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There are so many pro's and con's to this question it's hard to call. Fortunately, in this case anyway, I don't have two dogs living with me. But I grew up in a family that always had two dogs, English Setters, and they always had their collar's on - never a problem.
My concerns for leaving the collar on include:
Tangling when the dogs play indoors or outdoors...I've never seen this happen but it's still a big concern.
The collar getting caught on something either indoors or outdoors...I've seen both happen.
My concerns for leaving them off include:
Should the dogs get away they no longer have that immediate identification of my phone number & name. Even though Woody is chipped he may not get scanned by the person who might find him.
Should he be picked up by animal control without tags & a collar this would decrease my chances of seeing him again.
I think the bottom line is a lot depends on the kind of dog you have, does he stay with you no matter what, what kind of play level does he have when he interacts with other dogs, are you always with the dog or is he by himself from time to time?
I try to evaluate each sistuation and respond accordingly...sometimes yes...sometimes no.
One thing I will never do is leave my dog in a kennel with the collar on.
Sonny, the black lab, ran ahead to make sure there were no gophers or jackrabbits in the way. If you don't give a dog a specific job, he'll improvise one for himself and it will invariably be fun. There's a lesson there. John Gierach