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Have you ever wanted to have your dog stand out in the crowd? Well now your dog can be the star of the park with it's very own El wire collar and leash! Let your dog feel like he or she has style with this great gift for your furry little friend.

Tools:
*Needle
*Scissors (or some other cutting utensil that can cut fishing wire)

Materials:
*Dog Collar & Leash
*El wire
*2 Small AA Drivers
*Electrical tape
*Scotch tape
*Fishing wire

Skills needed:
Basic knowledge of sewing

*** This collar CANNOT get wet. Do not let dog swim in water with collar. This collar is used for night time walks and bragging rights.
***Make sure that your dog is fully grown. You will be sewing on El wire to this collar and there is no way to tighten it.

With all that said, let's get started!

Step 1: Sizing the Collar

Make sure that the dog collar fits snugly around your dogs neck. This will be the permanent size of the dog collar so make sure that it is on right.

Step 2: Taping the Driver

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What you want to do is tape the driver next to the side of the dog collar that doesn't have the metal loop where you attach the leash. Just secure it with electrical tape. Then you want to put the driver on the top of the dog leash near your hand for easy access. Also secure this with electrical tape.

Step 3: Tape the El Wire

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Tape the El wire to the dog leash and collar in the pattern you want. This will secure the El wire when you are sewing it or moving the collar. This is a very important step because it is really hard to sew El wire onto something that it isn't secured to.
 
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ANISHNAABE4 years ago
this is extremely cool, I love it.
Halotriple34 years ago
this is awesome!!! i love the great idea.
angelabchua4 years ago
Great Idea.... I get home pretty late, so we take our pooches to the dog park late at night so they can run.. but my wiener dog is black, so he is impossible to find at night in the park enclosure.... we have used those disposable glow stick bracelets, but this makes so much more sense!
freeanimals4 years ago
yo ryan its your home boy, see u sunday dude!
chaoschao99 (author)  freeanimals4 years ago
yeaaaaa thanks austin my boy but idk if i can make it sunday, ill check tho
Go ryan!4 years ago
Yea Ryan i Hope you win this contest! i know how hard you worked!
chaoschao99 (author)  Go ryan!4 years ago
Thanks John!
chelseyr884 years ago
great idea! so proud of you!! <3 you and good luck ry!
chaoschao99 (author)  chelseyr884 years ago
thanks
chaoschao99 (author) 4 years ago
REMEMBER TO VOTE FOR ME!!! I need all of the votes I can get and I will appreciate every one! Thanks, Ryan Tisdel
puppiesrock4 years ago
um...what exactly is el wire??? hee hee yea ive never even heard of it...so it would be great if someone coul explain to me with words i can understand what el wire is. thanks! :)
chaoschao99 (author)  puppiesrock4 years ago
electroluminescent wire is a wire that is cold to the touch, bendable, and can easily be attached to things. it is pretty much like neon but bendable and cold, or a glow stick that never wears out until like 6 year of continuous use.
bizydad4 years ago
Great idea...I've seen the stuff used. Where's the best place to get your hands on it?
chaoschao99 (author)  bizydad4 years ago
i use thatscoolwire.com but thats me
scratchr4 years ago
Funny, I recently bought a leash because it had el wire in it. I took it out for a project.
chaoschao99 (author)  scratchr4 years ago
thats wierd where di you get that? ive never heard of that being sold
joe570054 years ago
Careful which inverter you use, many emit high frequency sound which may irritate your dog.
Many years ago playing around EL wires, my friends found out that cheap one time cameras with flash can be used as power suply for EL wires. The curcuit that charges the capacitor for the flash, is high voltage. Beware of long time damage to EL wire because of over voltage. Most photo shops will give you used cameras for free. :)
chaoschao99 (author)  joe570054 years ago
good idea
ssstan694 years ago
cool for the EI wire contest... But you could sew highly reflective material on existing dog collars, leashes, etc and it's waterproof and doesn't require no batteries! Such as: http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/ScotchliteReflectiveMaterial/Scotchlite/product-information/product-catalog/product-info-PoW/?PC_7_RJH9U5230GE3E02LECFTDQG583_nid=7JJZWJLBJWbe0LND79F0LPgl
chaoschao99 (author)  ssstan694 years ago
but then you need a car or a flashlight to have your dog look stylish
HarveyH444 years ago
My Lab (Jake), is three years old now, tough to keep him out of the water... Is it just no swimming, or is rain, or running through water also a bad thing. I don't want electrocute him (most of the time). Weather here is kind of unpredictable, storm can pop up in minutes. At the park, he needs a drink, but can never tell if that is all he is going to do. He'll usually walk out into the water a little ways, but will lay down if it's hot, go for a swim if he see birds (or pretty much anything move). Probably should wait until grows up a little more, or a waterproof driver...
They do have el wire that's water proof, but yes, you might need to make a special casing for the inverter.
chaoschao99 (author)  HarveyH444 years ago
That sounds kinda like my dog and conditions. I usually just put my collar on her whenever we have company over or if she is inside. And I put it on her when we go for night-time walks. I've heard of "water-proof" El wire. This El wire is just a little more resistant to the water and cannot be submerged completely. I also bought end caps for the end of the el wire and I taped up my heat shrink tubing and soldering job with electrical tape. You could also try to wrap it in like a ziplock bag whenever he goes for a swim or just use another collar. Hopefully I was helpful.
scoochmaroo4 years ago
This seems like a good nighttime safety device!