Non-stop Dogwear was founded in Norway only 10 years ago and today you can find their products in over 1,000 stores in 22 countries. What I love in them is the passion for designing the best fitting dog harnesses which do not restrict their movement at all and help them “release their potential” as their slogan says. Their focus is on pulling harnesses and other types of equipment for skijoring, canicross, etc but as today they also have two harnesses more suited for everyday dog walks.
The safe collar is a high visibility, reflective, safety collar. This means that there is an elastic part which makes it possible for the dog to pull their head out from the collar if it gets snagged when running off-leash. When using the collar with a leash, it works as a normal collar: you attach the leash to both metal rings which holds the two sides of the collar together.
This solution is great for hikes where you can have your dog off leash or if you live in an area where you just put the collar on the dog and let them out to roam around off-leash. It is really easy to put on and get off: there are no buckles on it, you just pull it over the dog’s head.
If you have to attach and detach the leash multiple times during your walk/hike, this collar might not be the best for you. As I mentioned before, you have to attach the leash to both rings on the collar which can be hard in the dark or if your dog is jumping around. While you are working on getting both rings into the carabiner, the dog can break free at any time, since you are holding a collar. This also means that this collar doesn’t give you the opportunity to grab the dog and hold it back in the case, for example, you want to let someone pass while hiking because (again) the purpose of the collar is to make it possible for the dog to break free. Same if your dog would get into a fight: you cannot really grab the collar and pull your dog back - unless you managed to put your finger through both rings which is highly unlikely in a situation like that.
Let’s be honest, this collar was designed for off-leash activities and it is great for that! I wouldn’t pick if for walking in a city where you want to switch between on and off leash quickly between dog parks, streets, etc. but would definitely use it on hikes which was the idea behind making it.
A small issue I have to mention is that the collar I got had a few loose threads from the beginning but it didn’t seem to cause any issues, the sewing holds strong.
Another interesting feature of the Safe collar is the white rubber label that you can use for your contact information in case your dog gets lost. I know most of you have a tag on the collar but this solution will not jingle while you are hiking and will not get stuck or get lost in the forest which could easily happen with the traditional tags.
I was honestly never a big fan of bungee leashes because it gave me the impression that I have less control over the dog which is somewhat true. Again, Non-stop Dogwear is focusing on sports equipment and they are great in that. Now when I go for a hike or a run, it’s almost sure I will pick up a bungee leash because it is just much more comfortable to use - for me and for Mia as well. I also use it for walks in the city but not in busy parts because I still feel it doesn’t give you the same control over the dog. The thing is that even if you hold your dog on a short leash, they can probably check out another person if they pull on the leash strong enough because it will just extend. Same for training: sometimes you want to be able to give quick feedback to the dog with the leash but that’s much harder with a flexible one.
The Bungee Leash Pro comes in two lengths: the shorter one is 2 meters (6.5 feet) which is for running and hiking, the other one is 2.8 meters (9 feet) and that’s for cycling or skiing.
The only problem I experienced with the leash is the missing sewing at the end of the leash. It is only glued together which opened up after the first week. To be clear, this is the very end of the leash where the handle is, the leash has multiple strong sewing just above this part to hold the loop itself. What you see on the picture below is only a design issue and causes no problem with the functionality.
On the bright side this way you can see how they placed the rubber threads inside the leash which is actually quite interesting. The rubber threads are placed all the way inside the leash so the full length of the leash is flexible, not just e.g. the middle part.
We continued using this leash for canicrossing when testing the Freemotion harness and also for hiking. After a few months, the leash still perfect functionality wise but the outer material started to rub out and small threads are coming out as well. On the photo below you also see that the material of the leash become “wavy” - I guess due to the outside material having different elasticity than the rubber threads inside.
Still a great leash but definitely looks like it was heavily used which isn’t true.
Some of you asked about the differences between this leash and the Julius-K9 Premium Jogging Leash since they look similar so I wanted to compare them in the review.
I would say the elasticity of the two leashes is basically the same. Both of them absorbs the shock well thus are great for canicross or for other pulling sports. The outside material of the two leashes are slightly different: the Non-stop leash is a little thicker and the outside material is softer, less dense than the one from Julius-K9. Looking at the outside material of two leashes now, I would say that the Julius leash looks more durable so far but I probably used the Non-stop leash a little more lately so I might update this later.
To summarize: you will not go wrong with either of them, they are similar but not exactly the same.
You can buy all their products on their website and can probably find retailers and stores in your country.
The harness on the photos is the Line Harness from Non-stop Dogwear, you can read the review about it here.