We have been making collars and leashes at K9 Pro for many years and have taught as many dog owners as possible about the dangerous of leash and collar breakage. We speak to many dog owners who have experienced leash or collar breakage, but there are still far too many owners risking their dogs lives by putting their trust in equipment that is almost guaranteed to fail under even small amounts of pressure.
Having good quality equipment on your dog isn’t just for look or fun, it is about safety – whether your dog is a pet, competition or working dog it is always critical to make sure any equipment you put on your dog won’t fail.
Take a look at this picture:
What are the biggest differences you see in these collars? They both have stitching, buckle clasps, both look like leather and have what appear to be brass fittings. The style is very similar and aside from colour, there aren’t too many differences, right?
Here’s a closer look at the red collar.
The red collar belongs to a client of ours, she had it on her mild mannered Labrador as a fun, every day collar. Just last week we had the Labrador on a tie out while our client worked her younger dog on our training field. All of a sudden the lab appeared out of no where, it had decided to come down to the field to have some fun too and with barely any pressure broke the collar apart as though it was a piece of cardboard.
Sadly this is NOT uncommon. On a closer inspection of the red collar you can see it isn’t real leather. The fittings are are actually nickle, not brass, the stitching is cheap twine and when you look at the D-Ring that the leash attaches to, it isn’t soldered together which means even if the collar material had been strong enough to hold up to a small amount of pressure, the D-Ring could bend breaking away from the collar.
Even if a collar may looks ok superficially, you really need to take a closer look to make sure you are putting a piece of equipment on your dog that is safe, quality and isn’t going to fail under pressure.
The brown leather collar we are using in this comparison is one of our K9 Pro soft hide leather collars, these collars are hand made, hand stitched with heavy duty 277 commercial stitching, and have solid brass snaps. The leather is the best quality leather we have found world wide and is extremely tough and durable, suffice to say, these collars will not break.
However, it is also crucial to make sure you select equipment that is appropriate for your dog. While our equipment is super tough you still need to make sure you are using the right tool for the job. For example we have 2″ leather agitation collars that are designed to use on large powerful breeds in bite work, you wouldn’t want a 3/4″ collar on these dogs, or to do agitation work with our 1/2″ puppy leash.
If you aren’t sure what equipment is best for your dog, be sure to ask us! We fit 100s if not 1000s of dogs with equipment every year and we can definitely assist you with choosing the right equipment for your dog.
We have sold 1000s of leashes and collars at K9 Pro and we have never had one of our leashes or collars break under pressure, equipment safety is something we take very seriously at K9 Pro, especially when we are handling dangerous and aggressive dogs here daily.
So please – take this blog post as a reminder to check your dog’s equipment – will it stand up to the test?