The ProtectAPup is a dog collar created out of layers of shock-absorbent EVA foam wrapped in textiles. This design would decrease the stress applied to the pup's neck when their leash is pulled. Our design works by 1) Absorbing a large percentage of the energy applied to the leash and 2) Increasing the surface area of the pup's neck in which the stress is applied. Before prototyping, I talked with vets at the local animal shelter I volunteer at. They told me that the majority of the neck and back issues in the dogs they see are from repeated stress directly on their neck (i.e from pulling on their leashes). Therefore I wanted to make a design specific for reducing the stress caused by leashes.