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Maui and Cali don't wear collars except when they were just tiny tots of 1 1/2 to 4 pounds. they ... and the dogs got bigger, they don't even have one. Do most dogs wear one all the time at home?

How do you tie them out?
Baxter wears his collar ALL the time, except when he's getting a bath. (in fact, removing his collar is his clue that, oh, hell, he's about to be put in the tub!)
His collar has his ID on it while he is chipped, it would be much easier to return him if he somehow gets lost because the phone number is right there.
Do most dogs wear one all the time at home?

Roxy always has her flat collar (with tags) on. The only other collar she has is a martingale, which I use with the leash. They are both boring and frayed, but I don't think she notices. I hope other dogs don't look down on her!
My cats also always have on their collars and tags, even though they are indoor only. (They have really cool collars from the Boomerang Tags, thanks to Melinda!) Since I am not the only person living here, and my children's friends can be careless about doors, I just feel better that they have their ID tags on, in case one of them gets loose. So far, only my fat cat has gotten loose, but it turns out he was letting himself out. He figured out how to open doors, and he was following us into the back yard.
My gang is also chipped, but owners of animals with visible tags are easier for the average Joe to locate. And hopefully tags would keep them out of the pound.

Lynne
Do most dogs wear one all the time at home?

My guys all wear one all the time. Most of the dogs wear round collars, and two of them wear buckle collars. No reason - it just kind of happened.

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How do you tie them out?

Cali is tied out by a quick buckle/clip collar that is kept on the tie out lead. When she comes in, instead of unhooking her, I unclip the collar.

Maui isn't tied.
Baxter wears his collar ALL the time, except when he's getting a bath. (in fact, removing his collar is his clue that, oh, hell, he's about to be put in the tub!)

that's funny
His collar has his ID on it while he is chipped, it would be much easier to return him if he somehow gets lost because the phone number is right there.

that makes sense. Maui and Cali have ID on their harnesses, which are used anytime they leave the property (car rides, park, etc)

Other than that, I have one collar that either dog can wear. Cali uses it to get tied out but if I ever wanted to use it for Maui, I could. Cali had a cat collar when she was younger but it shredded at the ends (it had to be cut down for her so it shredded easier) and was thrown away. They do each have jingle bell collars that were bought very cheap on sale but I've had them over a year and they still have the tags because I forgot about them. Maybe this December, I'll remember and they can wear them a few times.
Cali had
a cat collar when she was younger but it shredded at the ends (it had to be cut down for her so it shredded easier) and was thrown away.

I have to cut nylon and polypropelene straps/webbing on a semi-regular basis and fraying is an issue. There is a tool for this called a "hot knife" but I have found that using an actual hot knife works just as well.

Lay the marked piece to be cut over a scrap of two-by-four and heat an old carving knife over the gas burner on the stove. Then use the heated blade to simultaneously cut and fuse the webbing.
Cali had

a cat collar when she was younger but it shredded ... her so it shredded easier) and was thrown away.

I have to cut nylon and polypropelene straps/webbing on a semi-regular basis and fraying is an issue. There is a ... knife over the gas burner on the stove. Then use the heated blade to simultaneously cut and fuse the webbing.

thats a good idea, I will remember it for the future, thanks.
thats a good idea, I will remember it for the future, thanks.

a bic lighter (or matches) to singe and melt the edges together also works. It's just not as pretty, and you don't want to set the nylon on fire or breathe the fumes!

Lynne
a bic lighter (or matches) to singe and melt the edges together also works. It's just not as pretty, and you don't want to set the nylon on fire or breathe the fumes!

A candle is mo' betta'. Lighters and matches can burn our hands much faster than a candle!
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