Whether your dog is a new addition or they’ve been with you for years a collar is an essential item when outfitting your dog. As Jessie approached her 7th birthday in October I realised that she has worn the same collar since joining our back 6 years ago. The collar has seen better days after years of rolling in all sorts of smells, both good and bad; lots of swimming; and everyday wear and tear. Its edges were frayed, the hardware was rusty in parts and the smell emanating from the collar was a mixture of fresh cut grass, river water and poo. When my young daughter was playing with the collar after Jessie had rolled in sheep’s poo earlier in the day it was time for a new collar.
There is no shortage of dog collars for sale in New Zealand. From your big box stores to small online shops the options are overwhelming. To help narrow the options Jessie’s new collar needed to be durable, waterproof, easy to clean, preferably made in NZ and of course stylish. With Jessie being a gun dog my search started at the gun dog accessories websites, including NZ Gun Dog Accessories Ltd. While their collars, leather and nylon, looked great, I wanted to avoid leather collars because of the extra maintenance required to look after them with a swimmer like Jessie; and the nylon collars can be difficult to clean if your dog rolls around in mud and other smelly things.
A Google search of “waterproof dog collars nz” lead me to Animal Outfitters NZ. They are an online boutique pets accessories business based in Tauranga. A quick perusal of their homepage took me to their Waterproof Dog Collars. They offer a range of waterproof dog collars, including their NZ-made* Mariner line of collars specifically for dogs that swim. The Mariner collar is made from Biothane, a stink-proof alternative to leather, with brass hardware. The collar is available in a range of colours, including, blue, red, purple (our choice), yellow reflector, and camouflage. Before I clicked “Add to cart” I needed to select the correct size. Animal Outfitters NZ made that simple with their easy to understand size guide. I was able to measure Jessie’s current collar and compare it to the the collar sizes of the Mariner. The medium size would work best for Jessie and her 30kg size. The collar cost $40 NZD + shipping, a pretty good price for a product that I expect to last another 7 years or more (that’s how long I hope we have Jessie for).
Two days later the collar arrived with a personalised note from Animal Outfitters and a sample of their paw cream. I popped it on her and instantly Jessie was the most stylish dog. The purple contrasted nicely against her coat. While the collar and hardware looked durable it needed to be tested in the elements. Jessie had no problem with this idea. We ventured to our local river for a bit of bumper retrieving. I adjusted the collar to fit more snug, using the 2-finger test and let Jessie off into the water. After a good session of swimming and retrieving Jessie begrudgingly return to the ute. When we got home I removed the collar, gave it a sniff test (no stink) and hung it on the line to dry, which took all of 2 minutes.
At the end of each day the collar comes off so Jessie can spend the night “naked” to get extra scratches around her neck. Thus far we’re very happy with our purchase. The collar is great for any dog, but especially for active dogs that spend any time in the water, rolling around in mud, poo or whatever they can find. If you have purchased a Mariner collar from Animal Outfitters NZ we would love to hear what you think. Let us know in the comments below.
*The collar is made in New Zealand from imported Biothane.
Disclaimer: Alongtail was not compensated for our honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are Alongtail’s own and not influenced by Animal Outfitters NZ and/or its affiliates in any way.