Okay after reading your posts, I'm DEFINITELY not putting a collar on mine at home. Oh and Jdcollins, sometimes microchips can migrate. When the SPCA here scans for chips, they scan all over just in case.
Lily and Peeves do not wear collars at home. When they were puppies a couple of things happened that led us to leave them collar free on our property. First Peeves got his tags tangled in the bars of his crate and freaked himself out one time. If we hadn't been there I think he could have strangled himself. The other thing that we noticed when they were puppies was that they often managed to take the collars off each other when they played in the yard. Since it was a snowy winter that year I had to do lots of digging in drifts to find them.
I'm glad both of your dogs were unharmed by this incident.
Lily AKC: CGC CD HIT CDX, RN RA RE RAE RAE2 RAE3 RAE4 RAE5 RAE6 RAE7 Multiple Rally High Combined, NA NAJ; APDT: RL-1; CPE: CL1-R, CL1-H, CL1-F, CL1-S, CL1
Peeves AKC: CGC BN RN RA
Javelin AKC: RN (landed on Long Island July 10, 2015!)
My dogs wear collars at home, they're chipped but I like to be careful. Cairo's gotten his bands stuck in Vienna's collar about 4 times and she'll just sit there all 8C while he hands from her collar crying, but he's crated when we're gone. The standards have never gotten stuck together, but I've come home to find blankets and pillows hanging from their collars before. My dogs collars are worn very loosely and they're martingales, the tags that get caught aren't attacked the the tightening ring, so they could slip out if they needed.
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My dogs freaks out, gets very upset/sad and looks around for her collar whenever I take it off. I believe she associated not wearing a collar to not having a family. ( she was in a shelter for a very short period but she still remembers) It is really sad to see :/ I never leave her without a collar on and she is chipped.
My cousin's toy poodle doesn't wear a collar at home so I guess it depends on the dog.
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I have been keeping collars on mine, but do worry about it a little so they wear them loose. I love the tattoo idea, but don't know anyone who does those here. My dogs also feel naked without their collars on like Sara and Audi. After a bath I tell them to get their 'clothes' and they run to their collars.
I had my whippet with a break away collar for several years. The trouble with those is if you grab them, the dog breaks away.
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We were told Fang has a tattoo, however we have never been able to find it. Not sure how much good it is. We have found lost dogs in the past and did not know to look for a tattoo. We had Fang chipped when she was spade. She has worn a collar at home until today, she will now go nude.
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Dog Catcher, what a good photo of Fang! She looks saucy Outwest, the breakaway thing is what I'm finding with our dogs without collars at home; seems I used to grab Maddy by the collar quite a bit to stop her from doing naughty things...it's a lot harder to stop her quickly when she's really determined when there is no collar! But oh well, we'll get used to it.