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Old 08-26-2013, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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If you have a two-dog household you may want to consider (or already know) it can be a tragedy waiting to happen if they wear collars around the house:

This morning I woke up to see my 80 pound sharpei mix standing over my 50 pound mutt and it appeared he was literally trying to tear his throat. I was really scared and was convinced he was trying to kill him and no matter what I did I could not get him to let go of my other dog's neck and I tried almost everything including hitting his snout (which I now feel terrible about) because it turns out his mouth was caught on the smaller one's collar and he was simply trying to break free and in the process panicked and was biting and shaking his head. It's hard to see the collar on the smaller one because his hair is long and often completely conceals the collar.

Once I realized he was stuck on the younger's collar I was able to unclasp it and free them both. Looks like the worst injury was a slight bloody nose that stopped after a few minutes. My arm on the other hand has two nasty puncture wounds I may have to seek medical attention for.

I am certain if I hadn't been home my dog would have been killed (accidentally.) I don't even think they were trying to fight, it was probably play that escalated into fighting when my dog got stuck on the other's collar.

I decided to stay home from work today just to keep an eye on them and everything appears to be back to happy and normal. No more collars on them while at home!

My biggest concern at this point is how my older dog feels about the fact that i whacked him in the face

Scary stuff.
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Old 08-26-2013, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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he'll get over it and won't remember. good reminder. i think cat collars are bad too as they sometimes get their lower jaw stuck when trying to groom their own chests.
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Old 08-26-2013, 12:46 PM
 
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Thanks for posting this. I hadn't thought of what happened to our neighbors in quite some time, but this reminded me. They had two standard poodles and a huge fenced in yard. They left the dogs outside while they ran errands -- not something I'd ever recommend, but they could have been indoors as well when it happened.

Their collars got linked together. Charlie, only six years old, was strangled to death. Bella, the one-year old puppy, was tangled in Charlie's collar until their people got home and discovered their worst nightmare. Bella was insane with panic. It was five years ago; I hope Bella got over it. She's a sweet girl and a good playmate to Teddy and Karma. I know who didn't get over it though -- Charlie's people. They are still beating themselves up over what happened. It just shows something like this can happen to anyone, because they are extremely good dog people.
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Old 08-26-2013, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Santa Barbara CA
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This is a great reminder as I had met a person that had a dog killed when his other dog got his teeth stuck in the collar and no one was home . They came home to find him still stuck and the other dog strangled to death

I also have some experience as Chaos us to love to play with Ben a beagle that is her age . One day at the dog park she grabbed his collar and got her teeth stuck and they both panicked and both were screaming and to any one looking it looked like she was trying to kill him . Ben's dad Nick and I raced over realized what had happened and Ben had on the old buckle style collar verses the newer snap type so we had a hard time getting it off of him. We did get them apart no one was hurt but they were both so shaken up that they have never played together again! Kind of sad as they use to have such a great time together. Now even a year later they just look at each other and then walk away avoiding any type of play.
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Old 08-26-2013, 01:08 PM
 
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I like to take the dogs' collars off. I tell them they're "going commando". But it's still risky when we're outdoors because we're not fenced, and we're still working on the stay-the-hell-away-from-the-road thing. I guess I hadn't thought to always make sure to remove their collars when I leave them here alone, even if it's only for an hour. If there is a way for Teddy to get tangled in something, he will find it. He has a softsided crate in the living room, and it has a mesh front closure that zips all the way around. He chewed through it and one day I came in and he had his head stuck in it, standing in his crate, little head poking through the front closure. Aww.

Okay, I laughed a little. It was unbelievably cute. Then I velcroed the closure open, permanently.
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Old 08-26-2013, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Louisiana
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When Bella was a puppy I would put her in the bathroom when I wasn't home. One day I was sick and stayed home from work. I woke up here all kinds of noise coming from the bathroom. I ran in there and Bella's collar was hooked on the water valve behind the toilet. She had already twisted it so I'm sure she would have choked pretty quickly.

Collars are on a hook by the back door and only get put on when we go out.
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Old 08-26-2013, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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That sounds like a terrifying incident! I'm glad everything is okay.

Artie is naked when he is home. I never, ever had him wear his collar at home, not for any other reason except that I didn't imagine it was comfortable to have it on all the time.

He only wears a collar when we go for a walk. In fact, his collar is never unhooked from his leash.
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Old 08-26-2013, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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When Bella was a puppy I would put her in the bathroom when I wasn't home. One day I was sick and stayed home from work. I woke up here all kinds of noise coming from the bathroom. I ran in there and Bella's collar was hooked on the water valve behind the toilet. She had already twisted it so I'm sure she would have choked pretty quickly.

Collars are on a hook by the back door and only get put on when we go out.
This is my household's new policy
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Old 08-26-2013, 03:41 PM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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I use breakaways for mine
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Old 08-26-2013, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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these stories are so sad. How horrible to come home to see this. I'm sure the guilt is horrendous and never ending. We keep collars attached to leashes and they only wear them when they go for walks.
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