Looking for a good martingale collar
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  • Leather, perhaps? Definitely one that does not leave any colour on Kipawa, from either the collar itself or the chain part. And a matching leash would be nice.

    Also, are wider martingale collars more effective? We are using one right now that is about 3/4 inch to 1 inch.

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  • http://www.masterspride.com

    I highly recommend any and all of his products…. Remember when you order if it is a collar that fits over the head, you measure the biggest part around the head, neck size doesn't matter

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  • Wild Hare Creations is in Washington…
    I am biased.. but they are awesome :-)

    http://www.alfheimigs.com/gear.htm

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  • I use Premier products. They aren't fancy but they are very sturdy, inexpensive, come is a variety of solid colors and patterns, and do not stain the dog's neck. Most adult Basenjis wear the small size.

    http://www.faithfulpetproducts.com/catalog/item/1024346/574651.htm

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  • There are also lots of collars (and other pet stuff) at Etsy.com (look at the list on the left-hand side of the page).

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  • For cloth ones - I've bought a couple from Around the Hounds (they are in Canada):
    http://www.aroundthehounds.com/

    My leather ones I've purchased from Bolduc Custom Leatherworks in Springfield MA. Unfortunately they don't have a website.

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  • My favourite collars are made by a lady in Minnesota, introduced to me by my breeders in the US but who will promptly ship to Canada.
    http://www.northwindcatalog.com/martingale_collars.htm
    I use the 1" collars on both of my guys. She also has a variety of other items - Martingale leads and slip leads, among others.

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  • the best feeling non-leather collars/leashs:

    http://www.whitepineoutfitters.com/index.cfm

    will not discolor the white on your dog and doesn't seem to break hair (but mine don't wear colors inside) very affordable

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  • J

    Good thread. Thank you, Fran. I am taking notes.
    None of my basenjis wear collars except when we leave the premises of home.

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  • For martigales, I have been very pleased with All Hounds Apparel, http://www.allhoundsapparel.com/, and they do mean it when they say lifetime guaruntee and have replaced chewed collars when I send in the hardware.

    I also like martingales that I got from Debbey Bartos, http://web.mac.com/debbey/iWeb/Site/FANCY%20MARTINGALE%20COLLARS.html, I don't do the fringe and what not just the nice wide collar which is good at racing events where they tend to pull like maniacs toward the boxes.

    For simple, plain martingales, I would second agilebasenjis recommendation of White Pine Outfitters. They are nice a soft and good quality.

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  • I second the White Pine collars and leads, they are the softest nylon products you will find.

    I also second Wild Hare, I have a few of their collars and slip leads. They are very strong stylish very nice.

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  • Wow you guys! You're the best. :) Thank you so much for the fast responses. I'll have my work cut out for me this weekend going through all the sites you've suggested. I'll let you know what I come up with for my sweet Kipawa.

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  • Lastly, is a wider collar better for Kipawa, who is a big ground sniffer and tugs a little? I would love to keep his head up more.

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  • I have many and range in size - 3/4" - 2". I think the wider ones are a little kinder to the neck. I use the thin 3/4" size in tandem with my Flexi-Leads and the wider ones when I'm walking the kids with regular leashes.

    Also, I found another thread that I wrote about some of the Bolduc leather collars/leads that I bought at a dog show last year and where I'll be buying a lure coursing quick release in the next month. To say their work is beautiful is an understatement:

    http://www.basenjiforums.com/showthread.php?t=7927&highlight=bolduc

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  • Houston

    I agree with JoT, awesome thread Fran..
    I too hade several martingales for Otis..loved the one Debbie Bartos made for him..it was fleece lined and so soft, no beads or fringe though.
    I also like Lupine's martingales..because they have a 100% return policy..Otis chewed his twice and they replaced it, Moses just to his torn up a month or so ago and they replaced it no questions asked..got to love that…theirs don't come that wide though, but enough to be a good collra to swtch off with. Otis had a wide collar (the one Debbie made for him) almost 2" at the widest and it tapered down to 3/4" where the d-ring was..very comfy on the trachea..

    For Pippin...well we have got to try different ones..so we have an assortment ;):D, but I am waiting for him to get a little larger still..I know where to shop now though..thanks guys.

    PS. He does have a collar and leash made by a lady on ETSY..love it, it was made from an old pair of jeans..so it is soo soft and I wash it when I wash our jeans..but he will outgrow that before long.

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  • Fran, for the sniffing and tugging, I wouldn't look at a collar to fix that but instead some training. Two things you can try is first practice rewarding head up walking by click/treat for loose leash, head up while walking you can also use "go sniff" as a reward for loose leash, head up walking so he still gets to sniff but it starts to be on cue.

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  • @lvoss:

    Fran, for the sniffing and tugging, I wouldn't look at a collar to fix that but instead some training.

    +1 on this…

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  • They are fairly easy to make. My wife has made a number of them for Dolce.

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  • @lvoss:

    Fran, for the sniffing and tugging, I wouldn't look at a collar to fix that but instead some training. Two things you can try is first practice rewarding head up walking by click/treat for loose leash, head up while walking you can also use "go sniff" as a reward for loose leash, head up walking so he still gets to sniff but it starts to be on cue.

    Thank you Ivoss for that suggestion. I will use that at our puppy class this morning and throughout our walks. I will let you know how it works out.

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  • Are the wider collars okay to use with a puller?
    I'm still working with trying to get mine to stop pulling when we're out walking - the gentle leader helps - but I can't use that when we go to training class.

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