You should always keep your dog’s collar clean and comfy to wear. Dog collars can become grimy and the fur underneath them can become tangled and matted. As your dog pretty much needs to wear the collar all the time, keeping it comfortable is crucial.
This article looks at dog collars and the importance of maintaining them properly and looks at the issue of collar discomfort and what can be done to relieve it.
Table of Contents
- How often should I wash my dog’s collar?
- Can you machine wash dog collars?
- How do you hand wash dog collars?
- How do you wash a leather dog collar?
- Can I wash a dog’s collar using natural cleaners?
- How often should you replace dog collars?
- Should dogs sleep in their collars?
- Should puppies keep collars on all day?
How often should I wash my dog’s collar?
Your dog’s collar should be washed whenever you think it needs it! Some dog owners recommend cleaning the collar every time the dog is washed. Others attend to the collar only after checking that it actually needs a clean.
How often you wash your dog’s collar also depends on the dog and the environment he lives in. Some dogs spend most of their time indoors, while others have access to backyards. Naturally outdoor dogs will need their collars attended to more regularly.
A soiled dog collar can be very uncomfortable and irritating if left, and dogs can develop a range of skin conditions if collars rub, chafe, or snag fur or skin for any length of time.
Can you machine wash dog collars?
You can machine wash a dog’s collar if it is made of machine washable materials. This means that nylon collars are fine, but leather collars (which are more easily damaged in water) are best cleaned by hand.
Dry the collar thoroughly by lying flat on a towel.
How do you hand wash dog collars?
Handwashing a synthetic dog collar is quick and easy, and best done in the kitchen sink with warm water, some mild detergent or dish soap and a small scrubbing brush.
If the collar is especially grubby, allow it to soak for around 10 minutes. If the collar is a particularly wide one, experts recommend use a gentle dog shampoo. These are made especially for animals, and so shouldn’t harm sensitive skin, unlike some human soaps and detergents.
Pat the collar dry before hanging it up.
It’s possible to purchase dog collars which are waterproof. When shopping, look for durable PVC coated webbing. This material makes collar cleaning (and drying) even easier.
How do you wash a leather dog collar?
Leather dog collars are a little more sensitive to water, so it’s best to wipe them clean rather than dunking them in.
Use a damp cloth (a damp rough towel if the collar is very soiled) and some mild soapy warm water. Wipe the collar thoroughly and leave to dry.
Can I wash a dog’s collar using natural cleaners?
Natural cleaners for dog’s collars are just as effective as conventional ones, and very good for removing doggy smells as well.
Clean synthetic dog collars in a bowl of water to which you’ve added a cup of vinegar and/ or some baking soda. The baking soda will soften the water, and the vinegar will clean and deodorize the collar.
Dog collars are known for becoming smelly from the build up of grime and oils from your dog’s fur. Collars can also be spattered with bits of food, especially if your dog is a messy eater. Use a toothbrush to remove any food build up.
Some dog lovers add lemon juice or use apple cider vinegar for collar washing: they are both excellent deodorizers.
It’s best not to soak collars in these solutions – sometimes dogs just don’t like that clean vinegar smell that we appreciate.
Never soak leather collars anyway – they are always best cleaned by wiping over with a rough towel.
How often should you replace dog collars?
Dog collars must be replaced once they show signs of wearing out. Dogs collars that are torn, frayed, stretched or broken will be uncomfortable to wear, and at worst, dangerous for your dog.
A dog at large without identification does not have a good chance of being reunited with you and is less likely to be approached and attended to by passers-by.
Therefore, if your dog’s collar is looking a little worn, replace it immediately. Not only will it be comfier, it’ll also be stronger and more secure.
Should dogs sleep in their collars?
Some dogs have no problem with spending the night in a collar, but others welcome some collar free time every night. It really depends on the nature of your dog and on how well secured they are in your home all night.
Dog experts recommend some collar free time each night because it allows the dog’s neck and skin to breath and for fur to smooth out and avoid becoming matted.
Other experts warn of the risks involved if your dog leaves your home without identification.
Should puppies keep collars on all day?
All puppies will go through some kind of collar training, and it’s important to allow “time off” while introducing the collar gently and gradually.
It’s normal for puppies to find their first collars a little unsettling, and some dogs will experience “collar anxiety” for years.
Puppies can usually be coaxed to first wear a collar for up to five minutes at a time. Offering a treat and/or a game can help with this because the pup will begin to associate the collar with pleasant things.
It’s especially important that he learn to accept the collar for anything and everything that happens outdoors. Therefore, the collar, which, will be worn for increasing lengths of time, must be fitted correctly and be clean and comfortable.
It is unreasonable to expect a puppy (or any dog) to wear a collar which is frayed, rough, too tight, too loose, or prickly and dirty.