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Headwater™ Collar
waterproof, stink-proof, reflective
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The Ruffwear Headwater Collar is waterproof and stinkproof, making it ideal for dogs that frequent the water or live in wet climates. The coated webbing is flexible, yet waterproof and non-absorbent - solving the wet, stinky collar problem. A reflective pattern on the collar provides visibility in low-light conditions.
  
  
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5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Simba

Date of Review: 9/19/2014

We kick up our paws in: San Diego

My canine companion(s): Golden Retriver

Love it!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

I've had this collar on my dog for over a year and haven't washed it! Previous collars would require washing at least once a month and extended soaking in soapy water to get clean. If this collar gets muddy or sandy I can rinse or wipe it off in under a minute and it never stinks. The dog tag and leash attachment points in different spots is also great.

4 out of 5

Dog's Name: Ukee

Date of Review: 9/8/2014

We kick up our paws in: Vancouver Island, BC

My canine companion(s): Sherpherd cross

very positive

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

if you regularly take your dog swimming, get this collar. There's certainly a couple of small things that I would update on the design but those are cosmetic, not functional. I have already recommended this collar to several dog owners at the beach.

4 out of 5

Dog's Name: Firefly

Date of Review: 9/5/2014

We kick up our paws in: Springfield, VA

My canine companion(s): Australian Shepherds

well made and waterproof

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Only complaint is that the male end of the clip is attached to the collar in such a way that it won't lie straight. It should be attached so that it isn't at a 90 degree angle and doesn't stick out from the dog's neck.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Aliah

Date of Review: 8/25/2014

We kick up our paws in: Kauai, Hawaii

My canine companion(s): Blue Pit Bull Terrier

Great product

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Living on an island that also has the wettest spot on earth I've had all kinds of collars for my dogs, and they rusted, got rotten,stinky or moldy, I like this collar cause I don't need to worry anymore and it also has the silencer for the tags and it has reflective markings, I take me dog all over this island and we come back home late at night from our adventures,all these features work out great for my dog.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Lucy

Date of Review: 8/25/2014

We kick up our paws in: Seattle

My canine companion(s): Lab mix

so far, so good!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

We had been washing our dog's previous collars to the point where you couldn't really get the stink out, and the reflector threads were coming out. So far, with a few days at the lake she's doing great and stink-free. A little stiff when adjusting the collar at first, but nothing worth downgrading the collar for.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Bear

Date of Review: 8/20/2014

We kick up our paws in: Palm City, Florida

My canine companion(s): English Lab

Perfect

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Bear loves to swim and with this collar we don't have to worry about it drying and having any odors like other cotton based collars. I also really like the tag loop that keeps the tags from clanking together, especially helpful in the early morning when Bear is up and we are not.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Remedy & Alley

Date of Review: 8/18/2014

We kick up our paws in: Denver

My canine companion(s): Border Collies

Perfect!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

During the summers my dogs would live in the water if they could. Their previous collars would begin to stink like something horrible. These spiffy new collars remain odor free.

4 out of 5

Dog's Name: Wren

Date of Review: 8/12/2014

We kick up our paws in: Utah

My canine companion(s): English Pointer

Excellent for water

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

This collar is wonderful for the water and mud. It is odorless and very easy to wipe clean. I have a high energy dog and he caught his tags and the quick ring pulled off. Luckily I saw where it landed. So we now put the tags on the main v ring. This would only happen with a very high energy dog that runs through brush.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Tessa

Date of Review: 7/28/2014

We kick up our paws in: Maryland

My canine companion(s): black lab mix

wonderful!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Ingenius idea to have a waterproof collar that is easily washed/wiped down. It works great. This is now my dogs "swim collar." Other collars get worn out with all of the washing required when you have a lab-type dog. It's a little stiff at first, but comfortable, doesn't' have to be put on tightly. Also very nice to have dog tag and harness D-rings separate!

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Oakley

Date of Review: 7/24/2014

We kick up our paws in: Seattle

My canine companion(s): Griffon

OUTSTANDING

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

This collar is awesome! My dog is a high energy get muddy, run in the woods, constantly in and out of water, rough-housing, collar still looks like the day I bought it...stylish, durable, reflective, non stinky, great colors, just another outstanding product by RUFFWEAR!

