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Berlin is almost 9 months old now, and pretty much done growing in regards to collar size. What type/brand of collars do you guys use on your GSD's? I am leaning toward a nice leather collar/leash but obviously there are no nice ones at Petco/Petsmart...so I have to order online. Please share what type/brand you use and where you got it from! Thanks :)
 

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Mine don't wear collars except when we visit a park or the vets office. In those cases they wear slip collars because it's possible for them to back out of a regular collar. My female was pretty skillful at backing out of a collar.
 

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Berlin wears his collar when we are out.. But not in the house. He has just a regular nylon one for now.


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in the house Penny only wears a choke chain (ive never used it for its "intended purposes") its light and does not mess with her fur... outside she wears just a plain flat buckle leather collar.... Diesel was the same with inside and the choke chain, outside she would wear her spiked leather collar or just a regular flat leather collar
 

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Gunther just has a basic nylon collar (petsmart) and a double handle leash(humane society). But I just looked up dog collars and it looks like Coach makes some if you want to go that route...
 

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Wrigley has worn a rolled leather collar for a long time but I recently found one on Etsy that I love (the Trista stripe): Custom Dog Collars Leashes Harnesses & Accessories by 3pooches I also just ordered this seller's no-pull harness. We struggle with the Easy Walk not staying put. I haven't received the harness yet but it looks like a good design.

I do like the look of the rolled leather collar on a GSD, it doesn't mess with their fur the way a flat collar can. It's subtle and sophisticated. I guess I switched to nylon for a little spring color!

I've never tried a leather leash, I like nylon and have tried those soy ones too; both are durable.
 

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My favorite is Paco Collars Custom Leather Dog Collars - Paco Collars they are expensive but very high quality and have a lifetime guarantee.
I've been thinking of having them turn my dog Pooch's Paco collar into a memorial bracelet, they offer that as a free service.
You can also order a matching bracelet when you order a collar, I did that with Bianca's milan heart collar (matching leash too).
They also make belts.
 

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Avery has a nylon rolled slip collar for training. He typically wears the collar I got custom made by this lady BOPA - Dogstyle which is nylon on one side and neoprene on the other which also has a matching leash. I do have floating about a regular nylon leash but I don't like how it feels on my hands. I have yet to try leather because well most of the leather I've seen at the pet stores over here runs about 80 euros or about 105 USD. I love the fact that all of the BoPa leashes are custom made and standard have loops in a few spots to make the leash different length depend on what we are doing.
 

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Katie, This company is my absolute favorite. Their collars and leads are buttery soft leather and the collar is one of the only ones I have found that are quick release made in leather.
They are made here in Colorado and they also make service dog equipment too:

Product Category : Leashes | Bold Lead Designs
 

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Thanks everyone! Going to check out all these recommendations when I have some time finally tonight!

Also - I dont plan on ever using a choke chain, even inside..inside he usually has his collar off anyways. I just worry about a choke chain catching on something and literally choking him.

LOL and thanks for the coach suggestion, but might be a bit too pricey for Berlins tastes! (and my wallet) heh heh ;)
 

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I found a Coach collar for Lisl on e-Bay, but even as much as I spoil Lisl, I couldn't justify the price for a foo- foo collar. I don't know that it was even large enough. The price was though.
 

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Our dog has only ever had a flat quick-release collar for outdoors. Nothing for indoors.
We use a retractable leash (17') and haven't had any control problems using it on this or previous dogs.
 

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I never have a collar on Lisl either when we're inside. The choke collar is just for trips to the Vet and quick trips outside to potty if I know the neighbor is outside or could pop out unexpectedly.

I'm looking forward to buying her a 'big girl' collar when the time comes. Seems there are endless options, colors, styles, and materials.

I'm still leaning towards a 2" brown leather with a handle and a 'D' ring for a traffic or agitation lead.
 

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Although their site is being updated at the moment, when it's back up and running have a look at The Wag Inc. - Fine Leather Dog Leads , we use the same leather and it's arguably the best bridle leather in the world. The prices are pretty good too for the quality you're buying, a decent bridle leather is more of an investment than a nappa leather which isn't that much cheaper anyway and won't have the longevity. I like the look of this company's collars, they're clearly taking care to make quality equipment with very good materials, if you're lucky you might find as good but probably won't find better on the continent. I saw a Louis Vuitton in the flesh at Crufts a month back for the first time ever, I couldn't believe someone had paid almost $280 for something that was so average....
 
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