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What kind of Collar do you have on your dog?

dogmelissa
August 25th, 2006, 05:11 PM
My dog wears a flat collar, blue, woven (nylon?) and with a plastic buckle. His ID tags & rabies tag hang from a key ring looped through it near the D-ring for a leash.

This topic came up in another thread about whether a dog should wear his/her "normal" collar when in it's crate.
The only time my dog's collar comes off is when he's having a bath or a haircut.
My 3 cats also have collars that they wear all the time (2 have the pull-release type buckles, one is a leather rolled collar with a belt-type closure).

What's your opinion?

Melissa

Prin
August 25th, 2006, 05:20 PM
Boo always wears his choker. It's a really delicate choker that would snap if he ever got snagged anywhere (just for show). Jemma wears a tiny choker too, but lately she has been nekkid all the time (she never ever runs away).

I don't crate.

dogmelissa
August 25th, 2006, 05:43 PM
Are you not required to have a license on them? What about ID tags, rabies vaccination tags, etc?

While I understand the "she doesn't run away" statement, what would happen if you took them to an event, or to the vet, and somehow they escaped and got out of your sight? How would they be returned to you?

Dog Dancer
August 25th, 2006, 05:51 PM
Both the girls wear nylon collars with their tags attached. We don't crate so not an issue. Shadow feels nekkid if you take her collar off and waits around to get it back.

SarahLynn123
August 25th, 2006, 05:53 PM
My dogs only wear collars when we leave the yard and they are on a leash. In the house or in the backyard they have nothing on. All my dogs are tattooed or microchipped so thats how I would get them back, althoguh the girls dont run away and the boy got out only once to visit the neighbourhood kids (someone accidently let him out).

I know tattoos and microchips are not as good as ID tags, but Im paranoid and dont want anything around their necks without supervision.

Angies Man
August 25th, 2006, 05:57 PM
Angie wears a blue nylon woven flat collar with a quick connect (not a belt style connector.) I'm a littlle behind on getting her license (cash flow problems) and having her microchipped (need to go to the Human Society to get her chipped) but on the collar is a tag that reads "I'm Lost" and my cell phone number and my brother's cell number (he lives in Reno, too.)

Her collar never comes off, not when she's in the crate (why would you do that?) at the groomer, swimming, never.

So far, we don't have a training collar. That would only be on during training sessions--training has started, but not training sessions. (She's learning things on her own.)

Prin
August 25th, 2006, 06:00 PM
Are you not required to have a license on them? What about ID tags, rabies vaccination tags, etc?

While I understand the "she doesn't run away" statement, what would happen if you took them to an event, or to the vet, and somehow they escaped and got out of your sight? How would they be returned to you?
If I go out in public with them, she's on a leash as required by law.

As for licenses, I'm pretty far away and I know the license guy up here, so I don't really have an issue with that. But if we go for a long walk or something, I always have her collar in my pocket, just in case. She never leaves my side. A rabbit can run by a foot in front of us and she won't leave my side.

Boo on the other hand, would leave for a blowing leaf, so he is leashed whenever we leave the property.

greaterdane
August 25th, 2006, 06:02 PM
The chihuahuas wear small cat breakaway collars with their info on them.

The big guys wear blocky dog collars which are 2" flat nylon. They are dual grip, so they serve as a sort of martigale. Their id tags also fit on these. Only the puppy is crated and he does not wear his collar in his crate. I have heard far too many horror stories to leave it on him.