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Thunder

Date of Review: 7/14/2014

We kick up our paws in: Florida

My canine companion(s): Sheltie

Excellent for the water

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

I switched to this collar because my Sheltie is always swimming or getting wet (kayaking, beach, pool) and this collar can stay on him while in the water. I use to worry about removing the collar and him getting loose without any id but now he is safe and secure. It is a perfect collar for being in the water or out.

3 out of 5

Dog's Name: Yoshi

Date of Review: 7/7/2014

We kick up our paws in: Bakersfield, CA

My canine companion(s): vizsla

too stiff

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

I like this collar for the dog park as it doesn't hold the dirt that we used to come home with. But it is too stiff. It looks like it still wants to be flat when it is on Yoshi. And I'm not sure its good to have something impermeable on a dog in the heat here (107 today). So I use it at the dog park and switch to his Ruffwear Hoopie collar at home. Very well made, and I love having the extra attachment for license and name tag, separate from the leash attachment.

2 out of 5

Dog's Name: Shadow

Date of Review: 7/7/2014

We kick up our paws in: NJ

My canine companion(s): Lab - retired MWD from Iraq

Did not like

Would you recommend this product?.: No

Sent it back, got refund. Did not like the material. Will order a new regular ruff wear collar instead -- we have had several and liked them

4 out of 5

Dog's Name: Canelle

Date of Review: 6/29/2014

We kick up our paws in: Sherby

My canine companion(s): Golden

Nice !

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Is juste to bad the Medim and Large or to big for my Dog!!! enable to find small one !!!!! why???? I can't wait to try one if they decide to make small one for my dog!

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Ginger

Date of Review: 6/26/2014

We kick up our paws in: Hull, MA

My canine companion(s): Lab mix

Amazing!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Great for a dog that swims all the time! Doesn't start to smell like her regular one did!

4 out of 5

Dog's Name: Shiloh

Date of Review: 6/9/2014

We kick up our paws in: Union Beach, NJ

My canine companion(s): Vizsla

Love it

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Great collar but like everyone else said it is stiff but loosens up. Wish that was a little different but it has been great so far. We just rinse it off and have no worries about it.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Quigley

Date of Review: 6/3/2014

We kick up our paws in: San Francisco

My canine companion(s): Australian Cattle Dog

GREAT!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

So nice, and the color really stands out so we can see him in the water! ~ a little stiff but with time, we're sure it'll flex down.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: lily

Date of Review: 6/2/2014

We kick up our paws in: brownsville tx

My canine companion(s): labs

love it.

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

It does not retain odors , stinkless bliss. I use it primarily for dogs tags. I question the material strength compared to traditional weave or rope collar, but I have not had any issues. Highly recommend for constant wet dogs.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Cletus

Date of Review: 5/3/2014

We kick up our paws in: Maine

My canine companion(s): Rottweiler

This collar is the answer.

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Cletus swims most days as soon as the ice is out. This is his second year with the Headwater collar. Though the colar is a little stiff to start, it lays flat nicely after use. We LOVE this collar and reccomend it to anyone who hase a dog that swims a lot....or has stinky collar syndrome. This collar is the answer.

4 out of 5

Dog's Name: Kyna

Date of Review: 4/24/2014

We kick up our paws in: San Francisco

My canine companion(s): Irish Water Spaniel

Very Good!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Kyna swims most days and this collar has been great. I like the collar material and leash ring. The material is somewhat stiff which causes the collar to not lie flat. Overall we are both satisfied.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Bella

Date of Review: 4/23/2014

We kick up our paws in: Windham, NH

My canine companion(s): Standard Poodle

Perfect

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Perfect as far as collars go. The leash hook is large.

