Man’s best friend is genetically engineered to be an adventurous, inquisitive and explorative beast. However, as owners, we sometimes forget this fact; cursing our mutts when they jump in the local river, chase squirrels into the forest out of sight, or pelt straight for the nearest mount of fox poo just to give themselves a good roll around in it.
We shouldn’t complain about this. Many times these are the traits that we love most about our dogs; their reckless abandon for what’s “good” or “bad” behaviour, driven by an animal instinct we’ll never understand. At times, it’s often actually very funny.
However, if there’s one thing that drives us mad about our dogs’ adventurous exploits, it’s when they cost us time and money – perhaps by bringing dirt onto the new carpet or three-piece suite, prompting us to quickly clean before the damage is long-lasting, or should they ruin their dog collar and we have to buy a new one.
It’s this latter point where manufacturers of dog accessories are starting to capitalise. Dogs will always be messy, unpredictable beasts – even the best trained ones – prompting us to scratch our heads about what qualities we need from our dog collars to help survive the various onslaughts of the great outdoors.
Cue the extreme and adventurous cool dog collar manufacturers, who are more than aware of the kinds of properties a collar needs to help stand up to a variety of unforgiving dog walking environments.
It’s these environments that ultimately shape the kinds of materials and desirable properties the best dog collars must have in today’s marketplace, so it’s worth thinking about the kinds of abuse they’re likely to go through, before exploring what makes a top adventurous dog collar.
From dank, wet marshlands to overgrown foliage in the deep forest, there are a plethora of environments where our dogs love to roam – and us too. Each one of these has its own attraction to us, whether it’s because we enjoy the environment, or perhaps just because it’s convenient over a drive.
However, each one of these environments presents its own obstacles and nasties, whether this be mud, excrement, water, native creepy-crawlies or sharp objects, making it a potential disaster zone for dogs. This is why the best dog collar manufacturers invest their time into studying materials and technology that have resistance against anything nature can throw at them.
Dog collar materials and technology
The materials present in today’s top dog collars represent a giant leap away from traditional, cheaper collars, which are often made of woven man-made fabrics like nylon, offering scant protection against the elements in the long-run.
Durable elastomers (rubber) and metal alloys are now talk of the trade at the very top-end of the market, simply because their properties excel at repelling water or minimising the risk of tears and damage by dirt and/or rust. This is a far cry away from materials that literally break-down when exposed to sand, moisture and extreme temperatures.
Even the modern clasps that snap the collar together around our dog’s neck and the rings that connect the collar to the lead are made from hardwearing plated-metals that only come off when you need them to – plastic just can’t compete with this. It’s a point worth bearing in mind especially for larger, stronger breeds.
Desirable properties in an adventurous dog collar
All things considered above then, it’s probably time to start looking at what qualities make the best adventurous dog collars stand apart from their peers in terms of added performance.
Waterproofness is just one quality that has already been highlighted as extremely desirable in high-tech, cool dog collar – not just in situations where your pooch is likely to go for a swim – but more generally, when it rains for example.
The ability to be dirtproof and/or sandproof is also extremely desirable, particularly for owners who walk their dogs in the countryside or by the coastline. When either of these two materials build up, they can become ingrained in the very smallest nooks of your collar and eventually break down the fibres holding it together.
In a similar vein, rust and rot resistance will help prevent cracks or splits in your dog collar, from where your dog can easily snap out of it and go off running towards the nearest animal-attraction.
If you want your collar to look in pristine condition for as long as possible, you’ll also want to stick an anti-fading property onto your list of desirable qualities. Many cheaper fabrics and nylon leads lose their colour within days and weeks after regular walking, which is a shame. Surely you want your dog to look just as cool as you when walking in the park, right?
It’s clear that there’s a growing market for adventurous dog collars in all their many guises; with the choice of manufacturers top materials and top qualities facilitating the market for change.
If your dog is the most important thing in the world to you – and for most owners, they’re pretty high up – then it’s not a surprise to see the general pet owner population picking up only the best for their beloved pooch (saving cash and investing in quality aside!)