Why Don’t Dogs Like When You Take Off Their Collar? (Explained!)

Whether you know it or not, your dog’s collar has importance to them. It can help you find your dog if they get lost, as according to PetFinder only 15-20% of lost dogs are returned. They are also an important part in training your dog. Dogs relate wearing their collars to obeying their owners and being a good pup.

In this article, we’ll go into the pros and cons of collars and why your dog may like wearing it. We’ll look at the dangers and alternatives to collars and what choices you have as an owner to be the best to your dog. By the end of this article, you will have a better idea of why collars are important to your dogs and why they are equally important to you as the dog parent.

Why do dogs like their collar?

Dogs see their collar as a source of pride, they are wearing a piece that their owner gifted to them to wear. Dogs relate their collars to being walked on a leash attached to it. So dogs enjoy the collar as a symbol of their relationship with their owner.

Is a collar comforting to your dog?

Your dog may become used to wearing their collar, to the point where they won’t like when you remove it. Dogs enjoy routine and habit, so being consistent with their collar is important. A collar is a piece that they wear everyday and becomes a part of them.Dogs do become attached to objects that they are familiar with – think of a child getting attached to their blanket or stuff toy. Dogs do the same thing, and will find comfort in familiar items like toys, clothes and even their collar.

How to know if your dog likes their collar?

Has your dog taken their collar off? Are they constantly scratching at it? If not, your dog doesn’t mind the collar and may even enjoy wearing it. Dogs will let you know if they don’t like their collar by scratching at it and attempting to take it off. If your dog is seeming bothered by their collar, it is a sign to inspect the collar and look into different options. You may bonly have to make it looser, but if the issue isn’t fit, the material or type of collar might be the problem for your dog.

Are there dangers to collars?

If collars are not fitted to your dog’s neck correctly, or made out of the wrong material, it can cause irritation to your dog’s skin. Check for rashes and cuts caused by the collar. Ensure you can fit 1-2 fingers in between the collar and your dog’s neck to know it isn’t too tight. Your dog can also get their collar stuck on things, so make sure you get your dog a collar that won’t snag and pay attention to your dog when they first start wearing it. If you are leaving them in a crate, take off their collar to keep them safe. 

Why is taking the collar off necessary?

You should be keeping your dog’s collar clean and checking for damage that could lead to the collar coming off. The Animal Humane Society recommends inspecting your adult dog’s collar once a month (puppy collars should be inspected once a week) to ensure it still fits properly and isn’t causing irritation. Dogs grow and the collar needs to change as they grow. Take off the collar to wash and clean it to keep the collar in good condition. A clean, well-fitting collar will mean your dog is more comfortable in their collar.

Is a harness better for your dog?

Dr. Ivana Crnec, a veterinarian interviewed by DogDiscoveries, recommends harnesses when exercising your dog on a leash because the harness can move better with your dog. A collar is great for everyday use, but a harness is best to control your dog during intense exercise. When a dog is jumping around, a collar will not be sufficient and could lead to injury. A harness disperses the energy of the dog and is great for working dogs. Dogs with asthma do better with a harness than a collar as well, as it does not constrict their windpipe the same way.

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Are there types of collars that are bad?

Dr. Patty Khuly on VetStreet warns against prong collars as they are often used incorrectly and can cause harm to your dog. It is best to use positive reinforcement when training your dog, and prong collars are a punishment. Other types of collars allow similar levels of control with no harm to your dog. Any collar that is used incorrectly and not sized right is a bad collar to use for your dog.

How does a collar help you as the owner?

Collars are important identifiers for your dog. Placing tags on the collar helps others to find you if your dog gets out. Many people won’t be able to check quickly to see if your dog is microchipped, but can read the tags and also see if the dog is up-to-date on certain shots. They also allow you to maintain control of your dog when walking them and lead the dog one way or another.

Why should you microchip your dog who wears a collar?

PetFinder mentions the importance of microchips even for your dog who wears a collar. Microchips allow identification of your dog if they lose their collar and also can be checked by vets to ensure your dog always finds its way back home. Microchips do not harm your best friend, they only help vets ID your dog and update information on them.

Are you a good dog owner?

Do you listen to your vet and make the best choices for your dog’s health and happiness? If so, then you are a good dog owner. Keep making the best collar decisions based on what is best for your pup and you will maintain a good relationship with your dog.