4 out of 5

Dog's Name: Cody and Seely

Date of Review: 4/9/2014

We kick up our paws in: San Diego CA

My canine companion(s): Rott/Lab and Lab/Border Collie

so far so good

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

For the older dog, the collar fits better (although a bit small and I got medium and he's a medium dog..so not sure of exact sizing) and it definitely works as stated about not smelling after multiple water days (salt water especially). I'm not sure he's as comfortable with it compared to his other Ruffwear collar, but seems ok. The puppy collar doesn't fit well at all - he's still growing, but it's super stiff and doesn't sit well on him. I should have waited until he was bigger (he's a Rott/lab and 5 months) so my fault, but I would have used a better form fitting collar that was more comfortable for him. So, if you purchase this, make sure it will fit your dog, otherwise it looks and sits funny on them and isn't as comfortable for them since the material is super stiff. Once he's older, it will be fine, I hope. ;) I would recommend this to anyone who's dog gets a lot of baths or swims a ton.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Gypsy

Date of Review: 3/31/2014

We kick up our paws in: North Texas

My canine companion(s): Aussie

works great for SAR

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Gypsy is my search dog. Sometimes that work can get pretty grungy. When we work I put this collar on her and if we get messy, it cleans up quickly.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Shandy

Date of Review: 3/31/2014

We kick up our paws in: West Chester, PA

My canine companion(s): Golden Retriever

Intrigued

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

When we first received the collar, I was intrigued by it's choice of fabic. It's almost like a GoreTex kind of material. We live on a farm and needless to say, her other collar stunk within a few weeks. This one has already outlasted it and it still looks brand new!

4 out of 5

Dog's Name: Tucker & Tobi

Date of Review: 2/19/2014

We kick up our paws in: Chickasha, Oklahoma

My canine companion(s): A Chocolate Labrador Retriever and a Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Great

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

I bought this collar before taking a rafting trip. It was great and never had to worry about my Lab jumping in the water. However, once we got back, him and our Corgi played, the Corgi bit the collar and it snapped clean in half. It was great while it lasted though!

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Mousse

Date of Review: 2/3/2014

We kick up our paws in: hilton head south carolina

My canine companion(s): chocolate lab

excellent

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

2nd ruffwear collar for our dog. Well made, and best of all, does not retain odor. Mousse goes to the beach and swims and retrieves every day and the ruffwear collar is outstanding. I like the new designed leash attachment. you have a great product.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Bubu

Date of Review: 1/31/2014

We kick up our paws in: Hawaii

My canine companion(s): Yellow Lab

Good

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

My dog is always in the water and stinks up the collar. So far, this collar has been low odor and doesn't look like it will fray like the old one.

3 out of 5

Dog's Name: Gus

Date of Review: 1/26/2014

We kick up our paws in: Vancouver, BC

My canine companion(s): 2 German Shorthaired Pointers

Good Product, great for our two dogs that are on the trails, in the mud and water everyday.

Would you recommend this product?.: No

I did really like this collar, we had it for a couple of months but my dog came out of the forest without it! I'm not sure how it fell off/broke? I'm not sure if I can recommend it or not, maybe ours was just faulty.

2 out of 5

Dog's Name: Boomer

Date of Review: 1/24/2014

We kick up our paws in: Ontario Canada

My canine companion(s): Brittany & a small mix

No size small

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

I really love the idea of this collar but the medium is too large for our small dog and even our medium size dog. I would love to see this collar in size small! Also purple and blue would be great colors to see. I said I would recommend this collar, but only for larger dog

4 out of 5

Dog's Name: Izzy

Date of Review: 1/6/2014

We kick up our paws in: New Orleans

My canine companion(s): English chocolate lab

Good

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Collar is thin, durable but not as flexible as I had hoped it would be. I read the reviews before purchasing and hope as the other customer that it will soften up in time. I love that it doesn't smell which will be perfect with our pool.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Diezel

Date of Review: 12/19/2013

We kick up our paws in: Boston

My canine companion(s): Lab Mix

Fantastic!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Was using traditional collars on my puppy for several months. Would come home dirty and were hard to clean and adjust. This collar is great. Easy to clean, no smell after hours of puppy playing, and easy to adjust at any time to fit my dog. Highly recommend.

