Will my puppy ever get used to not freaking out over wearing a collar? 3 days on and still freaking. Any advise?

Asked by Hank on Sep 23rd 2010 Tagged collar, issues, refusal in Behavior & Training
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Get your puppy used to it. Make it fun to put on the collar, Let the puppy sniff it, and maybe put your scent on it too?
Maybe put on the collar, and give treats to distract her/him. And then start playing to show that wearing it is a positive thing!

Good luck! :)

Natcho answered on 9/23/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Be patient with the puppy - it must feel weird to have a cloth thing around his neck! Let him sniff the collar, and maybe put it near him when he's in the house to let him get used to it. Then, feed him treats while putting the collar on and praise him like crazy when he doesn't care about the collar. Be positive while he's wearing it, and praise & feed treats a lot. Eventually he won't freak out anymore.

Ellie answered on 9/23/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

❤  Sadie ❤

Place the collar on the floor and let him just sniff it out and treat him when he sniffs it so he begins to realize collar=treat then move onto putting it on treating him then taking it off, then start to continuely add time between putting it on and taking it off

❤ Sadie ❤ answered on 9/26/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


To add to the good advise so far, I would suggest NOT putting the collar on when your puppy resists it. When you go to put it on, if he struggles against it, stop what your doing. Make him feel safe with the collar first using the tips already mentioned, then go to put it around his neck. If he pulls his head back, don't force it on, and just keep on encouraging him.
You'll know when he's ok with it when he moves his head towards you, lowers his head, or doesn't pull away, when you go to put it on. When this happens only leave the collar on briefly then take it off again. Keep continuing this and he'll be fine with it!

It may take some time working with him on this, but don't give up and good luck!

Member 999413 answered on 9/26/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Hold the collar in one hand and a treat in the other. The idea is that the puppy has to stick it's head through the collar to get the treat on the other side. Then lots of praise and games and playing should come and it'll be easier through time. Best of luck!

☼Annie☼ answered on 10/2/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


With both our Huskies, we started with short periods of wearing the collar. we got them to sit, put the collar on, then distracted with play and treats. If the puppies were left alone, they tried to get it off. Walking on a leash is another ball game; they need to be comfortable with their collars first and relax while wearing it. Our first puppy, Yuki, gave us hell with the collar and didn't like it one bit. Now she's the owner of many collars and doesn't mind them. Success will come. :)

Yukihana answered on 3/15/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


give it time. puppies get used to it. tigger didn't like it at first either and now he freaks out and mopes if i take it off. he actually cries. ladybug doesn't seem to care. i think it's easier when they see you put one on another dog first.

maybe use the leash and take him out for a quick walk even it's just in the yard. that way he will know collar means fun and probably won't even think about it when you come back in.

Member 1001898 answered on 7/3/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer