ok i was reading Pitpatz posts, and now I am curious who leaves collers on their dogs. I always leave their collers on but now I'm nervous. Also i was thinking they may not wake me up in the morning anymore with all the jingleing if i take them off. The one thing I am really worried about though is an emergancy like an earthquake or fire where i would have to get them quick. So what does everyone do?
All my girls are micro chipped and they are mostly indoor dogs so I'm not worried about them getting out so much as I am of there being an emergancy.
Minnie's indoors and she never wears her collar with tags, unless we go to Petsmart or the vet, or any other public place. Even when we go to the park, it's just her choke. Most people in th park know her, and know who she belongs to, and she's chipped, I just get so freaked by the horror stories about collars.
yeah, i don't know what to do either. after losing bessie for those two melodramatic days, i'm hesitant to let her out of my site without any ID(even though she is microchipped). my big boy has a break-away, but now i'm thinking even that could fail. what about shaving their hindquarters and stamping them with red ink, like farmers do to sheep? it would be so much easier if my dogs could speak better english, then they could just talk their way home. *i like the jingling too, that way i can tell when bessie is getting into trouble.
***Edited By: bessieloubop on 12/10/2004 11:07:19 AM*** Reason: afterthought
Bessie, you funny. I bet those big ol' red butts can be seen from passing airplanes making the search go easier. Don't blame you though. I had dogs get out only once in 20 yrs. Freaked the crap outta me. Thank god I found them right away. I can't imagine what you were going through.
You guys should all try harnesses. You can have their tags on and even if they did get 'caught up' the chances of anything happening are alot less. My dogs where harnesses because of their fur. Collars tend to mat it and also wear it down. But they love their harnesses. THey do not wear them in their crates at night but any other time, I have them on, just in case they try to slip out or anything like that.
I leave collars on at all times. I know there is a risk, but I feel in my dogs situation, where they are lazy and mostly inside :) the risk is small. I worry too much also about a fire or something like that where they might get out. Also, while I think microchipping is great, the neighbor might not know about it, and if someone finds a dog the first thing an honest person will look for is identification. You just never know. My dogs got loose one time, I let them out back for a few minutes in the morning to do their thing and came right back and they were gone. The meter reader had left the gate ajar. Now we have a padlock, but just goes to show you never know. I found them about 30 minutes later a few blocks over, but it scared me to death.
Ace and Summer only wear their collars when we go out. But when I move home in May they will be going out a lot more and I think I'm going to make sure they've always got their collars on, because I'd be nervous they'd somehow get out of the yard. It's very busy where I live and they've already been lucky once.
My dogs are inside most of the time. I do most of my work from home so that's why.
Yesterday I was gone for 1 1/2 hrs. when I discovered that Grace almost hung herself. It was a miracle that she was able to slip that big old head out of the collar. The only thing I can think of was it stretched enough to do so. The bad thing about it was I measured where the collar was found and came to the conclusion that she must have jumped UP on the fence and got hung up on the re-bar. That means only the tips of her toes were on the ground. If it was summer here she would surely have died of hyperthermia.
My dogs are chipped, so I'm going to have to rely on that IF they should ever get out.
Also there was a time when the dogs had their harnasses on and Reese was pulling Grace around the yard with it. It pulled up pinning both her front legs and almost around her neck. We were home at the time that happened. So now we put the harnasses on right when we're ready to leave.
What happened to Grace may have been a freak thing. It really shook me up. I just wanted to tell all of you that a danger does exist.
Toby only wears one when we go walking with a leash. Max had one on when he came home with us, so it has stayed. Should I remove it when he is in his crate? He could definitely scale our fence out back if he wanted to and get out. We don't leave him outside when we're not home. At least not yet. He doesn't seem to like it. I need to get a break away one for him. What do they look like? His is nylon with a plastic clip for a buckle.
Harnesses would solve alot of these problems, they hold tags and they cannot slip them off plus they are not as deadly if they get caught in them. Not saying htat freak accidents can't happen in them but probably less then with a collar. If many of the chained dogs were on harnesses, they might not get hung. They might be hanging and be uncomfortable, not to mention embarrased but it could save their life.
Awww, Katz, I can just picture a little dog, hanging from his harness, just waiting for Mom to get home, snapping at the flies buzzing by because he can't do anything else but wait. LOL! That does sound safer.
One thing for you people who don't want to keep the collars on all the time but want your dogs to have the id's, my vet suggested a piece of narrow elastic around the neck with your information written on that, with a sharpie marker or something of that sort. That way if they do get away from you, you still can have the information on them. With the elastic, you don't have to worry so much that they will get hung or snagged up on something.
then you can use your collar or harness when necessary.
scouts collar is on her all the time. i do take it off her when she is out playing in the yard at work just in case something should happen.
thunder's collar is on all the time also. he for some reason always seems to lose whatever tags we put on his collar, and he is the one who always runs away. but, he always comes back on his own. not that he gets away often, but he is oppurtunistic and when my son is on his way out the door thunder will push right by him. you cannot go after him because that makes him run further. so i usually just sit on the front steps and wait for him.