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OK, I'll be the differing opinion. Oscar has had a collar on 24/7 since about 3 months (he's now 6.5 months old). Maybe I'll change my mind when he blows coat and starts matting (though I'm told that rolled leather collars can nearly eliminate that), but for now, I love it. It makes it easy to attach his lead to go out to do his business, and I can always tell where he is by the sound of his tags jingling. I think it adds a layer of security should he ever bolt out the door (though he's chipped), and it means I always have on the town mandated rabies tag when out in public. It's a simple, lightweight fabric collar that I don't use for walks; I have a harness for that.
I rarely use it to restrain him, and only from behind, because once I tried to use it to extricate him from under the dining room table and he had a very negative reaction to that. I understand his reaction, but at the time it was my only option.
I also have a hard time conceiving of a way that the collar could get caught on something badly enough to do significant damage to him. Sure it's possible, but it's got to be WAY down there on the list of probable ways a dog could get injured in a human household, and I can't eliminate all of them, so I'll focus on the ones higher on the list.