When Should a Puppy Start Wearing a Collar?

When should a puppy start wearing a collar? - Petiquette Collars

So you’ve just brought home your adorable new puppy! Excitement is probably buzzing through you, but amidst the furball snuggles and playtime, a question might pop into your head: “When can this little puppy start wearing a collar?”

It’s a great question, because a collar plays a big role in keeping your pup safe, comfy, and ready for future training adventures. This post will help you figure out the perfect timing for introducing a collar and give you some tricks to make the whole experience smooth sailing for both of you.

Why Is It Important for Puppies to Wear Collars?

Before getting into the specifics of timing, it’s important to understand why puppies should wear collars in the first place:

  1. Identification: A collar with an ID tag can help reunite you with your puppy if they get lost.
  2. Training: Collars are essential tools in training your puppy to walk on a leash.
  3. Control: A collar provides you with better control over your puppy during walks or outings.

When Can Puppies Start Wearing Collars?

Age Considerations

Puppies can start wearing collars as early as 8 weeks old. At this age, they are typically weaned from their mother and are ready to explore their new environment. However, every puppy is different, and some may be ready earlier or later than others.

Size and Breed Factors

The size and breed of your puppy also play a role in determining when they should start wearing a collar. Smaller breeds may need more time to adjust due to their delicate necks, while larger breeds might be ready sooner.

Choosing the Right Puppy Collar


The material of the collar is crucial for ensuring comfort and durability. Common materials include:

  • Nylon: Lightweight and durable but can cause some irritation.
  • Leather: Comfortable, durable and oh so stylish, soft leather puppy collars can be an excellent first choice for your pup, ensure a good fit so that the end isn’t used as a chew toy.
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  • Fabric: Soft but not as durable as nylon or leather.


A properly fitting collar is essential for your puppy’s comfort and safety. Most collar makers will have their own guide on how to measure the correct collar size for your puppy.  We’d always advise checking with the manufacturer to ensure the perfect fit for your pup.


Opt for an adjustable collar that can grow with your puppy.  Remember though, as a puppy grows into an adult, the needs they have from their collar will change.  There is no one collar that will be suitable from puppy to adult, and if somebody tries to sell you a collar that they say is, run for the hills, they don’t have your puppy’s best interests at heart.

How to Introduce Your Puppy to Their New Collar

Gradual Introduction

Start by letting your puppy sniff and explore the collar before putting it on them. This helps them become familiar with this new object.

Short Sessions

Initially, let your puppy wear the collar for short periods—just a few minutes at a time—gradually increasing the duration as they become more comfortable.

Positive Reinforcement

Use treats and praise to reward your puppy when they wear their collar without fussing. This creates positive associations with wearing the collar.

Common Challenges and How to Overcome Them

Scratching at the Collar

It’s normal for puppies to scratch at their new collars initially. Distract them with toys or treats until they get used to it.

Chewing on the Collar

If your puppy tries to chew on their collar, ensure it’s fitted correctly—not too loose but not too tight either—and provide chew toys as alternatives.

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When Not To Use a Collar

While collars are generally safe, there are situations where you might want to avoid using them:

  • Crate Time: Remove the collar when placing your puppy in their crate to prevent accidental choking.
  • Playtime with Other Dogs: During rough play sessions with other dogs, remove the collar to avoid potential injuries from getting caught or pulled.


Introducing a collar is an important milestone in every young dog’s life. Knowing when a puppy should start wearing a collar involves considering factors like age, breed size, material choice and quality.  Gradual introduction coupled with positive reinforcement methods will ensure a smooth introduction to wearing a collar, making sure both owner & pet enjoy stress-free experiences together!