Understand how to get the dog comfortable with a collar!

There's nothing better than spending time with our four-legged companions, is there? Of course, one of the coolest ways to do this is through tours. But it is not always easy to take the pet to see new places. Therefore, we have prepared some tips on how to get your dog used to a collar.

It is important to be calm in the whole process of training the puppies with the leash, as the walk has to be a fun time for them. Therefore, we are going to present some techniques and models of this accessory.


How to choose the ideal collar?



There are many models of dog collars. So, it is very important to choose one that is the right size for the pet, made of a strong material to prevent leakage. 

If you like to practice creativity, you can choose an accessory with fun prints. If you prefer, bet on the plain item, with a single color. Thus, the pet will be beautiful and well protected for the ride! We've listed some of the most popular examples below.


Pectoral collar



This model is great for smaller dogs, but can be found in medium and large sizes. The design is different from a more traditional collar, as it covers the entire chest region comfortably and securely. 


Flat collar



This dog collar is already well known by those who love pets. It has a design of a strap, which goes around the pet's neck. This model can be enhanced with nameplates. It is important to choose a guide that fits snugly into the accessory to avoid mishaps on the rides.


Hanger



The choke chain is a type suitable for animals that are in training or are very agitated during the ride. With a collar of this model, the dog will be more under the control of the tutor. However, it is important to choose one that is well adjusted to the animal so as not to harm it.


Halter



This collar has a design like a dog's neck and muzzle. It is recommended for pets at the beginning of training. It may be a little uncomfortable for the pet at first, but it will get used to it with calm and patience and be more comfortable during the walk. 


Care before the tour



The process of getting used to a dog with a collar begins at home. First, it's nice to let the pet sniff the accessory. As it is an object that will limit movement, it is important that there is training to help work their sensory part to the noise and composition of this new item. 

When putting the collar on for a dog walk, choose a quiet and familiar place in the house. Do not immediately pull the tab after attaching it to the accessory, as this may scare the pet. After he gets used to walking with the object, take the opportunity to make small turns in the familiar environment.

If you feel that he is having difficulties with the collar, you can try to make him more comfortable with snacks, for example. The stimulus made with these snacks creates a good association between the pet and the accessory. Thus, going out for the ride is much more fun for both you and the pet.


Time for the ride!



To walk a dog on a leash, the first thing to do is choose a quieter place to start the adaptation process. Try to avoid times with very intense sun, between 10 am and 4 pm, as the heat can cause burns on the pads of the paws and problems with the dogs' skin.

It is important to take a good look at the dog's behavior during the walk. Even though you are in control, always try to respect the pace that the pet sets. To build a trusting relationship, avoid pulling the lead to get you on the right path.

Always take breaks along the way for him to rest and hydrate. Also, it is important to remember that pets rely on sensory reactions. So, in these short breaks, dogs can explore the new environment and become familiar with everything that exists there.


Other tips to enjoy the ride with the pet!

As much as we have used the pet to wear the collar indoors, walking on the street is more challenging. After all, the street has a series of stimuli that divert the dog's attention and can make him uncomfortable with the lead. For this reason, at least for the first few times, give preference to quieter places and times.


Provide an enjoyable outing experience



As long as the dog with a collar gets used to wearing the accessory, the walk tends to be a very pleasant experience. So much so that, over time, it becomes unnecessary to use a snack to place the tab. The ride itself becomes the reward and the positive association with the accessory. 

It is important to get the animal used to the presence of other animals. There are several outdoor places with pet-friendly spaces, that is, dedicated entirely to pets. Constant interaction helps to keep the dog from being afraid of others. 

Always try to create a routine and stick to it. This right schedule helps in training the animals, getting them used to this time outdoors. Pay attention to allergies on the dog's skin, as the walks generate a lot of contact with nature. If you notice anything unusual, contact your trusted veterinarian.