Should my 10 week old puppy wear a collar?

Go Back   Dog Forum > Keeping and Caring for Dogs > Dog Training and Behavior > Puppy Help

Should my 10 week old puppy wear a collar?

This is a discussion on Should my 10 week old puppy wear a collar? within the Puppy Help forums, part of the Dog Training and Behavior category; I have a 10 week old puppy that I rescued, (he was dropped off at a shelter), I have had many puppies in my life ...

User Tag List

Like Tree29Likes

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-20-2014, 07:44 PM
  #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 10
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Should my 10 week old puppy wear a collar?

I have a 10 week old puppy that I rescued, (he was dropped off at a shelter), I have had many puppies in my life and have Never had this kind of reaction. He simply Will not move. He will move only to climb in my lap to hide. The minute I take the collar off-he is playing, running and acting like a normal little guy. He doesn't cry, whine, he just sits there.
Any help would be appreciated. By the way he's the most precious baby!
FinnsMom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2014, 07:54 PM
  #2
Senior Member
 
Tess's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 13,331
Mentioned: 66 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Does his collar have noisy tags on it? They may be frightening for him. Get a collar with his name embroidered on it with a phone number, so you don't need tags.
Tess is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2014, 08:04 PM
  #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 10
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
No, in fact it's a cat collar because he's so little, I have tried everything I can think of, treats, praise, petting him while he's wearing it, and nothing so far has worked. He just sits like a statue, I'm really confused about this.
FinnsMom is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Old 02-20-2014, 08:25 PM
  #4
Senior Member
 
crock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: NW
Posts: 12,336
Mentioned: 340 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
It sounds like you'll just need to do some counter conditioning exercises, ie do some fun play/training with treats with the collar laying within sight, teach him to target the collar (ie hold it up, when he looks at it, praise and treat him, when he moves to it, praise and treat, when he touches it (the "targeting") praise and treat hi); then do lots of fun targeting with it around the house, then start touching him with it meanwhile giving lots of treats; when you remove the contact of the collar, stop giving the treats; then start laying it over his back (again, lots of treats while on, none while off), then move it up closer to his neck, repeat with treats; begin *acting* like you are going to buckle it, repeat with treats, up until you can buckle it for short periods of time--again, lots and lots of treats while on... increase the length of time.

All of this should be done slowly and broken into *many short sessions.* Read our "Calming Signals" sticky if you aren't familiar with them, so that you can notice even the slightest signs of stress--if you see those, take a break, and then go backwards a couple steps in the process.

I'm sure you get the idea. Baby steps with lots of treats.

It may also help to start afresh with a different collar.
Tess, Rain, AmandaNola and 4 others like this.
crock is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2014, 08:37 PM
  #5
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 10
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Thanks for the tips, I will definitely try them! I'm new here so I'm not sure where to find the Calming Signal sticky-I'm off to search though. Thanks again
FinnsMom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2014, 08:46 PM
  #6
Senior Member
 
crock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: NW
Posts: 12,336
Mentioned: 340 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
It is in the Training and Behavior Stickies subforum. That part of the forum is chock full of info. There are also stickies on other topics pinned to the tops of other forums like the General Discussion area.
FinnsMom likes this.
crock is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2014, 09:14 PM
  #7
Senior Member
 
kelly528's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Vancouver, BC
Posts: 3,885
Mentioned: 174 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
I've seen this sort of thing a few times before in dogs that are suddenly introduced to any new sort of headgear (collar, halti, muzzle, etc) too suddenly and are just left to panic and freak and exhaust every effort to get it off until they 'learn helplessness', ie get depressed about it. I'm willing to bet that something like that happened, as he didn't even try to fight it or get it off. Alternately, he might have caught a collar on something and was stuck for quite a while before getting help. Something here just reeks of a bad experience.

This is definitely something that you will need to counter-condition for: if you want an even smaller step to take at first you can try some exercises with a ribbon or some yarn. They are soft and almost weightless (less for the dog to get used to all at once), and you can remove them very fast (slip knot) if need be.

<------ And when he is cool with the ribbon they make an excellent fashion statement.
crock, AmandaNola and FinnsMom like this.
kelly528 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2014, 09:21 PM
  #8
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 10
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
I thought that myself, we don't know anything about him, and when I introduced the collar, he never even made a move. I thought this was so odd,so I scooted back a bit, called him and he ran and hid in my lap, that's when I tried the treats, etc. and nothing had worked. As of now he's easy to keep up with him outside while he is going potty, so I will be trying the other suggestions. It's just like a light switch with him, he's a great little boy, already sits, and comes when we call, knows where his food bowl is, and seems so happy-That is until the collar! I know we will get through this-thanks!
FinnsMom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2014, 09:28 PM
  #9
Senior Member
 
kelly528's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Vancouver, BC
Posts: 3,885
Mentioned: 174 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Yep. You see that a lot with dogs who have been too quickly familiarized with the Cone of Shame. That's what I think of reading about the 'depression' you describe when he has a collar on. They just sort of flop; they quit on everything. But puppies are surprisingly resilient so I have high hopes!
FinnsMom likes this.
kelly528 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2014, 09:40 PM
  #10
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 10
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
My rescue pup was fearful and scared. I made it a game by introducing the collar as a treat. I made the collar a big loop and every once in a while slip it on and give a treat and let her play. Encourage her to put the collar on. My puppy now dives into the collar although he is very disappointed when he receives praise rather than a treat. You could even try hand feeding meals I take every opportunity to train. It may take a few weeks but pretty soon she will see the positive side. Also see about a puppy class or play group my guy is starting when he turns 10 weeks but I have a few friends with puppies and we get together and let them play.

Last edited by jenmoser; 02-20-2014 at 09:47 PM. Reason: grammar
jenmoser is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Don't wear brand new clothes when you have a puppy wolfheartmoon General Dog Discussion 9 12-27-2013 09:17 AM
Trainer introduced prong collar to 12 week old pup phoenixcommodore1013 Dog Training and Behavior 22 09-06-2013 03:31 AM
Can my puppy wear a jumper indoors? crazy Dog Gear and Supplies 5 05-06-2013 10:34 PM
Does my dog have to wear a collar with id tag ?? LolaRottie General Dog Discussion 6 04-08-2011 05:57 PM


Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:31 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.