Do you walk your dog at dusk or dawn? A reflective collar can make it easier for motorists, cyclists, and other dog owners to see your pup. Here are five of the best reflective dog collars.
A reflective dog collar is one way to help people catch sight of your dog. As the name suggests, these reflect light from headlights, street lamps or other light sources, making your pup more visible in the dark.
Unfortunately, many reflective collars are cheap, weak, and only reflect a small amount of light. We’ve listed five of the best reflective collars for dogs to help you decide.
A reflective collar with embroidered phone number
My top pick for a reflective dog collar is the GoTags. It has plenty of reflector material, embroidered contact number, and is available in a range of different colors, making it a great all-rounder.
Reflective collars have patches of high visibility material sewn into the primary nylon, polyester or leather. These patches reflect back light from car headlights or torches, making your dog easier to see.
While reflective collars aren’t the only way to increase the visibility of your dog, they can be useful when walking near roads with lots of light sources. When combined with a reflective leash, harness or dog coat, they can make your pet much easier to spot.
It’s important to note the difference between reflective dog collars and LED collars though. LED dog collars have a power source to emit light, which means your dog is always lit up. In contrast, reflective products just reflect light from other sources, so they only help when your dog is illuminated by cars or other lights.
The main thing to look for in a reflector collar is lots of high visibility, reflective material (unsurprisingly!) Some products have tiny reflective patches, which may not reflect much light even when illuminated by a strong source.
There are also a variety of types of reflective material. 3M reflective materials are often a good choice, as they reflect more light back to wherever it came.
Make sure there is reflective material around the entire collar, as this ensures light is reflected from all angles.
Other considerations include:
Reflective collars are just one way to keep your dog visible at night. I also recommend a reflective dog harness and leash, along with a torch to ensure your pet is always illuminated. For maximum visibility, it’s hard to beat an LED collar, especially when walking in unlit locations.
Tip: Need more help choosing your dog’s collar? Take a look at our full guide.
Listed below are five of the best reflective dog collars. I’ve chosen several different types, including padded, embroidered and 3M collars, so read each review to find the right option for your pet.
The GoTags Personalized is my top pick for a reflective collar. It comes embroidered with your dog’s name and a phone number, so it’s great for identifying your pet. It’s also highly reflective and brilliant for improving your dog’s visibility.
One of the great things about the GoTag is the large reflective strip. Rather than just reflective stitching, most of the collar is able to reflect light, so your dog is more likely to be spotted.
I’m also a big fan of collars with identification stitched into the material. You never know when an ID tag is going to get ripped off by a stray branch or other dog, which could mean your pet is much more difficult to identify.
Other features include a steel D-ring and an adjustable size. It’s also available in three different sizes and a variety of colors, plus you can choose both the collar and thread color.
I don’t think the GoTags is the most durable collar on the market though. The plastic quick-release buckle is fine for most dogs – and I don’t recommend walking a dog with a leash attached to the collar anyway – but it probably won’t withstand pulling from a heavy breed.
If you want both stitched ID information and reflective design, however, it’s probably the best dog collar on the market.
If you’re looking for something stronger than the GoTags, the Tuff Pupper Heavy Duty collar is a great alternative. It’s made with ballistic nylon material and a metal pin buckle, so it’s one of the most durable collars on the market.
The Tuff Pupper is made with dual 3M reflector stitching. There isn’t as much reflective material as the GoTags, but the 3M material is still highly reflective and makes your dog easier to see in the dark.
Unlike lower quality options, the Tuff Pupper has a 3mm ballistic nylon exterior for extra durability. It won’t stop a determined chewer, but is less likely to break on a walk.
Other features include padding for added comfort, 6 different colors, and a bungee handle for when you need quick control. I’m not a big fan of this type of handle – I think it’s much safer to use a handle on a harness as force is spread evenly across the dog’s chest – but it can still be useful in an emergency.
It’s quite a bulky dog collar though. For pups that hate collars, a thinner and lighter design might be a better choice. It’s a great option for medium or large dogs though.
The Blueberry Pet Reflective collar has a brighter design than the more “tactical style” Tuff Pupper, but it has similar 3M reflective stitching. It’s not as reflective as the GoTags, as only part of the stitching is made with 3M material, but certainly makes your pooch more visible than a non-reflective collar.
Unlike many other dog collars, the Blueberry Pet is made with polyester rather than nylon. Polyester isn’t quite as strong as nylon, but it tends to be cheaper and a bit quicker to try, making it a good option for pets that like swimming.
An interesting feature is the double D-Ring structure. These combine to increase the strength of the leash attachment. The Blueberry Pet is also available in a wide range of fun colors, so there’s likely to be one that matches your pet’s personality.
Note: Blueberry Pet produces a whole range of products with similar designs, so you can buy a matching leash or harness.
The Nimble Waterproof pet collar is built with a strip of reflective cloth, making it a decent choice for helping your dog stay visible in low light conditions.
Like the Blueberry Pet Collar, the Nimble is made with polyester rather than nylon. This makes it cheaper and quicker to dry, although at the expense of strength. As you would expect from a basic collar, it’s made with a quick-release buckle rather than a pin buckle.
It’s also available in five colors and three sizes (the bright yellow option is a great choice for extra visibility).
I don’t think it’s as strong and durable as other collars though, despite having a zinc D-ring. If you have a calm dog who walks on a harness, it’s a good option for the price. If you have a furry friend who charges through undergrowth, or several dogs who like to play fight, it probably won’t last long.
The Black Rhino might not be quite as reflective as some of the other options on this list, but it’s a high-quality collar that’s strong, comfortable, and great for active dogs.
As with other collars on this list, the Black Rhino has reflective stitching to make your dog more visible. I would have liked more reflective material, however, as the Black Rhino isn’t as high-vis as other options.
One of the great things about the Black Rhino is the neoprene inner padding. It’s also available in five color schemes and can fit dogs with neck girths ranging from 11” to 22”.
It’s also a highly durable collar. It won’t stand up to heavy chewing, but it’ll last longer than inferior collars. This is partly due to the strong exterior, but also the metal buckle.
My biggest complaint about this dog collar is the large “Black Rhino” on the label. I don’t enjoy my dog becoming a walking advert – even if it is an excellent product!
Reflective dog collars won’t make your dog highly visible in the dark like an LED collar, but they can make it easier for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians with torches to spot him.
My top pick for a reflective collar is the GoTags Personalised Dog Collar. It’s not the most durable collar on the market, but has plenty of reflective material. It also comes with your dog’s name and a contact number embroidered into the material for easy identification.
Do you have any questions about choosing the best reflective dog collar for your pup? Please let me know in the comments section below.