like choke collars in the way that they function but are wide and made from nylon or paracord material. These collars are made for dog breeds that have a narrow head with a wide neck. Breeds like the Greyhound and Whippet are good candidates for martingale collars.

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How to Properly Fit Your Dog’s Collar

To ensure that your dog can safely wear their collar, you must first measure and fit your dog’s collar properly. If your dog’s collar is too big then you run the risk of it slipping off while you are out. If the collar is too small, the dog will be highly uncomfortable, and you could seriously injure your pet.

The first step in measuring your dog for a proper collar is to get a fabric measuring tape and wrap it around the widest part of your dog’s neck. Mark the measurement where the end of the tape meets the remaining measuring tape.

Take the measurement you got from the fabric tape and add room based on your dog’s size. For small dogs that are under 10 pounds, you will add 1 inch to your measurement. Add 2 inches if your dog is medium-sized and weighs between 10 and 79 pounds. If you have a very large dog, you’ll want to add 3 inches to the measurement, especially if your dog is over 80 pounds.

You can also read the tags on the collars. Most manufacturers will include a sizing chart with popular dog breeds as a reference to go by. While these are not a tried and true method of sizing, it will give you an idea of where to start if you cannot measure the dog.

When Should I Leave Off My Dog’s Collar?

While many towns and cities require dogs to be on a leash and have a collar with identification, there are some instances where you would want to remove your dog’s collar. Bathing is one such example of a time when you will want to remove your dog’s collar. The fibers of the collar can trap moisture and soap and create a reaction if left on your dog, especially one with sensitive skin.

Dogs who live and work in agriculture settings will want to be allowed to roam without their collars. This is because working dogs can become trapped in fencing, underbrush, or even a stampede. If they are tangled by their collar, it could cause a grave issue when the dog tries to get free. If you have a working dog and want it to wear a collar, opt for a breakaway collar that can snap easily if it gets tangled.

Signs of Distress from Collar

Even the most properly fitting collar can present issues if not caught quickly. Remember that when you initially fit your puppy for a collar, chances are that they will need to have their sizing adjusted several times throughout its rapid growth period.

Be sure to check the fit of your dog’s collar frequently to ensure that it is always fitting them properly. Another cause for concern to check regularly is the skin where the collar lays. Some dogs have skin sensitivities just as humans do. This means that nylon or velvet may not work for them and you will need to do some trial and error to find a collar that does not irritate their skin.

Anytime your pet is wearing their collar you should always make sure that they are being watched. Coughing, gagging, wheezing, and whining are all warning signs that something could be wrong with their collar.

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