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Friendly Dog Collars Review

11/07/2016

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When I originally started this blog, I intended to write to the occasional dog post, but I got side tracked and that didn’t really happen. With the launch of the new site, there’s no better time to start adding some dog related posts into the mix. Today, I want to share a special harness with you that has been very beneficial to both myself and my dogs. It is from Friendly Dog Collars, an Australian company, who run an online pet product store but also have various stockists.
Edit: Since publishing this post, Friendly Dog Collars have given me an affiliate link which you can use when buying anything from their store.

Friendly Dog Collars Nervous Coat and Harness Review - Polish and Paws
Pickles wearing the Nervous Coat – photo courtesy of Friendly Dog Collars

Friendly Dog Collars specialise in making “colour coded temperament awareness products” for dogs of all sizes. The products are designed to stop any incident before it could happen by warning the other dog owners that your dog has special needs. They have 10 product ranges to choose from which includes Friendly, No Dogs, Caution, Nervous, Blind Dog, Training, Adopt Me, Deaf Dog, Service Dog and Do Not Feed. Each range then includes various products that are all colour coded. So in the Friendly range, you will find harnesses, collars, jackets and leads all in the same green colour, with the word ‘Friendly’ easily visible on them. I found out about Friendly Dog Collars when I volunteered my dogs to do some marketing images for them. I am glad I volunteered the time to those photos as I found a product that I have been dedicated to ever since.

Friendly Dog Collars Do Not Feed Small Vest Harness and Medium Length Lead - Polish and Paws
Dee Dee in Do Not Feed Small Harness and Medium Do Not Feed Lead – photo courtesy of Friendly Dog Collars

The product that has made the biggest difference for me is the Nervous adjustable vest harness that I use on my dog Pickles. She has a deformed leg that is probably from abuse as a puppy, so she gets nervous in new situations with new people and dogs. The Nervous harness is always seen by any other owner in the vicinity and a lot of the time they ask why she’s nervous, or if they have a nervous dog themselves, they often ask for the purchasing details. People usually understand that the harness means that she needs a longer time to adjust to the situation and to give her some space to do so. I have had people ask if it makes people more likely to pat her and it doesn’t. It makes people far more likely to engage in a conversation with me about her, but people are far less likely to run up to her and overwhelm her, which happens a lot without the Nervous harness on. Big dog owners who often let their dogs bound up to mine, and therefore freak Pickles out, also take notice of the harness. There are always going to be some people who don’t understand, and they’re usually the ones with big dogs who bound up to mine who are cowering, but overall, the harness makes a huge difference. I have been meaning to buy the accompanying Nervous lead for her too, but I haven’t got around to doing that yet. Our time away from home is now much easier for her to deal with, sure she still gets nervous and wants to snuggle into me for protection, but with the harness, we have been able to avoid any big incident that would take time and lots of confidence building to get over.

Friendly Dog Collars Do Not Feed Small Vest Harness and Short Lead - Polish and Paws
Dee Dee in small Do Not Feed Vest Harness with Short Lead – photo courtesy of Friendly Dog Collars

The other products I own are from the Friendly line. I have both the adjustable vest harness and the standard/medium length lead (120cm/4ft). Kobi uses both of these products as he is the nicest dog I have ever known, but he sometimes makes sounds when he is overly excited. The Friendly vest just reassures people who don’t know dog body language that he is in fact just being friendly. It doesn’t have the same impact as the Nervous harness does, as people approach Kobi just as much with it on, but that’s fine because he loves the interaction. It has allowed owners with other friendly dogs to approach us without worrying about what sort of temperament Kobi has, so he has had a lot more interactions with happy, friendly dogs like himself.

Friendly Dog Collars vest harness and lead review and discount code - Polish and Paws
Kobi wearing the medium Friendly Vest Harness and standard length lead

If there is any particular item in the range that I would tell everyone to get, it is the harnesses. Every small dog should be wearing a harness anyway, to ensure that there is no excess pressure put on their trachea, and this is a great one to buy. I own Puppia, Dogue, Rufus & Coco and eBay harness, all in the same style. Other than the eBay one, they are all good quality and reliable harnesses, they just differ in what they are made of, with some being soft mesh, some being canvas and others being padded. The Friendly Dog Collars ones are made of polypropylene webbing “for maximum durability” but I can’t see any big difference between them and the other brands. The reason why you should get the Friendly Dog Collars ones is because of the message telling other owners about your dog’s temperament or special needs. There is a harness in a different style that will fit big dogs, and have the same benefits when it comes to letting other owners know about your dog.

