Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Re: Conformation gear
It's kangaroo leather instead of regular leather, usually they are braided with 2, 4, 6, or 8 strands so you can have fancy patterns and beads. I'm told that the price and quality of the leather is not much different, so with kanga leads you are paying a premium for custom work. Since I want solid black and no embellishments, it's not really worth it. An 8 strand, 6' kanga lead would cost me around $100.
Many problems with regular use of chokes is that the material is crappy and doesn't release correctly, or the choke is put on backwards and doesn't release. If I use a choke on a puppy like Nikon I would fit it so it's leashed on a dead ring anyway (same way Fursavers are used in the SV ring). I like the Martingale b/c it gives a tighter fit without the choke/release since it can only tighten so far. I've just never seen a show martingale used on a GSD so I don't know if it's kosher, so to speak. The dogs themselves have a lot of ring training so they can gait with or ahead of the handler but aren't actually pulling and choking themselves on their lead.