Prin
August 25th, 2006, 06:02 PM
Her collar never comes off, not when she's in the crate (why would you do that?) at the groomer, swimming, never.They can hang themselves in the crate while you're at work.

gomez
August 25th, 2006, 06:08 PM
Gomez wears a 14" flat leather collar, black with a brass buckle and D ring - his tag with his name and tel number is on it - we are not required to have any other tag on him here -

We take it off when he is inside the flat -

You should always take collars, harnesses, etc... off when crating your dog, they could get caught in one of the bars or any of the hardware and they would get strangled if they can't break free...

technodoll
August 25th, 2006, 06:08 PM
both beanies are nekkid in the house: saves their neck fur from being flattened & worn down, and saves them from getting snagged in anything (specially when they wrestle and play together). Maika is crated during the day.

when it's time to go out the collars' tags jingle and the dogs come raaaaaaaacing, eager to have them put on. Collars are flat slip-on nylon combo-style (can serve as martingales or regular flat collars). When we go on walks downtown where they will not be off-leash, they get to wear their nice fancy leather bling-bling collars :D and both dogs are microchipped, just in case... :thumbs up

gomez
August 25th, 2006, 06:16 PM
Oh yes, Gomez is microchipped also, and he has his own pet-passport.

We did not tatoo - too many horror stories of kidnapped pets having their tatooed bits lopped off over here...

OntarioGreys
August 25th, 2006, 06:26 PM
I use decorative martingales (satin or suede lined webbed collars with a decorative trim) on 2 of my dogs and Nikki currently has a flat leather collar.

THe city dog tag licence under the bylaw must be on the dog at all times other than to change the tag or if a vet procedure requires removal of the collar, so I make sure my collars are properly fitted to prevent snagging, and my crate for fosters new dogs was chosen by the fact there was no wire ends of the inside that could become snagging points

Article 4
GENERAL PROVISIONS
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212.4.2 Dog tag - removal - other than to replace - prohibited
No person shall remove a tag from a dog, other than to replace an expired
tag with a current tag or to administer medical treatment to the
dog.
212.2.13 DOGS - REGISTRATION - REGULATION 212.4.2
SEPTEMBER 2005 212.6 WOODSTOCK

One of the nice thing about have dogs with long necks as it allows for many widths of collars here is an example of collars ranging from 1" to 2 1/2" so I can have fun dressing them

http://www.mypetpages.net/artists/1731/0/9eaf429a5e30266ec417ce42b5b6c050.JPG

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y53/mleg2001/other%20images/39438_2big.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y53/mleg2001/other%20images/8119f681956d08d9acf4d62b9e57a320a.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y53/mleg2001/other%20images/fb206c60.jpg

MyBirdIsEvil
August 25th, 2006, 06:31 PM
Our dogs have orange waterproof sporting dog collars, the I.D tags are on the only ring on the collar.
We had normal orange nylon collars on them at one time, and when royce got wet the white hair on his neck turned pink :rolleyes: .
With the sporting dog collars we can also leave the collar on when they go swimming and just wash it off it gets muddy or anything.

Maxine
August 25th, 2006, 06:44 PM
Lex wear a flat, red nylon collar with his tag on it (name, phone number, city) and his rabbies vaccine tag. He hates when I remove it, so I just keep it on him all the time. :p

The collar can sometime open, so I put the leach on the two D-Rings that are situated on each side of the plastic snap-on (i think thats the word.. not too sure, but it's the same idea of a snap on a winter suit for a kid... don't know if you understand lol!!!:o )

Maxine

babyrocky1
August 25th, 2006, 07:01 PM
Rocky hasnt been wearing a collar. He has a "halter" type harness so the collar is just to hang his tags on. Lately he has lost his tags so they are now on my key chain, Ive gotta do something about that but I realy dont want him to lose them again. Luckily someone turned them into animal control and they were mailed back to me. He has had every kind of collar and none of them seemed suitable, I love this halter harness but need to figure out how to attach his tags to it and not have them fall off. He is micro-chipped as well.

dogmelissa
August 25th, 2006, 07:56 PM
They can hang themselves in the crate while you're at work.

My dog is no longer crated when I'm at work, he is kept in the front entry where the "gate" is made of solid MDF (he destroyed everything else I tried).

I will, however, post a picture of the kennel that he sleeps in, and him in it so you can understand how impossible the strangulation theory that you're suggesting is (at least for my dog). He was, until December of last year, kept in the kennel when I was at work, because I didn't have a suitable "room" to contain him in.

