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Collar conundrum

So Bama has this habit of occasionally trying to get and chew on the tags on her collar. We tried smaller tags, but every once in awhile we would see her trying to get them.
I recently had gotten one of those collars at Petco that have sliders where you can put name stickers and other accessories on them. It seemed rather thick for such a little girl, but she never seemed to try and get it off.

But since this didn't have room for a phone number, I ordered her a personalized collar with her name and number (from Up Country I think). Well today she had been sitting nicely chewing on her antler, then I look over and she is trying to chew on the plastic buckle! I had tightened the collar to where I thought she couldn't reach but still wouldn't be too tight (even though it partially covered the phone number). I don't know if the width made it easier to try and get or if a smaller thinner collar would pose the same issue.

Does anyone have a recommendation for a good collar? Should I search for the kind that has a metal buckle like a belt? The plastic kind (like safety cat collars) seem to be much more popular.
Her neck measures somewhere between 7 1/ and 8 inches. Hard to get exact with all that fur. (btw her chest is 12", neck/top of shoulders to base of tail is 10", and height (shoulders to floor) is 10". She is 6 lbs.).

When on the leash we use a harness. I suppose we could always just not use a collar in the house, but I worry in case of emergency she should have ID on her (she is microchipped).


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The dangers of getting a collar hung up on something or the dog getting their jaw caught in it just worry me too much. Besides that, collars mat their coats if they are kept in long coat. For these reasons, Kodi only wears a collar when he's out of the house.


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Both of mine wear their collars most of the time. Since they go out several times a day, it never made sense to take the collars off and on each time. However, we did just install a fence, so I'm considering taking their collars off unless we are going out somewhere or they are playing outside the fence.

Sonic used to have the same issues of chewing on tags and the buckle (he actually broke one buckle!). I noticed that this behavior stopped when he was about a year old, so maybe it's just a phase for Bama too. While you are dealing with it, I would recommend always checking for a good fit of the collar, especially when you see her getting at the buckle. Aries never tired getting her buckle, but shes always had a metal buckle collar, so maybe that's something to consider too. As far as the tags, I noticed he never messed with them when there was only one on (I think it had something to do with the sound of the tags clinking together). We also have the collar with his name and our contact information on it so he only has his rabies and license tags on his collar.


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I have a ton of these collars. You pick the leather, thread, nylon backing colors. I love them. They are inexpensive and very well made. No tags to get caught in things. You just have to measure correctly!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/RUGGITCOLLA...on_id=12023198





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I agree with Karen. My guys have never worn collars in the house or in the fenced-in backyard. I only put on a collar when we are out and about. It solves a lot of problems that way and is a lot safer, I feel.


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I agree with Karen. My guys have never worn collars in the house or in the fenced-in backyard. I only put on a collar when we are out and about. It solves a lot of problems that way and is a lot safer, I feel.
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I have a ton of these collars. You pick the leather, thread, nylon backing colors. I love them. They are inexpensive and very well made. No tags to get caught in things. You just have to measure correctly!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/RUGGITCOLLA...on_id=12023198
Thanks, I checked them out...may buy one soon. I'd just found another on etsy last night that I ordered.
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I agree with Karen. My guys have never worn collars in the house or in the fenced-in backyard. I only put on a collar when we are out and about. It solves a lot of problems that way and is a lot safer, I feel.
Miss Yorkie has always worn a collar, the kind with the metal buckle, and never had a problem.

Bama darted out the door a few months ago so I worry about not having a collar on in the house. I also worry about not having ID on her when we are out of the house, in case, heaven forbid, there is an earthquake while we are out of the house and can't get to her right away. Although I thought about putting her info on her crate and leaving her collar next to it.
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Our 3 month old loves to walk/run. When she is on a walk, should we use a collar or halter? The trainer for puppy classes wants her in a collar. I don't want to damage her trachea as I read is possible because they pull. I have read so much, that sometimes I am confused as to want is the correct thing to do. Thank you.
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