Should Puppy Sleep With A Collar On? (Solved & Explained!)

No, there is really no reason for a puppy to sleep with their collar, and leaving it on might make it harder for your puppy to sleep. It’s a good practice to remove it before bed and whenever you bring your dog inside.

This gives them a little break from the collar and it’s also good for the skin and fur on your pup’s neck.

For the remainder of this article, we’re going to talk about collars, leads, and harnesses. What type of collar is best? Can I use a figure-8 lead with my puppy? Find out the answers to these and other important questions in the sections below!

When should a puppy start wearing a collar?

10 weeks is a good age to start your puppy on using their collar. While you could certainly do it sooner, 10 weeks is optimal for a number of reasons. Your puppy will be a little better developed, for one thing, but more importantly any walks done before vaccines are completed (around 16 weeks) must be carefully done.

Avoid other dogs, don’t let your puppy sniff droppings either, and stay away from any stagnant ponds. Until vaccinations are completed your puppy is still quite vulnerable to disease. Also, you should limit walks to 10 to 15 minutes at a time – think in terms of 5 minutes for every month of age and you should be fine.

Is it OK to grab a puppy by the collar?

No, it is not a good idea to grab your pup by the collar. This puts pressure on your puppy’s fragile neck and you can harm them if you are not careful.

That said, if you use a harness for walking, then this is less pressure on their neck, as harnesses employ a back or chest clip, and often the harness will have a handle. You can use this handle instead of the collar and it won’t hurt your dog because the force distributes on their back or chest, instead of the neck.

Should I take my puppy’s collar off in crate?

It is a good idea to take off your puppy’s collar whenever you aren’t there to supervise them – especially while they are still getting used to it.

When the collar is new, it’s not uncommon for a pup to try to put their paw in there, and this puts a lot of strain on their neck and the pup might even get their paw caught. Take off the collar when you put them in the crate and at night after you’ve walked them before bed.

This way you’ll avoid any accidents and you’ll also give your puppy’s neck skin a little time to ‘breathe’.

Can I use a figure of 8 lead on a puppy?

No, a figure 8 lead is not a good idea for a pup or even an adult dog, in our opinion. This is because a figure 8 will tighten on a pup’s nose and throat whenever they pull against it.

This can cause understandable panic, as your puppy won’t understand this, and they may try to run away and make it even tighter. Stick with a harness and leash for walking – it’s humane and won’t hurt your dog at all if you are only using the harness for walks outside.

What type of collar is best for a puppy?

A nylon collar is an inexpensive, yet lightweight and durable option for your puppy. You can get them in reflective colors as well, for those potty breaks at night, and they won’t weigh your puppy down.

Avoid leather collars at this age – your puppy will chew it if they can get at it – and the leather’s weight plus the buckles are often a wee bit heavy for your puppy’s little neck.

How long should a puppy leash be?

4 feet is a good leash length for your puppy or even for an adult dog. This gives you a lot of control, which is especially important when your dog has not yet learned to trod along next to you, but rather tries to pull you in every direction because of their excitement with being outside.

Use this in conjunction with a harness and you have a winning combination that will give you control without unduly straining your puppy’s neck.

Is a leather collar good for a puppy?

While it’s awfully cute to see an adorable puppy with a spiky, leather collar, it’s not really the best idea unless you intend to always take it off when they are inside.

Leather collars tend to be heavier than standard nylon collars, due to the thickness and natural weight of the leather and because of the buckles (or those spikes!) that are part of the design. It’s better to stick with nylon for now and you can always get your dog a leather collar later when they get a little bit bigger.

How do I know if my puppy’s collar is too tight?

Press your index finger and your middle finger together and try to push your fingers between your puppy’s neck and collar. If you can easily fit them inside, but there’s not a lot of room, then the collar is just about perfectly tightened.

If it feels loose, then you need to tighten it one more notch or your puppy might slip out, but if it is difficult to push your fingers through then the collar is way too tight and should be loosened.

This is important, as a collar that is too tight strains your pup’s neck and can even cause eventual nerve damage in their legs.

Can my puppy wear a harness all of the time?

No. While there are extra-padded, snug-fit type harnesses out there that have all-day wear as a selling point, it’s still not a good idea to leave the harness on all of the time. This is because a harness puts a little strain on your puppy’s shoulders.

The effect is slow but cumulative, causing eventual shoulder pain and potentially may cause joint damage. This is easily avoided by simply removing the harness as soon as you get home and only putting it on for walks outside.

Is it better to train a puppy with a collar or harness?

A harness is definitely the better choice. You can still use the collar, but just don’t use it for walking. Put your puppy’s registration and identification tags on the collar and simply use it that way.

While the collar has long been the traditional spot for a leash, the harness is better, because it won’t strain your puppy’s neck when you pull the leash. Instead, a clip on the back or the front of the harness is where the force will go – giving you better control and a much safer option for your puppy’s fragile neck.