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And Now, We Review a Sampling of Summer Dog Collars

My Boston Terrier, Ace, had a blast testing a variety of collars sent our way by Wayfair.com.

 |  Jul 23rd 2013  |   7 Contributions


Summer is in full swing, and for many Americans this means long, hot days playing or lying around in the sunshine. While you or I may feel fashionable in a sundress or pair of shorts, how do canines flaunt their (owners’) style when they’re already panting under all that fur? By switching up their collars!

Although Ace is a small dog -- a Boston Terrier -- there are fewer things she despises more than wearing clothing, so when she’s not modeling for this column she’s usually naked –- except for her collar. She is well known amongst her family and friends for sporting a different collar every week, which I change after her Sunday afternoon bath so she can start the week off fabulously. I get to keep Ace safe and adorable, and she gets to avoid being dressed up like a furry doll.

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Fancy clothes have no place on the beach.

So when the folks at Wayfair.com offered to send some samples from its dog collection, I wanted to see if they could satisfy the discerning eye of this collar connoisseur. Wayfair.com is known as a one-stop Internet shop for stylish, modern products for your home, like furniture and décor. They also have a HUGE collection of products for pets that capture a similar modern aesthetic.

Like a kid in a candy store, I wanted to try a little taste of everything! I found Wayfair.com’s dog products to be well-organized, and the website is cleanly designed and easy to navigate. I appreciate that they’ve curated a selection of attractive products at a variety of price levels -– while not every item was within my budget, it was easy to find several that were affordable and still totally cute.  

Here are five collars I chose from Wayfair.com that reminded me of summer: colorful, stylish, and fun.

1. George SF, Doggy Dots Cotton Dog Collar ($28.95 to $32.95)

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This collar is more stylish than any of my own clothing! I love everything about it: the vivid colors, the simple design, and that it is made in the U.S.A. by a San Francisco-based company. It features metal hardware and a plastic buckle.

2. Planet Dog, Cozy Hemp Adjustable Collar ($18.95 to $19.95)

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“Cozy” is not often associated with “durable,” but this collar by Planet Dog combines both in your choice of earth tones. I would not recommend this collar for small dogs because the fleece lining doubles back when the collar is adjusted, making it rather bulky. Instead, try the Small Hemp Dog Collar, a similar collar minus the fleece.

3. Ruffwear, Top Rope Dog Collar, Metolius Blue ($29.95)

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This collar has lots of practical features for active dogs, including a strong seatbelt-like buckle, a silicone tag silencer, and a separate metal ring to which to attach a leash. I own other Ruffwear products, and this collar is similarly durable and attractively designed. I think owners of outdoorsy medium and large dogs could really take advantage of all this collar has to offer.

4. Yellow Dog Design, Green Daisy Standard Collar ($11.99 to $13.01)

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Pretty pink-and-white daisies brighten a grass green background on this polyester collar. Yellow Dog Design’s collars are made in the U.S.A. come in a variety of designs. This is a great basic collar that looks like it would hold up wash after wash.

5. Zack and Zoey, Flutter Bugs Bumble Bee Dog Collar ($26.57 to $31.98)

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How precious is this design? I like that the plastic hardware matches the orange flowers. The bright, contrasting colors pop against Ace’s brown fur. This collar is out of stock right now, but never fear: I found it on other major pet retail sites and at less than one third of the price. 

Dogster Scorecard for Wayfair.com:

  • Quality: All collars reviewed were solidly constructed and met my high Ace standards.
  • Style: Wayfair.com’s selection of dog products is modern and fashionable.
  • Function: Although the Wayfair.com website features a seemingly endless collection of products, it was easy to navigate.
  • Creativity: There’s something for everyone here, and in a variety of price ranges.
  • Value: Four of the five collars were competitively priced, and Wayfair.com offers free shipping on orders over $49.

Bottom line

Wayfair.com’s huge selection of dog products will help your dog –- and by extension, you –- stay modern and stylish within your budget.

Dogster readers, what are your dogs' favorite summer accessories? Which websites do you turn to for a wide variety of quality dog products? Share your experiences in the comments.

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