Monday Mischief – Elsie’s Collared

It is becoming a regular occurence for Flo to turn up at the door completely naked… Elsie has been honing her skills in collar removal, which is then followed by chewing them juuuust to the point that the buckle no longer fastens.  She’s decollared Flo twice in the last 12 hours.  It seems to be her new obsession.  Some time ago (months), working as a team, Flo removed and then Elsie chewed Elsie’s own collar, but that was before she was an expert in buckle decomissioning, so she’s still wearing hers.



SONY DSC These aren’t supermarket collars, they’re good Rogz ones.  One step further away from retirement again.  Thanks Els.

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22 Responses to Monday Mischief – Elsie’s Collared

  1. Rose says:

    Hahahaha, “buckle decomissioning” – you’ve got to love ’em!! Humid up there?

    • Flo says:

      Stinking. I’m at home sick today and can’t cool down. I’ve found in the past the pool is the way to go but unfortunately that’s a wee bitty neglected and I fear I might catch something worse if I were to hop in! 😦 Apparently the monsoon will arrive during the week. I’m not holding my breath.

  2. dachshundnola says:

    Haha! Bet that’s frustrating. Buckle collars, maybe? That what Nola and Auggie have, and they can’t take them off

    • Flo says:

      She’s not undoing the buckles, they actually have a little lock on them, she’s pulling them over Flo’s head. I’m going to have to tighten the collars around Flo’s neck; though I’ve noticed Elsie’s technique involves pulling to the side first (a lot) to loosen the collar first. She’s a clever little blighter.

  3. Ahah! Looks like you could consider bulk buying 😉

  4. thatjenk says:

    Oh dear! Too smart for their own good!

  5. Monsoon arriving? No fun. I’m hating all the rain we’ve been getting here. Where’s my summer gone?

    Your girls are incorrigible and you’re remarkably calm. I would just give them cheap collars till they grow tired of this hobby LOL. X

  6. Oh dear, you’re in for a lot of money and a lot of collars. Twice in 12 hours! Funny from the outside but you might need to think about winning the lottery to pay for them all 🙂

  7. Declan Greyhound says:

    Well I hate to be the sensible one, but how about the old fashioned metal buckle type of collar? Boring int I?!

  8. Anna says:

    oh sneaky sneaky dog. I see collar making in your future. What about a martingale collar? Those don’t have snaps, maybe that’s what she is attracted to? The crunchy plastic? It’s worth a shot maybe.
    Other option is to buy a bunch of buckle snaps online… and make a fo collar for in the yard the attaches through the buckle loops with velcro or something. Then you can still leave a collar on in the yard for identification etc. But have your actual strong ones for walking attached to their leashes.
    A third option would be to spray the buckle area with a deterrent before they head outside. Maybe something like Bitter Apple or some other chew stop spray for dogs or horses? May do the trick at least part of the time.
    One more option would be getting a collar that has an actual belt buckle style buckle. A metal one that has a finger to go through the holes on the collar. Maybe if she got that off and realized the metal was no fun she would at least leave those alone. And they are quite sturdy collars typically. Maybe some plastic coated ones from a hunting dog supplier?
    And that’s all my ideas this is a no fun habit all around, I love all Luna’s collars and did have to stop puting the nice ones on outside because she would get them messed up when playing with her friends.

    • Flo says:

      Thanks for those suggestions, bitter apple or something could do the trick… I think that no matter what kind of collar it is, if she gets it off then she’ll chew through part of it – if not the buckle then the actual collar itself. I just can’t believe the little sod finished off 2 in such short succession. She really was proud of herself!

  9. raisingdaisy says:

    Haha That Elsie is such a smart little girl! This has become a real game for her. It’s so funny how we think of our pups as being “naked” when they don’t have their collars on – we say the same thing when Daisy’s without her harness. 🙂

  10. Uh Oh, getting to smart for their own good. BOL

  11. Woof! Woof! Oh OH I guess you got to invest in a buckle or the slip on collars. Happy MM. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  12. FleaByte says:

    Hilarious! And frustrating. Maybe do a search for collars with chew warranties?

  13. 2browndawgs says:

    I should not laugh, but….bwhaha! You have a very talented doggie!

  14. Jodi says:

    Oh Elsie and you thought you had your hands full with Flo! LOL

  15. Wow!! I’m amazed you can get those off!! You’d have trouble getting mine off as you have to get through all my fur first to even find it! 🙂

    Great mischief!!

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

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