Should Dogs Wear Collars all the Time?
Like a lot of people my dogs don't wear their collars around the house. I like them to be able to relax unfettered when lounging about, with no worries that they could get caught on anything, especially when left alone. I only put a collar on when taking them for a walk, which all seems fairly sensible to me.
But is there an argument for always having a collar on a dog, even when they are home alone?
Many years ago, I had a friend who owned a couple of dogs, she was unfortunate enough to be burgled while she was out. Her dogs did their best to defend the home but worse than that (if anything can be worse) when the robbers got away with the goods they left the doors wide open. The dogs ran into open countryside and were free for some time until their owner returned to find her dogs gone.
The point I am trying to make here is that when dogs most need to have a collar on they probably won't. Most owners like myself never let their dogs roam freely away from their home on purpose, but it's those times that the garden gate or door is accidentally left open by someone, perhaps a delivery person or the latch simply didn't quite connect right, even ourselves in a moments lapse of concentration.
No matter how vigilant and careful we are it's usually an unexpected accident that puts our dogs at risk of being lost, injured or even causing injury to other people or animals.
What is the legal position of dogs out and about in the community?
The law states that all dogs should be micro chipped and that owners should keep their contact details up to date within the relevant database. It's amazing how many people forget to update their details when they move house or re-home a dog.
The control of dogs’ order 1992 requires that all dogs, when out in a public place must also wear a collar with the name and address of the owner, either inscribed on a plate or disc. It is useful to have a contact number as well but not compulsory, the dog's name is also optional.
Up to date information can be found by clicking HERE.
Just because a dog is micro chipped will not help to reunite it with its owner as quickly as having a tag with its home address on a collar. A collar also makes it much easier to catch and keep hold of a lost dog.
So, this brings me back to the question should our dogs wear a collar at all times? Food for thought!