I have two dogs, Grace (chiweenie) who is a little over a year old and Dot (pug) who is 5 months. They are indoor dogs who sleep in the bed and everything! They play in the backyard for a couple hours a day depending on the weather, but other than that are inside. I NEVER put on their harnesses (with ID tags) unless we go to a dog park, or out where they will need a leash. (FYI they both have microchips)
So just wondering....Do your pups wear collars or harnesses all day, everyday?? They just seem sort of uncomfortable to me. SO I dont make my babies wear them.
-Dorothy & Graces Mommy :)
I have three that have to wear their harnesses, two that chew them off, and two that are okay with just collars in their yard.
I am sure that the dogs think my shoes are not comfortable on my paws .... maybe that is why KC chews them up LOL
We have to be careful projecting ourselves on our dogs ... harnesses are soft nylon, akin to our under garments or outerwear. We would not wear them if they were not comfy ... buckles, zippers, buttons and all.
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Mine wear their collars all day long because they have tags on them, but I only put the harnesses on when we leave the property.
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My dogs only have their collars one while outside. I would NEVER leave my collar on my dog all day. I did before and my dog got his collar stuck on something and about chocked himself to death. My dogs are micro-chipped though also. Plus I have strict rules when people come over. I know if there are little kids coming my dogs are put up so they are not accidently let out.
It's interesting to me that you asked this question myangel, because I have been rethinking the whole issue this past week. Tucker wears his collar all day, which has his tags on it, and his harness goes on only when he goes outside to potty (we live in an apartment) or on walks. However, I've been considering having him go collarless throughout the day because it seems like it would be more comfortable, AND because of the reason that Daisyduke said. Plus, without his collar, he just looks so cute in his natural state, and DH agrees.
However, I'm reluctant to have him without his collar and tags in case he accidentally gets outside and somehow gets lost, as we're on the ground floor. It's a long-shot that it would happen, but still a possibility. So it's interesting to me to see what others have to say on the issue.
By the way, we gave him a bath yesterday and left his collar off until he was COMPLETELY dry, and it really didn't seem to make a difference to him (as far as we can tell)
I keep Spuds tags on his harness, he only has it on when we go for a walk or some place he is required to be on a leash. I walk him frequently but its not unknown they are velcro dogs and so when I take him out in the yard that is exactly what he is. It is amazing how he seems to know the property line also. He stays in my yard and does not wander out into the road. I also live in a very small town and have a decent sized yard. I don't like keeping them on him. Spud is microchipped also and I always want him within my sight but it is a rule for him to always be able to see me. I don't remember the last time he has wondered out of view of me.
To me, the risk of them getting stuck on something and choking to death (this has happened), outweighs the minimal risk that either of them would escape and try to run away. They are obedience trained and know that they are not allowed outside the door unless I give my permission.
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Mine are microchipped and do not wear anything unless we are going out or having a party. I am careful to the point of obsessive about open doors.
Bella, mummy to Snifter and Toddy!
I never have a harness on Tinker unless she's outside and I don't have a collar. She's chipped as well and her tags are all on her harness. She's naked inside!
Jackie,Mom to Robbie & Stacy my human children and Tinker my furkid.
I live in a townhouse and put Lola on a leash when we go outside (multiple times a day) - I can't imagine having to put her harness on her that many times in a day...so ever since she was big enough to fit in a harness, I've left hers on. Doesn't seem to bother her...
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