We recently asked our Ambassadors Devin and Pat to test out the Ruffwear Crag Dog Collar with Bella. Here’s their review –
As Backcountry-K9 Ambassadors, we’ve been lucky to have now acquired several specialized collars with specific functions. For example, the Stunt Puppy Go Dog Glo high-visibility and reflective collar for hunting season and low-light conditions, and Dublin Dog’s KOA dry dog collar for fly fishing. However, no matter how many awesome collars Bella has in her wardrobe, there is no doubt that every dog needs that one go-to collar that is functional for a wide variety of purposes. Bella’s old, trusty everyday collar had worn out a bit during our frequent adventuring, so Backcountry K-9 sent us another they thought we might like to try: Ruffwear’s Crag Dog Collar.
At first, we were a skeptical of the alternative style talon-hook as opposed to a traditional buckle. We have several Ruffwear leashes and harnesses that incorporate these specially designed talon-hooks, and while exceptionally secure and strong, we find they sometimes take an extra moment to buckle and unbuckle. We’ve been using the Crag Dog Collar for a couple of months now, and have been impressed with how easy the clip is to use in collar form. When I first get home from work during the week, I am able to buckle the clip easily with one hand as I hurry to get Bella out the door for a walk. The talon clip is the perfect balance of simplicity, ease of use, and strength and security. After miles on the trail, Bella hasn’t even come close to wiggling free out of the Crag Dog Collar. With no buckling mechanisms to fail, this might be the most secure collar you can possibly hope for. Additionally, you don’t have to worry about pinching skin (Bella has a slight ruff) or catching long fur as you might with a traditional buckle.
I have to admit, the ease of use of the buckle surprised me, so I headed over to Amazon to see what other reviewers had to say about the collar. Like me, nearly all reviewers reported that they were hesitant at first with the talon clip, but they ended up loving it in the end.
Other benefits? This is the lightest weight Ruffwear collar we have tried, yet it still has the features you love in Ruffwear collars: tag silencer, super sturdy leash attachment point, extra loop for tags, and strong snag-proof webbing. The only feature this collar is missing is reflective trim, so if that is a deal-breaker for you, this might not be the right collar for your pup. Additionally, as with all Ruffwear collars, be careful of the plastic tag holder, as we’ve found Bella has been able to snap these off while wiggling under wire fences. If your dog doesn’t encounter wire fences during his or her travels, then you most likely have nothing to fear.
Finally, at $19.95, this is one of the most affordable collars Ruffwear currently makes! Bottom line: Don’t be afraid of the alternative buckle, this might just be the perfect collar for the perfect dog in your life.
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