It is natural for us to think that all dogs can wear a collar with no problems; however, some dogs are senstive about wearing a collar as well as letting anyone tug on it. Many dog bites occur because the act of grabbing the dogs collar or even wearing a lead startles the dog. Today we are going to work on desensitizing your dog to collar grabs. Got your treats? Let’s get started.
Pick a quiet place away from distractions to work with your dog.
Ask him to sit (if he knows that command) and give him several treats without touching him.
Next touch his head with one hand and give him a treat with the other.
Now, touch under his chin and reward with the other hand.
Continue touching and treating, gradually moving closer and closer to his collar.
Once your dog is comfortable with being rubbed around and under the collar, start moving the collar back and forth. You will want to work up in time to how long you can move the collar or grab at it.
Keep training sessions short, 5 minutes or so to keep both you and the dog comfortable.
If you have a non-aggressive puppy you can approach this in a different way by frequently interrupting play sessions by taking your puppy by the collar, asking him to sit, praising him, offering a treat, and then letting him go back to play.
Repeat this throughout the day, reaching for his collar faster and faster the more you practice.