I'm sure that there is a risk, but there's a much greater risk of him hurting himself by sticking his feet through the bars or having one of the cats reach through the bars and smack him.
There's also a much higher chance of him dying in a fire during the day, than there is of him strangling on his collar.

Regardless, as I said in the other thread, the risk of getting caught is dependent on the type of crate/kennel, the type/size of collar (and tags attached to it) and the size/behaviour of the dog.

And since my doggie is white and his tags tend to stain him, and he has ever-growing fur that needs to be cut, his collar is removed when I bath him and it's removed when he gets his hair cut (how else am I supposed to clip under it?). He is contained in the tub/house when bathing and by a leash looped around his neck (or my other hand holding him) when getting a haircut.

Melissa

Writing4Fun
August 25th, 2006, 09:37 PM
One way to ensure that the tags don't get lost is to have the information engraved on a long, narrow strip of brass, and have that strip of brass attached to a flat leather collar with rivets.

jessi76
August 25th, 2006, 10:04 PM
Tucker has a very soft flat leather collar, which has an ID & license, his "out in public" nice collar. He also has a flat purple (very dirty) nylon collar that has another ID, his "go to work & play" collar.

but if in the house or in the crate, it's NO collar. His neck fur rubs off easily, and he's actually quite bald on the underside of his neck right now, so we've been keeping all collars off him at home. He is microchipped (not that I trust any place around us actually HAS a scanner, but I had it done anyways)

Smiley14
August 25th, 2006, 10:07 PM
Oh my, Petey has so many different types of collars, I lose count! If you've seen the various pictures I've posted of him here and there, you'll see his three main collars, lol. He came to me with a flat brown nylon collar. It looked nice on him, so I kept it until it got ragged. I still use it now for trips to the dog park since he usually goes swimming and gets muddy. But I noticed that one bothered him a lot, so the vet suggested it might be allergies. Then came the light green fleece and hemp (yep, hemp!) collar from Petsmart. Well, he seemed much more comfortable in it, but the thing fell apart very quickly. So that one is now also used for the dog park when the brown one is still wet from the previous trip, lol. Then came the brown rolled leather collar that was also supposed to be good for allergies. I went through three different sizes of those before giving up since no matter what size, he could slip out of the thing. After a horribly scary experience of him getting out my gate because of my lazy lawn mowing company leaving it open and running off and then slipping his collar and running off again when the police tried to catch him, I gave up on that kind. So now we're back to the nylon, bright red this time, even though he scratches at it constantly.
I will not let him go without his collar though as he is not crated and can come and go into my fenced yard through his doggie door. He is micro-chipped, but I still want him with a collar and tags as well. So I know the nylon isn't good for his allergies, so I'm still searching now for a new kind of collar. I have a pile sitting in my cupboard if anyone ever needs one. :)

This is not counting his gentle leader or his sporn halter that we use for some outings. :)

Steph

mafiaprincess
August 26th, 2006, 12:31 AM
Cider's in nylon, says princess all over it with her home info, rabies tag and license on it.

meb999
August 26th, 2006, 12:40 AM
Buster has a leather collar with his rabbies tag on it (it has the vet's phone #, and an identification code thar'll link him back to me) and he's microchipped.

He only wears his collar outside. When he's inside, he's naked....just for comfort reasons -- he wags his tail when I remove it, so I figure he prefers no collar...

meb999
August 26th, 2006, 12:42 AM
I will, however, post a picture of the kennel that he sleeps in, and him in it so you can understand how impossible the strangulation theory that you're suggesting is

I think Prin was only answering Angiesman's question :
why would you do that?

Prin
August 26th, 2006, 12:56 AM
I think Prin was only answering Angiesman's question :
Hence the quote of Angie's man in my post.

