Q: Need advice on how to keep a puppy from scratching at his collar.
September 8, 2008 | By Grlsci | 9 answers | Expired: 2036 days ago
My puppy apparently doesn't like collars; he constantly scratches at his collar. I have removed it for now because he was scratching so much his fur was coming out. He is now in a harness but he scratches at that too. Any advice to keep him from scratching would be appreciated.
No fleas or allergies and vet has given him a clear bill of health.
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Sep 20, 2008
Some animals are collar sensitive. Sometimes you can start with just tying ribbon around their neck and playing with them or feeding treats when they don't scratch and then remove it. Just put the collar on when there is something fun to do at first and they will associate having fun and it won't bother them after awhile.
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Sep 09, 2008
Remember a collar is a foreign object to them and something unusual against their body. Just like a horse the first time you put a blanket on them they normally try to shake it off.
My boys seldom wear collars in the house so when they see the collars coming out they know it's time to go for a ride/walk which thrills the devil out of them.
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Sep 08, 2008
I would first check for allergies, fleas, dry skin, etc to see if the scratching is not from the collar but from another problem. Did you socialize the puppy to the collar? That is, slowly introduce it to him? Dogs don't come with the innate knowledge that they are supposed to wear collars, and can get very uncomfortable with the idea. Try slowly reintroducing the collar by having it on for an hour one day and for potty breaks, two hours the next, and so on. When he doesn't get upset about the collar, remember to praise him with a treat [meaning a favorite toy, food bit, or just some lovin' from his owner]. Also, maybe reserve his favorite toy for only those times he has the collar on, that way he associates the collar with only good things and is more distracted by the sudden appearance of his favorite toy or a walk around the block than with the fact that he's got a collar on. Also, make sure the collar is not too tight. Two fingers should easily be able to slide under it. Always make sure that when the puppy goes into the crate, his collar is removed to prevent any injury.
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