Friendly Dog Collars Small Nervous Harness and Jacket review - Polish and Paws
Pickles showing her nervous face, in a small Nervous Jacket – photo courtesy of Friendly Dog Collars

If someone knows dog body language then they can see that Kobi is being friendly and Pickles is being nervous but it’s a good reminder to people, and gives Pickles a barrier that she doesn’t have otherwise. When I did the photoshoot originally, they didn’t have a size that fitted Bonsai our Chihuahua, but I have seen that they do stock an XS in the vest harness that would probably be his size. Unfortunately, I can’t figure out which harness would be appropriate for him as his personality is entirely dependant on his mood. He really needs a harness that changes between the words devil and angel in a split second – but I think that is probably needed by most Chihuahuas.

Friendly Dog Collars Small Caution Jacket - Polish and Paws
Bonsai in the small Caution Jacket – photo courtesy of Friendly Dog Collars

The sizing off all products is on the Friendly Dog Collars website, so it is easy to measure your dog and find the right size, but you can also go to a stockist if you want to check the fit before you buy. The products are very durable and the wording is embroidered on them, so you won’t have issues with the wording rubbing off over time. The company seems to have put a lot of thought into the products they make, and I am certainly a fan. I have sent a huge amount of customers their way because I know the difference that a harness with the word ‘Nervous’ on it can make for a dog that needs some extra time or space in public. The company has information on their website about expanding into the USA, so American’s may be able to get their hands on these soon too. Do you like the idea of products that let other owners know about the temperament of your dog?

Love, Alinta

4 Comments

  • Caroline 30/07/2016 at 4:24 pm

    Love these. As someone who has an anxious dog who doesn’t like strangers very much these are such a good idea.

    • Alinta McMurdo 30/07/2016 at 9:34 pm

      I know, I’m so glad someone actually made them. It makes such a big difference for Pickles 🙂

  • Michelle Morchella 17/10/2016 at 7:06 am

    I think this is a great idea especially for the dogs wih some “problems” like being nervous. I really love this whole concept. 🙂
    May I ask what breeds your dogs are? I was always cat lover, but lately I’ve been thinking about “walking mate”. 🙂 And because it would be my first dog, I would like to learn littl bit more about dog breeds l so I can find the perfect soulmate. Thank you so much for reply. 🙂

    • Alinta McMurdo 17/10/2016 at 11:19 pm

      I think it’s an awesome concept too, so glad someone came up with it!
      My dogs are all mixed – tends to be that way with rescues, in saying that, I have had plenty of pure bred fosters too. You can tell there is some dachshund in Pickles because she’s such a pig with food and she can be stubborn (typical dachshund traits) and you can tell Bonsai is mostly Chihuahua as he is completely loopy, but the breed characteristics don’t impact them much when compared to their personalities. Every dog has such a different and unique personality – Bonsai is so different to his two litter mates, so I personally won’t ever adopt based on breed as I have found personality to be a better way of determining compatibility 🙂

