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What would you recommend Collar on or off?

Discussion in 'General Dog Discussions' started by SBTlove, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. McRose

    McRose Big Dog

    Glad to hear you guys are ok! I grew up in Missouri and spent many a spring day huddled in the basement.

    I've actually never even considered not having Amy's collar and tags on. Doh!

    You might want to add to you to-do list to get a little sign for your door or window that says how many pets are inside, in case there's an emergency and rescue crews need to get in. Then they'll know to look for the pets, which is especially important when the dog is in a crate.

    We're supposed to have bad thunderstorms tonight. Haven't had one since I got Amy and I have no idea how she'll react. She's so easily frightened :(
  2. pookie!

    pookie! GRCH Dog

    I know exactly what your going through, when I lived in Arkansas storm season was a thing we dealt with every year. This is what we would do, if we were home we would make sure all pets had their collars on with current tags *before micro-chipping was even around I think, or known about* and numbers on them on and if the sirens went off, we would open all the doors so the cats could "run loose" and get out of harm if anything happened, we would grab our dogs *we had smallish ones* and head to the storm shelter down the street..

    Now if we left the house during the storm season all the pets were loose in house, collars with current information on. We left the collars a little looser than what we had them set for during walks so if they got hung up on something if the house got torn to bits or they were running the streets they could get loose and not choke to death.

    Thats what we did when we had pets in an area with storms like that.

    Now I live in Arizona, and no matter if I am just leaving for 30minutes Bear's collar will be on while I am gone. If anything were to happen and lets say, firefighters came in and grabbed him I would want them to be able to have the number to call me so that I would know whats going on. He is in his kennel also so he is in one area if something happens so people can grab him easy if something goes down.
  3. ConMan

    ConMan <b><font color="green">Premium Member aka king_leo

    i did not read all or any of the replies lol.
    but i feel this is where a microchip comes into play its part. i know most places during a time of natural disaster that displaces pets, they will usually scan EVERY animal they find for a chip. however, a snug collar shouldn't get caught very easily. OR you could put a "safety release" collar on them for tags. It will automatically come off if it becomes stuck and the dog pulls.
  4. P0pul4r1

    P0pul4r1 Puppy

    I would recommend collars on

    I have to get my new baby boy one ...... i wish i would have picked it up on my way home
  5. ownedbyBOO

    ownedbyBOO Little Dog

    the thin collar with an email address is a brilliant idea! We are in NKY and it is bad up here. My phone is just now working, after almost 12 hours after the tornado hit.

    If Boo could have escaped the house she would be out there, and noone could have called me.

    But I had internet as soon as I got to my mothers house.

    One thing I will do tomorrow is locate a hotel that will take me and Boo in the event we ever need emergency shelter again. I was beginning to ponder sleeping in a del Sol with a scared dog.

    We should be back home tomorrow.

    oh, and add a leash to your emergency tornado bag. I did not grab one on the way to the celler and I really needed it!
  6. Boogieman

    Boogieman Good Dog Premium Member

    Your dogs should have a collar on all the time for many different reasons!
  7. MJJean

    MJJean GRCH Dog

    I keep my dogs collars on 24/7. I take collars off to bathe and groom, but that's it. I have the city license tag, a tag with their microchip info on it including the phone number and web site of the chip company, and a tag with dog name, city, state and both our home phone and cell phone numbers on it.

    What scares me more than natural disaster is a house fire. My daughters friend had a house fire a couple weeks ago while she was at school and her parents were at work. They had 2 APBT and a Boston Terrier. None of the dogs survived. I've been going over a plan with the kids to get the pets out in case of fire and I am getting a sticker for the windows from the fire department as soon as they do their open house.
  8. HappyPuppy

    HappyPuppy Good Dog

    I have 2 of the window stickers and due to the UV exposure, they fade terribly -- try to find a window that gets the least sun!
  9. speedpeddler

    speedpeddler Little Dog

    I like collars on all the time. Just gives me peace of mind in case one gets loose. Also, without a collar it's ten times as hard to break up a scrap when it happens.
  10. catchrcall

    catchrcall Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Collars with tags riveted to them 24/7 and microchips as well as freeze brands for those that have already "made the team". I don't do the signs because all my dogs are out back anyway so they would really just be misleading. A good idea for those with all the time house dogs though.
  11. EmberBull

    EmberBull Big Dog

    Em has a collar with the tag riveted to it, like catchrcall mentioned, - there is no loose tags to get caught on anything. I keep that one on her all the time. It's big enough I fit two phone numbers and my address on it. I've had this collar for around 2 years, it's held up great. Buy Dog Collars: FREE Brass Dog Name ID Plate w/most leather dog collars! has them for cheap, the ID tag is free with the collars.
  12. ownedbyBOO

    ownedbyBOO Little Dog

    After spending the day down the road where the F3 tornado touched down (it was almost down when it went over my house) i can promise you this: my dog will wear the widest brightest collar with all contact info, including friends written all over it any time there is a weather threat. We saw several dogs that I bet are lost. But their collars are either off, or thin and match their coat. You cannot tell if they are feral dogs, or scared lost pets.
  13. SBTlove

    SBTlove Good Dog

    We had one of those at our old place but we aren't allowed to have them here sadly
  14. OBIWAN_dza

    OBIWAN_dza Little Dog

    Call ur local humane society ask if they have a number for vaccination assistance.....either they will do it or will have a number to someone who does microchipping on a regular basis....like stated its abt $25 bucks they should do them every day or on a weekly schedule

    What are freeze brands?!
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  15. catchrcall

    catchrcall Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Freeze brands are a cold brand that kills the part of the hair folicle that makes the color of the hair, turning the hair white. On a white dog it's held in place longer so it kills the folicle all together, making a pattern on the skin where no hair grows.

    On a black dog it looks like this: (look at the right hip of the merle dog)
    You can get the brands made in almost any pattern you want, but some look better than others.
  16. DangerZone

    DangerZone Little Dog

    I'm leaving collars on but on really nice days I take it off. But my girls is chipped too, not to mention the fact I can pick her out of a thousand dogs lol. She is my baby girl. But at the very least leave a collar with no tags on so if she IS lost and found the person knows she does indeed have a home.

    And catchrcall do freeze brands hurt the dog or just alter their coat color? I might do that to my dogs if I get any more, there are so many people here who wouldn't hesitate to steal a APBT.
  17. catchrcall

    catchrcall Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    It's nothing like a fire brand, but it's not comfortable for them. I don't think there is a whole lot of pain involved, but it's very cold. The iron is cooled with liquid nitrogen or dry ice and alcohol. It's held in place for I think between 8 and 30(ish) seconds depending on the method used to cool the iron and the color of dog. White dogs take longer because you have to actually kill the folicle.
  18. Jodie

    Jodie Puppy

    I can't work out how to put my own ? In the chat or forum can u hellp
  19. WhoDoVooDoo

    WhoDoVooDoo Puppy

    SO THIS. I don't know how many people called asking for help during "Hurricane" Irene (it was really more of a windy drizzle). I told them all the same thing. And wouldn't you know it: someone found a lab mix with a bright dayglo orange collar and brought it to the shelter. The tags had come loose, but the phone number was on the inside of the collar. Once I get my own pup and some kind of natural disaster is imminent, I am heading straight to the local hunting supply store!
  20. destinoscelgo

    destinoscelgo Good Dog

    Just a ps, my Petco's around here do vaccination clinics and microchipping. You can go to Products Services and see if they do anything like that near you

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