Your Puppy’s First Collar

Many puppies can find wearing a collar very daunting. Remember new experiences can be challenging for little pups, so it’s important to make any new situation as positive as possible. The key is desensitising your new furry best friend to all these new sights, sounds and feelings.

Gently Does It

  • In order to get your puppy feeling confident and content in his new gear, it’s important to choose an appropriate collar. The best collars will be lightweight, adjustable and gentle on your puppies’ neck.Pets Corner provide a handy fitting service, so can help find the right size for your pup. There are plenty of options to choose when it comes to collars,

  • Allow your puppy to roll around and paw at it, remaining calm and quiet while he does this. Don’t tell him off or try to comfort him – let him get used to the collar in his own way. You could try and distract your puppy with a favourite toy? If your puppy has already began clicker training, you could use a click followed by a tasty treat to help build a positive association. Remember clicker training can be incredibly rewarding and powerful. Check out this handy Clicker Training Guidehere to get started!


  • Attach the lead to the collar and allow your pup to drag the lead around for a few minutes. This will start getting your pup get used to the sensation of his new walking equipment. Repeat this for longer periods of time and make sure you have plenty of toys and treats to make the experience positive. Keep an eye on puppy and allow him to explore whilst wearing his fancy new gear, make sure he doesn’t get tangled up anywhere!

  • You can also try putting your puppy on his lead at mealtimes. This will help your precious puppy associate the lead with good things! What makes a dog happier than dinner?
  • My First Collar

    Great & Small have a great range of collars in two finishes – woven nylon and plastic-leather finish – to allow for a comfortable fit around puppy necks, and we provide a free in-store fitting service to help you find the correct size for your puppy (make sure your puppy has been vaccinated before coming to see us!). We suggest you choose a size that is secure but can be adjusted to give your puppy some “growing room”, or you may be buying a new one before you know it. Thankfully, Great & Small collars come in several sizes in the same designs, so you can choose the same design for your first collar and stick with it as your puppy grows up. Extra handy if you’ve chosen a matching lead, too!

    My First Tag

    By law dogs are required to wear tags in public places inscribed with the name, address and phone number of the owner.  Don’t worry all this can be done for you in store, so head to your local Pets Corner for our Tag Engraving Service.