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Cultured Canines Blog

A review of hemp leashes and collars

Why do I not endorse the use of “hemp” leashes, collars, and martingale collars?

Hemp collars stretch; a lot. My first dog Jett almost died as a result of the inferior quality. He was playing with his good friend Penny (chocolate lab) when her tooth got caught in his collar. He suffocated and was unconscious for over two minutes. Luckily some neighbors heard my friend and I screaming and thanks to some quick thinking, they got pliers and broke the plastic on the collar and Jett began breathing shortly after. He had severe neck trauma and had to wear a harness for two months.

The hemp martingale collars I have seen available in Calgary feature a chain that is not long enough to size properly. The chain can rust and tarnish and they are not kind to your dog’s fur! The proper way to size a martingale collar is that the collar needs to be tight enough so when the dog pulls the two “D” rings cannot touch. This way the pressure is exerted evenly around the dog’s neck instead of all the pressure being on their trachea. The chains on the hemp collars are not long enough to size correctly so if you try to size it properly, they just choke the dogs! Also when sized properly, dogs cannot wiggle out of the collar making a (proper) martingale the safest collar. When not sized properly the dog can still get out of the collar and then run away and put themselves in danger. Using a martingale that isn’t/can’t be sized correctly might as well not even be a martingale.

The hemp leashes are made of the same flimsy material. Any hemp leash I’ve seen that is over a year old are very ratty! The clasps are not that strong and I wouldn’t trust them in any of my classes.

The “hands free” leashes do not stay snug on the waist and when I used to use one, I was constantly fidgeting with it trying to keep it on. The leash portion of the hands free belt has the same untrustworthy clasp and the material can stretch easily.

While using hemp is a cute idea, in practical usage it is an unwise choice to keep your dog safe.

I will only allow certain leashes and collars in my classes and on my dogs. They are made of a soft but durable nylon material that I have NEVER seen (in the three years I have been using them break) stretch, wear out, or fall apart. The leashes are made of the same material. They are soft on your hands, but strong enough to hold your dog. The clasps are the strongest clasps available for dog leashes. There is a 300 psi clasp for smaller dogs and a 600psi clasp for bigger dogs. They are made with your dog’s safety in mind. The chain for the martingale collar is imported from Germany, and the leashes and collars are made in Canada. These leashes and collars are included in the cost of my group course to ensure the dogs in my class have nothing but the best.

I understand that hemp is better for the environment but nylon is just safer. My priority is your dog’s safety. I help save the environment in other ways!

The quality of the leash and collar you use on your dog determines your dog’s safety. Don’t trust your dog’s life with sub par products.