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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-18-2008, 06:16 AM Thread Starter
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fenced in yards/collars?

Next week we should have part of our yard fenced in for the first time. I have never had a fenced in yard before and have owned dogs all my life. I have always taken my dogs out on leash to potty, walk, etc. None of my dogs wear a collar in the house and none have tags on their collars. My question is....do I put their collars on to go out in the fenced in yard or not? What do you guys do?

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My boys don't wear their collars at home, they all are microchipped. I have windows all along the backside of my house, so I can see the boys no matter what room I am in. If I couldn't see them, I would have collars on them.

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Most of the time we put a collar on Luna with her tags just in case she gets out. We placed our fence up in early spring and there has only been one time that she had gotten out and we believe it was caused by one of our neighbor's boys who was retrieving a ball from our yard and did not close the gate properly. In the back on my mind I am concerned that that one day I might leave one of the gates open and Luna is small and can easily disappear behind just a hosta. Sometimes a large marigold.

On a side note: with winter coming and the plants dead or the plants have lost their leaves Luna is now bored in our yard as there are fewer places to explore.
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My guys have their collars on at all times, especially since they go off leash hiking. Because I have a post and rail fence with wire, they all wear break away collars.





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I don't put a collar on them for the backyard but I really go out of my way to make sure they can't get out. I can't stress make sure your fence is totally secure a few times. Every home we have lived at, Isabelle has figured a way out of the fencing. Often times under, thru the gate, etc. It is amazing the spaces she can get out. So right now my fenced in backyard, has chicken wire along the bottom of the privacy fence, along the gate (one of the easiest places for belle to squeeze-often times only a latch on top- 3 inches can fit thru the bottom). It isn't pretty but it only took the one time of me to hear a dog barking at the front door and know Belle figured it out. Thank goodness 2/3 houses she escaped from, she ran to the front door to bark and scratch!

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I think the one fear I have is a gate being open without our knowledge....more so when my DH is in charge! My fence 'guy' is coming over tomorrow and one think I want to go over with him is the security factor for my small Hav, Izzy. She is 8 lbs. I want to make sure she can't get out...but maybe there isn't any guarantee on that! Ugh...now I'm thinking I'll still go out with them all the time! We can't see them everywhere unless we are outside with them. I must get some tags as I don't have any right now. Geez....just one more thing to worry about! It's like have young children again!!!

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Judy,

There was a time when I didn't have collars on my Hav's in the house or yard, but then I thought if they got out or if we had an earthquake and had to leave the house what would we or someone grab them by?

Of all the dogs we have had over the years (we are on our seventh) we have always kept collars on them and never had any problems. (theren are break away collars available)

Another thing you have to keep in mind about letting your dogs out at night is that skunks can squeeze and dig under the smallest places. Our two Aussies were sprayed once and then about a month ago one got in our yard at night and was sitting in the corner when I let Sophie and Gabe out. Thankfully, I had started to leash them at night
Sophie saw the skunk first and started barking, which made it run across the yard with it's tail staright up! I was so relieved that it didn't spray.. Now I not only leash them, I use a flashlight to check out the yard first!

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So, Diane, you leash them and take them out to potty at night? I wondered about that...
The reason I haven't put collars on them at home is because of the mess it makes of their coats. They don't have ID tags either for the same reason. Hmmm, I really need to rethink here as you have all made good points for collars and ID tags. Thanks....

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We put up a fence last fall. I do not put collars on them except when
we are out walking. We did have to put some boards up against our neighbor's fence because Max was getting under it and into their yard.
We did talk to the lawn service about making sure the gates are closed.
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Judy,

Awhile back I read about rolled leather collars for long haired dogs..it keeps their hair from getting tangled and breaking. These are good for around the house, but I don't like to use them when they are on a leash, as I think it could hurt their neck if they suddenly bolted.

I actually use a regular collar now when I walk them, as the harness was matting their hair. I also use an retractable dog leash so I can control them while they roam around the yard.

Petco sells the leather roll collars:

http://www.petco.com/product/10973/P...-in-Black.aspx

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