Whether or not dogs should wear collars around the house can be a heated topic. Like human parents, every pet parent thinks they are doing what’s best. So let’s discuss the popular question of “should my dog wear a collar at home?” I went to my personal Facebook page to ask my dog mom and dad friends how they felt about the issue. Valuable opinions flooded my post, and now I’m going to share some insight with you! Of course, I will also be adding my personal thoughts on the matter.
Should my dog wear a collar at home?
Let’s start with what I do.
My dogs don’t wear collars around the house or in the yard. This is for several reasons.
- I hate all the jingling.
- I don’t like the impression it leaves in fur, especially with Wynston since he models.
- My dogs aren’t escape artists.
- Even if my dogs went out the gate or front door, they wouldn’t go anywhere. All three of them stay in our yard and come right back when called. Our dogs value us and our home too much. They don’t go far.
- I worry about the collars getting tangled or caught on something. I’ve heard horror stories about strangulation and such.
- Collars just look uncomfortable to me. I can’t imagine sleeping in one!
Although my kids don’t wear collars at home, as soon as we leave the house, they go on. Here’s your friendly reminder to update your tag information if it’s out of date!
What My Fellow Pet Parents Are Saying
Anti-collars in the house: Ada says, “Lola and Lucky don’t like to wear their collars inside of the house, it doesn’t allow them to lay down comfortably. Only to go outside, travel etc.”
Pro-collars in the house: Katryn S. says, “…We have an escape artist, so with my niece and nephew and my boyfriend’s nephews over as much as they are, and leaving the back door open so they can go outside, it helps with if he does get out…”
Anti-collars: Kelsie M. says, “Mauja and Atka rarely ever wear their collars anymore. They used to and the mats and tangles it caused in the fur were awful to deal with – they really hated me having to brush it out all the time. Also, neither of them are escape artists. I can leave the front door open, walk away, and they’ll stay inside.”
Pro-collars: Jennifer says, “Bernie gets very anxious if you remove her collar. Rocket has been able to get out of our fence, so for that reason, his ID always on, too.”
Anti-collars: Bryn N. says, “Bean and Yoda don’t wear collars unless it’s as a medium to sport a bow tie. They are brachycephalic so collars can impact their ability to breath. They are harnessed when we go out and they have their pet hub tags attached to their harnesses.”
Pro-collars: Amanda says, “Nola is always collared unless she’s in her crate. It’s a way for me to grab her quickly and safely if need be, leash her quick in case of emergency, if she were ever to get out it shows she has a home, I can hear where she is…so many reasons why.”
Anti-collars: Katharine M. says, “No Duff does not [wear a collar] because he hates anything on him, and even when we are out, he is constantly scratching to get it off, shaking it, etc.”
Pro-collars: Abby C. says ” I keep collars on my dogs at all times (they go right back on after a bath) cause I’m paranoid they are gonna get out and be lost.”
As you can see, there are many great arguments for both sides of the issue. There were 30+ comments on my post asking why or why not pet parents keep collars on their dogs at home. I can’t possibly list them all! Common concerns seem to be:
- Fear of dogs getting out or getting lost
- Fear of dogs getting hurt
- Dog’s love for the collar
- Emergency preparation
The fact is, there’s no right or wrong answer to the much discussed question “should my dog wear a collar in the house?” It really comes down to your personal situation. Just to reiterate, my dogs don’t wear collars in the house. I don’t worry about them escaping from my house or running out the door. I want them to be comfortable and free of risk. But perhaps you have a dog that likes to bolt out the door. Maybe you’ve had a dog run away before so you want to prevent that. Maybe you’re at risk for natural disaster in your area and you always want to be prepared.
Nobody is wrong. All dogs are different and all pet parents are different. Do what is best for you and your pup, but always be sure to thoroughly analyze your situation before making a decision.
Now it’s time for you to tell me – does your dog wear a collar in the house? Why or why not?