Here at The Dog Snobs, the three of us have varying affection for dog accessories. While Potnoodle and Fang have a collar for every occasion, BusyBee tends to stick to the basics. That being said, all of us love high-quality collars and leashes. Below we share some of our favorites.
How doth Potnoodle love Onlead Leashes? Let her count the ways… or just count how many she has. Wait, no. She doesn’t want to do that. Just trust us. It’s enough. Cheap, good leather, free shipping. And by cheap… we mean seriously cheap. Show us a cheaper leather leash of the same quality and Potnoodle will eat her eight foot euro lead.
If you have a coated dog and you don’t know what White Pine is… we’re about to change your life. They are, without a doubt, the softest nylon out there. Made out of tubular nylon, the leashes are as soft on your hands as the collar is on your dog’s throat.
Just need a plain collar with no extra bling in a fun color or pattern that you know is going to last? Rogz is Fang’s South African contact. The collection of chain martingales is becoming problematic. While buying them retail can be pricey, online they’re a $7 investment that will stand up to serious wear and tear. Anecdotally, their leashes are prone to fraying, but their collars are an extremely good value and take over a huge portion of Fang’s training bag.
**The Less Cheap**
As much as it pains her to admit it, BusyBee’s time in Seattle may just be turning her into a crunchy granola hippie who loves recycled anything, including leashes. The Krebs leash is a great option, especially for those who frequently encounter mud, rain (lots of rain), and other elements. It’s not only sturdy, but is easy to wash and quick to dry. Plus, you’re like, saving the planet and shit. Al Gore would be proud.
Does your dog need to look particularly dapper? Does he need slightly less formal attire? Silly Buddy has you covered with their removable bow-tie collars. Their handmade collars and leashes in a variety of fun patterns and most come with a bowtie that can snap on or off depending on your mood.
If you want unique patterns, the Collar Shop is almost certain to have what you want. From sock monkeys to mustaches to “goth cupcakes” (yes, that is a real fabric name), they have enough options for pretty much every day of the year. Just don’t tell Potnoodle. She has a problem.
Speaking of Potnoodle’s collar problem… meet her dealer. Beautiful, sturdy, and a really good price… plus some of the best customer service out there. You’d be hard pressed to beat her selection but if she doesn’t have what you want… she’ll order a different fabric for you.
Aggie’s Anvil is a recent obsession of Potnoodle’s, and one she has yet to pass on to the other dog snobs. Thick Aluminum (or Brass) that is stamped or engraved with whatever you want… and Potnoodle wants a lot. The first one came from a contest, but five more for one dog followed in short order.
Based out of Georgia these collars are cute, sturdy and customizable for your needs. With an insane collection of ribbon, if you can’t find something your dog needs, you’re not looking hard enough. If you have a thing for Scandinavian ribbon this is your place. Z is currently rocking her badger collar not caring and being pretty bad-ass.
**The Super Duper Not Cheap**
We hesitate to put EL in the Super Duper Not Cheap category, since their prices are so nice for the type of work they do, but they definitely aren’t Petsmart ‘leather’ cheap… and that’s why we like them.
If you compete in obedience regularly, you’ve seen these and been incredibly envious. I admit that I covet a friend’s leash and collar set like no other and have had a design picked out as a present for finishing Z’s UDX since 2011. Fully custom kangaroo braided leather sets(Including braiding style, beading (if any), color, size and closure style, these are show-stoppers. She does a bunch of other stuff too, and is busy so if you want one, get in line early but we promise it’ll be worth the wait.
… Get their own review on Friday. They’re just that awesome.
So, did we miss anything? Want to share your favorites? Go right ahead!