Do you take their collars off.. or leave them on?
I take their collars off. They are only wearing them when they go somewhere or are being walked. I have this weird fear that if I leave their collars on they will get it caught on something and choke to death...
But this morning made me think differently. I was heading down the stairs of my apt complex into the parking garage when I see a neighbors dog come running down the stairs and into the parking garage.
I know the dog just from seeing it when they walk him or seeing him on their patio. He is a white German Shepard who isn't very nice. I notice he is shaking and scared and his owner isn't anywhere in site... which is so weird because we live in apartments.. it's not like this dog got out of his yard.. (his patio is on the second floor so he didn't escape off that either)
The dog runs out the apartment building door and almost into the road until I remember his name (just from hearing his owner yell at him when he is barking at our dogs) I yell "Harley!!" and he comes to me.. shaking and scared but I won his trust. He was wearing a COLLAR. Therefore I was able to grab ahold of it and take him to his door.. The guy didn't answer so I called the number on his tag.
He didn't answer. I try his door just to see and it was unlocked. So I put Harley inside and locked the door.. The owner called me back... I think he had been home the whole time just asleep... he was sooooooooo thankful but very scared because seriously... how did he get out??
anyways my point is.. if one of my dogs got out (really not possible but i dont think its possible for Harley to get out either) they would have no collar on with no tag for anyone to call.. Yes Hog is microchipped but still...
So do I leave the collars on?? I also notice that when I go do my pet sits (my other job) every dog is wearing a collar.. So does every dog but my own wear collars when their owners aren't home.. i think a lot of people never even take them off..
Sorry this is so long!!