Should You Take Dog Collar Off at Home? (Solved & Explained!)

Yes, if you don’t mind the extra minute that it takes to remove the collar, you should take it off before bedtime and put it back on in the morning. This gives your dog’s neck skin a break every night and makes the fur there look nicer, so it’s a good thing to do for this alone.

As an added bonus, your dog will be extra-excited when you fetch their collar in the morning, because they know it means that you are taking them out for a fun-filled walk outside!

For the remainder of this article, we’re going to tell you more about collars, based on a pool of questions trending the most from owners just like you. Let’s take a look at the questions and answers on everyone’s mind this week!

Why does my dog freak when I take his collar off?

If your dog is freaking out whenever you take their collar off, then they are associating this with something that they don’t like.

If you normally only take off their collar for baths, for instance, or long grooming sessions with a stiff brush and painful detangling, then your dog thinks that this is what is about to happen and they want absolutely NONE of it.

Unfortunately, all you can do is try taking the collar off more for playtime indoors, accompanied with treats and other fun things so that your dog won’t know for sure what you are up to when you are removing their collar. It’s sneaky, but that’s about the size of it!

Do dogs hate wearing collars?

Well, it’s not a popular answer, but yes. Collars aren’t really natural, so your dog is definitely not going to like it in the beginning, and some dogs never get used to them at all. The good news is that MOST dogs will adapt to it and leave their collar alone, eventually forgetting that it is there at all.

If you have a dog that despises their collar or simply want to give them a ‘breather’ from it, then take the collar off every night after the last walk of the day and put it back on in the morning. Your dog can’t thank you in words, but you’ll note their appreciation in their body language if you do this!

Do dogs get sad when you take their collar off?

No, dogs don’t really get sad when you take their collar off. After they have grown used to the collar, it’s just sort of an everyday thing to them. Your dog might get excited when you get the collar to put it on them in the morning, because they know that you are about to take them outside.

Beyond this, once they’ve grown used to the collar, they don’t really give it more thought than you would about throwing on a t-shirt. It’s just something that you do before you go outside!

Why does my dog act weird with a collar on?

If your dog acts weird when you are putting the collar on and they’ve already had some time to adjust to it, then you might be putting it on too tightly.

Try the ‘2-finger’ test to make sure that this is not the case. Place your index and middle fingers together, followed by pushing them between the collar and your dog’s neck. This should not be difficult, but if you find that it is, then you need to loosen that collar up a bit.

When the collar is too tight, it puts strain on your dog’s neck muscles, and eventually can become a chronic source of pain or worse – so, check the collar if your dog is acting weird and make sure that it’s not too tight!

Do dogs like collars with bells?

No. Unless your dog is really weird, they won’t like bells on their collar one bit. While it’s nice to know that your dog can’t sneak up on you or the housecat, the odds are that they find the bell really annoying so it’s not a good idea.

Unless you have a really good reason for it, it’s best to keep the bells off of your dog’s collar.

Why do dogs wear center ring collars?

Center-ring collars are a good choice for hunting dogs or for dogs who like to go hiking with their owners. The center ring functions as a safety measure on the chance that your dog accidentally tangles themselves up in the brush or snagged on a tree limb.

The ring allows a certain amount of flexible that the material of the collar does not have on it’s own, and it also lets the dog back away and slip the collar completely if they need to.

That said, since it let’s a dog wiggle out of their collar, a center ring should only be used if you absolutely trust your dog not to run away.

How does a safety ring on a dog collar work?

You will also hear safety ring collars referred to as O-ring collars and these are employed by lovers of the outdoors as a means for ensuring that their dog cannot get stuck on branches or brush.

By implementing a secondary pivot in the form of the safety ring, a dog can easily ‘unstick’ themselves from a branch or bush and failing this, they can back out of the collar completely if needed.

Can you use a retractable lead with a collar?

While you can, it’s not really a good idea and we’ll tell you why. A retractable lead, when not locked into position, is going to enact a constant pull on that collar, which in turns means consistent pressure on your dog’s fragile neck.

A standard lead will be less stressful and a harness is even better, but if you intend to still use a retractable leash with a collar then you need one that you can lock into place when you slide it down.

Otherwise, you’ll need to manually hold the locking button at all times to avoid undue pressure on your dog’s neck!

At what age should a puppy wear a collar?

It is recommended that you wait until your puppy is at least 10 weeks of age and that when you do walk them with a collar and leash, that you keep the sessions brief and stay away from other dogs, puddles of stagnant water, and dog droppings until your pup is FULLY vaccinated – typically by 14 weeks of age.

Are harnesses better than collars for walking?

Yes, harnesses are much better than collars when it comes to walking. With a harness, if you tug on the leash then the pressure will be on your dog’s back or chest, rather than on the collar on their neck. This is much safer and you also get a little better control over your dog, once you get used to the extra pull.