Best Collar for Hiking Dogs - Non-stop Hunting Dog Safety Collar Review

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The questions about the best collar or harness for taking your dog hiking comes up a lot.  Now that we are Munro bagging we also needed to think about the kit for the dogs

Hetty the dachshund is already covered in her Ezydog Chest Plate Harness (affiliate link). 

However, we usually just have Tilly the cocker spaniel on a slip lead as a working cocker spaniel.  It works great locally but it means that when she is off the lead, she has no collar or identifiers. 

The struggle with getting a collar or harness was primarily Tilly safety.  A lot of people use traditional collars or harnesses, which is great if it works for them.  However, Tilly is semi-mountain goat and loves to dive head first into the trees, hedges and other undergrowth.  We recognise there is a good chance she could either hang herself or get stuck somewhere - not great. 

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So after a whole lot of research we decided to go for the Non-stop Hi-vis Hunting Dog Safety Collar.  Not only is it a funky orange collar, we liked it for a number of reasons. 

Non-stop is a brand with great history and focusses on working dogs - so they know what they are talking about! 

It's super safe - the collar is a good width, fully padded and also elasticated.  The collar is about 1/6 elastic, which means Tilly can slip in and out of the collar as needed. 

The best thing about it is the flexibility - as well as being escapable when she's off the lead, when she is on the lead it functions as a normal collar.  There are two D-rings each side of the elastic which a lead can be attached to.  That then turns it into a normal collar - clever huh! 

I also bought the Non-stop orange lead because I wanted the oranges to match.  However, any lead would work!  

We've been using the combo for a few months now and we're really pleased with it - it is definitely in our go-to Dog on the Hills Kit! (Alongside wee booties and equally orange Equafleece)

A quick sizing tip - Tilly was on the larger end of a size band (but still within it), but we ended up having to return it and size up. 

The other option people go for is a harness, particularly if dogs may need to be lifted or carried down if injured.  We considered it but Tilly can be transported in Matt's rucksack if needed (with his kit going into mine). 

Do you hike with your dog?  If so, what's your collar / harness solution?

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