“ Manufacturer: 3 Peaks / Type: Dog Collar „
3 Peaks Dog Collar
When it was time to replace my dogs collar I really wanted to get the exact same Rogz version he had but unfortunately Rogz collars can be a little bit of a nightmare to get a hold of. Therefore, in the end after shopping around in Pet's At Home and in need of a collar more or less immediately we finally picked up the 3 Peaks Black Xtreem Trek Dog Collar as pictured above.
Initially what attracted me to the collar was the padded look and feel to it, which is something I hadn't really noticed in collars before. It looked like it would be comfortable to wear and although my dog isn't that much of a puller when he's on a lead I always worry that when he does pull he might end up hurting his neck. So I thought a bit of extra padding would definitely be a good thing.
As far as I am aware the collar only comes in black with a reflective trim which again was another selling point for me, as sometimes I take my dog out very early in the morning when it is still pitch dark around us. Therefore, any added reflective gear that I can get for him or for me is always an added bonus.
The collar was not overly expensive, I paid £8.99 for a large size and if my dog would have liked it more I would have been happy with the price. The collar feels sturdy and well made and doesn't feel at all cheap or poor quality. We usually end up changing collars about once a year and I'm sure this collar would not have been any different, it feels substantial enough to last even with getting a tad grubby.
One thing about the collar that I did feel was a bit gimmicky was the inbuilt dog tag. It's a pull out segment that you could write your dog's name, phone number or whether or not your dog has been chipped. It was the only part of the collar that I thought felt and looked a little cheap but it could certainly come in handy for some people.
The 3 peaks collar as with all the majority of other collars comes in a range of sizes from small to extra large and the range of sizes combines with the adjustability of the collar itself means I'm sure it will be possible to find something to suit nearly all dogs breeds and sizes. The collar also has a chunky clip and generally looks quite sturdy.
Personally I didn't have a problem with this collar I was quite happy to take it home and put it on my eagerly awaiting dog. However, he had a completely different opinion of the collar. He didn't like it, I left it on him hoping that he would get used to the difference in weight and feeling to his old Rogz collar. But after only three days of wearing the 3 peaks collar I came downstairs one morning to find that he had taken it off and destroyed it, with the sorry looking remains of the collar laying in the corner of the kitchen in tatters. He'd made his decision. So back on went his old collar until I could find yet another replacement and hopefully another Rogz.
To sum, the 3 peaks dog collar isn't necessarily a bad purchase it just wasn't something that our dog enjoyed wearing. Therefore from me and my labradoodle the collar only gets three out of five stars despite it being reasonably made and good quality.
I bought two of these collars one of each of my two Irish Setters, from a well know pet store a couple of months ago. At first they looked fantastic, felt strong and looked comfortable for my two boys. I like that it had a emergency contact details on a tag that pulled out of the collar. However, after a couple of months one of the emergency contact tags fell off. Then the silver reflective bands have started to come off the collars. Now they both look scruffy and cheap, nothing like they should look like. I have to conclude unfortunately that these collars are more design than quality which is a real shame. I will have to see what the stores returns policy is like and look for two new collars again.
I liked the look of this collar when I was buying doggie bits and pieces for our new arrival, so bought it for £6.99 from Pets At Home.
I got the large size (51-56cm or 20-22in) initially, but although our dog is a big hooligan, he's apparently not _that_ big. I must overestimate his magnitude, when faced by his boisterous, undeniably _there_ presence. Anyway I took it back and got the medium sized one instead (42-47cm or 16.5-18.5in). This fitted His Chompiness perfectly. The collar also comes in small (30-36cm/12-14in) and extra large (61-66cm/24-26in).
The collar is made from nylon, which gives it strength and flexibility. It is adjustable, using velcro (although not so adjustable that a large will fit a medium-necked dog) and padded.
It clips together, using the sort of plastic clip you'd find on a rucksack. This makes it quick to fasten or unfasten, although some reviewers elsewhere have apparently had issues with it: it doesn't always stay together and their dogs have escaped. I haven't found a problem with it with Mr Chompy, although I can't say I take the collar on and off much - he wears it most of the time, so the clip hasn't lost any strength (if that's been the cause of trouble for others). He looks most bemused and unhappy if you take it off, as though you've pinched his bonio. It hasn't ever come undone by itself for us, fortunately, and he does give the collar a good work-out as he's a puller (he is getting better, mind, but still seems to be of the opinion we should go everywhere at 90 miles an hour and in the direction of his choosing).
The grey padding means he's comfortable, even when attempting to strangle himself or when it's been wet - he's never shown any signs of it rubbing or hurting him.
Part of the attraction of the collar for me was the reflective trim, that encircles the collar. As we live where there are no street-lights, I liked the idea of a bit of visibility added to the dog for walks at night or in poor weather. It's only thin strips of reflective material showing, I guess, but it's a bit better. This trim shows some signs of wear, fraying in places, so hasn't stood up all that well to use. Admittedly Mr Chompy goes swimming in salt water and plunges through undergrowth, but that's what dogs do, and the look & marketing of the collar is very much "rugged, outdoor lifestyle", so I did expect better. It's not ruined by any means, just not as smart as it was.
The collar has a sturdy grey metal loop to attach a lead and an in-built ID tag. This is a piece of stretchy white material, that you draw out using the tab, handily marked with 'pull'! On it, you can write in your dog's details so if he goes AWOL, his rescuers (hostages, in our dog's case) can return him to you (dammit!) I've just written it with biro and that has sufficed, without wearing off or smudging, although permanent marker is probably the best idea. There's enough space to write name, address and phone number as long as you write reasonably neatly. The tag then retracts inside, so the dog doesn't have anything hanging off his collar, which I think is a good idea.
All in all, I'm happy with this dog collar, and so is Mr Chompy. If you like the look of it, it makes a nice sturdy collar for your problematic pooch.