A few months ago I was given the opportunity to receive an Illumidog Reflective Collar to try and do a review on. This Illumidog collar is a reflective collar developed to protect your dog when you both out walking at night.
Danielle and her husband came up with the idea for the collar when they were fostering Buddy for a local shelter. Because of time commitments, they found they were walking Buddy at night and felt unsafe, especially since Buddy was a black dog. After trying several different collars they came across a reflective tape they thought would be perfect for a collar and decided to make one themselves.
The Illumidog collar is made from heavy webbing and features reflective tape as well as a reflector on the snap buckle. The reflective tape, which is securely sewn to the webbing, is the same material that is used by the U.S. Coastguard on their safety vests. It is able to catch light at more angles than regular reflective tape. The collar comes in red, black, purple and blue. It’s available in medium (14 inches to 20 inches) and large (18 inches to 26 inches) and is adjustable to fit your dog.
Mellie is my collar testing dog so I chose the red medium to try out on her. It arrived quickly and with a quick adjustment, she was showing off her new collar to the other dogs.
After wearing the collar for a few months, I can tell you it has held up well. I’ve bought collars that broke or began looking used within weeks so I do take my time reviewing collars. One thing that is important to me is that they stand up to the test of time and weather. While Mother Nature has been kind to us here in the Northeast this winter, we did have some rain to put the collar through. There was no color running, water didn’t get into the inside of the tape and ruin it and the reflector stayed attached to the snap.
The Illumidog collar has also held up to our walks. Mellie is not the best on leash (I swear this is for review purposes. We want to make sure it will handle dogs of all leash skills.) so it held up to her pulling and she can pull hard for a 45lb dog.
I tested the reflective ability in my back yard at dusk. My yard is about 150 feet long and I thought the collar did a great job of picking up the light from my flashlight at different angles and distances. You can see the outcome in this video.
+Still looks good after several months of wear. After wearing the collar for about 5 months, it looks almost new. The reflective tape has stood up to Mellie running in the rain, running through the shrubs and playing in the puppy pool. It’s not cracked or water-stained.
+ Able to take a pulling dog. Not that I recommend spending your whole walk being pulled, but it did hold up to Mellie’s eager pulling to get to the park.
– No small size. Unfortunately, my smaller dogs wouldn’t be able to wear the collar as it only comes in medium and large.
At first glance, the cost might seem a little high for some people, but the price is about the middle of range of prices I’ve seen for other reflective or light up collars. Seeing how it’s held up, it seems to be a good value.
I think the Illumidog Collar is a great product having held up well on an active dog who doesn’t mind some weather. If you are looking for a collar to make your dog visible at night, this is one to consider.
You can purchase the Illumidog Reflective Collar along with other collars, leashes and reflective gear for your dog directly from Illumidog.
You can also find the collars on Amazon*.