The Naked Dog Project


Collars, as rule, are good thing. They hold the tags that let people know dogs belong somewhere and have families. But collars that get caught, can be collars that kill.

Thousands of dogs die or are injured every year in collar related accidents. Protect your dog. Educate yourself on collar safety.

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Remove collars when crating or boarding. Check daycare and kennel facility policies.

Choose collars wisely. Not all collars fit all situations. Consider quick-release or breakaway collars, or opt for a harness. Avoid chain "training" collars unless you are actually training and on the other end of the leash.

Look for opportunities to live and "play naked" (without collars). Remove collars when dogs are home alone, especially if you have more than one dog. Play biting is the top-reported collar accident.

Supervise your dogs so you can help if they get into trouble. Keep an emergency tool kit handy with tested tools to cut off any collar. Kit should include a bolt cutter and industrial-strength scissors.

Microchip your dogs. Collar or no collar, this will increase your chances of being reunited if they are lost or stolen.

Strangulation accidents happen. Keep your dogs safe. Being aware of the dangers is the first step to prevention.


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