Machine- or hand-wash your collar or lead when soiled, then tumble or line-dry. Or, spot clean with a pet-formulated stain/spot remover such as CleanAway (item #22032). Simply spritz CleanAway on the collar, and allow its enzymes and "good" bacteria to digest the stain and odor until it is gone permanently.
Introducing your dog or puppy to a collar and lead
Taking the time to properly introduce your puppy to the collar and lead sets the stage for teaching your puppy the basic elements of obedience. The goal is to have your puppy accept a collar and lead calmly, without resistance. Collars should be introduced to your puppy right away. Don't be concerned if he initially scratches at it or shakes his head. Though he may resist wearing a collar, soon he won't even notice it's on.
A collar should rest high on your pet's neck without fitting too loosely. It should be snug with enough room to fit two fingers between your pet's neck and collar. For your pet's safety, the collar should not be loose enough to slip over his head, but not so tight as to restrict breathing or cause coughing.
For puppies, collars and leads with lighter hardware (buckles, snaps and rings) are best. When your puppy is done growing, you can replace with heavy-duty hardware if appropriate for your breed. Check collar size frequently on growing puppies.
All pet owners should have a lead for training and restraining that matches collar style. Almost all proper training is centered around having control of your dog. Leads are the only way to maintain close control.
Choose collar and lead width with hardware that matches pet's size. Smaller, lightweight choices are for small dogs, cats, and puppies; wider, more durable styles are for bigger, stronger pets.