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Great Martingale Collars Made From Hemp

One of Kobi’s favorite styles: Wilson

I’ve been meaning to write this post about Earthdog martingale collars forever! Kobi has been wearing Earthdog collars for years and we love them!

What sparked the initial need to look for a non-synthetic collar was that Kobi has a lot of allergies and seemed to be bothered by nylon and other materials commonly used for collars. He would scratch at a lot of collars, but once we tried the Earthdog collars, Kobi seemed really comfortable in them. He’s also only 20 lbs and some of the leather collars seemed a bit too heavy / thick.

Another favorite style: sage

I also really like a Martingale collar because of the control it gives you over your dog. A martingale collar is made with two loops. The larger loop is slipped onto the dogs neck and a lead is then clipped to the smaller loop. When the dog tries to pull, the tension on the lead pulls the small loop taut, which makes the large loop smaller and tighter on the neck, thus preventing escape. Properly fitted, the collar will be comfortably loose when “not in use” or alternatively…if your dog is going along with where you want to go, it will be comfortably loose.

Many Martingale collars are made with chain, which I don’t like with my smaller dog (Kobi is a 19 lb Havanese). Over time the Earthdog hemp collars will get quite soft, but due to the construction of the Martingale collar, it will still get tighter around the neck when Kobi isn’t interested in going in the direction I’m planning to go. However, it’s not as harsh or extreme as a Martingale collar with chain.

On top of all that goodness, Earthdog products are handmade in Nashville, TN, USA. The collars come in a variety of colors and patterns.

Best of all, Kobi loves his collar. Post bath or post brushing – he’s very happy to have his collar put back on and comes over tail wagging when I bring it out.

Top 2 LED Dog Collars – easily see your dog at night

LED Dog Collars

Orvis Safety Light & Glowdoggie

As the days are getting shorter, we thought it was a good time to update our LED Dog Collar recommendations.  The LED Dog Collar is a must have for any dog owner that takes their dog out at night. Not only can you better see your dog, but so can others! Wearing a dog collar light can be a great safety device and life saver.

Based on our tests, these are the Top 2 LED Dog Collars on the market that we think you’ll love. We tried to get better pictures of our own dogs with the LED Dog Collars on, but it was a challenge with it being dark outside and the dogs’ non-compliance in staying still.

Orvis Safety Light

Orvis LED Dog CollarThe Orvis Safety Light is waterproof, impact resistant, and visible up to 3 miles away. Best of all, the Orvis LED safety light fastens anywhere on your dog’s collar via a clip or hook-and-loop strap (both included). It’s like a mini flashlight on your dog’s collar. We’ll not only use this on dog walks at night, but also when we have power outages (like during Hurricane Sandy). We might even take it on a late night run.

Orvis Safety LightThe light is easily turned on by simply rotating the lens. It has both steady and flash modes. To switch from steady light to flash, just flip the battery to change the function. Allegedly, this is the light that Danish search-and-rescue teams rely on to keep their dogs visible in dark and dangerous conditions.

The light comes in clear (white), red and amber colors. It is a 100,000-hour bulb with a 250-hour battery life and weighs less than 1 oz. Being small and compact, it’s great for travel, especially since you can easily take it on and off.

Glowdoggie LED Dog Collar

Glowdoggie in green

Glowdoggie LED Dog Collar

We were impressed how bright the Glowdoggie Classic is! It’s the brightest all-around dog collar we’ve seen on the market and it’s not annoyingly bright either. Glowdoggie also makes an Ultra version which is about 50% brighter and can also run on rechargeable AAAs if desired.

The Glowdoggie (aka Leuchtie) is made and engineered in Germany. You can immediately tell it is made of robust, durable, quality components. It’s also 100% waterproof (your dog can go swimming in it) and comes with a 2 year warranty. The Glowdoggie has been tested in all types of extreme climates, from the Arctic Circle to the Western Australian Desert, and it’s used by many SAR teams around the U.S..

Glowdoggie

Fiesta tests the Glowdoggie

The Glowdoggie is unique in that it’s not actually a collar. It’s a flexible ring that you slip over your dog’s head and as such you need to order it in a specific size for it to fit your dog, i.e. there’s no way to adjust the size of the ring. There is no need to open the ring, except for changing the AAA batteries. The Glowdoggie should be used in addition to your dog’s normal collar. A nylon strap is included if you prefer to attach the Glowdoggie to your dog’s collar.

Fiesta has been using the Glowdoggie for over a year and loves it (so does her “daddy”, Luis).

Glowdoggie LED Dog CollarThere is no on/off switch on the Glowdoggie, instead, it’s turned on when the battery portion is facing down (as it is in the photo on the right) and gradually turns off when it is in the up position. Luckily there are plenty of instructional and product demonstration videos on the Glowdoggie website. The battery life is 100 hours. The Glowdoggie Classic + comes in six different colors (green, blue, aqua, red, white and pink).

Chic Dog Collars by Hartman & Rose

For the pup that has everything or just loves style, check out these chic dog collars from Hartman & Rose. Made with Swarovski crystals, 100% Italian leather and hardware, these handcrafted collars will look fabulous on your best friend. The below collar designs also come in different colors and sizes.

Mayfair Dog Collar white Barclay Dog Collar - Chic Dog Collars Hartman Rose Dog Collar After Eight Dog Collar
Regency Dog Collar Belmont Dog Collar Haute Couture Dog Collar - Chic Dog Collars Contemporary Dog Collar
haute couture dog collar grape Hartman Dog Collar - Chic Dog Collars Georgia Dog Collar Leap Frog Dog Collar

 

Cool Dog Collars from Chic to Sporty

Hartman Rose Leather Dog Collar - Haute Couture Collection

Hartman & Rose –
Haute Couture Collection

First up are the Hartman & Rose dog collars. They’re made of natural Italian full-grain vegetable tanned leather and fine Italian hardware.

Hartman and Rose Hartman Collection Leather Dog Collar

Hartman & Rose –
Hartman Collection

All collars are hand skived and stitched with hand painted and polished edges. Each dog collar is bench made with close attention to detail such as hand polishing and handset semi-precious gemstones and crystals. Their cool dog collars range from the bedazzled Haute Couture Collection to the more preppy Hartman Collection. All Hartman & Rose products are lead free and handcrafted in Canada.

Teafco Fydo Action Water Resistant Dog Collar

Teafco Fydo Action
Dog Collar

Then for that sporty, water friendly dog in your life, there is the Teafco “Fydo Action” Water Resistant Dog Collar. Ultra durable and flexible to wear, this sport dog collar solves the problem of loose collar straps, and sharp collar buckles. With adjustable dual interlocking buttons that lock when you snap them into keyholes around the collar, the Fydo Action collar fits your dog comfortably. It’s made of TPR (100% recyclable thermo plastic rubber) and won’t retain bacteria and odors. It’s also 100% water resistant and easy to clean. Best of all, these cool dog collars come in lots of other modern colors.

Planet Dog Cozy Hemp Adjustable Collar

Planet Dog
Cozy Hemp Collar

If you’re more of an environmentalist or hippie at heart, there is the Planet Dog Cozy Hemp Adjustable Collar. This ultimate, eco-friendly dog collar is naturally dyed pure hemp (comes in a variety of colors too) – one of nature’s abundant crops that makes a super-strong fabric. This version has a cozy fleece lining to ensure optimal comfort and has a stainless steel fastener which is smooth and corrosion resistant.