If you follow Golly Gear on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest) you may notice that a lot of the pictures we post feature our dogs running around absolutely naked. No collar, no harness, no nothing.
And you may think it’s odd, seeing as how we’re big fans of harnesses and our shop carries dozens of different kinds in lots of different styles, materials, and colors.
The reason is safety. Pure and simple. When our dogs are home they wear nothing. The only exception to this rule is when our dogs are young puppies, when we’re in the process of housebreaking. Then they wear a harness and leash – which is always attached to us.
When you have multiple dogs in a household, there’s usually a lot of running around, chasing, wrestling, playing, and general mayhem. We don’t want a collar or harness to be grabbed by another dog, or caught on something the dogs run into. Same thing in our fenced yard. We’ve heard too many stories of a dog trying to jump a fence and being, quite literally, hung by a collar that gets caught.
Our dogs are even naked in their crates when we’re not home. While there may be nothing in the crate for the collar or harness to get caught on, there is a possibility of the dog reaching to grab it with his/her teeth and getting stuck, or hurt.
We know these possibilities may seem far-fetched, but we have heard of instances where it happened. Like you, our dogs are our most precious possessions, and it’s such a simple thing to make sure they’re safe at home.
We understand that many people want their dogs to always have some form of identification, and it is a good idea. All of our dogs are microchipped and we have registered the microchips with the companies. While we always crate our dogs when we have workmen in the house, we know that gates can be carelessly left open and we try to check before the dogs are let out.
Many years ago, our first dog (a Boston Terrier named Spunky) was a runner. And, at the time, our yard was unfenced. We spend many hours chasing that dog through town – he even wound up with a police record when a cab driver saw him running, opened up his car door, Spunky jumped in and the cabbie dropped him off at the police station. We know how terrifying it can be to not know where your dog is. But keeping your dog safe, in home and outside, just takes an extra bit of time and training. And it’s worth it.