Do Dogs Like Collars or Are They Uncomfortable For Them?

Last Updated on June, 2023

Dog collars have become a fancy tool in the pet taming world. Collars have come a long way, from regular collars tied on a leash to e-collars controlled by a remote: collars are the dog owners most sought after equipment.

However, the comfort and whether the dog enjoys wearing it are questioned. Besides owning a dog, knowing what is best for the dog is essential. This article speaks about whether the dog enjoys collaring it up or otherwise.

Here are the 3 key points from this article:

  1. Dogs may not enjoy wearing collars, especially e-collars, because they can be uncomfortable or even painful.
  2. It’s important to find a collar that fits well and is comfortable for your dog.
  3. Dogs may become attached to their collars and may even grow possessive of them.

TLDR: Dogs may or may not enjoy wearing collars, depending on the type of collar and the dog’s individual personality. Some dogs may get used to and even enjoy wearing regular collars, while others may not like the sensation of wearing an e-collar or bark collar. It is important to carefully consider the type of collar you use on your dog, as well as your dog’s individual temperament, to ensure that the collar is comfortable and does not cause any negative psychological effects.

Do Dogs Really Enjoy Wearing Collars?

The answer might vary depending on the collar you use. At first, most dogs are scared to wear a collar. Make sure it is wearing a comfortable one. After some time, dogs enjoy wearing regular collars. 

Dogs tend to get attached quickly to their owners and the things they use. Dogs realize that putting on the collar means treats and walks, especially when connected to a leash.

After a few weeks of wearing it, the dog might consider it as a part of them. It might grow fond of the collar and might turn possessive. Taking your dog’s collar off its neck will make it disappointed.

However, e-collars and bark collars aren’t the same. The shock given from them can differ from mild to painful. Accidents happen, and pets get hurt. Dogs might not enjoy wearing them for an extended period. 

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The Mindset Of a Dog When Wearing a Collar

Dog's Mindset

A dog collar will feel like a neckpiece after a few days of use. It might get possessive and upset, which happens after removing it.

E-collars and bark collars, for some dogs, can do wonders by modifying their behavior. It might have adverse effects; when too much power is given to the dog, it damages its morale and mentality. 

Using an e-collar is like holding a knife. Try not to let accidents happen. If treated with caution, it doesn’t affect the mindset of a dog. Consider your dog’s behavior when wearing them. (1)

Is It Advisable to Use Dog Collars?

Keeping animals happy healthy is essential. A dog should wear a collar when you take it outside. Attach your dog’s identification tag in case of an emergency. However, it isn’t mandatory when the dog is at home or resting.

A million pets are lost globally; if the personal identification and emergency contact is clipped, the dog is more likely to return home even if it gets lost.

Experts suggest avoiding e-collars and bark collars. Behavioral training is encouraged before giving it a thought.

However, people reach out to e-collars for various reasons. They are:

  • It is a quick method to train a dog
  • It helps to contain a dog
  • Helps to control bark frequency

Taking Your Dog’s Collar Off

Just like collaring it up, removing your dog’s collar takes time. Some dogs act out of fear after collaring it for the first few days. Don’t try to speed up the process. (2)

The Perfect Dog Collar

Dog wearing a collar

How To Find The Perfect Size?

Fitting a loose collar can lead to dangerous outcomes, especially in a crowded and unfamiliar place. When the collar is too tight, it creates problems. Skin and neck sensitivities should be carefully looked after.

Collars though mentioned; small, medium and large. Each brand will have different measurements for those terms. Measure the dog’s neck and buy-in inches. A neck measured around 10 inches might need a collar of around 12 inches.

Many collars are adjustable. It will give you a range of 2-3 inches loose and tight from the mentioned size. However, finding the ultimate guide to keeping animals comfortable is beyond knowing the size.

How To Measure?

  • Measure using a flexible or fabric tape
  • Measure it twice
  • Measure where the collar should sit
  • Use the two-finger rule ( if it is hard to slide in two fingers, it is too tight)

Check this guide to know “how tight should a shock collar be on a dog“.

Given below is a picture of the sizing chart.

Find a Collar That Suits Your Dog

Do dogs like collars

Different collars serve different purposes. Shock collars and bark collars are used by dog owners who want their dogs to behave differently. It gives the dog a shock (electrical stimulation) to gain the desired result.

If the dog has skin allergies, consulting a vet is advisable. (3)

Many people use regular collars. It is cheap and effective in the long run. Most of the dogs enjoy wearing this. Many dog owners attach it on a leash before going for a walk.

When buying a collar, specific considerations crop up; some are:

  • Material
  • Adjustability level
  • Design 
  • Quality and durability

Above all of this, see whether the dog is fond of it. What matters, in the end, is the interest of the dog. (4)

Recommended to read: Best dog shock collar for large dogs

Things That Dogs Do When it is in Love With the Collar

Dog wearing a training collar

Besides collaring your dog, there are specific indications to know whether the dog is in love with the collar.

What happens after you remove the collar? Dogs are loyal, and after a few days of attachment, they become possessive. Taking it off once it gets used to it might indicate enough playtime. If you don’t keep your dog’s collar out of its reach, it will try to take it.

Training a Dog to Get Used to Wearing a Collar

At first sight, the dog will not like the thought of collaring it up. To get rid of the dog’s fear, introduce the collar gradually. Take your time, don’t force your dog to wear it. It will act out of fear and might lead to dangerous outcomes.

Give the dog their favorite meal. Pat your pet, and when it is calm, offer it to them as a gift. If it shows no signs of dislike, slowly collar it up. Make sure he’s wearing it comfortably.

Start by using it for a few minutes and slowly increase the usage time. Remove your dog’s collar or reposition it every few hours.

Is It Safe For a Puppy to Wear a Collar

It isn’t advisable to make a puppy wear a collar below 10-12 weeks. However, introducing it as a toy is a good idea. The pet will get used to it, and afterwards, collaring would make it way easier. (5)

A puppy’s neck grows faster. Don’t buy a collar, keeping a fully grown dog in mind. It is advisable to purchase collars every few months to find the ideal fit, especially if your pet is a puppy. 

There are various sizes of collars in the market. Puppies need to wear collars tailored for them, or it’ll be too heavy, and the puppy won’t like to wear them. Remove your pup’s collar if it doesn’t want to wear it.

Introducing e-collars to puppies isn’t the right choice. The minimum age you should use it on puppies is around 12-15 weeks. In the beginning, remove it after a few minutes of usage.

Common Mistakes People Make As a Trainer

People rush the process when making the dog wear his collar. Dog owners expect the dog to show instant improvement; remember to give it time.

Leaving the dog’s collar at night might not be an issue if it happens once or twice, but doing it for an extended period might burn or bring rashes to the skin beneath his collar.

When using an shock collar or e-collar, using a higher power too often can create panic and anxiety.

Not attaching emergency contact information is dangerous. Identification and emergency contact is needed in case the dog gets lost.


Closing Thoughts.

Collars might not be the only solution to your problem. Always seek expert advice and their services before concluding.

The article is a guide to keeping animals safe and protected when using a collar. Some dogs love wearing a regular collar, while other dogs don’t.

Always ensure the collar he wears contains his personal identification. Collar and id tags are a must-wear whilst going for a walk.

Try to understand and communicate with the dog. Understanding the dog’s feelings is more important than investing in a collar. 

Always listen to what the dog has to say; it shows how comfortable and interested it is. Depending on that, do what you feel is right. 



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Thomas Villalpando is the main author of IPet Guides. He spends his time reading, training, and working with several Dogs' behaviors. You can find more about him here.

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