It’s about 120 feet from my backdoor to the back fence and at night, it is impossible to see my dogs when they run down to the end of the yard. After having 2 of them get out a few yards ago after a storm blew down part of the fence, I worry a little bit so I like to keep track of them.
The one solution I had thought of was to put a floodlight on my garage that will add some light in the back. Right now it’s not in the budget, so if I can’t light up the yard, the other solution is to light up the dogs.
Brad from SeeSpot Collars contacted me about reviewing the light-up collars he developed. After finding available collars didn’t quite work as he wanted, Brad designed a collar that fit what he was looking for to help him keep track of his dog. When other people seemed interested in it, he decided there was a need for his collar. The collars are great for the average pet owners who want their dog to be more visible at night either so they can see them or so other people can; Brad has found that canine search and rescue teams also use them as well as those who use guide dogs. Along with the SeeSpot Lighted Dog Collars, Brad’s company also makes products to help make people such as bicyclists more visible at night.
Two SeeSpot Lighted Dog Collars arrived in the mail for me to review. The collars come in 2 sizes- medium which fits dogs with neck sizes from 19- 21 inches and large which fits neck sizes from 22- 25 inches. The collars feature Velcro for adjusting each size range. Made of nylon webbing, they come in two colors- red and blue and each collar has 5 blinking LED lights on it. A battery pack measuring about 2 ½ inches by 1 ½ inches powers the lights off of 3 AAA batteries. The switch to turn on the lights is on the end of the battery pack. It’s a nice simple push button switch- push it to turn it on, push it again to turn it off. The battery pack isn’t too heavy and the collar is designed so the weight of the battery pack falls under the dog’s chin leaving the LED lights on the back of the dog’s neck where they are more easily seen, especially under long ears.
One of the first things I do with a product is look at the construction. The stitching on the collar was good and there were no exposed wires. The lights each come though an opening in the cotton webbing. I tried pushing them back into the inside of the collar because I wanted to see if there was a possibility of this happening while being worn. It took a lot of manipulation for that to happen (bending the collar in half and pushing real hard with my fingers) and when I was finally able to do it, the light wasn’t completely inside. I was satisfied that the lights wouldn’t disappear during normal use by my dogs. I slammed the lights down on the desk a few times to see how the bulbs held up. None of them broke so it looks like it would stand up to my dogs rough and tumble playing.
The week they arrived I happened to be watching my sister’s English Setter, Baxter. This gave me a chance to try both collars, the large on Baxter and the medium on my English Springer, Mellie. You can see how bright the collars are and how visible they are from 120 feet away.
This is my backyard during the daytime.
Here are the collars in action in my backyard at night.
I thought the collars did a good job at letting me know where my dogs were.
I wanted to see how long the lights would last so I turned the red collar on and left it on. The LED lights continued working for 5 days-over 100 hours which is quite a long time if used for just a short time each day. About the 4th day the lights did get noticeably dimmer. During regular use, I would probably change them at this point.
The manufacturer does say the collar is weather and water resistant, but doesn’t recommend that it be submerged. They do say if it does get submerged, it won’t hurt your dog. You just need to remove the batteries and let it dry. They did their testing; I decided to do a bit of my own. I turned on the shower and held the one collar under it for a few minutes. No problem, the collar worked fine afterward. Next I filled up the sink and put the other collar in while the collar was on. I left it sit in there for about 10 minutes and checked on it. There was a small issue with the water slowly draining out of the sink, but some part of the collar was always in water at for those 10 minutes. About mid way through the lights had turned off, but came back on when I moved the collar. They were still blinking when I took the collar out of the water after the 10 minutes. I turned the collar off, took the batteries out and set the collar overnight to dry. The next day I put the batteries in and turned the collar on. Nothing. I was a little worried, but decided not to give up on it until I tried a new set of batteries. They did the trick. The collar was working as good as new. It’s nice to know that if my dogs are out in the rain or happen to jump in their swimming pool while wearing the SeeSpot Lighted Dog Collar the collar is done for.
+ Bright. I was impressed with how bright they were. I could easily see my dog from over a 100 feet away.
+ Adjustable. The Velcro makes it easy to fit different neck sizes. This is great for dogs who get their hair cut so need different size collars at different times.
+Weather-resistant. While it probably wouldn’t be a good idea for your dog to wear the collar while dock diving, it’s great that it can be safely worn out in wet weather without a problem.
+/– Not a collar that is meant to take the place of your regular collar(plus or minus depending on your view). The manufacturer does not make any claims that it does. It doesn’t have a ring to attach a leash or tags to and while the Velcro is strong, I know I wouldn’t trust it to hold a pulling dog. I personally like that it is used separate from the regular collar and that you put it on when you need it. No chance for it to get ruined by a dog who might chew it.
– Currently sizes are only available for medium and large dogs. Even though Jack Russells act like big dogs in little dog bodies, the collars still wouldn’t fit them. And they are the ones I need to keep track of the most! I asked if there were plans to make smaller sizes and was told that there are plans to add small dog sizes to the line. Yay!
I liked the SeeSpot Lighted Dog Collar. I looked at what was available in my local PetSmart and the only one they offered looked a little weighty. It wasn’t too attractive with 3 lighted parts that were the size of those reflectors you put in your driveway. I prefer the nice clean look of the SeeSpot collar. I do want to try the collar on a dog with more hair than my crew so I can see how visible it will be. Since I would put the collar on and off as I let the dogs in and out, I think it wouldn’t have a chance to work its way underneath the coat as collars tend to do.
To buy a SeeSpot Lighted Dog Collars visit the manufacturer’s website- SeeSpot Collars or if you leave in Austin, TX check and see if your local pet stores carries it.
Giveaway Giveaway closed
Along with the 2 collars Brad sent me to review, he also sent 2 collars for me to give away to my readers!
- The giveaway will be open to US residents only.
- The giveaway will end on January 31st at 6pm Eastern time. I’ll use random.org to determine the winners from the comments that are left.
- There will be 2 winners- one for the red medium collar and one for the large blue collar. You will only be able to enter to win one size collar so put Medium or Large in each comment you leave to let me know which you are entering for. Any comments without a size included will be included in the drawing for the Large.
- I will email the winners to get your mailing address.
So what do you have to do to enter?
Required entry (1 entry): Visit SeeSpot Collars and leave a comment below letting me know what feature about the collar you like.
Bonus entry (1 entry):
Follow @petproductrevue on Twitter (see sidebar for my Twitter account link) and tweet this giveaway-
Pet Product Review and SeeSpot Collars is giving away 2 SeeSpot Lighted Dog Collars at www.petproductreview.net #SeeSpotCollars
Once you’ve tweeted about the giveaway, leave a comment below that includes the url of the tweet. (You can get the url by clicking on the time in your tweet.)
Disclaimer: I received 2 collars for use in my review and 2 collars to giveaway to readers from SeeSpot Collars. The review of this product is the opinion of my pets and me. I received no compensation for my review and receipt of these products did not influence my review.