I don't like collars because it damages the hair underneath the collar after a period of time. I only put a collar on pepper when we go for walks. I don't really see the purpose of a collar when you don't have a leash attached.
Redyre, i'm glad you brought this topic up. May I add when walking your dog make sure your dog collar is fitting proper. last night could have been the worst nightmare of my life while I was walking teacup.his collar came loose. and he decide to run. a car was coming .i jump in front of the car raise my hands up for the man too stop.at first he didn't want too, i guess he probly thought i was trying to rob him or something . thank God he stop.i call teacup he finally came to me .i guess b/c i scare him too.i could have gotten hit but God was with me. it just go too show you with out thinking we would do anything for our dogs.i went home still shaken told hubby and he got upset just thinking about what if. he grab teacup.and said boy i'm glad you' alright. i ask him what about me .he said oh you too lol.lol.
Girl, glad you moved quickly. Pepper got attacked by a big stupid dog who was not on a leash. His owner said oh it's ok he won't bite. Yeah right! That monster had pepper in his mouth in less than one second. I was so scared I couldn't move. The hubby grabbed the dog by the neck and threw him. If hubby wasn't there Pepper would be dead. I wanted to do something but my legs couldn't move. Good for you!
I had a foster dog that got his toenail (dew claw) caught in the little tag ring on his collar and it scared the you know what out of me (and him). All I could think was what if this had happened while I was at work. Since that day, my dogs wear collars only when leaving my property.
I don't collar my dogs, mostly b/c it leaves a dent in the neck and in the ring looks bad. Also My male, Duke has a huge thick neck and if the collar fits his neck,it slides off when he puts his head down, and i'm not buying any more collars to become pasture art and tractor food
while i think the break-away collar is a nice idea i find a dog not wearing a collar to be at much greater risk then a dog with a collar. Most of the incidents if collar stangulation would not have occured if the collar was put on correctly. A collar is just that a collar (restraining device) not a necklace. If the collar were put on corectly and fit snug these incidences would be greatly reduced. Do not hang tags off of the collar and do not leave it loose because you think it is more comfortable!
I keep collars on Bowen at all times. Riddick we have a collar on when he goes outside, having one on all the time makes his fur around his neck look fnny and we cant' have that for shows.
I know that the number of dogs that are lost due to not having a collar on and being unable to identify the owner is far far greater than the number of dogs that are injured/killed because they have collars on.
i don't know about your fence but the average person does not know about chips or tattoos. If they see a dog running around with a collar they will look on that collar and try to get in touch with the owner while most will just ignore an uncollared dog.
I don't tend to agree with websites that horrorize you into buying their product.
I leave Beulah's collar on. My chances of losing her in the middle of the city are much greater than her collar killing her. And she refuses to keep those darn tags in her pocket. (yes, she's microchipped too)
However, if I lived in the Country where she had the run of the world, I could feel OK with her not having one on.
No sense in approaching either side with intense horror stories.
***Edited By: kdubbs27 on 11/23/2005 10:45:26 PM*** Reason: thought
Hank: You said, " Do not hang tags off of the collar "
Well, if you don't hang tags off the collar, then how will a collar help identify a dog? Also, what's the point in having a collar on a dog at all times (instead of just when walking the dog or taking it out somewhere) if there's no tags on it. I would say microchipping would be the better alternative, IMO.
Red: I told my mother about this post and she's removed the collars off of all three of her dogs. She will keep them by her door for when they go out. She has a fenced yard as well, so no need to worry about them getting out. My mother also agreed (after I told her about it) to get all of her dogs microchipped in the event something should happen. Both of the county animal control officers, the shelter and all the vets have scanners...so I'd say it's a pretty good chance that microchipping will do the job should something happen where the dogs need to be identified. Anyway, wanted to thank you for the advice (and so does my Mom!).