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Consideration is often regarded as the first stage of collaring. A D-type in a period of consideration is said to be considering, while the s-type is said to be under consideration.

Consideration is traditionally given toward the beginning of a relationship, usually after thirty to ninety days of interacting with a partner and is offered with serious intent to pursue a long term relationship involving power exchange dynamics and may be accompanied with the consensual bestowing of a collar of consideration on the s-type from the d-type.

The collar of consideration specifically does not indicate a life long commitment. Rather this collar indicates an exploration of the current relationship to deem if a long term relationship is desirable for both parties.

A collar of consideration can be withdrawn at any time by either party with no fault assigned to either side as the relationship dynamic is considered experimental during the period of consideration.

A period of consideration has no specific time determined start or end point, though often most consideration collars will last six to twelve months and will either end with the two parting ways or moving towards relationship specific training.

Best Practices: Responsibilities of the D-type

The D-Type is expected to paint as accurate a picture as possible for the potential future life of the s-type upon a period of consideration, to care for the physical and mental well being of the s-type, and to act with general competence and towards the highest reasonable good, never acting with direct malfeasance.