3 out of 5

Dog's Name: Jasper

Date of Review: 12/18/2013

We kick up our paws in: Medicine Hat, AB

My canine companion(s): Golden Retriever

Good however

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

I like this product however a few tweaks need to be made to the adjustment system. The way the collar material goes through the buckle on one side of the collar clip is just unnatural and makes the collar not sit right. If that was fixed it would be a perfect collar.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Major

Date of Review: 12/14/2013

We kick up our paws in: Virginia

My canine companion(s): Golden

Excellent

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Light weight, water repellent, doesn't smell, easy fitting!

4 out of 5

Dog's Name: Daisy

Date of Review: 12/5/2013

We kick up our paws in: Rural America

My canine companion(s): Malamute

Very Good

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Very nice collar. Great for my water loving service dog. In her free time she loves ANYTHING to do with water; snow, swimming, splashing, etc. This collar has no smell and wipes dry if we need it clean and dry NOW. The *only* issue we had was in a crisis situation. My service dog was tethered to go potty in a backyard at a campsite. Our hosts decided rather loudly and abusively they wanted our family to leave immediately. My young daughter got scared and asked to wait in the car. I started loading the car in a panic. My service dog, a 90 lb malamute mix, met me in the car on one of my return trips. She had somehow broken the back of the buckle bracket to free herself so she could load in the car and wait with my daughter. I don't fault Ruffwear for this extreme circumstance but they did replace the collar anyway. We still use the replacement often and love it. The highly reflective details are a big bonus.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Kodiak

Date of Review: 12/2/2013

We kick up our paws in: Boston N.Y.

My canine companion(s): Lab

Excellent

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Great product. Our dog loves the water and his old nylon color didn't fare so well when wet. There is no stretch in the new one and it doesn't stink when wet. Highly recommend this collar. Now if you could only invent something to stop his obnoxious offensive farts we would be all good.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Dexter

Date of Review: 11/11/2013

We kick up our paws in: Connecticut

My canine companion(s): Labs

Exceptional

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Wonderful collar for our Labs who walk with us on our local trails and swim in the ponds. Non irritating and prevents any infections from moist collars after a swim..

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Tip O'Neill

Date of Review: 10/22/2013

We kick up our paws in: Dickson TN

My canine companion(s): Border Collie mix

Excellent

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

This is my second purchase of RuffWear, Collar and Leash. They are by far the best I've ever bought,the ring on the collar is ultra durable(doesn't pull apart and the clasp of the leash is extremely strong). As well, Tip likes to play with leash and due to its' durability ther are no signs of wear and tear.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Tate

Date of Review: 10/10/2013

We kick up our paws in: California

My canine companion(s): Labrador Retriever & Corelian Bear Dog

Perfect collar for water dogs

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

I bought this collar for my lab who swims every night in our pond after playing fetch. Her collar was always stinky until I found the headwater collar. We love it. I also love the "no jingle" plastic piece to keep the tags from making noise. I just bought this collar for my son's dog who lives in Alaska. He is a Corelian Bear Dog. I think it will be the perfect collar for an active dog in Alaska.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Tesoro

Date of Review: 10/8/2013

We kick up our paws in: CA/UT

My canine companion(s): Black Lab

Perfect for a water dog

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

I will still give 5 stars. It is not reflective but I got it for the claim of no stinky collars. I have had this on Tesoro since I got it in June. We travelled all summer up the CA,OR and WA coast. Then to Lake CDA ID. The pup was in water camping heaven all summer and the collar looks like the day I got it and no stinky! Pretty orange color, strong enough for the happy Lab drag to the water. Light weight yes, but strong. Don't be put off buy the feel it is very durable. Thank you Ruff Wear.

