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Q: Do you keep the collar on your dog at all time?

March 21st, 2005, 02:30 PM
Or take it off at night?

March 21st, 2005, 02:34 PM
My collars usually are on all the time except when they are in their crates.

March 21st, 2005, 02:40 PM
I do take them off at night if I remember just because when they move, they make noise and the neighbor's dog starts to bark and never stops. Otherwise I remove them when they are playing rough (one of my dogs got scratched by the license), and any other time they are on.

My friend's mom takes them off every night and as she does it, she says "Let's put your pajamas on"-- I find that so cute.

March 21st, 2005, 02:42 PM
Briggs has hers on at all times, except in the crate.

March 21st, 2005, 02:44 PM
I keep mine on the dog at night, just a habit. :)

March 21st, 2005, 03:02 PM
I only take it off to put her in her crate, but a couple of times I forgot to.

March 21st, 2005, 03:03 PM
I only have mine on when we are going outside, walk, or out, etc. But in the house they are always off. :D

March 21st, 2005, 03:19 PM
Oh then I won't feel so bad for putting the collar on Diego all the time. He hates it passionately, always scratches his collar. But I want to hear him moving at night so that I can take him out. His name tag is also on the collar so I want to keep that with him at all time as well.

Thanks everyone!

March 21st, 2005, 03:19 PM
Mine has his collar only on when going out. Otherwise, it's off in the house. We leave his harness on all day though. He goes nekkid all night long!

March 21st, 2005, 03:22 PM
I leave mine on Cheech all the time. When I do take it off to bathe him, he can't wait for me to put it back on - he seems to have become attached to it!!

March 21st, 2005, 03:41 PM
My dogs wear their collars all the maltese has never worn a i carry her into the vets..she doesn't go for rides as she'd rather stay at home..she's 12 my Shih is 10 weeks and i will take him more w/me so when i go to our small town i will have him on collar and leash..but will take off when at other 2 dogs and big dogs beefore them always wore collars all the time..w/their ID tags on as we live in the bush..they never go off the property but one never knows if they are ever found hurt etc. i NEVER have a choke collar on them only when they go to the they could get it caught on branches, shrubs etc..they would never b able to release themselves..their nylon collars are on as such they would b able to slip out of them easily if the situation arose. of course u can see what other owners veiws are on this...Top. :)

March 21st, 2005, 03:42 PM
my 9yo dog last wore a coller alot when she was about 2yo. she is chipped and wears a choke when walking so a coller just gets in the way. if she needs to be tied up (eg recently had work done on the fence) she has a collr for that, but it is the one she had at 2yo. i did get her to wear it at my mums house jsut incase and it carries a ID canister on it, but over here there is no law and you dont get a registration tag anymore since chipping is the law, so its optional.. nah she dont need it or want it and i dont think she likes the constriction, she is ok for a short period of tie up or at her grannies house but that is it. and in 9yrs she has never left my side or her yard so it is not an issue for us or a legal point.

March 21st, 2005, 04:39 PM
My Eskimo wears a harness only when we go for our walks - he is never off leash. In the house we take it off. Prior to having him fitted for his harness (harnesses are easier with Eskimos) we used a collar, which we also took off in house. I got used to doing this with we had short-haired mini Dachshunds - the collars chaffed. Eskimos are also very sensitive and he kept catching his extra strong toe-nails in it.

March 21st, 2005, 06:09 PM
We used to keep Molly's collar on her all the time until she got used to her new home. Now Molly only wears her collar when she goes outside for walks ect. When we come in she sits by the kitchen counter and waits for her collar to be taken off (that is where we keep it) :D

Sadie's Mom
March 21st, 2005, 08:30 PM
Sadie never wears a collar! Only when we're out. I wish I had gotten her more used to it though, she can't stand it when she does wear it. She'll just sit and scratch.

I always thought that leaving it on would be a hazard, like it getting caught on something.

March 21st, 2005, 08:56 PM
Justice wears a collar at all times.
She wears a 'choke collar' when on walks, and while doing obedience training. These collars are not safe to leave on in the house, as they can get caught and choke the dog to death. If you use this type of collar, never leave the dog unsupervised with it on.
Once she is inside she has just a normal collar on, orginally, so i could hear when she was running after the cats. If i take it off, she knows she's getting groomed, and won't leave the stool till she has it back on. She likes it now.

