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Old 02-21-2014, 06:23 PM
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Sam likes to take his collar, and chew it after running away. Maybe let him chew it a bit so he sees it's not scary?

If not-try a soft harness. The kind with the padding. It's less pressure around his neck.
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Old 02-22-2014, 07:50 AM
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I would get her used to the collar as soon as possible.You don't want her to get used to not having one on because when you take her for a walk or to the vet she's gonna need one and might freak out when you do have to put it on her.My dogs freak out I when I take it off them -total opposite.But you want to get her used to it for her own safety.Shes young and will adjust.
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I never had problems with this, because starting whenever he was able to walk, the breeder put different colored collars on him so that they could tell the puppies apart. My boy had a green collar on, and when that got too small, he got a peacock collar. So, he was used to collars.

I would not recommend hand feeding though.
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I's going slow, but I'm still hopeful. Trying the treats, and just laying the collar over his neck, after he has smelled it, and when it is on his neck, he tries to hide in my lap. So.....I got a tiny harness, did the treats draped it over his back, seemed a bit better, actually got it hooked around him -left it for just a few seconds then took it off and let him smell it, did this for about three minutes and then stopped. He seemed ok. So I'm just going to do this several times a day, We live by a road, and have two other rescue dogs that love to go for walks, so I'm hoping he will get used to this before warm weather comes so he can enjoy the walks! We live in a very cold climate (Indiana) and he refuses to wear any kind of shirt or sweater. Not a big deal right now. I'm thinking he just doesn't like any kind of weight on his back?? Although I massage him and he likes it. Sorry this is so long, it's just worrisome to me
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I's going slow, but I'm still hopeful. Trying the treats, and just laying the collar over his neck, after he has smelled it, and when it is on his neck, he tries to hide in my lap. So.....I got a tiny harness, did the treats draped it over his back, seemed a bit better, actually got it hooked around him -left it for just a few seconds then took it off and let him smell it, did this for about three minutes and then stopped. He seemed ok. So I'm just going to do this several times a day, We live by a road, and have two other rescue dogs that love to go for walks, so I'm hoping he will get used to this before warm weather comes so he can enjoy the walks! We live in a very cold climate (Indiana) and he refuses to wear any kind of shirt or sweater. Not a big deal right now. I'm thinking he just doesn't like any kind of weight on his back?? Although I massage him and he likes it. Sorry this is so long, it's just worrisome to me

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Just be careful you don't actually sensitize him further. I have found with my dogs, when I am trying to counter condition fears, that if I go too fast, and elicit that fear, even a wee little bit, we don't make progress with getting them over it.

So pay the most attention to how he is FEELING, as you work with him. You must keep him in a happy mood, or the exercises will just make his fear worse. So go super slow at first. Just have the collar on the floor while he gets treats. Work your way up to treats near the collar on the floor, then he gets treats in the middle of the collar on the floor and so on.

It is also important that he sees the collar BEFORE he sees the treats. The collar must become the PREDICTOR of treats, not the other way around. Otherwise all your dog will learn is that these counter conditioning sessions are just about feeling anxious, while eating treats. Really!

Believe me, I learned all these things the hard way, by doing it wrong myself, so had to work extra hard to fix things!
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As far as his sensitivity to things on his skin, my dogs are the same way. They hate wearing a coat or blanket. The good news is that people tend to overestimate how much a dog really needs a coat. Our dogs, as adults now, go out in temperatures below zero without a coat. The male never wears anything, even in the coldest weather and does just fine because he has a very good natural coat. The only time I put a coat on our female, who's natural fur is a bit thin, is if it is around freezing temperature and its raining, or if it is well below zero and windy. But even then it is not necessary just for a quick potty walk.

All that is to say, you may not need a coat at all for your dog, depending on how his own fur develops and his tolerance for cold when he is grown up. Quick potty trips don't need coats anyway. Just make sure you don't force him to be outside when he is cold. He will let you know if he is cold by running to the door or otherwise acting anxious.

Now everything I just said is completely untrue if your puppy is chihuahua mix or some other short coated or tiny breed! I'm talking about medium to large dogs who have some reasonably good natural coat of their own. They are a lot more rugged than we humans tend to realize.

Miniatures and short coated breeds on the other hand, are a different story and you need to definitely get them used to a coat and protect them from the cold.

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Tess, he is a yorkie/dachshund mix, and is very tiny, and thin fur, which is why I put a sweater on him, but he did the same thing as he does with the collar or harness, so no sweater or shirt for now.
He did do better today, wouldn't walk but was ok wearing it for a bit, I took it off before he noticed it.
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I never had problems with this, because starting whenever he was able to walk, the breeder put different colored collars on him so that they could tell the puppies apart. My boy had a green collar on, and when that got too small, he got a peacock collar. So, he was used to collars.

I would not recommend hand feeding though.
I think hand feeding is probably an awesome idea here-once you get him used to having a collar on him, hand feed with one hand while putting the collar on simultaneously. He likely will be fixated on eating and won't notice getting a collar put on after appropriate desensitization. Then he learns collar=food=not scary.
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ditto this ^^^ i see no reason not to hand feed him as you work on desensitizing him to the collar.

this shows a head collar, and i'm not recommending that, but the process of desensitization can help in your situation



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Tess, he is a yorkie/dachshund mix, and is very tiny, and thin fur, which is why I put a sweater on him, but he did the same thing as he does with the collar or harness, so no sweater or shirt for now.
He did do better today, wouldn't walk but was ok wearing it for a bit, I took it off before he noticed it.
OK, well he will definitely need to get used to a coat then, wee little fella!
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