Prin
August 26th, 2006, 01:25 AM
K, since I'm the only one who chose choker, I feel I have to justify myself and my choice. :D

I tried flat collars. See Jemma in her pretty pink flat collar? Aww...
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h213/Princi9009/Jemma%20and%20Boo%20Aug%20Sep%20Oct%202006/IMG_3161.jpg

But I just find them so huge and bulky all the time. Jemma itches under them and constantly scratches,
even after wearing it for a month straight. They rot after swimming (especially with Jemma's dense
coat that never dries). Plus, IMO, they're an eye sore. They take up like half the neck. Just a hassle overall..

Compared to these collars that just don't show at all-
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h213/Princi9009/Jemma%20and%20Boo%20best%20winter%2005%2006%20pics/IMG_0339.jpg

They just bury into the fur and disappear.

http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h213/Princi9009/Jemma%20and%20Boo%20Aug%20Sep%20Oct%202006/IMG_3683.jpg

:shrug:
Purely for aesthetics and comfort, IMO.

Cinnabear
August 26th, 2006, 02:06 AM
Both my dogs have flat snap on collars. They both have crates. They like to sleep in them for comfort. The doors are never closed. They come and go as they please.:crazy:

jesse's mommy
August 26th, 2006, 09:01 AM
Jesse has a red Mickey Mouse collar. She only wears it when she goes out front, for a walk, or for a ride. I don't have it on her in the house with the fear that she might get it caught on something. When we bring it out she gets so excited because she knows she is going somewhere. I have a blue "Margaritaville Mutt" collar, but I can't remember where I put it :frustrated: so we are still using the old Mickey one.

Lise
August 26th, 2006, 09:10 AM
I use rolled leather buckle collars on Tess and Nell so they don't have broken coats around their necks,Molly has a thin flat leather collar. All are buckle style and they all have rabies tags and their phone numbers and addresses,they are all microchipped but too many places don't scan for chips.As far as collars in crates personally I always take off collars,I do the same thing for dogs boarding in their runs at night ,I feel though the risk is extremely slight that they get caught why take it?

Rottielover
August 26th, 2006, 09:11 AM
Harley is no longer crated, but still no collar in the house, but outside morning walks we use a harley davidson flat collar, but when we go to a park( not a dog park), for training purpose harley uses a prong collar. with his fat buckle collar.

raingirl
August 26th, 2006, 09:30 AM
Odin doesn't have a collar. His tags are attached to his Buddy Belt Harness, which he wears only when we leave the house. He is nekkid the rest of the time.

rainbow
August 26th, 2006, 12:30 PM
O.G., you've got some gorgeous collars there. :thumbs up

My boys have the boring flat nylon snap on kind. :p But the only time they wear them is when we have to get them from the house to the truck. :D

They wear their head collars when we go for a walk. They don't wear their collars in the house or when they're outside in the fenced yard playing because they play really rough and would be trying to drag each other around the yard. :eek:

Joey.E.CockersMommy
August 26th, 2006, 06:50 PM
Joeys got a boring old flat black nylon collar with a plastic clasp. I keep meaning to buy him a new one - but instead he gets clothes - one day soon though. oh and he wears his collar all the time. I just feel safer that way if knowing he can be identified if anything were to happen. :fingerscr Which it wont but just being cautious better safe than sorry I say. :D

Golden Girls
August 26th, 2006, 10:59 PM
Mine both wear only on walks a Philadelphia Eagles plastic snap nylon collar (green and black) with their city and rabies tag. I also have a velcro attachment with just our phone # and the word DIABETIC (their not) but who the heck would want the expense :D

LL1
August 26th, 2006, 11:09 PM
No collars other than when leaving the home for walks and vet visits.I would never leave a collar on an unattended dog,incl never on a crated dog or dog loose with other dogs.Way too dangerous in my opinion.And no chokes.

glasslass
August 27th, 2006, 12:15 AM
Den-Den and Corky both wear flat nylon collars with 3 tags (ID, Rabies, and city license). We take them off for baths and haircuts. Afterwards, I hold them up and shake them and say "Do you want your jingles?" They both come running. They know their collars are theirs! They're both also microchipped.

