I am already a fan of the designs of Premier products and use the Easy-Walk dog harnesses on both my dogs. Another good design in the Premier product line is the Premier break-away collar.
Most of the everyday collars are called quick release collars which mean that a human can release the buckle quickly and easily. Most of the time this works well. Most of the time is not all of the time. Here’s my quick story on why this difference is very important to the well being of your dog(s).
The pups (11 months and 14 months) and I had just come back from a nice walk as the weather is starting to cool down from a very hot summer. I was getting ready for work and as usual, the pups were play fighting. If you had not witnessed this before you would think they were actually hurting each other but it’s a bunch of noise mostly. I had left their ‘quick-release’ collars on because they had been in the back yard. I don’t know why but I looked in on them to find the younger one had his bottom k9 teeth caught up under the others collar. He was trying to get loose and had twisted it creating a tourniquet which was tightening around her neck to where she could not breathe. To make things worse the pressure he was applying was jamming the ‘quick-release’ buckle and it would not come loose. I finally got it loose and hopefully learned my lesson. The quick release collar did release fine afterwards but not while there was tension on it from a 60 pound Labrador retriever.
I immediately started looking for an alternative to the commonly used quick release dog collar buckle. The breakaway collar I found was surprisingly the only design on the market. The Premier Keepsafe break-away dog collar seems to be the item to get. The design is such that any pressure applied on the collar would pop the buckle. The downside of using these is that grabbing the dog by the collar or trying to restrain by the collar would pop the buckle releasing the dog. Also when it does come off you have to go locate it so I don’t think I would put tags on full time. I am using these as back yard collars so it is a great solution for me. If you want to walk your dog with these collars on there are two o-rings, one on either side that you clip your lead into both of them at the same time which bypasses the buckle.
Premier products are built well and are designed for safety. Do yourself a favor and get a break away collar before you need it.