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Is your dog wearing his/her collar when they are inside or in your yard? Does microchipping have anything to do with your reasoning?

I'm not sure how one of our yard gates got opened yesterday, but when I let Molson in the yard to pee last night, he ran away! He came running back when I went to the front yard to call him back, but it sure scared the heck out of me.

He is microchipped but we don't have his collar on him unless we are out for a walk or out in public where he needs his city dog license/rabies tags. He is always scratching when the collar is on, and I hate the 'dent' it puts in his fur after wearing it for a long time.
 

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Inside the house when we are not home....no, but that's because they get the tags stuck in the air vents on the floor.

But I try and make them wear them the rest of the time. Scout hates his. I had to rubber band his tags so they did not jingle otherwise he was constantly rolling and trying to get the thing off. Currently he only wears it a few hours a day to adjust...serious - he hates it.


Oh Noah is OCD with his...likes to lick it for hours if it's off and he finds it. I have to hide it when it's off.
I'm always worried one will dart out the door without it....so I'm trying to get them to wear it all the time.
 

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Luck wears his all the time. He never really is home alone. He is the opposite of Scout. He goes NUTS if i take his off. He LOVES it. I guess? But he will just sit there and get very antsy until I put it back on him.
 

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Winchester has his on always! Well, except during and after a bath of course. He is microchipped, but if he does run off or something like that I don't want to worry that whoever picks him up will think he's a stray and take him home. I want my information on him at all times. Better safe than sorry. I even have an extra tag on his training collar. He doesn't run off, but again, I'd rather be safe than sorry.
 

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Rookie never wears his collar inside the house. He's trained to wait at an open door for permission to go through, so I don't worry about him dashing out the door unexpectedly. He also stands at the door when he comes in and waits for me to take his collar off. He always wear his collar in the yard, even when I'm with him. And yes, he's microchipped.
 
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Mine don't wear collars inside or outside we are with them all the time. We keep our gates locked and we have a 6' fenced yard.
Collars do go on for walks, vets or anytime we leave our home.
Erica was chipped when we got her from the rescue so we changed the ownership to us.
 

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Mine wear collars/tags all the time. In rescue I see way too many dogs with no ID. Microchips are great but not all shelters have a universal scanner and can miss it when they scan them. In our city it's a law they have to have id tags on anyway. Sometimes I have foster dogs that will bolt out the door if they can, so they wear the collar/tags inside too.

Maybe I'm just paranoid, but I don't want my babies without id ever.
 

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Lately, yes. Now that I take a sleep aid, the tags don't wake me, so yes, all the time. The only time I remove them is if they are in a crate that is not in my van. Only my foster and my GSD puppy and Starlite get crated much, though. And all of my dogs are chipped.
 

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Lucy is microchipped. Dory is getting microchipped her next vet visit. I only make them wear their collars when we go somewhere or when we go walking.
 

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Lib and Trace are tatooed
All three are chipped...

They all love to wrestle....so no collars in the house or in the yard.
 

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Jasper and Danny are chipped, Jasmine isn't. My dogs also love to play, wrestle and bite at each other all the time, so no collars unless we are going someplace or are up at the lake (though I still take them off when they come inside up there, too).
 

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Daisy only wears her collar when I need to have her on lead, when we're walking or at the lake or somewhere else away from home. I'm always with her when she's outside in our yard because we don't have a fence. She's never bolted and she's 9 years now so I'm very comfortable she's not going to run off and disappear.
 

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We take the collar off sometimes when Mae is inside (we like to show off her fluffy neck), but outside it always on (no MC).
 

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Like Liberty, my dogs love to wrestle too much to wear collars around the house or in the yard. The only time they wear a collar is if they are going out with one of us somewhere... vet, walk, camping (take the collars off when they get inside still). Their tags have gotten tangled up together once while we were camping, good thing it was not a hard tangle!

They are not microchipped but they are tattooed. I may get them microchipped in the future, we'll see. My Sophie just started to bolt out of the front door (twice this month!) We all notice it and it scared the daylights out of us, but she doesn't bolt to run away... just to RUN! We have a small walking greenspace next to our house and that's what she does.. runs up and down the park. Duke is the one who DID sneak off out of the backyard... we found him 5 doors down after we called them in from the yard. Duke wasn't answering our call... we then noticed that he had gone. THAT was scary... no tags, just a tattoo. That's the day my husband finally fixed the gate so that it latched and locked. No more incidents like that since.
 

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Sienna used to be crated while I was a work. One day (thankfully just as we were leaving) I heard a PING and she had caught one of her tags in the crate bars and it broke apart the ring. Before I could get to her she ate one of the tags! (She was about 8 months old) We took her to the vet to make her vomit as they were nervous about the metal sharpness in her intestines. So, if in crate/home alone- no collar.

From what I remember hearing on this forum, many people didn't have the collars on inside because they would catch on things or if they had two dogs they didn't want teeth getting caught while playing, inside or out. I am paranoid about her running out the door without it, so usually if I am home I try to have it on and outside as well, as she has run out the back gate. Sometimes DH forgets :uhoh:
 

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My dogs wear collars 24/7, but mostly for use as a handle. They don't have tags. My puppy is microchipped so he can get his CCA some day and I plan on chipping my Lhasa Apso because he is a fence jumper. My other two goldens are not chipped.
 

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My dogs do not wear collars at home, not in the yard, not in the house. The reason why is once when Sammy and Barley were young they were playing and Sammy grabbed Barley's collar and rolled, resulting in the collar twisting around his mouth and the two being stuck together. Barley was gagging/choking and Sammy was screaming with the collar cutting into his lip. It took three of us to hold them and cut the collar off. I was incredibly traumatizing for me, I have no doubt if we were not their one of them would have died. So no collars for us.

Mira is microchipped, Barley is not. Microchipping had nothing to do with our decision.
 
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