The other day I saw a dog collar that I really like. The schnauzers NEED new collars - it's been almost a year since I bought any - and I'd like to track these down.
It was a martingale design. I don't use martingales but I wouldn't mind that. I usually use a plain flat buckle collar - actually, the nylon snap release type. I like a flat collar because I attach a name plate.

But what I'm really after is the material. It looked like the basic nylon collar but it was soft. He said it didn't break neck hairs on his show dogs when he used it. Really soft to the touch - it made me think it was made out of cotton rather than nylon but it couldn't be, could it? He used his outside in all kinds of weather - his dogs do tracking.

Because my dogs are smallish, I need a collar in a 5/8", adjustable in the 10-16 inch range.
He said he got his from vendors at dog shows, thought they were around $10, couldn't remember the name but kept coming back to Black River?

Anybody have any ideas where I can see some of these?

I see PetEdge has some cotton collars - quite a bit cheaper than what his cost. Anybody have any experience with cotton collars?

I'd like them to be at least a little durable. They wear slip leads into the agility ring because they are fast and easy to take off and put back on but otherwise we use a flat buckle collar and lead. And we're out in all kinds of weather.
Help!
Judy
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The schnauzers NEED new collars - it's been almost a year since I bought any

Oh my! Harriet has briefly worn a nylon martingale after baths, until she's completely dry, but other than that, she has worn the same flat leather collar since I got her. Please don't let her know that she should have a new one every year!
But what I'm really after is the material. It looked like the basic nylon collar but it was soft.

Sarah repeatedly recommended Lupine collars. She said they are soft and durable. I haven't tried them myself, but assume her description is accurate.
http://www.lupinepet.com /

Shelly
http://www.cat-sidh.net (the Mother Ship)
http://esther.cat-sidh.net (Letters to Esther)
The schnauzers NEED new collars - it's been almost a year since I bought any

Oh my! Harriet has briefly worn a nylon martingale after baths, until she's completely dry, but other than that, she has worn the same flat leather collar since I got her. Please don't let her know that she should have a new one every year!

A new ONE every year?? Collars are not bought one at a time. Collars (and leashes) are a dog's wardrobe. And no, this is not just a small dog thing. Plenty of people I know with big, tough dogs - Great Danes, Aussies, Border Collies, Dobermans - also have a selection of collars for their dogs.

Currently on the leash rack (actually, it's a tie rack but don't tell) there are twelve collars of varying colors. There are half a dozen more in various tote bags - old ones stuffed there for emergencies. (Like a collar breaking or getting lost while we're at a trial - something that has never happened.)
All collars are in some form of not-newness. The BRIGHT pink and turquoise that looked especially fetching on Sassy (she has the coloring to handle near fluorescents) are now pastels. The BOLD red and green that set off Spenser's innate handsomeness and distinguishness are both faded and looking worn. All are still fully functional. They are fine for those days that we're playing in the mud.
Leashes always have a much quicker turnover. Sassy considers them all tug toys. Especially the one that is attached to Spenser's collar at any given moment. I broke Spenser of playing with his leash and now wish that I hadn't. It's a handy tool for revving them up while we're waiting in line at the agility ring. I had to go to braided leashes for agility days. Spenser will play a little with one, which is nice. And Sassy, when she's excited, can cut through a nylon leash in one day's time.

And it's spring and we need a wardrobe update. Something new and bold. With matching or coordinated leash(es), of course.

As far as Harriet goes - Leather is a classic look. Always a safe choice. But perhaps Harriet would like to consider something bolder, just for those special out-on-the town times.
Judy
A new ONE every year?? Collars are not bought one at a time. Collars (and leashes) are a dog's wardrobe.

Collars and leashes are expensive. I don't spend that much money on my own wardrobe, so Harriet is SOL.
Leashes always have a much quicker turnover. Sassy considers them all tug toys.

Harriet's not a leash chewer. She still has the one I bought when I got her, plus she has inherited Elliott's first (and only!) leash. Other than that, she's got a light weight kennel lead for baths and a Flexi for ambling walks. I've occasionally considered adding a plain leather leash to Harriet's "tack," but haven't gotten around to it yet.
And it's spring and we need a wardrobe update. Something new and bold. With matching or coordinated leash(es), of course.

Leather goes with everything!
As far as Harriet goes - Leather is a classic look. Always a safe choice. But perhaps Harriet would like to consider something bolder, just for those special out-on-the town times.

She does* need a new collar, because the stitching is starting to come loose on hers. *A new collar. A plain leather one, more than likely.

Shelly
http://www.cat-sidh.net (the Mother Ship)
http://esther.cat-sidh.net (Letters to Esther)
She does* need a new collar, because the stitching is starting to come loose on hers. *A new collar. A plain leather one, more than likely.

My dogs are saddened by Harriet's lack of wardrobe. They think she's very cute and deserves at least one girly collar. Please send address privately so they may fulfill their mission.

Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
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She does* need a new collar, because the stitching is ... *A new collar. A plain leather one, more than likely.

My dogs are saddened by Harriet's lack of wardrobe. They think she's very cute and deserves at least one girly collar. Please send address privately so they may fulfill their mission.

Reka wears Tuck's Martingale when he's not wearing it. When he is, she wears no collar at all.. Tuck has a chain choker, a nylon martingale, a show collar and a tracking harness. So Reka is a wardrobeless babe, and Tuck's wardrobe is utilitarian spartan.
So Reka is a wardrobeless babe, and Tuck's wardrobe is utilitarian spartan.

Is Reka bucking for a gift as well? ;-D

Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
Harriet's not a leash chewer. She still has the one I bought when I got her, plus she has inherited Elliott's first (and only!) leash.

My "working" leash is a 6' (now about 7'!) leather leash I got when I took Sam through his FIRST obedience class. In 1990. That's the leash I use for Ranger. I've got two plain black nylon leashes I use for walking Duke and Lindy. There are probably another half-dozen leashes around somewhere, but I'm not exactly sure what or where or how many.

I've noticed with horse and dog tack that anything that isn't used regularly tends to get forgotten in the attic, the basement, the hall closet. This provides a lot of fun "rediscovery", but also makes me reluctant to add even more to the household clutter.
Plenty of people I know with big, tough dogs - Great Danes,

Hey, who're you calling tough?
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y65/spanaval/Dogs/Pan Panda.jpg
Currently on the leash rack (actually, it's a tie rack but don't tell)there are twelve collars of varying colors.

Maybe it IS a small dog thing. We have one large, flat leather collar, two martingales (one green, one purple), one blue snap collar (that we inherited), and one red harness. Khan routinely wears his harness. Pan routinely wears the purple martingale (the green is her old one). We have one 6' black leash, and two flexis, and the 6' leash is the back-up which stays in my car all the time.. The nice leather 6' leash had the clip come off, and I really need to get it fixed.
And it's spring and we need a wardrobe update. Something new and bold. With matching or coordinated leash(es), of course.

I was starting to think that. The purple gingham (Item # ZW967 at PetEdge) or polka dog ( Item # ZA270) for Pan, and blue or black pawprints (Item # ZA885) for Khan.
Suja
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