I was dropping off some receiver batteries for a Dog Guard Out of Sight Fence client in Wellington last week. Daisy, his dachshund, had been doing very well the last year and never escaped after our initial installation and training. As I was switching out the old battery with the new, I noticed that the collar was pretty dirty and that there was a slight redness around Daisy’s neck. I asked my client how often he removed and cleaned the collar. He thought for a moment and then said, “You know what, I just can’t remember.” Oops!
Just like us (humans), dogs have skin that can become irritated and even infected. This is often caused by things rubbing against and wearing down the surface of the skin. Items such as collars, harnesses, bows (after the groomer), and clothing articles can easily chafe, irritate, and infect. Besides just rubbing, the heat on the skin caused by these items in our South Florida sub-tropical climate can cause rashes and soars. This can be very uncomfortable for our doggies and could even be a reason for aggressive behavior. The soars could easily become infected causing prolonged health issues.
The good news is that this does not need to be the case and can be easily resolved if you just follow some of these simple guidelines:
- Make sure that the collar, harness, or article of clothing is properly fitted for your dog.
- Never leave a clothing article on your dog for an extended period of time. Take it off at night or whenever the article has become soiled.
- Remove collars and harnesses every night or when your dog is being placed in a crate.
- Check your dog’s skin every time you take clothing, a collar, or his harness off of him. Look for redness, loss of hair, or bug bites.
- Bath your dog on a regular basis. If his collar or harness area seems to become matted or soiled faster than the rest of his body, locally wash those areas more often.
- Clean the collar, harness, or clothes on a regular basis and always make sure they fit properly when you put them back on your dog.
- When placing the Dog Guard collar back on your dog, try to position the probes in a different location than before.
- Check your dog collar and harness for wear and rust on a regular basis. Replace them as needed.
- If you have performed all of these steps and you still see irritation, consult to your veterinarian. Your dog may be over sensitive or have an allergic reaction to the material in the collar, harness, or clothing.
Remember that dogs were never meant to have clothes or “other things” on them. We place collars, harnesses, and clothes on them for their protection. We must understand that these items need to be properly managed. Robin and I are dedicated to helping you achieve the results you need. You can contact us at Wellington Dog Fence Training Help. We have many articles on training and safety at Best Out of Sight Fence Trainers Wellington South Florida. Don’t forget about our other training blog at South Florida Dog Training Blog on our dog training web site at Home Dog Training South Florida.