Just wondering if forum members leave collars on your dogs at home? I searched this forum just now on the subject and it seems that most people who responded to someone else's question a couple of years ago did, as a point of safety should the dogs get loose, because of the i.d. on the collars. But this morning our dogs were wrestling and Maddy got her jaw stuck on Indy's collar and started shrieking as only Maddy can, which scared Indy and she tried to run away with Maddy locked on her collar. Fortunately we were right there and took off Indy's collar in a matter of seconds, solving the problem, but it made me think: I'm not really that keen to leave the collars on them anymore say if they are crated or I'm not home. They are tattooed and everyone in the neighbourhood knows them so I'm not THAT worried about escaping, but the danger aspect is a little worrisome. What do you folks do?
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Wow, that is scary! I do have Lily wear a collar at home. She is microchipped, but I still like her to wear a regular name tag with my cell # on it. She was a stray of unknown circumstances and I feel like if she had the chance she may run, so having her wear a collar makes me more comfortable. I keep her collar fit close compared to others I have seen in photos (fit two fingers under it, but no more) and she is an only dog, so less chance of her getting into a predicament like Maddy and Indy did. So glad you were there to take care of it.
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Chagall goes collar-free at home, though he has a large enough collar wardrobe to practically change it daily. I have always worried about the collar somehow getting caught or stuck on something and not being there to free him. I will spare you the sad details, but a friend of ours lost their dog due to a freak accident like that. I will add that Chagall is very good about sitting and waiting when the doors to the outside are open. I worked long and hard to teach him not to move until I give him his release world. Happily, he stays put whether there are squirrels or deer in the yard, though birds on the ground do make him tremble some. He is mircochipped and has a reliable recall, and we live 350' from the road. So, collar-free at home works for us. Glad you were there to safely detangle your spoos when they got "collared"!
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None of my dogs wear collars at home. All of them are have registered microchips in them. When we go in the car or there is a severe storm warning all my dogs wear a collar with their chip tag on it. I show my dogs and I don't want the collar marks on their necks.
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Cookie wears hers all the time, except at night. I take it off so when she shakes or whatever, the jingling of her tags won't wake me up!
Her recall isn't the best, and even though she's chipped, I don't want to take the chance she could wander off with no ID. Some of the neighbors haven't seen her since she's been groomed like a "poodle," and it makes her look like a completely different dog. They've only seen her as in the pic at left.
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Hmmm, not really sure what I'll do. At this point I think I will let them go "naked" at home too (thanks Poodle Lover!) and maybe just collar up before we leave the house. Getting loose is less of a danger than collar mishaps, maybe...although we are one for one at this point come to think of it. I do work for the City though and could issue a BOLO if my dogs got loose, lol
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all three of mine go "nekkid" in the house. Abby get's that ring/collar impression around her neck and she tends to loose neck fur(and sometimes it get's red/irritated) due to collars rubbing her neck so I let her go without it.
And after hearing a similar story to Indiana's on the boxer forums(two boxers got tangled and the one with the collar around her neck almost passed out and they couldn't get the other dogs jaw untangled till the owner finally dug in some scissors and cut the dogs out and had to make a trip to the vet because the scissors did cut the dog as well) and many other "horror stories" I just decided to let everyone go nekkid in the house.