1 out of 5

Dog's Name: Finn

Date of Review: 8/15/2013

We kick up our paws in: Nicaragua

My canine companion(s): Australian Shepard

Great Collar for Central America!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

I bought this collar 10 months ago for my now 2 year old Aussie Finn. I live in Nicaragua on the beach so Finn is either swimming in the water, rolling in the sand or getting into something all the time! This collar is perfect for water dogs and even after 10 months, it is in perfect shape. I've never had issue with it smelling either! The initial stiffness that many people talk about goes away once the dog wears it some - just like a pair of new shoes :)

4 out of 5

Dog's Name: Nala

Date of Review: 8/15/2013

We kick up our paws in: Iowa

My canine companion(s): Boxer Mix

Perfect for the most active dog on the planet

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

This was exactly the collar I was looking for. Nala LOVES water, dirt, snow, mud, you name it, (even the occasional pile of animal poo) and her previous collars were almost never on her neck because they were drying off somewhere after a good scrubbing. I wouldn't say this collar is indestructible, Nala has managed to get the black ID tag holder to fall off and now the "ruffwear" label is almost all the way off. But then I suppose most dogs are not as psycho as she. We, however, will be ordering a replacement since this one lasted a year. (That's the longest she's worn any collar.)

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: bear and boone

Date of Review: 8/13/2013

We kick up our paws in: kentucky

My canine companion(s): blue heeler

Noteworthy

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

If you have blue heelers you know they seek out anything to get them selves dirty and no other collar holds a candle to this one if your dogs are the same. slightly stiff when you first fit the collar, but molds to the neck within a few days. Very light and durable with a few clever ideas, the tag silencer on the separate tag ring is very nice. no more pulling tags off because you put the leash on the wrong ring. The collar stays exceptionally clean and and never holds water. It also will not stink or wear spots into the fur.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Jax

Date of Review: 8/5/2013

We kick up our paws in: State College Pa.

My canine companion(s): Black Lab

Great

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Great collar for my swimming Black Lab. Easily adjusts. I was using a chain type collar because I couldn't find any non-fabric ones for the water.

4 out of 5

Dog's Name: Cici

Date of Review: 7/23/2013

We kick up our paws in: IN

My canine companion(s): Lab Mix

Decent

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

The description isn't quite straight-forward when stating "coated webbing"; it is a very rubberized collar. The fact that it wasn't what I first expected aside, the collar is great and very sturdy. The V-ring is great and the collar is super easy to clean if it gets muddy. No stink, despite my dog swimming and sweating.

4 out of 5

Dog's Name: Ivan

Date of Review: 7/9/2013

We kick up our paws in: Pa

My canine companion(s): giant mut

stoked

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

its a great collar that holds up much better than most other rubberized collars

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Ryan

Date of Review: 7/9/2013

We kick up our paws in: Lookout Mountain, TN

My canine companion(s): Golden Retriever

LOVE IT

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

most dog collars I see are made of some sort of fabric, which over time stinks. This product is rubber and will never stink. Looks cool and works well with our Ruffwear Slackline Leash.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Maxie & Sophie

Date of Review: 7/2/2013

We kick up our paws in: Eastern Mass

My canine companion(s): Laboradoddles

This is the best collar ever!!!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

My dogs love the water warm or cold. The collar works so great I got one as a gift for Maxie's brother who is owned by family friends.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Chase

Date of Review: 6/24/2013

We kick up our paws in: Virginia

My canine companion(s): Golden Retriever

Awesome

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Absolutely the best collar ever. Waterproof, quiet, no stink and no hot spots from a damp neck. He has been wearing it a little over a year now.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Ollie

Date of Review: 6/2/2013

We kick up our paws in: Maine

My canine companion(s): Boxer/Golden

Great

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Awesome collar, Durable and super reflective so I can see him at night.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Bailey

Date of Review: 4/30/2013

We kick up our paws in: Princeton, NJ

My canine companion(s): Chocolate Labordor Retriever

Excellant

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Bailey is in the water every day (winter & summer). Every time she enters into the water I've had to take her collar off from her. I've look all over for a strong waterproof collar for her. This collar fits the bill, she can go into the water and I don't have to worry about her collar getting lose, wet and smelly.

4 out of 5

Dog's Name: Flicker

Date of Review: 4/24/2013

We kick up our paws in: Cape Cod

My canine companion(s): mix

mostly good

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

I like this collar except that it is hard to adjust. If it is loose enough not to bind on her short neck when she is "lounging," she can back out of it on walks. I need a buckle type collar. Otherwise it is really nice- I love the separate loops for tags and for leash. The leash attachment is large and easy to find. She is in Boston Harbor or Nantucket Sound every day and this collar does not absorb water or get stiff like the leather collars did.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Gunnar and Mary Kate

Date of Review: 3/29/2013

We kick up our paws in: WI and FL

My canine companion(s): yellow Labs

great

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

love this collar...the dogs are in the Gulf or Lake almost daily and it is so nice to have a collar that we can leave on..

