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Collar Grab

Collar Grab

This exercise is done to help dogs become accustomed to the idea that grabbing their collar is a good thing.


  • Treats
  • Treat pouch
  • Clicker

TRAINING ENVIRONMENT: A quiet place in your home where your dog is relaxed.

RECOMMENDED TREAT POSITION:  Put the treat in your dog’s mouth.



  • Gently touch (do not grab) your dog’s collar.
  • While you are touching the collar, click.
  • Give your dog a treat with your other hand.
  • Let go of the collar.
  • Repeat this several times until your dog is comfortable with you touching his collar (he does not move away from your hand).
  • Only proceed if your dog is completely relaxed. If not, keep practicing until he is.
  • Next, put one finger under the collar.
  • Click
  • Treat with your other hand.
  • Remove your finger from the collar.
  • When your dog becomes comfortable with this use two fingers instead of one.
  • When he is comfortable with two fingers, use three… and so on.
  • When you have helped him become comfortable with all four fingers under his collar, advance by closing your hand.
  • Click and treat.
  • The next step is to tug just a little.
  • Finally, go through the entire process of reaching for, grabbing, and gently tugging your dog’s collar.
  • Click and treat.
  • If he shows any apprehension, go back to the last place where he was comfortable.



Practice for about five minutes a day until your dog is comfortable with you grabbing his collar. This may take a few weeks to achieve.


Your dog will happily allow you to grab his collar.



My dog won’t let me near his collar.

  • If your dog is so sensitive that he won’t let you near his collar, try touching his back or his shoulder and gradually getting closer to his collar in several steps.
  • Try moving your hand more slowly.


My dog will let me touch his collar but when I try to grab it he moves away.

  • Go more slowly. Try to figure out a way to split the steps you are taking into smaller steps.