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We were all in my home and I have some very good shears. I hope that those would have been my next resort if untwisting the smaller dog hadn't worked.

I've got those shears that they use to cut bandages off - flat on one side so there's little chance of stabbing or cutting the dog.

Janet B
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
long ago and far away, Janet B (Email Removed) did say:
Manu has managed to break or open every quick release ... got his teeth caught, he'd probably just chew through it.

someone makes metal quick release.

i know planetdog does.

And now, each night I count the stars.
And each night I get the same number. (Amiri Baraka) http://shattering.org
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I've had the quick release buckles release unexpectedly, and now I have flat buckles or adjustable round collars on all the dogs. Any collar carries some kind of risk, unfortunately.

yep.
i was cured of using the same collar for walking and ID holding, by clipping the lead to the ID ring and not the collar's D-ring. oops. elliott thought it was a fine lark, but i didn't really enjoy the experience. we won't be doing that again if i can help it.
now, i use a very loose flat leather buckle collar for ID, and a separate collar for walking (usually a martingale, as they're easy-on and -off). that way, i don't have to worry about losing the dog because the ID collar failed. when i'm back to multiple dogs, i'll likely reconsider which type of ID collar i use. i'm not fond of nylon and plastic, like most quick-release collars, because they wear out so quickly, but it may come to that.
leather is just so much more sturdy, though, that i much prefer it. harriet's current ID collar is the same cheap leather one i bought for her the day after i got her. it's worn pretty well, considering.

shelly
http://www.cat-sidh.net
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someone makes metal quick release.

i've seen those, and they're a definite improvement. what *i* want, though, is a leather/metal quick-release collar.

shelly
http://www.cat-sidh.net
http://cat-sidh.blogspot.com /
Seems to me that medical shears would be safer than a knife.

They are - but you can't carry them in your pocket at all times. I'm not dressed if I don't have my Leathermen (yes, that's plural; I carry two) and my folding knife in my pocket; I've carried a knife at all times since I was 7 years old, in large part because I've been around horses and dogs all my life.
In a situation such as Matt encountered - especially if you're outdoors and/or away from home - there's no time to waste. The knife is right there; the time it might take you to go find the scissors could be the time in which an animal is badly injured or killed - or, in the case of a horse getting tangled up and panicking, injures or kills a human.
And experience of similar incidents - not with my own dogs, but witnessed at the park, and heard of over the years - are why my dogs don't wear collars when I'm out of the house, and why any wrassling game while they're wearing them gets watched extremely closely. Worst incident I ever heard of was someone who came home and found a mother dog strangled to death, with the puppy's broken jaw still twisted in the collar.
Worst incident I ever heard of was someone who came home and found a mother dog strangled to death, with the puppy's broken jaw still twisted in the collar.

how awful. I had a client with a Golden puppy. Her son had put the dog in his crate in the garage (nice place, huh?) and not taken off his choke chain as told to. Puppy got caught and was strangling when they came home. The puppy suffered neurological damage and had problems with gait, and body control in general. But everyone told the son it was not his fault. BS - it absolutely was and how was a lesson learned? The puppy is a happy puppy but still.. (BTW the incident happened before I became their trainer).

Janet B
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
now, i use a very loose flat leather buckle collar for ID, and a separate collar for walking (usually a martingale, as they're easy-on and -off). that way, i don't have to worry about losing the dog because the ID collar failed.

Or you could do what I did, and get a thug chain for holding the ID tags on the dawg. And, they'd definitely give off the right impression, especially on a Boxer.
I'm happy with using a harness instead of a collar. I don't have to worry about other dogs snagging their mouth and choking Khan (Pan doesn't play that way), although a dog or two have managed to get their foot snagged on it. Not hard to separate if that happens.
Suja
Or you could do what I did, and get a thug chain for holding the ID tags on the dawg. And, they'd definitely give off the right impression, especially on a Boxer.

yeah, like anyone would believe that harriet was a thug dawg. it is for to laugh!1!!
I'm happy with using a harness instead of a collar.

i feel like i've got zero control when i'm walking a dog on a harness. even when i'm just taking harriet from the house to the car, i put her martingale collar on and lead her out with that.

shelly
http://www.cat-sidh.net
http://cat-sidh.blogspot.com /
You're right in being prepared. Thanks for the example.

It sometimes takes a close call for some of us to formulate a plan for "next time". Sometimes close calls are very good things.

~~Judy
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