Do Dogs Get Attached to Their Collars? (Solved & Explained!)

Yes, dogs definitely get attached to their collars, especially if you take them off at night. When your dog sees their collar (or even their walking harness), you can see the excitement as they pace excitedly, jump about, and can’t seem to wait for you to put it on.

They don’t like collars at first, but later it always becomes associated with fun trips outside with YOU!

For the remainder of this article, we’re going to answer popular questions about different types of collars, behaviors with collars, and best practices with them. Are invisible fences cruel? Are vibrating collars humane? Read on to find out about these collar options and more in the sections below!

Why do dogs get weird when you take off their collar?

When your dog gets weird after you take off their color, this is generally the result of what USUALLY follows when you do that. For instance, if the collar is always on, except when it’s bath time, then your dog is getting weird because they don’t want a bath!

Mix things up a little by following collar removal with a treat, praise, and some playtime. Once your dog learns that removing the collar doesn’t always mean they are getting a bath or something else they dislike, then this behavior will change.

Should dogs sleep with their collar on?

While your dog can certainly sleep with their collar, some owners like to take it off so that their dog can have a little ‘break’ from it, and this is actually quite good for the skin and the fur on their necks.

A collar is a constant pressure and it slowly rubs at the skin underneath, which eventually can make the fur a little patchy. Unless it’s too tight, it shouldn’t hurt your dog, but you should consider giving them a nightly break from it at least from time to time.

Should you take dog collar off at home?

This is contentious subject, as it turns out. Some dog owners feel that there is no reason to leave the collar on when your dog is at home, others feel it should stay on all of the time, while still others always take off their dog’s collar at night.

During the day, we recommend that you leave it on, but taking it off at night is good. The reason for this is that daytime is when your dog is the most active and you never know what might happen.

 If a cat crosses the yard when you are bringing in groceries, your dog could bolt out the door, and without the collar you’ll have a difficult task ahead of you in finding them if they go very far!

Can I put a collar on my 6 week old puppy?

It is better to wait until your puppy is at least 10 weeks old, but if you still want to put a collar on them then it’s okay. Just use something very soft, such as satin, or a whelping collar. Whelping collars are designed to identify newborn pups in a litter that don’t have any distinguishing marks.

They are soft and gentle on the puppy’s neck, making whelping collars a great option if you want to collar your dog at such an early age.

Are e collars abusive?

Not all e collars are abusive, but the ones that use electric shock are definitely considered to be so by most. There are varieties, however, that work in different ways. Some spray a citrus scent, for instance, when your dog is barking, while others will emit tones that annoy your dog, rather than hurt them.

The safest options are vibrating collars, which simply vibrate like your phone would when you set it silent and this serves to get your dog’s attention – not to harm them.

Is a bark collar cruel?

It depends on the type of bark collar. Some collars are designed to give a mild shock, and these are considered by most to be on the cruel side (a minor electric shock is still an electric shock!). Other bark collars spray a dog with citrus or other concoctions, and these tend to be frowned upon as well.

Vibrating bark collars are okay and there are also ones that emit tones when your dog starts barking, so that your dog associates being vocal with the noise and stops. Of this last pair, vibrating collars are considered to be the most humane.

Do vets recommend bark collars?

Vets do not recommend bark collars to be your first option when it comes to training your dog not to bark. Perhaps as a ‘last ditch’ effort this might be recommended by your local vet, but more commonly positive reinforcement will get you the same results without having to result to a bark collar.

When your dog barks, try to get their attention and say ‘quiet’, while holding up a treat. When your dog calms down in anticipation of a yummy snack, repeat the word ‘quiet’ and give them the treat. Repeat this when your dog barks and you might be surprised how quickly they’ll learn – no bark collar required.

Do vibrating dog collars hurt?

No, vibrating bark collars do not hurt, they simply vibrate much like your cellular phone would whenever your dog barks and this gets your dog’s attention. When they stop barking, the vibrating stops, and after a while your dog learns to bark less so that they don’t feel the annoying – but harmless – vibrations on their throat.

Are vibrating bark collars humane?

Yes. There is a world of ‘bad collars’ out there, with prong and shock collars being good examples of painful collars that you shouldn’t put on your dog. Vibrating collars are a humane option that helps when a dog is resistant to learning the ‘quiet’ command and many owners swear by them!

They don’t spray chemicals or deliver an electric shock; they simply vibrate and this is a great way to get your dog’s attention without harming your furry friend in the process.

Are ‘electric fence’ collars cruel?

Marketing as an ‘invisible fence’, the design of these devices is basically that you bury a device in one location to mark the boundary of the yard, and if your dog gets too close to this then their collar delivers an electric shock to them so that they will not cross.

While a vibrating collar electric fence option would be humane, we would not consider any collar that delivers an electric shock to be anything less than cruel.