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Okay, I admit it now, I tend to the psycho end of the spectrum with my dog. He gets lots of socialisation and training, and is expected to behave, but he also gets endless toys, beds, chews, etc.

I am driven crazy, however, by his collar. I have tried loads, and they all make him itch.

He's in a teddy bear clip, so no massively long hair, but there is something about the collar (ANY collar) resting on his curly poodle neck that just makes him have to stop, sit down, and scratch every time we walk somewhere on the lead (and he doesn't pull, we are talking very mild tension at road crossings).

We've tried a plain flat weave nylon, plain flat leather, the Ezydog neoprene-lined collar (pic), a rope collar, and (latest) the Spiffy Dog running-shoe-material collar (pic).

I know it's a minor thing (as my late grandfather the country vet used to say about anything not life-threatening, "it's a long way from his heart"), but it drive me nuts.

Anyone have any collar recommendations? I won't do a chain or slip collar, but willing to try pretty much anything else!
 

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A harness, perhaps?
 

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does he wear a collar when he's not on lead? (if you already said so, sorry it's 6:30 am)

since he's little, i'd try a harness. i use those with my cairns and they are under 20#. i think they prefer them.

also, they have mesh kind of cushiony harnesses now that may feel comfortable.
 

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We use rolled leather collars while onlead (but the dogs don't wear them in the house).

Good luck finding something that works for your fur kid!
 

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I've heard that nylon and plastics, like most petroleum based products can out gas low levels of chemicals that are irritating to people and animals. Don't really no of its true with nylon collars. But my a lot of my cocker clients seem to have the issues with nylon collars. Which to natural product like a good quality leather (bridle, kangaroo). If you doing to keep a lot of hair on the dogs neck then a rolled leather collar will cause less matting around the neck.
 

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Matrix has a spot on his neck right under his collar that makes him sit and scratch when the spot it rubbed. Mitchell will do the scratch thing too when you find the right place on his stomach. Perhaps your dog is just very sensitive in that area. Have you tried a show slip collar? They're very thin, and very light.
 

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Cotton fabric collars are the only thing my girls (not poodles but with ridiculously sensitive skin) can wear. I started making my own because I couldn't find any I liked.
 

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All my dogs wear a rolled leather collar, both for everyday living with tags attached and separate training collars ...I love them. I leave a collar on them at all times, so they're used to having them on.
When Troy was in show coat and collarless except for in the ring, I found that he was much more sensitive to anything around his neck. If your dog isn't used to having a collar on except for walks, you may find it helpful to leave it on all the time so he gets used to it.
 

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If your dog isn't used to having a collar on except for walks, you may find it helpful to leave it on all the time so he gets used to it.
I agree, and was going to post the same thing myself. :) If you have tried that many collars then i think it is more of a not used to it thing then a true sensitivity. Plus, i doubt that it is bothering his skin as poodles have really thick coats, so i would think it isnt really even touching the skin.
 

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Thanks for suggestions ... now I have some new ones to try!

He wears a collar all the time; I'm too nervous not to leave it on. He is very good at sitting and waiting at the door, never darts out, but I have dog walker who comes in every day and cleaners that come in once a week, so I need the reassurance that he is always 'labeled', on the off chance that he gets out on his own.

I did have him in a harness as a pup, but that itched him too, and seemed worse since it was more surface area. He seems to have a princess-and-the-pea approach to anything touching him.
 
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