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Good evening everyone,

I have a nine week old Yorkshire terrier puppy. Tomorrow evening he will be attending puppy party is held by pets at home. This is to help keep socialise taking him in between his vaccinations.
One of the rules of parties is that he must wear a collar and leash. I presume depending on how many dogs are there and how they interact they will have their leads off at a later date but he will have to wear a collar. As you can imagine he's pretty tiny so it's very hard work to find him a collar that fits and currently I have two; a toy dog collar which is has a buckle but is quite stiff when I adjust the size so sticks out and a puppy webbing collar with a pin buckle that I can adjust to his size.
He doesn't mind the toy one as much but where it has the loop for adjustment, that tends to separate andstick out quite a bit when I adjust it so I'm worried he will catch his leg on it and he absolutely despises the webbing one because he can feel the weight of the buckle and just goes absolutely crackers until I take it off him :(
I'm really struggling because I cannot get him to wear a collar no matter what I do and his first class is tomorrow. Does anybody have any recommendations on a quick fix to help him get used to it? X
 

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My suggestion would be a harness. Their tracheas are very delicate and could suffer injury from a collar. You can definitely use a collar for him to wear around the house and for ID tags and what not, but a harness should be used for walking, training, ect.
 

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My suggestion would be a harness. Their tracheas are very delicate and could suffer injury from a collar. You can definitely use a collar for him to wear around the house and for ID tags and what not, but a harness should be used for walking, training, ect.
I will definitely have him in a harness but need the collar for ID as you say. Also, I cannot find a harness small enough for him at his young age. Do you have any recommendations? xx
 

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Teddy's first harness was bought on ebay, they had xxs ones and I couldn't find that size anywhere else. An xs one might work if it's adjustable it could fit him, but he'll still have some room in it.
 

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I will definitely have him in a harness but need the collar for ID as you say. Also, I cannot find a harness small enough for him at his young age. Do you have any recommendations? xx

Try a kitten harness, that's what I used with Tucker when he was that young. He was just under 3lbs at 8 weeks old.
 

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I'm having this same problem with my chihuahua puppy. When I put the collar on, he jumps around, crying and scratching. And when he's not doing that, he refuses to move. I've been around many dogs and never seen a reaction this extreme. You would think the collar was giving him electric shocks or something.

I have a harness like the one in the link but it's still too big - and that was the second one I bought. I'm at a loss for what to do... I've had him 4 days now and because of this he hasn't been outside once yet. We are at a -10 on house training. :(
 

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I'm having this same problem with my chihuahua puppy. When I put the collar on, he jumps around, crying and scratching. And when he's not doing that, he refuses to move. I've been around many dogs and never seen a reaction this extreme. You would think the collar was giving him electric shocks or something.

I have a harness like the one in the link but it's still too big - and that was the second one I bought. I'm at a loss for what to do... I've had him 4 days now and because of this he hasn't been outside once yet. We are at a -10 on house training.
Hey,

I think they hate the collars more as where they are so small, they feel the weight and restriction of a collar more.

I got Teddy a kitten harness from the pet store. Fits fine to go to his puppy classes and by the time he can go walking, he should be a bit bigger and will hopefully fit into a puppy harness.

If that is still too big try a rabbit harness or a ferret one xx
 

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try putting it on for short increments of time and treating him, slowly extending the time he keeps it on but not too quick that he reacts negatively. put his collar by things he likes, such as near his food bowl while he's eating. this makes him associate the collar with good things such as his food and treats.
 

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I'm with @timber. I just put Tessa's collar on and left it, eventually she just got used to it. Pretty simple. If you keep taking it off when he acts sad or doesn't eat, then he'll just learn if I act this way eventually the thing I don't want on me is going to come off. The collar isn't hurting him, and I doubt it's hindering his ability to eat, so put on him and leave it.
 
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