Choosing a Collar for a Water Loving Dog

I love buying new collars for my Labrador. He has far too many but I don’t care, I get a kick out of buying things for him. This is all well and good but in the past, I’ve made some seriously bad collar buying choices and I’ll tell you why.

My dog loves water. After all, he’s a Labrador and Labs just LOVE water, any water, the muddier the better. Consequently, there’s hardly a day goes by that Monty doesn’t get wet.....along with his collar! The only problem was, Monty’s collection of collars began to stink. Badly!

It took me about a year to figure out that the reason Monty’s collars smelled so bad was the fact that I quite simply bought the wrong type of collars. The wrong type of collar? is there such a thing? Believe it or not, there is. And here’s why.

Monty wearing his Spiffy Dog Air Collar
Monty wearing his Spiffy Dog Air Collar

Wet Collar + Warm Dog = Stink!

The unpleasant smell from a collar is caused by odor releasing bacteria. The combination of a damp collar and the warmth of your dog’s body is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. The problem is going to persist unless you 1) wash the collar thoroughly in very hot water every single time your dog wears it and 2) bath your dog every time he plays in water. I’m sure you’ll agree, most of us don’t have enough hours in our day to do these things.

The Solution

It’s a simple one and I admit to being slightly embarrassed that it took me a year to find it. If your dog loves playing in water, buy a collar that has been specifically designed with water loving dogs in mind.

These collars fall into two categories

Collars that are made from a non-absorbent material

Dublin Dog Collars make a range of gorgeous collars from synthetic polymers. These collars are quickly becoming the ‘must have’ collar for water loving dogs. The material they’re made from is a bit like the stuff used to make sports watch straps. Totally non-absorbent and very easy to wipe clean.

Collars that are made from ‘breathable’ materials

The second type of ‘non-stink’ collar is made from a breathable material that is commonly used in running shoes. This type of collar is a reasonably new addition to the market and they’re becoming very popular. They dry very quickly and this prevents odour-releasing bacteria from multiply and causing a nasty smell. The Spiffy Dog Air Collar is a great example of this type of collar.

My dog has both of these type of collars and after a couple of years wearing them, I’m happy to report that they are both STINK FREE!!!

The Dublin Dog Collar
The Dublin Dog Collar

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Nature by Dawn 5 years ago

Great information! I have a Lab too and she would really benefit from these collars. :0)


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leshey 5 years ago from England Author

Thanks and I'm pleased that you found it useful :-)


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Simple Pet Care 5 years ago

I'm looking to get a Newfoundland (a distant cousin of your sweet lab) and they're pretty big water fanatics. I browsed the collar isle the other day and had no idea where to start. Thanks for posting this it definitely helps! Monty is a pretty awesome looking dog, I love chocolate labs.


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leshey 5 years ago from England Author

Thanks for the compliment about Monty! He's a real character. Full of mischief but a real gentleman. I love Newfoundlands. Monty went to puppy class with a gorgeous Newfoundland. Even as a pup it was huge! Gorgeous dogs. You can't go wrong with either the Dublin Dog Collar or the Spiffy Dog Air. One thing I would say is I wouldn't recommend the Dublin for a dog that pulls badly on the lead. Hopefully that won't be an issue with your dog though!


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Simple Pet Care 5 years ago

Oh I hope not either, we ran into a lady at Petsmart once who had a 140 pound Newfie pulling her everywhere. Definitely not a dog that you should let get away with that kind of stuff! Thankfully I'm looking to get my trained and certified as a therapy dog so I'm hoping it will be well behaved - but I'm sure it'll be mischievous just like Monty. Dogs sure have a way of having their own quirks ;) The best part is that we have a 13 pound wiener dog right now, and just imagining how that pair together will look makes me laugh.

Thanks for the follow and the collar recommendations. There's a lot of lakes and ponds in Utah for a water dog to enjoy, I'm glad I won't be replacing collars as often!


Jason 5 years ago

Great feedback and the folks here at Dublin Dog were really pleased to see your post. We've made great strides in the new materials being used and you'll find the pull strength of our new collars is over 1,200 lbs. Great video shot last week to demonstrate that: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5N6HUx7iijY


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leshey 5 years ago from England Author

Simple Pet Care, it's great to hear that you'r going to get your dog trained as a therapy dog. I'm sure they'll be superb at it! I love the idea of it but after spending too long with Monty, people NEED therapy! He's a lovely boy really....just a bit lively but I wouldn't change a single thing about him :)

I'd love to see a photo of your Newfie and wiener dog together when the time comes!


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leshey 5 years ago from England Author

You're welcome Jason. I'm a huge fan Of Dublin Dog Collars. As for the video...Wow! Now that's the way to test the strength of a collar. I'll put a link to your video in my hub if it's okay with you?

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