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Bella

Date of Review: 3/28/2013

We kick up our paws in: Monterey Bay

My canine companion(s): English Lab

Love it!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

I purchased this collar for my lab last summer prior to spending a few weeks camping at different lakes and streams and didn't want a stinky collar that would take a long time to dry out. Who wants that in their tent? It is the best collar we have ever owned. Even after a 10 months it looks new and doesn't smell. It was stiff at first but it molded to our dogs neck and fits perfectly.

4 out of 5

Dog's Name: Rainie and Easel

Date of Review: 3/11/2013

We kick up our paws in: Ogden, Utah

My canine companion(s): Border Collie/Husky, Border Collie/Pyranese

Great!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

We are avid kayakers and rafters and so are our dogs by default. We got them each one of these collars and they have worked fine. They are easy to clean and don't stay wet for days or start smelling. I didn't realize they would be more of a rubbery plastic material, but it hasn't been a problem. They were a little stiff at first but after about a week they were just fine. The dogs don't seem to notice that they are any different than the old collars. Size wise, it won't work for smaller dogs. I have a puppy who is incredibly furry so the medium stays on but if he had short hair it wouldn't work until he was older (he is currently 18 lbs).

1 out of 5

Dog's Name: missy

Date of Review: 3/4/2013

We kick up our paws in: seattle

My canine companion(s): lab

was surprised as its not the quality I expected from ruffwear

Would you recommend this product?.: No

cheap and the worst part is that it doesnt lay flat - the part that goes into the one side of the buckle almost looks wrong and its just stupid. fits terrible and looks worse

3 out of 5

Dog's Name: BB

Date of Review: 2/18/2013

We kick up our paws in: MA

My canine companion(s): Mini Labradoodle

Good, not for small dogs :(

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

I don't know why these are made only for larger dog breeds. I have a mini labradoodle and she LOVES water. I bought one and had to reconstruct it to fit my 15 lb dog. Ruffwear should pay attention to small active dogs too! I would recommend this product ONLY for large dogs.

1 out of 5

Dog's Name: maddox

Date of Review: 2/16/2013

We kick up our paws in: north carolina

My canine companion(s): lab mix rescue

lacking

Would you recommend this product?.: No

why is there no small sized collar. my dog is a small lab-mix rescue and will not get any larger than 30lbs. He's as capable as any dog i've had but the medium collar is too big on him- especially when he's being active.

1 out of 5

Dog's Name: Jax

Date of Review: 2/15/2013

We kick up our paws in: Indiana

My canine companion(s): Doberman

Not what I expected

Would you recommend this product?.: No

This collar is definitely waterproof and reflective, but I was not expecting it to be basically tough plastic. It's pretty stiff and just was not what I was looking for. I think if you have a dog who is in the water all the time and a lightweight collar is what you are looking for this would be great. I was thinking it would be a more typical collar (weight / construction) with reflective properties and fast drying. Description just didn't convey to me how different it would be, so isn't going to work for us.

4 out of 5

Dog's Name: Miss Jackson and Hershey

Date of Review: 2/7/2013

We kick up our paws in: Carlsbad, CA

My canine companion(s): Labs

Nice Product, Practical

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

These are nice colors and well built, as is all of the Ruff Wear product we have purchased over the years. However, for us, it doesn't work. Collar is stiff, due to it's waterproof fabric and this caused it to sit off of the dogs' neck. I found I could use their Hoopie Collars and wash them after the beach days and I preferred the softness of the fabric on the Hoopie over the Headwater.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Foster

Date of Review: 1/15/2013

We kick up our paws in: Atlanta, GA

My canine companion(s): Australian Shepard

Great, long-lasting collar!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

This collar is fantastic! As the other reviews stated, it started out a bit stiff, but after wearing the collar a couple of weeks, it molded to my dog's neck. I love the water-proof aspect of it because I cannot keep Foster out of the water. Now I don't have to worry about him wearing a wet collar, it doesn't get dirty, and still looks brand new after wearing it for a month now. Definitely worth the money! My only critique would be to have a bigger selection of colors!

