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06-04-2014 10:06 AM
FelixTheGSD
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Originally Posted by CharlieB.Barkin View Post
Thanks - also see my latest thread. To collar or not to collar
06-04-2014 09:54 AM
CharlieB.Barkin
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Originally Posted by FelixTheGSD View Post
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http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...rs-off-17.html
06-04-2014 09:23 AM
FelixTheGSD
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Originally Posted by CharlieB.Barkin View Post
I just realized that there is a stick about this topic.
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06-04-2014 08:52 AM
CharlieB.Barkin I just realized that there is a stick about this topic.
06-04-2014 07:51 AM
Shade Mine don't wear collars unless they're leaving the property, they're microchipped to help identify them. I used to think having the collar on was better and I've never had a dog harmed by one but it's not worth the risk in my eyes. The chip is enough along with supervision and training (recall and boundaries)
06-03-2014 11:50 PM
huntergreen like those break away collars as long as the dog is chipped.
06-03-2014 11:28 PM
selzer I use a leather collar with a buckle, but I only put a collar on the dog when we are leaving the property. At home dogs are naked. Most are chipped. I haven never had a collar accident, but then, I am usually actively interacting with one dog when there is a collar on anyone.

I had a choke chain accident with my first GCD, where he fell asleep on the deck and the ring fell through the slats of the decking and he tried to stand up and couldn't. Then he panicked and circled around and around, and finally made a strangled cry. I went out there thinking he attacked someone and found him stuck to the deck. I quickly called my landlords and they rushed over, and the three of us managed to get him free.

No collars on my dogs when I am not supervising. Though I do leave rick rack or puppy collars on babies, and haven't had a problem with that.

Yet.
06-03-2014 11:23 PM
onyx'girl My 3 dogs have never worn collars when on our property. For over 7 years we've never needed a collar for their "safety".... they are all microchipped(one is also tattoo'd but that won't identify his owner/address).

I will not have them wear collars when we aren't training or they are unsupervised.
Collars and tags can get caught in floor heat vents or on drawer or cabinet pulls/handles(I've seen this happen first hand).
Truth be told, a collar won't bring my dogs safely home, none of them would willingly go up to strangers to be 'caught' if they were to stray.
I'm diligent in making sure they are always in my sight when outside and our gates are locked.
I would rather have a breakaway collar for safety than one the dog couldn't slide out of if it meant panic or worse.
06-03-2014 11:13 PM
shepherdmom
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While looking for a new dog collar, I have come across a lot of horror stories involving all kinds of dog collars. They typically involve a second dog getting it's jaw stuck between the collar and the neck of the first dog, or the tags on the collar getting stuck on something, like a crate, or a fence.

I don't like the idea of my dogs going about without a collar at any time, so what could be done to minimize this?

I would think that getting a name plate riveted into the collar can prevent the tags from getting stuck on anything, but my municipality gives out these registration tags, so there will still be one present regardless. I saw in a video that you could inner tube to strap them down.

When I fit my dog's collars, I like to give them a lot of space. I can usually fit 4 fingers between the collar and my dog's neck. Could this potentially put them in danger? I don't like putting them on this tight:


I also hear that it's safer to use a quick release clip, as opposed to a belt style buckle. My only problem with this is that I question the durability of any plastic buckle. Especially during the winters here when it can get to -40 degrees celsius. I would only feel comfortable using a metal buckle.
Rolled leather was recommended to me nearly 30 years ago by a rescue. I love them. My dogs wear them 24-7. I use either a halter or martingale when we are out and about but the leather collar is always on.

http://www.petco.com/product/10973/P...-in-Black.aspx
06-03-2014 11:05 PM
Magwart You want a collar that will release under pressure when you are away if the dog gets caught on something. If it doesn't do that, you haven't solved the risk. It doesn't come off easily--it requires a good, sharp tug to release. Now that our dogs are older, we only find them in the yard if there's been some serious rough-housing going on (very rare) -- and when we find one, we know the collar did what it was supposed to, since rough-housing in a collar is how we lost a dog years ago (when another dog's jaw slid under the collar, the one wearing the collar rolled, creating a figure-8 around the jaw; the harder the dog on top pulled, the more it strangled the dog on the bottom).

We microchip our dogs, too, so there's a second layer of protection in case a collar and tags come off.

You can buy them on Amazon too:
Amazon Amazon
. I like calling to buy them though because the customer service has been excellent.
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