Collar Issues & My New Corgi Shop!

Gibson's collar has been an issue lately. Before we started obedience class, he wore his collar all of the time, and I thought he looked adorably handsome in it. Well, when we started class, he barely wore his collar, if ever, because we used training collars for class, which he would have to wear every time I'd take him for a walk to practice. So, I've gotten used to Gibson walking around the house 'naked' all of the time and being able to pet his neck and see his beautiful mane (which was non existent when we first started obedience). I always thought that after class ended, he'd wear a regular collar on walks again, so I wouldn't have to take it off of him anymore. But, I dunno... He just looks so much nicer without one! and the collar just gets in the way. Plus he sits there and chews on his tags, which I know is not good for his teeth..and of course he sleeps w/us in bed..and I do not want to listen to that loud clanking sound all night long. Is it terrible for me to only put his collar on for walks? All the dogs Ive ever had growing up have worn their collars 24/7, so this is a new predicament for me :) I want him to be safe, but I also want him to be comfy and cute haha.

Speaking of collars.. When I first heard that our class required training/choke chain collars, I wanted to cry and walk out mid-class and demand my money back! I always thought they were awful, but I figured I'd give it a try when the trainer explained that they get a bad rap because people do not use them correctly. When class was over I went back to his regular collar for walks, but it just seems like it is less comfortable than the chain! Instead of something getting a little tight around his neck when he is not staying by my side, the huge piece of fabric is going all the way up his head and sometimes over his ear! So, I'm thinking of getting a martingale collar, but am wondering if I should wait til he's older so I know his neck wont grow out of it in a month (they're a little pricey, at least the ones I've seen). They just seem like the best option of collar for walks, comfy and it'll look normal when he just has it on around the house. We'll see, I'll keep you updated on his collar problem :)

In other news, I officially opened my Corgi Butts shop on Cafepress! It's not much to look at right now, but it will be growing and looking prettier, I promise! I'll be selling designs w/all of the colors and type of corgis, so if you don't have a red & white or red headed tri, don't worry.. lots more designs and dogs to come!
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Comment by Natalie, Lance &Tucker on November 17, 2008 at 4:03pm
Lance was chipped at 14 weeks.......looking forward to the blue merle design...awesome!
Comment by Kelly on November 17, 2008 at 12:19pm
We have a partially fenced in yard (3 sides), so I'm outside w/him all of the time when he goes out. And there's no way of him getting out on his own. He's not chipped yet, but I'm planning on getting one when he's old enough (I heard a year old?).
Comment by Suzanne on November 17, 2008 at 11:52am
I don't keep a collar on my guys. BUT I'm not concerned about them escaping when I'm not there. So, I guess it would hing on your security for the dog. Is he chipped? Can he get out and wander away?
I noticed hair loss when I leave the collar on all the time.
Comment by Kelly on November 17, 2008 at 10:58am
Thanks Natalie! There will be a Blue Merle Cardigan design ;)
Comment by Natalie, Lance &Tucker on November 17, 2008 at 10:07am
Looking forward to your new shop....just entered my email to recieve updates from your store...Best Wishes for lots of success. Natalie

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