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The safety of your pup should be your number one priority, but Collars, our number one means of control and identification can also be dangerous to your dog.

In this article, we’ll discuss the potential risks and what you can do to protect your beloved pet. Read on to learn more about how to keep your dog safe!

When it comes to our pets, we want them to be safe and secure. One way to ensure our furry friends are safe is to make sure they have the correct and safest collar possible. Having the right collar is essential for any pet, no matter the size or breed. Not only will it keep them safe, but it can also help with training and identification.

Rattling tags

Another year, another rabies tag. It's a celebration of another year with your family, but did you know that having tags that rattle on your dog's collar is not a good idea?

Dogs are sensitive to sound and they can become easily stressed if they hear a loud and constant noise. The ceaseless rattle of the tags on a dog's collar can even cause aggression problems in some cases.

Additionally, we have seen older dogs with several pounds of tags on their collar. It adds yet more weight to your older dog's neck, but it can also be dangerous if the tags get caught on something and trap your dog.

Identifying a lost pet

Some owners choose to remove the tags altogether. This is really bad idea, your dog needs to be identifiable in case he strays. Consider using a piece of tape or fabric to wrap around the tags.

Investing in a tag that slips onto the collar and lies flat or one that has identification information built in is a safer option. Or choose tag surrounds that are made of a softer materials, such as plastic or rubber. There are even ID tags that are made from silicone or a similar material that won't make noise. Collars and ID tags work, but they are not foolproof, so please consider microchipping your pet for extra protection.

The Risk of Strangulation Hazards

The dangers of leaving tags on your dog's collar don't just stop at mental risks. Strangulation hazards are also a real concern. Dogs can easily become entangled in the tags if they get caught on fences, branches, or other objects while running or playing.

To avoid this, make sure that your collar is properly sized for your pup. A flat collar should be tight enough that you can only place a couple fingers between collar and neck. A chain collar should be just large enough to fit snugly over the dog's head- too long can allow them to get a front leg through the collar. The best bet is to remove the collar before putting your pup in a crate or any other enclosed area. If you choose to keep an id collar on your dog at all times, consider getting a breakaway collar which will tear and free your dog should it become entrapped.

We don't reccomend tying your dog up outside due to the dangers it presents. If do you tie your dog out, choose an area without obstructions- even roots sticking out of the ground can capture the tether and cause a tangle. Be wary of tethering along a fence- a dog can climb or jump the fence and if the tether is not long enough to reach the ground on the other side the animal can choke and will die. Small dogs often fall off decks and succumb this way.

Always use at least one swivel in the tether. Without a swivel joint the tether will wrap up and can even tighten down- ultimately killing an animal on a collar.

Unfortunately, many pet owners do not realize that their dog's collar can pose serious risks. Hopefully, these tips will help you keep your dog safe and happy so you can enjoy your time together.

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