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Product: Glowdoggie™ Ultra LED Collar
What it is: dog collar with LEDs
Manufacturer: Glowdoggie, Toronto, Canada
DogTipper Review: We operate on a two-dog walks per day schedule around here and we look forward to those constants in our life as much as Irie and Tiki do. But, now that the days are growing shorter, our after-dinner stroll frequently concludes in darkness. We love the cooler weather that autumn brings but somehow we haven’t yet adjusted to the change in our dog walking schedule. Though we live in a rural area with few cars to worry about, being out at night adds a level of danger to our dogs, even when they are securely leashed.
So, we were delighted (no pun intended) to be able to review the new Glowdoggie Ultra lighted dog collar for DogTipper. Glowdoggie is a Canadian company which is bringing these illuminated collars to North America. The collars are engineered and made in Germany and have been available in Europe for some time but they are new to the American and Canadian markets. The Ultra model is a new design which incorporates several upgrades from the previous models.
The collars are made of translucent, heavy plastic material which is embedded with several bright LED lights. The collars come in several colors and in a variety of sizes. Sizing the collar correctly is important because the collar is designed to slip over the dog’s head, rather than being buckled in place. A small fabric keeper strap can be used to attach the Glowdoggie to your dog’s regular collar (the Glowdoggie is not intended to replace a dog’s regular collar and should not be attached to a leash). The company website has a nice set of instructions on using the collar correctly as well as links to YouTube video demos.
The collar comes with 2 AAA batteries which must be activated by rolling back the tubing which connects the ends of the collar and removing a small plastic cap which keeps the batteries inert during shipping. Then, just roll the tubing back to reconnect the collar ends, and you are done. When not in use, just hang the collar up with the battery area upright and a motion sensor chip turns the lights off in a few seconds. Once the tubing is in place, the collar is waterproof and the shape of the collar tends to keep it positioned correctly while the dog is wearing it. The lights don’t flash; they just burn steadily. The collars are covered by a two-year, limited warranty.
We were sent blue and green collars to try out and Irie and Tiki were eager to put them to the test. We installed the batteries and slipped it over their heads.
Irie is such a cautious dog we thought she might show some reservations about wearing the collar, but she took to it right away.
Both dogs seemed proud of their new look.
In fact, the new collars seemed to energize them and added a new dimension to their usual pre-walk game of chase through the yard.
And, on the road for our walk, it was nice to know that should we drop a leash, the dogs would be easy to spot in the gathering darkness. It’s also comforting to know that they are much more visible to oncoming drivers.
We like the fact that the collar is a quality item made in Germany and also that it uses economical, easy-to-find alkaline AAA batteries for the power source. (The manufacturer estimates that the Ultra’s 2 batteries should last about 25 hours before needing replacement while the LEDs themselves should last the life of the collar.) The Ultra also accepts rechargeable batteries which will typically deliver about 15 hours of light before needing to be recharged. Even after long evening walks with our dogs, the collars didn’t get warm to the touch.
Mostly, of course, we really like the safety factor that the collars represent for our dogs. Although not inexpensive, the collars should last a long time and are a great investment if your dogs venture out after dark.
And, they look really cool, too. A big paws up for the Glowdoggie collar!
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Disclosure: We received two Glowdoggie Ultra collars to review and photograph; we were not paid for our review and all statements are entirely our own.