March 21st, 2005, 09:10 PM
Ariel used to wear her collar all the time but I've gotten lazy lately. I now leave it off because it gets in the way when I'm grooming her. Her hair has gotten quite long and I brush and comb it every night so the collar gets in the way and leaves mats. We have a harness that we put on her for walks. She doesn't mind wearing a collar though.

I think if a dog is scratching on their collar all the time, you should invest on getting another more comfortable one. Ariel used to do the same and we bought her a nicer one and she stopped scratching.

March 21st, 2005, 10:29 PM
I agree about the comfort-- when we were done with training I got very small-link chokers for my doggies. Mainly just for show. They're too weak for real training but 1/4 the weight of the old ones.

Sadie's Mom
March 21st, 2005, 10:35 PM
Oh, I have about 7 different collars for Sadie. She scratches at all of them, and hankies too! :rolleyes:

March 21st, 2005, 10:48 PM
Mostly the same thing around here...many different collars (I won't list them all :D ) but, in general around the house.... nekkid as a jay! lol
My older dog has a really pretty ruff and the collar wears it away, and the pup has a short coat and I dont' want it to chaff him.
I do find leather collars are far superior to nylon, I use them when we go out even if i"m using a different training collar...just to carry name tags on (just in case) :)

March 22nd, 2005, 06:56 AM
My dog only wears his collar when he is going outside. I take it off of him when he is in the house.

March 22nd, 2005, 08:04 AM
Sam only wears his collor when hes going outside, hes still housetraining so he spends a fair amount of time in the crate, and from what i hear its not safe for him to wear a collor in the crate


March 22nd, 2005, 02:50 PM
I use to leave Ciara's collar on all I only put it on to go out. She also has a harness for emergencys. (Mainly bad weather). When I put her harness on she knows it's serious business going on and she is alert. She has not had to wear the harness since the past hurricane season and has become a couch potato once again. I love it when she arrs at me! We have a warning issued for our area later today, it's a good time to practice the drill, and I hope it will be nothing but a drill. The harness goes on after her dinner. She becomes a different dog once she is in the harness....she is more aware of her surroundings and very cautious & protective. Ciara becomes my eyes & ears . Other than that, she is still the super uber goober dawg.
Since this is about collars, I'll leave her mouthwash fetish out of this thread. Really, she has one...

March 22nd, 2005, 03:27 PM
Mouthwash? That would be interesting. I just started making capone wear a leather collar recently. I have left it on for the first time overnight. I just am wondering if I have it on too tight. I mean I can put 2 fingers under it but when hes laying down all his extra skin puffs up out of it as if its too tight. He seems to actually like it. My problem is that the hole before it is way to lose, or maybe not I dont know. And this one seems perfect until he lays down. I am wondering if its just that extra pitty skin they have on there neck and face. Anyone?

March 22nd, 2005, 03:33 PM
Our tuggers wears his all the time except at bath time!!!

March 22nd, 2005, 04:20 PM
Ours wears a collar and a tag with our addy/ number on it. Her rabies tag is on her harness. I'm afraid of someone opening our front door and her bolting. She is good about waiting, but there are somedays... And that would be the time that she would be collarless. So she wears it all the time except baths.

March 22nd, 2005, 05:05 PM
I just am wondering if I have it on too tight. I mean I can put 2 fingers under it but when hes laying down all his extra skin puffs up out of it as if its too tight.
We got Gabby a leather collar a couple months ago. I wondered the same thing about it being too tight. I could easily fit 2 fingers in, but when she layed down it also bunched up her skin. I just made sure I wasn't forcing anything to fit the 2 fingers, then eased her into wearing it by taking it off at night for a few days. It started off really stiff and now has softened up quite a bit and she usually wears it all the time. If it was uncomfortable I would guess the dog would let you know somehow. Good luck :thumbs up

March 22nd, 2005, 05:07 PM
Mouthwash? That would be interesting. I just started making capone wear a leather collar recently. I have left it on for the first time overnight. I just am wondering if I have it on too tight. I mean I can put 2 fingers under it but when hes laying down all his extra skin puffs up out of it as if its too tight. He seems to actually like it. My problem is that the hole before it is way to lose, or maybe not I dont know. And this one seems perfect until he lays down. I am wondering if its just that extra pitty skin they have on there neck and face. Anyone?

