In a rare twist of fate our most recent large fetish tribe puppies are in fact the forerunners of something that leather men had adopted 70 years earlier for their own tribe – which is the ultimate visible sign of subservience a dog collar around the neck. Real furry canine dogs are man’s best friend they are the most loyal thing on planet earth, obedient to a fault and the signal of who they are owned by is their collar. The Old Guard leather world adopted this in the late 40’s as ‘collaring’. in effect putting a ‘dog’ collar or similar around a guy’s neck showed who was the master/owner and who was the sub/slave/owned – it was the absolute perfect symbol and it still carries the same representation today from slaves through pups to general gay relationships. Since the arrival of the fetish puppy tribe this millennium the pups have taken back control of their own symbol ‘the dog collar’ as a sign of ownership and level of experience and they have their own set of rules more applicable to the pup play world where arguably collaring is now more important than even in the leather world. 

What is collaring in the pup world? 

Collaring is the moment that shows that a pup has completed their training and their relationship with their owner has been taken to a new level. Taking the lead from leathermen collaring if you can think of ‘consideration’ and ‘training’ collars as engagement rings, the ownership collar is similar to a wedding ring. Sometimes ceremonies are held at pup events to celebrate this moment. Just as a pup owner earn a sub’s submission through love and trust, the pup earns their collar through their hard work and devotion. The idea is to simulate closely the world of the real-life domesticated canine.

Types of collars

Posture collars
Dog collars
Leather collars
Ribbon collars
Metal collars
Metal neck chains
Discreet/day collars
Bracelet or anklet collars
Branding, scarification and tattoos
Padlocks open or closed are also popular – the key may be held by the owner or pup if not owned.
Painful collars with internal spikes that the Alphatribe editor puts on writers daily to attach us to our computers while he pisses off down the local bar.

Collars and their meanings

Different collars have different meanings. When you hear “collaring”, you tend to think of the ownership (mentioned below) but there are other ties when collars may be worn.

Posture Collar – They tend to be fairly large and cover up most of the neck. They are worn to for fun, as a fashion statement, or a way to restrict neck movement and enhance posture.

Play collar – These collars are very commonly worn during events and sex and tend to have no significant meaning behind them. Play collars are typically dog collars, leather collars, or ribbon collars.

Protection collar – This is when a Master wants to show that a puppy is protected and is commonly used at events, in dungeons or sex game house parties. This lets other Master/Owners know that while this pup is owned, they are not free to touch or approach. These collars are typically dog collars or leather collars.

Consideration collar – This is one of the first steps in showing advancement in a pup/owner relationship dynamic. It signifies that the pup is being considered for a long-term relationship or ownership, however, it is normally worn for an agreed amount of time and can be revoked for any reason. These collars tend to be leather collars if worn out in public and can be substituted with a day collar.

Training collar – This type of collar shows that a submissive is currently being trained by a Dom. It gives a taste of the power that the Dom has over the sub. These collars tend to be leather collars. if worn out in public and can be substituted with a day collar.


Collars are a pup’s ultimate goal and it is a big moment in a pup’s life. This is not to be taken lightly, it is the equivalent of giving/receiving a wedding ring and shows that the puppy is fully owned and has a long-term owner and a ‘furever’ home. An ownership collar is earned after a pup has completed their training or deemed worthy of being kept long term. This means it could be years before a pup receives an ownership collar. These collars can look like anything from a leather dog collar, to a metal collar(most commonly seen type) or possibly a symbolic piece of Jewlery. Some owners even prefer to tattoo or brand their pup which of course is a permanent sign to one and all forever of the dog’s lifetime status…not dissimilar to canine chipping. This is more commonly done in the Master/slave pup dynamic and Gorean lifestyle rather than the pure for fun fetish pup Worl. It’s completely up to the Owner and pup..
The meaning behind the collar should not be a game of guess work, especially the all-important sought-after ownership collars. If you have to ask yourself if the collar, you’re wearing signifies that you’re owned, then it’s probably not an ownership collar. When a master gives you a collar they will (or should) tell you the meaning behind it and discuss any questions you may have regarding it. As for the type of collar given, it’s not the look of it that matters but the bond and meaning behind it. Some pups at events where collars with open locks on which means they are looking for an owner so don’t go clipping it shut for fun as dog ownership is for life not just for Christmas.

Proper etiquette

If you’re a owner and you see a pup with a collar, you should avoid trying to make advancements of any sort unless you’ve talked it out with their master. Some owners even require that you speak to them before even approaching or conversing with their pup. The collar should only be removed and probably touched by the owner…not even the pup itself and certainly not by a stranger which could be construed as the height of rudeness. Do not disrespect the relationship or the pups ownership please…..that said, these are the formal rules but the pup fetish tribe is all about fun, frolics and friendliness so it is very rare that any real boundaries will be crossed and problems will arise.

If you’re a pup and wearing a consideration, training, or ownership collar you should not take off your collar (assuming it’s not locked or you have access to the key) without your owner’s permission. Taking it off during arguments is considered rude and disrespectful.

Where to buy collars?

Collars can be bought at local pup events, circuit parties and there are many specific crafters who make bespoke often named/worded collars. You can also find those same people online as well. For example at Mr-S, San Francisco they start at about $25 and go up to one of our favourites the fantastic Ruff N Tuff metal dog collar at $90 and at Mister B they have great rubber collars at 75EU and the ultimate black slave collar at 89EU but of course all your favourite pup stores (and slave stores) will have ample choice or of course you can go old school and get one from a real pet store just be aware of sizing. This is the fetish equivalent of a wedding ring as mentioned above so hopefully the pup owner will go the extra mile and buy a bespoke one for his lifetime fetish dog and get a one off specially designed unique item. 


Written by Paul Stag

Paul is an international porn star and a long time editor for Alphatribe magazine.


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