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How to Correct the Bad Habit of Dogs Refusing to Wear Collar And Leash

For dogs that have developed a habit of refusing to tie a leash, the correction method is basically the same as the prevention method introduced above. Pay special attention to the following points.

(1) Because the dog has developed a resistance towards the collar, when starting collar training, it is recommended to use snacks to attract it to the owner’s side when taking out the collar. Then, while allowing it to “check” the scent of the collar (ensuring that it has been stained with the dog’s scent), immediately reward it with snacks (at the “normal” level), while gently stroking the dog’s head and neck. When it is relaxed, put on the collar again (be careful to move gently and quickly), and then immediately reward it (at the “advanced” level).

If the dog runs away as soon as it sees the collar, it can also be placed on a high place, such as a table, before taking out the collar for “inspection”.

(2) It is best to use the simplest collar that can be quickly fastened first, and once it is fastened and rewarded, immediately release it. Gradually extend the time to wear a collar.

(3) When wearing a collar for a dog before going out, if the dog is too excited, you can first make it “sit down” and let it rest for 1 second before wearing it. If the dog twists and turns and refuses to wear it, or even runs away, the owner should put the collar back in place in front of it, cancel the walk, as punishment. After a few minutes, take out the collar and try again. Alternatively, you can try to call the dog over and gently and firmly secure it with your body to prevent it from escaping, then quickly put on a collar and reward it immediately.

Never force a dog to wear a collar with terrifying actions such as chasing, otherwise it will develop a sense of fear towards the collar and become more resistant.

(4) After going out, increase the frequency of activities such as “releasing the leash – moving freely for a few minutes – recalling – tying the leash – continuing forward” on a quiet path until the dog no longer resists, and then go to a place with a dog playmate. Be careful not to loosen the collar at the beginning, only loosen the traction rope, so that it is easier to use the collar to catch the dog when needed.

(5) Before recalling the dog for the last time, be sure to let it have fun. After tying the tow rope, do not go straight home. Instead, walk in the direction of home and find a safe place to loosen the rope. Let the dog play for a while before returning home.

(6) After returning home, use rewards such as meals, snacks, or interactive games with the host to strengthen the conditioned reflex of “tying the traction rope=good things begin”.


Lili arrived at my house around half a year old and missed the best period of socialization. In addition, in the first two weeks, I didn’t tie a traction rope for her, so when she was about to tie a traction rope, she was very resistant.

And some of my wrong behaviors deepened Lily’s misunderstanding of the traction rope: every time I go out, I always open the yard door first, let Lily rush out first, and then catch up with it with the collar and traction rope. As soon as I took out my collar and traction rope, it immediately stood far away; When I went to catch it, it circled around in the yard, trying to avoid me as much as possible; I finally caught it, and it twisted around again, trying to break free from its collar. After finally putting a collar on it, tying the traction rope, taking it to the grass, releasing the rope and allowing it to play freely, tying the traction rope again became a difficult task.

After understanding the reason why Lily resisted the traction rope, I began to carry out corrective training on it.

First of all, before going out, I held the collar and traction rope in one hand, and its favorite chicken strip in the other hand, showing it the chicken strip. Then, in a gentle tone, I called it “come over”. Greedy Lily quickly ran to me and sat down, waiting for the reward. After eating a chicken strip for it, I didn’t rush to put a collar on it. Instead, I gently touched its head and grabbed its neck. When it felt very comfortable, I gently put on the collar and immediately rewarded it with another chicken strip. Then, I fastened the buckle, opened the door, and led the rope to issue the “go” command.

When we arrived at the big lawn, I loosened the rope for Lily and let her play on her own. After a while, it was recalled and rewarded, just like when going out, gently touching its head and neck, then gently fastening the rope buckle, and immediately giving the reward. In the state of tying the rope, I let it play by my side for a while, and then said in an extremely happy tone, “Go home,” and gave it a generous reward before taking it home.

In addition, I specially changed Lili’s dining time from before the walk to after the walk. In this way, as soon as it returns home, there will be a “good thing happening”.

After two or three times, Lili showed no resistance to the collar and leash, and without the need for chicken strips, she could obediently come to me and let me tie the leash. Of course, every time I remember to verbally praise it and touch its head as a sign of encouragement. Occasionally, I would also reward it with some food.

Now it is estimated that Lily thinks this way:

Oh yeah, the owner asked me to wear a collar! I can get a reward again and go out to play.

Wearing this collar actually doesn’t hurt at all.

Oh yeah, the master asked me to go tie the rope! I can get a reward again, and I can also play by the master’s side for a while.

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