Ever since Ciara was a puppy, for some very strange reason she has the need to go for a ride if she hears me (or anyone) gargle or use mouthwash. This is the only time she will bolt out of the door. I have learned over the years to "swish" instead of gargling..(is that a word?) She is not satisfied unless she goes at least around the block. I think she may have picked up this die hard habit when we went to work every day at the vet hospital. I would get dressed, brush teeth, use mouthwash, load dog and go.
If I'm not swishing, I'll load and spit out of the car window on the way out of the idea what the neighbors think yet.
What we go through...she has taught me well.

March 22nd, 2005, 08:52 PM
i keep mine off all the time, except when we go for walks, so when we put a collar on her, she knows we are going out, but we have a whole bunch of them, 2 chokes, 1 leather, 3 material, 2 harnesses and 3 leashes, for every occasion, weather and mood ;) sometimes she wears a leather, a choke and a harness at the same time

March 23rd, 2005, 10:39 AM
Choke collar? The name sounds scary, what's it used for?

March 25th, 2005, 07:48 AM
Choke collar or you could call it a "training collar". It is not scary when you understand how to use them. They are a essential piece of equipment. :)

March 25th, 2005, 10:33 AM
the "choke" collar is a chain collar..hard to explain how u put it on..kina a loop process..if the dog is walking at the required distance, or sitting or heeling or whatever..the collar remains loose..if they try to pull on it and away from tightens up..i use it for my dogs only during training ,or going to the vets. A choke collar shud never be left on a dog unattended or for any other purpose than training..if they ever got it hooked on something and it tightened they wud never get it off. My dogs wear reular nylon collars at all other times..put on as such if they ever got hooked up in the bush..they cud slip out of it easily.. i hope this helps..maybe others cud explain it better than i..Top. :)

March 25th, 2005, 10:45 AM
Chokers are not more susceptible to hooking inside the house than any other collar unless you are dealing with hooks, crates or branches... Anything bigger than that and the dog will get hooked too. If a choker fits properly (I don't think I have met one dog yet with a choker of the right size), it is even less likely to get hooked on something. My house is completely dog proof. There is nothing they can eat nor is there anything to hang themselves on. Even if you don't use a choker, I think it is still necessary to remove anything hook-like within their reach. Here are two pics-- one on the left is a choker the one on the right is a prong collar. When used properly, they don't hurt or damage the dog (maybe snip their hair a bit but nothing painful.)

March 25th, 2005, 11:02 AM
Prin..ty for showing the pics..i don't know what u mean by dog proof..but if its the same as child proof ..yes itoo have anything damaging child proof for my 2 grandbabies..the only dog who is in a kennel is the puppy and that only at nite. So there is no place even my shep/rottie can hook even a nylon or leather collar.I did mean thay w/the nylon or leather( I prefer the nylon where i live) they cud slip out more easier. My shep has the run of 160 acres of forest land..i wud never put a choke collar on him outside. As for the leather i don like as much cause when it get wet it stiffens when he's out side. i beleive on the post about the girl haveing probs w/ walking her fog shows a large pic of the prong also..thx for your info..Top :thumbs up

March 25th, 2005, 11:28 AM
They should slip out easier in a collar that is not a choker (material or leather) if the choker fits properly... Like I said (maybe in the other thread), the choker should be tight as it goes over the ears to fit properly-- if it fits properly, there is no way a doggy can weasle out of it, even in an emergency. That is why I try to eliminate all possible hooky things.

And yes, by dog proof, I mean like kiddie proof. (But dog proofing includes places they can jump up to. Kids can't jump too high...)

March 25th, 2005, 02:55 PM
I leave the collars on both boys all the time, except when brushing. They are not choker chains!

Never leave a choker collar on the dogs when not training, a friends son left his house for 10 minutes. Came back to his dog passed away with the other dogs foot caught in the choker chain. Choked to death while playing, it happens alot more then people realize honestly. :(