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    Here’s a video of Bonsai’s recovery from cruciate ligament surgery this year. He ruptured his cruciate just before my wedding, and then had surgery shortly after. As well as repairing the ligament, the vet also created a deeper groove in his knee so to give his knee more stability. This is his second knee surgery as he had his other one done a year earlier. It’s very common for the second knee to be injured within a year of the first. His surgery and recovery were complicated by his IBD and heart failure, but as you can see his leg is doing really well now. I’ve been updating you in my stories about his heart failure. He doesn’t have much much time left with us, so I thought I would upload this so you can see that knee surgery is worth doing. I know lots of people are scared of the recovery period because crating can be demanding on your time and stressful for the dog, but giving them proper use of their leg back is worth it. I’ve seen dogs in rescue that are forced to go years without this surgery and the results are heartbreaking. The recovery can be hard, especially if there are other medical issues at play, like with Bonsai, but a good vet will try to make the dog as comfortable as possible for the recovery period. Humans get help when they rupture their ACL so please do the same for your dog. If you’re wondering how Bons is going today, he’s recovered from yesterdays sedation and is happily sitting on my shoulder - as per usual. There’s no way of knowing when his time will be up, so he’s being spoilt and loved until that day does come. He’s my little shadow who I love very much 🌒 #rescuedog #crutiate #crutiateligament #dogsofmelbourne #chihuahua
    3 months ago
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    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. 
#pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. 
#pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. 
#pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    With it being #pridemonth, we are going to talk about the A in LGBTQIA+ (while you look at some of my rainbow-ish nails from over the years). The A stands for Asexual, or Aromantic, or Agender,, but not Ally. Asexuals are people who don’t experience sexual attraction to others (or only do in certain circumstances, like those who are grey or demisexual). It’s a spectrum, we’re all different. Many aces still have relationships, whether romantic, sexual or queer-platonic. Asexuality is about attraction, not relationship status. Aces are frequently erased from the queer community. Last pride was particularly bad for ace erasure and hate. Aces belong in the queer community. Many aces have a hard time coming to terms with being ace in our hyper-sexualised society, and then they have to deal with erasure from their own community too. I personally would have been saved years of worrying that something was wrong with me if someone had just explained the difference between sexual and romantic attraction to me as a teen. There are so many amazing aces out there who deserve to be supported, especially by the queer community. So, don’t forget to include the A if you’re going to use the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and show for aces, whether you’re in the community or an ally. #pride #asexualpride #LGBTQIA #pridenails #rainbownails
    3 months ago
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    Plastic packaging and beauty products. What can one change do? When @trilogyproducts changed from plastic spatulas to bamboo ones, they stopped producing 208,000 plastic spatulas a year. For me, that means I now won’t be adding to my very large pile of plastic spatulas that I have accumulated over the years by using the Trilogy Replenishing Night Cream every day. No other night cream compares for me, so I’m glad I won’t add to that pile. I kept them all hoping that I would find a use for them but that has yet to happen 🤷‍♀️ A lot of beauty brands market that their plastic can be recycled, but many of those products can’t be put in curbside recycling. When they can go into the recycling bin it doesn’t mean customers are actually doing that, and even when the plastic does make it into the recycling bin, it doesn’t mean it’s actually recycled. There’s a huge amount of plastic in recycling centers that never gets made into something new. So I appreciate it when brands do make changes like this because I can see the result as a consumer. That doesn’t always mean the change is automatically better for the environment, because there’s no way of knowing if the brand uses more materials or greenhouse gases to make the new version. Beauty brands can be very cagey about their greenhouse gas emissions, particularly their scope 3 emissions. Therefore as consumers we can often only make best guesses as to which brands and products are the most sustainable choice. Changing plastic packaging is however a very obvious difference for customers, because we see the difference in where our waste goes. So as a customer I do like seeing brands moving to products that aren’t plastic, or at the very least using plastic that is easily curbside recycled. Many beauty brands have a long way to go before their products are easily recycled, but Trilogy is one of the brands who have made an effort to change this. So long story, short, I love Trilogy skincare products and appreciate that they are trying to make the brand more eco-friendly. What’s your opinion on this? Do you have a weird plastic spatula pile, or is it just me? 
#trilogy #trilogyskincare #discovertrilogy #lovealinta
    Plastic packaging and beauty products. What can one change do? When @trilogyproducts changed from plastic spatulas to bamboo ones, they stopped producing 208,000 plastic spatulas a year. For me, that means I now won’t be adding to my very large pile of plastic spatulas that I have accumulated over the years by using the Trilogy Replenishing Night Cream every day. No other night cream compares for me, so I’m glad I won’t add to that pile. I kept them all hoping that I would find a use for them but that has yet to happen 🤷‍♀️ A lot of beauty brands market that their plastic can be recycled, but many of those products can’t be put in curbside recycling. When they can go into the recycling bin it doesn’t mean customers are actually doing that, and even when the plastic does make it into the recycling bin, it doesn’t mean it’s actually recycled. There’s a huge amount of plastic in recycling centers that never gets made into something new. So I appreciate it when brands do make changes like this because I can see the result as a consumer. That doesn’t always mean the change is automatically better for the environment, because there’s no way of knowing if the brand uses more materials or greenhouse gases to make the new version. Beauty brands can be very cagey about their greenhouse gas emissions, particularly their scope 3 emissions. Therefore as consumers we can often only make best guesses as to which brands and products are the most sustainable choice. Changing plastic packaging is however a very obvious difference for customers, because we see the difference in where our waste goes. So as a customer I do like seeing brands moving to products that aren’t plastic, or at the very least using plastic that is easily curbside recycled. Many beauty brands have a long way to go before their products are easily recycled, but Trilogy is one of the brands who have made an effort to change this. So long story, short, I love Trilogy skincare products and appreciate that they are trying to make the brand more eco-friendly. What’s your opinion on this? Do you have a weird plastic spatula pile, or is it just me? #trilogy #trilogyskincare #discovertrilogy #lovealinta
    4 months ago
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