Things to Look for in an LED Dog Collar
Keeping the following factors in mind when shopping for an LED collar will help you make the best choice for you and your dog:
Of course, the primary factor is visibility, but there’s more to consider here than you might think. Firstly, you want to think about how bright the collar is when it’s lit up. Look at how many LED lights are on the collar and where they are placed, for example, whether many small LED lights are used spaced apart, or whether they are placed closer together to create a strip of light.
Check whether the description mentions a maximum distance for visibility and check out the reviews as this will give you an idea of brightness. You should also consider which angles you’ll be able to see your dog from (collars with lights all the way around are often the safest option).
Consider how many light modes the collar offers: some will have multiple modes so you can shift between a steady glow, a slow flash, and a quick flash for example. Often flashing modes provide the most visibility in darkness, while a steady glow may be more suited for low light.
Choosing a collar made from high-quality materials means it’s more likely to last longer, be comfortable for your dog, and be more durable. The type of material can also affect how easy the collar is to clean and whether it will stand up to wet weather.
Correct Size for Your Dog
To ensure your dog’s safety and comfort, it’s crucial you choose a collar that is the right size. Some reflective collars come in a range of sizes, while others are a customizable fit that you alter at home to fit your dog. Check the product description and the size guide.
Rechargeable or Battery Powered
LED collars can either be rechargeable or battery powered. Some owners prefer rechargeable collars as they feel they last longer and are better value for money. This is down to your preference as excellent collars can be found in both styles.
If you choose a battery-powered collar, consider what type of batteries are used and how easy they are to buy and replace when needed.
Check to see how long the collar will stay lit without charging or changing the batteries. Some collars have a longer running time than others, which may be more suitable if you go on long walks at night or will be using the collar daily.
LED collars tend to come in a variety of colors. The color you choose is often a matter of preference, however, some owners feel that specific colors are brighter than others. If you have a multi-dog household choosing a different color for each dog makes it easier to keep track of them in the dark.
Most LED collars will not be completely waterproof; however, they will be weather resistant. Look for a collar that is water or weather resistant if you’re often out walking in wet weather or go on lots of travel adventures.
Whether It Can Be Used to Attach a Lead
Most LED collars are designed as an addition to your dog’s regular collar or harness and aren’t suitable for attaching a lead. However, some collars are more like a traditional collar and have a ring for lead attachment. Be sure to look for this specifically if it’s something you want and check the reviews to see how sturdy the collar is for walking your dog.
Benefits of an LED Collar
LED collars make walks in low light or darkness with your dog much safer by allowing you to keep track of where your pup is. This is particularly useful if they are off lead. LED collars also ensure other people, like those driving cars and other dog walkers, can see your pup and keep their distance when needed.
If your dog gets lost, an LED collar can help you to find them and get them home quickly. LED collars even gently light the way on walks, letting you both see where you’re going and making scooping up your dog’s poop in the dark easier.
Reflective vs LED Collars
Another option for visibility in the dark are reflective collars, which reflect light from any light source. Torches or car headlights will reflect, ensuring people can see your dog. In general, reflective collars are great for use in your garden or short on-leash walks.
However, if your dog is often off lead on hikes in the dark a reflective collar might not be enough. If your dog is far away from you, you might not be able to tell where they are to shine your torch on their reflective collar. If they’re exploring in amongst trees for example, you might not be able to aim your torch at them to catch the reflective elements of the collar.
LED collars allow you to always see where your dog is, even when they’re exploring off the trail. LED collars are also brighter and more easily seen by others.
LED collars do have cons compared to reflective collars however: they require regular charging or changing of batteries and could potentially run out on a walk. Meanwhile, reflective collars don’t require any power and therefore, don’t risk running out on walks. Which you choose is a matter of preference and your lifestyle.
Collar Safety Advice
Always choose a collar that is the right size for your dog to ensure their safety and comfort. Never leave an LED collar on your dog during play or when they’re resting at home: they’re designed for use on walks only. Don’t leave your dog unsupervised with an LED collar, as if they chew the collar, it could be a safety hazard.
Are LED collars safe for dogs?
Yes, when used correctly LED collars are designed to be safe for dogs. If your dog is particularly sensitive to light or you’ve never tried an LED collar before, it’s a good idea to get 1 with adjustable brightness so you can figure out what works best for them.
An LED collar helps to ensure you and your dog stay safe in the dark. You can relax and enjoy walks together, whether it’s an early morning stroll or a late-night adventure.