I have never had a problem with it. I have always given pressed rawhide chews to my dogs when they are in their crates. Sometimes they can have the chips when I am watching. I now prefer the pressed porkhide bones, they are easier to find usa made. I also give the pork skin that is shaped into ears, NOT the regular pig ears. Again, I have never had a problem.
Alot depends on the dog. Wether or not they are chewers or gulpers. I have Three French Bulldogs and an English Bulldog,and they are gulpers. I would never give them rawhide of any sort. I do give them Bully sticks , and i surpervise them even with those.
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
So sorry to hear about your neighbors dog. I know this is a little late, but may be of help in the future. Many people really dont know what to do in an emergency situation and tend to panic when time and quick action are vital. Here are some links that will help should you ever have a choking incident and need to act fast.