rainbow
August 27th, 2006, 12:30 AM
and the word DIABETIC (their not) but who the heck would want the expense


LOL....I think I'll put "needs medication" on mine. :D

dogmelissa
August 28th, 2006, 02:54 PM
Oh my, Petey has so many different types of collars, I lose count! If you've seen the various pictures I've posted of him here and there, you'll see his three main collars, lol. He came to me with a flat brown nylon collar. It looked nice on him, so I kept it until it got ragged. I still use it now for trips to the dog park since he usually goes swimming and gets muddy. But I noticed that one bothered him a lot, so the vet suggested it might be allergies. Then came the light green fleece and hemp (yep, hemp!) collar from Petsmart. Well, he seemed much more comfortable in it, but the thing fell apart very quickly. So that one is now also used for the dog park when the brown one is still wet from the previous trip, lol. Then came the brown rolled leather collar that was also supposed to be good for allergies. I went through three different sizes of those before giving up since no matter what size, he could slip out of the thing. After a horribly scary experience of him getting out my gate because of my lazy lawn mowing company leaving it open and running off and then slipping his collar and running off again when the police tried to catch him, I gave up on that kind. So now we're back to the nylon, bright red this time, even though he scratches at it constantly.
I will not let him go without his collar though as he is not crated and can come and go into my fenced yard through his doggie door. He is micro-chipped, but I still want him with a collar and tags as well. So I know the nylon isn't good for his allergies, so I'm still searching now for a new kind of collar. I have a pile sitting in my cupboard if anyone ever needs one. :)

This is not counting his gentle leader or his sporn halter that we use for some outings. :)

Steph

Have you tried a *flat* leather collar? Here is a deerskin one from Petsmart: http://tinyurl.com/ecz7o When Cube's nylon one wears out (which might actually be a few years!) I'm going to get him a flat leather one.
I understand about the rolled leather ones slipping off; that's actually one of the reasons I bought one for one of my cats. The other 2 cats are in ones with a tension release snap buckle, but Rusty was getting really bad matts under the collar because she couldn't groom properly (she has ever-growing fur on her neck/bib). So I bought her one of those rolled leather ones and now she doesn't get matts nearly as often, but she can still slip out of it if she needs to (she hasn't yet!).

Melissa

Smiley14
August 29th, 2006, 09:25 PM
Have you tried a *flat* leather collar? Here is a deerskin one from Petsmart: http://tinyurl.com/ecz7o When Cube's nylon one wears out (which might actually be a few years!) I'm going to get him a flat leather one.
I understand about the rolled leather ones slipping off; that's actually one of the reasons I bought one for one of my cats. The other 2 cats are in ones with a tension release snap buckle, but Rusty was getting really bad matts under the collar because she couldn't groom properly (she has ever-growing fur on her neck/bib). So I bought her one of those rolled leather ones and now she doesn't get matts nearly as often, but she can still slip out of it if she needs to (she hasn't yet!).

Melissa

Funny you should mention that! I'm bored at work at the moment, so have been looking online at various leather collars. :)

So I'd love some opinions on what would look best on Petey! :)

plain, but padded:
http://www.fordogtrainers.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=20

Fancy brass design:
http://www.fordogtrainers.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=387

Nice brass name plate design:
http://www.gundogsonline.com/ProdDtl.asp?iProdID=10492&iDeptID=2500

ok, so he's not aggressive, but I like the decorative stitching:
http://www.schaafleatherwork.com/pages/dog/collar3.html

Braided leather:
http://www.kristalas.com/collars/braidedleather.htm

Insert braided leather:
http://www.kristalas.com/collars/208_307braids.htm


That's what I've found so far. :)

Steph

Edited to add: Oops, I just saw a similar thread about this by Technodoll, sorry about that! I'll look at her links. :)

Prin
August 29th, 2006, 10:22 PM
I like the first three best.:)

