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Just wondering if any of you over in the US have any experience with the break-away collars and if you do, what's your experience?

I don't know the quality of them, but believe there is a big market in Australia for them. A few months ago, a lady lost her beloved dog and the other one injured her jaw due to a mishap with the dogs collar and strangulation. Her dog died and the other dog had severe damage to her jaw.

I constantly worry about this with our two girls, they love nothing more than to grab the extra skin on each others necks and try to tear it off. I'm forever worrying that one day one of their jaws will get stuck and strangulation will occur.

Andrew and I have just started up an online business selling dog apparel and accessories and I have put in an order for these break-away collars. Due to the above incident, we have a huge demand for them in our dog circles and I hope they'll sell well.

Any input would be wonderful. Unfortunately being in Australia, it's not much point to offer our products to beagle owners in the US as once the exchange rate takes place, it's not much cheaper.

(... Erin)
 

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I don't have a breakaway on Maggie but I have used them on my cats for years. Several times one of the cats has come in with no collar and I will later find it in a bush in the back yard so they do work.
 

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I didn't understand how the pet gets loose of the collar though (I checked the website, still no clue).... any input? it does sound interesting.
 

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Have a breakaway for my cat, Phoebe (I think it's a must have for outdoor cats), but she gets it off. Luckily, she is an indoor kitty.

I can't even keep a regular collar on Duke. This is an issue we are working to resolve. The escape artist seems to cut loose of any collars I've tried so far.

They are a good idea, especially for dogs out in the field. It could save a lot of misery.
 

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Chloes mum - when pressure is applied to the collar by the dog thrashing about or pulling on it, it will "break" away and set the dog free so they aren't stuck there and die due to strangulation.

It says here http://www.keepsafecollar.com/pages.cfm?id=25 how it works when pressure is applied and how to re-connect the collar once it's been pulled apart.

It's basically got if dogs might get caught on a fence, or a branch.. or when playing and a jaw gets stuck in the collar, it will break apart from the pressure applied by the dog pulling away or trashing about.

I hope that makes sense.

(... Erin)

PS - they have been ordered and paid for, just waiting on them to arrive! It will be like christmas!
 

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This is a very serious issue as many dogs every year are strangled with regular collars. I'd like to cross post with a story I found on the rescue site where I got Sherry from. It's a very frightening story but thankfully with a happy ending. But it's one of the reasons why I NEVER leave collars on my dogs at home and when they are unsupervised.

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"Wanted to warn everyone about an incident that occurred in my home with 2 of my own dogs a couple of days ago and could all to easily happen to yours!

Let me start by saying all is well - now!

The dogs "Bailey" (staff x adopted from MT as a tiny pup) and "Tag" (was Rodney - terrier x, adopted recently)

are the best of friends. They play really well together but often a little wildly!!They have a habit of dragging each other around by their necks and collars.

The other day I was sat at my desk - the dogs were wrestling away behind me - when I realised there was this "odd" noise. I turned round to see what they were doing and found Tag laying on his back with Baileys collar twisted around his bottom jaw and stuck behind his canine teeth.

Bailey was being strangled by his own collar which was so tight it was digging into his skin - he could not get any breath! I tried to hold them still - both were trying to free themselves - which was just making things worse. There was no way of getting the collar off of Tag's jaw. Then blood began to come from Bailey's nose and mouth. I was horrified - I knew I had very little time!! I ran to the kitchen and grabbed a carving knife. The collar was digging so tight into Bailey's neck I thought I was going to cut him as I tried to get the knife under the collar. I sawed and sawed and thank goodness the knife cut through the nylon collar. Tag was terrified by his ordeal and ran to hide in a corner. Bailey sat there shaking and gasping in air - blood still coming from his nose and mouth. I truly thought at that moment he was going to die!!



Bailey's breathing eased. The bleeding stopped and I managed to just about dial the number for the vet with VERY shaky fingers!! After a complete vet check up, all was well and both dogs are right as rain except Bailey looks like the "devil dog" with 2 completely bright red bloodshot eyes!



If I had been upstairs or even in another room there is no doubt Bailey would have died from strangulation. This is a thought that keeps spinning round and round in my head!! I thought my trauma was a "freak incident" but after relating my horror story to various people I have found out that strangulation by the collar is actually quite a common problem! I have now been told of several dogs getting tangled up as my dogs did in play. Other tales of dogs getting caught on fencing and gates, in bushes and wire when out on walks and even their tags being caught in their travel crate! I immediately took collars off all my dogs but was then worried about them not wearing ID - which is so very important even if they are micro chipped as well. I need to know if they were to get out/lost - they could easily be reunited with me, as they have my phone number on their ID discs.



I have placed an order for some special collars - they have a catch on them that automatically comes undone if the collars are put under excess strain - so I can make sure my dogs wear their collars with ID discs and will be safe from strangulation! They aren't cheap! But they will be worth every penny if it means I never have to go through anything like that again. Please please be extra careful if you have 2 dogs that play as mine do - and maybe consider the safety collars for your own dogs."
 

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I am confused though, how do you walk a dog on the collar without it breaking off when they pull? Spencer is a major puller, would it not just come off and then he would be loose with no tags?
 

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Jennifer, That is a scary story and Spenser's mom, that is exactly my question. Maggie pulls all the time. I worry that the collar might break away when we are walking. Has anyone tried these collars with dogs who pull? Now that I think about it I guess it wouldn't matter for me because I use the Sporn Harness and the leash clips to that but I am still curious how much pulling it would take to make the collar release.
 

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Jassy - Here are a few pictures that might be of some help.

The collar comes with a "D" ring on either side of the release clip which is seen below:



As demonstrated below, you put the lead onto both "D" rings and this disables the clip from being able to release.



If I can spend $20(AUD) and save a life, I'll buy 100 of them to save a hundred lives. The stories you hear are horrific and I pity any owner who has to endure their own grief, along with their dogs if there's another involved.

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Ralph has a breakaway collar with his ID tags, and a microchip just in case, and we use a martingale collar for his walkies.

Being used to the quiet, he gets startled now and then by loud noises, and the martingale makes sure he can't back out of the collar till I get him calmed down.
 

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Thanks for the pictures Erin. That makes sense. I will be looking for one this weekend. Great idea.
 

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I thought I'd show you the collars on our gorgeous models /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

These photos might be too big :S





Just making sure it passes the sniff test:


 
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