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tough collars for tough dogs with FREE tags! ~ {cool dog products}

… AND at unbeatable prices.  many of you have probably seen those biothane collars at your local pet-supply stores … those soft, rubbery-plastic collars that come in a myriad of colours, are extremely durable, easily cleaned by simply wiping off, and don’t hold odors.  the ones you get at your local pet-supply store are great, but they can be pricey.

so how about going to the original source of these kinds of collars.  although they seem new to your local pet store, these collars have actually been around for a long time in the hunting dog world, and they don’t cost a fortune.  what’s more, Steve Snell of gun dog supply sells all of his collars with an awesome FREE brass plate ID tag.  these are definitely one of my favorite dog things and matea — my crazy, muddy, puddle-loving wirehaired pointer — has always worn one of these collars.


of course, she doesn’t normally wear it in the house.  this is her ‘field’ collar.  these TufFlex collars resist mildew and bacteria, and, as such, are odor-free.  they’re soft and flexible, even in our canadian winters; and even after years of abuse, this collar shows no sign of wear.  i have always preferred the “centre-ring” style, pictured above.  i never understood why this style of collar isn’t more popular.  (A) the centre-ring collar is a “rollover design” that aids in your dog’s safety in case it gets snagged on something in the field, and (B) when it comes to clipping on the leash quickly, bam! the ring is right there.  no struggling to find the ring under your Rover’s chin.

i prefer the 3/4″ collar but it also comes in a 1″ sizenote: you want to be sure to buy the right length (sometimes a little small) so that the centre ring stays at the centre of the neck.

AND, you can get a leash to match …


… luxuriously soft, won’t burn your hands, and far more ‘grippy’ than any other leash (other than my super dooper rubber leash which i’ll share with you in another “things we love” entry).

and as i said, the tag is FREE if you order from gun dog supply.


and these plate tags are awesome.  no dangling, dingling, clinking, clanging … and no lost ID!

now, admittedly, gun dog supply is a US-based site, so you’ll end up paying shipping, but you won’t get hit with duty if your order is under $20 or so … and these collars are UNDER $10!!

of course, the only thing matea cares about when it comes to a leash and collar, is whether she gets out for a walk.


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  • LainerI purchased two collars for my french bulldog Ozzy. Red and blue. They were cheap. I got free brass nameplates. I did what they suggested on the website, to put my name and number with “reward if found”, and “needs meds”, in the event that Ozzy gets lost or stolen. I almost fell into the trap of putting Ozzy’s name. I’ve always done it that way, but now realize it just isn’t safe. Thanks for the collar information.ReplyCancel

  • SydneyThis is the a collar I need!! I relized this yesterday when we went to my best friends farm and Cody decided once again to roll in horse poop. His collar, though I scrubbed a lot, it stained. He also goes in the bush and swimming a lot probably help. I have one question, do you let her wear it during winter? I thought maybe the ring would get to cold on their necks during Canadian winters, especialy. I am defintly going to consider purchasing one of these for Cody’s more adventurous walks.ReplyCancel

  • Susan HumphreysMatea makes a great model! Your photographs rock!ReplyCancel

  • LizWhat a good little model!ReplyCancel

  • Holly Garner-JacksonI just loved the one you gave Maggie as a gift a few years ago! The ID tag is the best! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • amy bThese look great! And it would be nice to have the integrated tag instead of loud hanging ones at night. Though we may not be able to function in such a deafening silence….ReplyCancel

  • AngelaWow, these look awesome! Thanks for sharing. Off to check out the gundog site and pick on of these up for my Koda boy. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie HornerLOVE Gun Dog Supply and LOVE these collars and leashes!ReplyCancel

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