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Old 05-06-2010, 08:25 AM
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Chews off her collar

Our little 7-month old Chihuahua has figured out how to dig her nose down into her chest and get her collar in her mouth, which she then proceeds to chew right through. After killing two collars, we switched to a harness. Now we are out of both leashes and harnesses. Since she is so small, and there is always the remote possibility that she could get out of our backyard, she can't be outside without her tags. I went to a couple of pet supply stores to look for chain collars, but all I could find were heavy choke collars meant for larger dogs. I'm thinking of getting a link of small smooth chain and a split ring and making her a collar. What do you guys think? Anyone else had a problem with this? Is there a better solution.
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Old 05-06-2010, 11:10 AM
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Tighten the collar. If the dog can get its nose under it then its too loose.
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Old 05-06-2010, 12:14 PM
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yup smaller, or tigher collar...if shes really small you can use a cat or ferret collar
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Thanks. I didn't want to make it too tight and choke her. Maybe I was just allowing her too much slack. I'll do that and see if I can foil the little booger.
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Old 05-06-2010, 01:37 PM
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just two fingers of space between the collar and her Trust me Iam the same way, but at the same time, I don't want it snagging and choking them
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I agree! Tighten up the collar.

But just in case (since I bet you will probably buy some new collars and harnesses) look at lupine collars, harnesses, and leashes.

Lupine offers a replacement guarentee. They will replace any damaged product for any reason. Even if your dog chews through it the day you bought it or a year later, all you have to do is take it back and exchange it!
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Lupine has been my collar store for years. The replace policy is real I have used it many times. It is usually the leashes that get chewed They have the cutest patterns.
As far as the collar goes you want it so the dog can get it off in case it gets caught on something. You make it tight enough so she can squeeze her head out if need be. The rule had always been 2 fingers straight up under the collar but she is small so maybe only one for her.
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Tighten the collar. to many people have collars that are way to loose for a dog to begin with. I dont think the 2 finger rule will work for you as she is a small breed dog. Heck I even find the collar on my 60lbs dog to loose with the 2 finger rule.
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Yup I agree. btw I wouldt recomend that a dog wear a choke collar all the time because Id be afraid the some thing would catch the ring and choke my dog O_O
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