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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-06-2011, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
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Changing Collars

Sometimes we take things for granted when it comes to our dogs safety. This past week , Molly was scared by another dog and nearly pulled the leash out of my hands. We use a flat collar. She of course came to a sudden stop when the leash reached its limit. Needless to say she started choking and hacking. I've always known of the dangers of collars , especially flat collars that go around a dog's neck and throat. But we sometimes take things for granted and figure ,oh well no big deal. This time ,it made me rethink my original choice of a flat collar. And quite often our choices are made for our convenience and not our dogs. So I plead guilty. After this incident I now think the best way to go for my Molly is an Easy Walk harness. I somehow lost an article I had that showed the studies about neck and throat injuries in dogs and what caused the majority. I did find this one which is somewhat the same and it is scary. I wish now I would have followed my instincts earlier on. Everyone is different and every dog has different needs . I just wanted to let you know of what can happen when things go wrong. Here are two articles that I did find .

Easywalk Harness http://www.premier.com/View.aspx?pag...uctdescription

Neck injuries study http://www.larzequipment.com/neck_injuries.html

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Dave, how scary, I am so glad that Molly is okay. A lesson for all of us, even the best trained dog can still react instinctly.

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Wow Dave - you are such an expert on our little dogs I was surprised to hear that you used a flat collar on Molly, but then, even more impressed that you were willing to admit your mistake in front of everybody, simply for the purpose of reinforcing good dog owner behavior. Props to you!! I've made a couple of mistakes with Cey that I still haven't been able to admit on this forum (for instance, and this was the absolute worst - once my daughter got a chocolate brownie, and then we went to the bookstore, and she left most of the brownie in its box on the floor... and of course he ate it. Then I tried to get him to throw it back up using hydrogen peroxide (right after he ate it) but he never did really puke - I finally was more worried about the hydrogen peroxide than the chocolate lol, so I stopped. Then, much later that night when I am sure the chocolate was mostly already ingested, he did finally puke a couple of times... Obviously, he was/is fine, no ill effects except for puking a few times over the night. And, I've vowed to ask his vet, the next time, to tell me what to give him and in what quantities (I suspect that I just didn't give him enough hydrogen peroxide to make him immediately puke, but I was scared to give him more than a little bit) if he does really eat something dangerous... well, I guess I've admitted that horrible mistake now!)

Anyway. I have always used a harness on Ceylon, though now that his fur is getting longer, I am thinking I should find a better one than the discounted $3 harness at Petco that I first bought for him lol. --Wouldn't it be wonderful if somebody invented a non-matting harness for long-haired dogs?
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what a scare! I am glad that Molly is ok.

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I somehow lost an article I had that showed the studies about neck and throat injuries in dogs and what caused the majority.
When Snowy was 1 year old (he is 7 now), another small dog owner informed me about the danger collars can be on a neck of small dogs, especially, and sent me an article that speaks about it (after she saw a photo that I shared of Snowy walking with collar and leash. So I switched to attaching the leash on a 'harness' ever since. I never use a collar to attach the leash for both Snowy and Crystal. They do have collars on but only to attach their ID and health tags.

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what a scare! I am glad that Molly is ok.



When Snowy was 1 year old (he is 7 now), another small dog owner informed me about the danger collars can be on a neck of small dogs, especially, and sent me an article that speaks about it (after she saw a photo that I shared of Snowy walking with collar and leash. So I switched to attaching the leash on a 'harness' ever since. I never use a collar to attach the leash for both Snowy and Crystal. They do have collars on but only to attach their ID and health tags.
I just hook Ceylon's tags to his harness...
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I just hook Ceylon's tags to his harness...
I keep Snowy & Crystal's tags on all the time (even when at home), but the harness on only when we go for walks, so a collar is what I attach their little tags on

From my understanding, the seriousness of a collar comes when you attach the leash on it (a dog can pull on the leash; hence the neck damage over time).

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Yikes, I am glad Molly is ok. Looks like this is worth the investment. I think I will buy these today. Thanks Dave!





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Actually, I have the puppia sof harness! I just have to use them now. I do like them. They don't choke my guys.





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