Smiley14
August 29th, 2006, 10:54 PM
Thanks Prin! I don't want to double post, so I'll just say I ended up ordering one from a link OntarioGreys posted in technodoll's "addiction" thread, LOL! It's a great combination of those first three, but better I think! :) Cool!

mummummum
August 30th, 2006, 12:47 AM
Nekkid in the house. Nylon Martingale's because the dogwalker insists. Gentleleaders when " we aren't wearing our listening ears". Everybody is microchipped and I've also recently discovered Declan has a tattoo in his ear. I forgot to renew the grrrl's licences this year but everyone's rabies tags are sewn onto their collars. No one is crated (though occasionally somebody gets BANISHED TO THE BEDROOM).

I confess I am being sorely tempted to break out the drastic plastic after checking out the bling sites on this and Technodoll's thread. In fact there's one of OntarioGrey's I wouldn't mind for myself!

dogmelissa
August 30th, 2006, 02:04 PM
Thanks Prin! I don't want to double post, so I'll just say I ended up ordering one from a link OntarioGreys posted in technodoll's "addiction" thread, LOL! It's a great combination of those first three, but better I think! :) Cool!

Very happy to hear you're going to try something else. Hopefully he won't be able to pull his head out of the collar you chose.
Please post after you get it and "update" your answer to the original question (though you can't change your vote, sorry).

Melissa

clarert
August 30th, 2006, 03:47 PM
My boys have the flat nylon web collars BUT they are loose enough they can wriggle out of them easily should they get snagged on anything. They have ID and license attached to them and wear them all the time.

Smiley14
August 30th, 2006, 04:36 PM
Very happy to hear you're going to try something else. Hopefully he won't be able to pull his head out of the collar you chose.
Please post after you get it and "update" your answer to the original question (though you can't change your vote, sorry).

Melissa


Thank you for the suggestion! I got one that is sheepskin lined, so that should help with his allergies (I hope!) and asked to have extra holes put in it since leather stretches and I want to be able to tighten it if needed. Plus he's on a diet, so could go down a neck size. :) It's a custom leather collar, but was still a very reasonable price, so I asked for sizing between 16-19, as he's currently an 18. Petey is nortorious for slipping his collar, so I really hope this helps! The bad thing is it will take 4-8 weeks to arrive, so I won't be able to update my answer any time soon, lol. :) Thanks again though!

OntarioGreys
August 30th, 2006, 07:47 PM
Thank you for the suggestion! I got one that is sheepskin lined, so that should help with his allergies (I hope!) and asked to have extra holes put in it since leather stretches and I want to be able to tighten it if needed. Plus he's on a diet, so could go down a neck size. :) It's a custom leather collar, but was still a very reasonable price, so I asked for sizing between 16-19, as he's currently an 18. Petey is nortorious for slipping his collar, so I really hope this helps! The bad thing is it will take 4-8 weeks to arrive, so I won't be able to update my answer any time soon, lol. :) Thanks again though!


Greyhounds usually wear martingales because their mid neck circumference is wider than their head circumference, so with ordinary collars they can back out of. Premier makes a very good standard nylon martingale that is designed so it won;t slip and become wider and pretty much every single adoption group in North America provides this type of collar when they adopt out a greyhound.

http://www.sitstay.com/store/equip/collars3.shtml

we3beagles
August 30th, 2006, 08:15 PM
Que runway music...and here is lovely Callie and Soozie sporting their lovely faux ostrich pink and blue leather collars with decorative stainless steel tags and rhinestone clasps. Bugsey on the other hand is wearing a lovely butterscotch leather collar with daisy studs and tag to match.

None of my dogs wear their collars in the house. They are allowed to run around nekkid as jaybirds in the backyard too, but they are never left unsupervised in the yard due to mommy's paranoia (sp?). They all (including Teddy the foster dog) just got new collars for their birthday party.

papillonmama
August 30th, 2006, 08:51 PM
flat nylon with her tags for Dory, flat leather with tags for trigs, neither of them are crated anymore.