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Duke

Date of Review: 1/11/2013

We kick up our paws in: Albuquerque

My canine companion(s): Chocolate Lab

Very Nice

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

I just got my green headwater collar in the mail today. First impression: Thin, but Strong. I can see what people are talking about with it being somewhat stiff, but I think it will soften up a bit. I'm glad it isn't thicker or I'm not sure it would soften up. The color is great. I was nervous that it would be too big, as my dog's neck measured about 19.5 inches, but I sized up just in case. I'm glad I sized up because the fit is perfect (and quite adjustable). The adjustment mechanism of the collar seems pretty sturdy too, not likely to come loose either. Overall, I'm quite pleased. Now I just have to see if it starts smelling over time ;)

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Rhapsody aka Rhap

Date of Review: 12/25/2012

We kick up our paws in: NW Georgia

My canine companion(s): Border Collies and a Standard Poodle

Nice looking, sturdy product

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

My DockDogs' dock diving dog Rhapsody is stylish in this great looking bright green collar. Best part is the collar does not take hours to dry, nor does it get that nasty mildew smell! Great collar for a working or swimming dog!

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Winnie

Date of Review: 12/11/2012

We kick up our paws in: Boulder, CO

My canine companion(s): Black Lab Mix

This collar kicks butt!!!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

We love this color. We have it in green but any color looks great in person. It is easy to clean, doesn't smell and is simple to put on and take off. Winnie is allergic to nylon so the Hardwater collar is a great alternative. It does sit funny on the dogs neck at first but wares eventually for a perfect fit. We will definitely be buying another one of these! 100% worth the money!

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Louie, Rosie, and Franco

Date of Review: 10/24/2012

We kick up our paws in: Sullivan's Island, SC

My canine companion(s): Lab, Boxer mix, and Dinosaur

Best Collar We've Ever Used!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

We have very active large dogs - swimming in the ocean, rolling in dead fish on the beach, wrestling, etc - and never found a collar that would stand up to the abuse... Until now! Great product!

4 out of 5

Dog's Name: Luna

Date of Review: 10/11/2012

We kick up our paws in: Seattle, WA

My canine companion(s): German Shorthaired Pointer

great durability!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

We bought this collar shortly after it came out, previously used the hoopie collar. Living in Seattle with a dog that loves to swim, hike, and get very dirty we found ourselves replacing the hoopie collar far too often to keep it looking nice and clean. Our GSP has now had her new headwater collar in green for almost 5 months and it looks just as good as new and is completely stink-proof! It was a little stiff at first the only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5, but seems to have "softened" or molded to the shape of her neck after some time. I'm sure we'll be buying another one in a different color at some point :)

4 out of 5

Dog's Name: Ash

Date of Review: 9/21/2012

We kick up our paws in: Pottstown, PA

My canine companion(s): Black Lab

Nice Collar

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

A very nice looking collar. Although it's gotten wet, I think it's a little too early to comment on its unstinkability, as that usually takes time to build up.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Haley

Date of Review: 9/17/2012

We kick up our paws in: Seattle

My canine companion(s): GSP

Excellent

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Haley loves everything stinky, she rolls in all manner of things, dead star fish, poop, you name it. This collar is stink-proof, as advertised!

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Toby

Date of Review: 8/24/2012

We kick up our paws in: Ohio

My canine companion(s): Lhaso

Excellent

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

This has simply been the best collar I've ever used. My wife likes it because she likes the look, but I love it because it's very cleanable, yet totally duable. Toby loves the water, and his collar doesn't absorbe whatever he is swimming in

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Kyra

Date of Review: 8/13/2012

We kick up our paws in: MN

My canine companion(s): Lab

Very nice

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Most of the biothane type collars like these have the sharp edge on the end that is sewn down. This one doesn't which made it a winner in my book! Nothing to make the dog scratch and she doesn't mind having it on at all. Also, the collar itself if very light, but rigid enough that I feel confident it won't get caught on anything and twist (choking the dog...I've had it happen with the light nylon collars).

