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Question by kspreier
Submitted on 3/18/2004
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were trying to put a collar on our long haird chihuahua and he just wont let us, he pouts for days, wont go out side, acts like the collar is going to drive him nuts, he goes balistic, scratching and just layes around all the time, wont play, wont hardly go to the bath room, there is no irratation on his skin, not read no hair missing.  Hes 10 weeks old today

Answer by Willa
Submitted on 3/19/2004
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I think in time he will get use to his collar. He is a growing puppy so please adjust the collar as he grows.


Answer by Tanisha
Submitted on 3/19/2004
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Make sure it is a light weight nylon collar to make it more bearable. Your dog has to learn to wear a collar sometime and it is easier to start young so don't let him win this battle. What I mean is don't let him pout enough that you take it off. He needs to learn that you are in charge and won't cave to his whining. Good luck!


Answer by New Proud Owner
Submitted on 4/29/2004
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I completely understand your problem, my new baby (10 weeks old) has the same problem... He really doesn't like it and tries to scratch it off.


Answer by chimama
Submitted on 5/7/2004
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Make sure it's loose enough, and please have a tag attached to it with your address and phone number, just in case he gets out and/or lost.  I also have mine micro-chipped, cheap insurance in case something should happen, although they are mainly indoor dogs and are never outside without human supervision.

Just make sure to check it frequently so it doesn't get too tight, you may actually go through several collars until he reaches adult size, I started with a ferret collar, then a cat collar and finally a small dog collar.

Both my girls didn't like their collars at first, but the jingle of the tags became part of them, and now they don't like to be without their 'jewelry'.


Answer by new proud owner
Submitted on 6/11/2004
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My chi now loves putting on his harness, because he knows what happens when it's on. He gets to go for nice walks or a car ride. I think, they catch on, and will eventually grow out of that quickly like mine did! He just needs to make the connection.


Answer by abi
Submitted on 11/7/2004
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i think your puppy is accting totaly normal for his age. He will soon get used to his new colar but how about giving your puppy a treat when he is being conent with his collar on, or try to ignor his irritable behavier, he will soon realise colars arnt such a bad thing and learn that putting up with his collar is a way of getting a reward.


Answer by greenapples
Submitted on 7/3/2005
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I also just recently adopted a 7 week long hair chihuahua. She's a very sweet girl. I bought a collar for her with a tag and a bell, so I know exactly where she is. She would just cry and constantly try to scratch it off. Is it too early to make her wear a collar?


Answer by Margie
Submitted on 9/1/2006
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Uh, I thought my chi was crazy.  Our little guy did the same things, but he added in the screaming whenever he moved.  We stayed strong and the screaming stopped after a 1/2 day and now he just scratches, but getting better at that.  It's been about a week and I tried a leash and same reaction.  Haven't conquered that yet!


Answer by love my babygirl
Submitted on 2/17/2007
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I had the same problem with my longhair.  she fought me on it.  one day it was enough so I was alpha female and gently laid on her untill she submited and put it on her.  no problem sence.  actualy when we take it off for grooming or just to give her a break she goes and gets it and has us put it back on.  You do not have to be mean to be the alpha dog  but you do need to be incharge.


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