Should a Dog Wear a Collar All Day?

by Christy Ayala Google
    You should be able to put two fingers under your dog's collar.

    You should be able to put two fingers under your dog's collar.

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    Some owners worry that wearing a collar all day puts a pup at risk of choking or injury from snagging the collar or tags on furniture -- even the pup's own paw -- the Association of Pet Dog Trainers says. But always wearing a collar that sports your pooch's ID, dog license and rabies tag helps ensure his safe return, should he run off unexpectedly.

    Your dog should always wear a collar and ID tag. The standard dog collar, according to the Humane Society of the United States, is flat, with a buckle or plastic snap closure with a built-in ring for your dog's tags. Such collars today may include a breakaway feature to address choking or snagging concerns. In lieu of hanging ID tags, collars can have identifying information embroidered on them.

    Never leave choke-chain, prong or pinch collars on all day or any time you are not providing direct supervision, as they may put a pup at risk for choking or strangulation, the Humane Society of the United States warns.

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    About the Author

    Christy Ayala writes about recreation, sports, aquatics, healthy living, family and parenting, language development, organizational change, pets and animals. Ayala holds a master's degree in recreation administration from Aurora University’s George Williams College, a graduate certificate in organizational change from Hawaii Pacific University and a bachelor's degree in Spanish from the University of Missouri, St. Louis.

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