4 out of 5

Dog's Name: Scooter and Stella

Date of Review: 7/27/2012

We kick up our paws in: Oregon. . . but currently in Germany

My canine companion(s): beagle/schnauzer mix and Spinone

Versatile and Stink-Free!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

We have finally found a durable, reflective, easy to clean collar for our dogs. The collar fits our spinone perfectly, but is a little big for our smaller dog, and sits a bit strange on his neck, although he doesn't seem to mind or notice. We love that the collar is light, has a reflective design, and is easy to clean. We are an active family, and the collars have been great so far. No more stink, and no more noisy tags.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Crystal

Date of Review: 6/27/2012

We kick up our paws in: Massachusetts

My canine companion(s): Catahoula

Love it!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Product was just as advertised! And it doesn't jingle jingle!

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Cappie

Date of Review: 6/19/2012

We kick up our paws in: Texas hill country

My canine companion(s): Catahoula mix

No stink, really!

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

My mutt loves swimming and fishing the fresh water creeks in our area. This is by far the best collar yet. The stiffness of the material does soften over time. The quiet tag hook up works to cut down the jingle, and the leash hook is easy to find and hold. The color is staying bright. Thanks for the outstanding product for my country dog.

3 out of 5

Dog's Name: Thatcher/Scarlet

Date of Review: 5/29/2012

We kick up our paws in: Washington

My canine companion(s): Golden Retrievers

Great Idea, sits weirdly on dogs' neck's.

Would you recommend this product?.: No

While I love the overall idea of this collar, and will be using it for our lake and river adventures- its really stiff and somewhat akward on my dogs necks, both puppy (medium) and full grown (large). Again, I like the design and love the concept so we'll be keeping them, but I hope in the future they lay better on the dogs necks! I said I wouldnt recommend this product solely because of the strange way it sits on the necks-

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Sydney

Date of Review: 5/13/2012

We kick up our paws in: Berkshires in mass

My canine companion(s): Chocolate Lab

Very good

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Sydney is very active, goes to daycare when I work, swims and wrestles with her friends. Collars always came home smelly and filthy. This collar is easy to wash in the sink, and doesn't smell. Very sturdy. Cons.....doesn't sit like other collars because of material, doesn't bother her, just annoyed me at first. But it is the best collar out there for her lifestyle. We are satisfied.

4 out of 5

Dog's Name: Atlas

Date of Review: 4/26/2012

We kick up our paws in: Illinois, West-Central

My canine companion(s): Australian Cattle Dog

Durable, Good

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Pros: 1. The collar is durable, and water proof. 2. I see this collar lasting a very long time. Cons: 1. The collar doesn't lay nicely (as was previously said). That's because the material is rigid and plastic like (none of which bothers my dog). 2. The reflective material is... well... not very reflective. I purchased the fern green which contrasts really well but I feel like the reflective material is lacking. I don't think this would have been much of an issue if it weren't a selling point of the collar. Overall I'm happy I purchased this. My first Ruffwear product, and will certainly be buying more.

4 out of 5

Dog's Name: Jake

Date of Review: 4/19/2012

We kick up our paws in: Connecticut

My canine companion(s): Lab-Jack Russell mix

Functional

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

I love that my dog can wear this collar in the lake, and since it doesn't absorb water, it doesn't stay wet like other collars, so it doesn't get stinky. My only gripe is that since the material is a little rigid, and the hardwear is big compared to my 45lb dog, the adjustable part doesn't lay totally flat on his neck, which doesn't look great. And because it is positioned directly opposite the tag ring, I can't hide that part on the underside of the neck. Overall, a useful and attractive collar, though. Wish it came in blue.

5 out of 5

Dog's Name: Toby

Date of Review: 4/4/2012

We kick up our paws in: Ohio

My canine companion(s): Lhaso Apso

Awesome

Would you recommend this product?.: Yes!

Finally, a collar that looks great that is easy to clean and is no problem when it gets wet. I will buy one of these again. Much better than the cheap collars I used to buy.