The Tactical Dog Collar -- 2019
Seems “Tactical” is all the rage these days. Tac-lites, tac-visors, tac-shades, tac-knives, etc, etc. As a former Marine, I’m a fan…what can I say. I love the idea and having crawled through the mud and muck for 16+ years, I know how tough some of this stuff really is. Tactical dog collars…I wish I had thought of it. On the serious side, these collars are highly functional, quite safe, and bring the ability to personalize the collar that you don’t normally see. Want to add your pooch’s name -- you can do it. Need a “Do Not Pet” badge for your service dog…the tactical dog collar can accommodate this. All of this and they keep your dog safe too, and that’s the main point. Dogs are more than just pets -- they are our best friends and constant companions and most of us will do whatever it takes to keep them safe. For the ultimate in safety, check out our Tactical Dog Harness review.
You’ll find as you read through this site that I am a big fan of the Tactical items…it’s not just what they create and sell but they also test items as well. It’s always good to know that a Kong chew toy can withstand being run over by a 30 ton tank. I’m making that up, but you get the picture but then again, my dogs seem to be more destructive than a 30 ton tank.
You can’t ask for more reliable information about what to look for than from the Humane Society for details around fit and function. You could argue it’s a bit off topic but there is also an interesting site the details the exploits of “war dogs” where, of course, tactical dog gear got it’s start -- you can find this here.
How comfortable is the tactical dog collar?
Ask Fido. But seriously…ask him. Does he look like he hates it? Our dogs let us know when they are wearing a collar they hate. They try to chew it off (and often get the bottom jaw stuck in it), try to catch it on things…tree limbs, shelves, etc…to pull it off and, I swear, they talk to each other about it. I cannot count the times our dogs have been playing and a collar ends up in the dirt. If your dog is not comfortable wearing the collar, it will show.
How safe is the tactical dog collar?
Very safe -- that’s really the main point. The “I love my dog” market is huge and growing and the folks making the tactical collars realize this. They have created an amazing product that does a great job of keeping your dog safe. The collar will not accidentally unbuckle. It is thick enough so that you can tighten it adequately without worrying about it pinching or causing breathing problems, and no matter how hard of a puller you have, the collar is made strong enough to withstand it…Fido will not break free from this collar. The weak link will be the leash (there are tactical leashes too!) or your arm. The collar will be fine.
Two things to look for here is the tensile strength of the collar material itself and the buckle strength. Usually you’ll find the buckle’s breaking point is considerable less than that of the webbing that makes up these collars but these are both important metrics to consider when considering the safety aspect of the collar.
The specs for the webbing will often read such as 1.75″ nylon webbing with 5,000lb tensile strength. Some won’t give the actual tensile strength but you can estimate by the width (1.75 inch vs 1.50in or 1.25in). Note that these collars typically range from 2 inches wide at the largest to 1 inch or perhaps 1.25 inches.
The specs for the buckle will be similar and often denote a “type” of buckle (often COBRA) and also a tensile strength. 2,500 lb tensile strength is a good rating for a collar buckle.
Tactical Dog Collar Reviews
Below are the ones we find to be top of the pack with respect to safety and durability. I’ve mentioned it before, but it’s worth mentioning that we run a dog rescue here and have many large dogs. These have been tested and we’ve found them to be well worth the money.
Clicking the links or images below will take you to the respective Amazon pages.
Nice feature here is an easy to grab handle for close supervision of your pooch. The velcro spaces are also nice for adding badges or other personalizations. This is a solid color regardless of the size of dog and works well for the largest of them.
Kind of a no-frills collar here…just very strong. Solid metal buckles, typical “web harness” approach. Sturdy and stylish. Price is on the low end compared to the others so if you are looking to just test something out, this is a good pick.
The highest priced one we reviewed here, seems fairly frill-free but taking a good look at it, it’s well worth the price. Extremely strong and doubly reinforced at the buckles, this is a collar that will stand the test of time for the largest and most powerful dogs. Also note the control handle to make it easy for a quick grab. The velcro enables placement of 1.5″ x 6.5″ badges or other personalization devices.
The Diezel offering sports a lot of customizations around coloring and personalization badges that can be affixed. The standard cartridge belt double-pin buckle is a good look.
What can I add to a tactical dog collar?
A lot of the fun with these tactical dog collars is deciding what kind of patches you’d like to add. This can be fun or functional…or both.
How about a patch with your furry friends name on it? How about a badge of honor…you decide what it says. The options are (almost) limitless. Most of these have velcro for exactly this purpose and you’ll find that these collars are a bit wider than most collars, providing additional strength and also more room for identification patches or other accessories. Below you’ll find some example…click any of them to be taken to the Amazon web page. You may not end up really wanting that exact one, but it’ll get you in the ball park so you can find the ones you do want.
“Service Dog: Do not pet” is a pretty common patch that you’ll see. Of course this can be mixed and matched with other messages. “Ask to pet” is pretty common also.
This one allows you customize it to say whatever you want…it’s a open book errr…tag. You get the idea
Here you can buy a bundle of patches to suit your mood. Couple of flags, skulls, Don’t tread on me’s, and some skull/flag combos
Pretty cool…I mean, right?
Another bundle of patches, this time 6 of them. You get the flag, the skull, “In God we trust”, Si vis pacem para bellum (If you want peace, prepare for war), Don’t tread on me, and Molon Labe (Come and take them). This last one was said by King Leonidas, the Spartan king when Xerxes commanded the Spartans to lay down their weapons. The rest, of course, is history.
This guy probably doesn’t need a tactical dog collar, but he’s too cute not to share. I don’t know…maybe he would need one…?
I hope this helps and you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read. Of course the idea is to entertain but also help as much as possible. You can spend hours looking at reviews and researching these collars so the intent here was to save you some time.
There are many other tactical dog collars on the market and of course we recommend doing your due diligence. The safety of your dog is important so take the time to read this article, other articles and the reviews for the items you are considering. A bit of extra time here can save you a lot of grief later on.