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« on: June 01, 2008 03:24:00 PM »

Hey, I was wondering what people think of handmade collars? Are they as strong, are they safe, and things like that? Also, I am having a lot of trouble finding any large collars with the sort of belt buckle closure rather than the plastic snapping thing. My dog just breaks those so I need the buckle kind.

I guess I could make my own with a buckle but I'm worried it wouldn't be strong enough. Or that there is some collar technology that makes them safe that I would be without.

Any information on this subject would be great, along with any links to places to buy handmade(or mass produced at this point) buckle type collar for large dogs. Thanks a lot guys. Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2008 11:35:47 AM »

I started making my own collars a few months ago and I had a lot of questions (still do).
My dog is a pitbull mix, and he has yet to break one of my homemade collars. I use a double layer of 2 inch wide, lightweight nylon webbing and polyester upholstery thread. You can sew ribbon or fabric around the outside to make it pretty.
You can get the webbing and steel hardware from www.cdwplus.com.
Very reasonable prices, and excellent materials.
www.collarmania.com has some beautiful, BEAUTIFUL collars, but they are a little expensive. It's cheaper to just make your own, and more fun, imo.
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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2008 11:24:07 AM »

I buy my stuff from www.cdwplus as well. I've made collars for my dobe with the metal buckle. I don't have the webbing in mine, but use craft interfacing to stiffen and strengthen it. It has been strong for me and at 6 months hasn't broken it yet.  Cool It is also easy to clean and I can use my favorite fabric with it.
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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2008 11:58:21 AM »

If you need a local source for heavy duty buckles and supplies.. I highly recommend finding the nearest tack shop or saddle making shop. I just stopped by our local one and they had an entire isle of hardware in all sizes, shapes, and thicknesses.. plus gobs of leather straps and nylon straps in all colors that were perfect for a sturdy collar!
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