Some dog owners shy away from leather dog collars because they believe they’re finicky. However, that’s not the case when you understand how to maintain a leather dog collar. Discover a few mistakes to avoid when caring for leather dog collars.
Applying Direct Heat To Dry the Leather Collar
If you forget to take the leather collar off your dog before a dip in the pool, lake, or river, don’t panic—it won’t harm the collar. Although, you shouldn’t place it on a heater, vent, or in direct sunlight to speed up the drying process, and don’t use a blow dryer either. This direct heat will cause the leather to crack, shrivel, and dry out. Instead, allow the collar to dry naturally in a well-ventilated area out of the sun; a bathroom or kitchen counter is an excellent area for this. Simply place the collar on a dry towel and give it time.
Scrubbing Too Hard When Removing Dirt or Stains
Dogs love to roll in the mud, run through bushes, and participate in other dirty activities. With that, dirt and stains are bound to appear on your dog’s collar. Remember to be gentle when cleaning the leather collar. A damp, soft towel is all you need to clear dirt and debris off the collar gently. Allow the collar to dry naturally before putting it back on your pup.
Not Cleaning and Conditioning the Collar
Another mistake to avoid is not cleaning and conditioning the dog collar. Here at dogIDs, we offer premier leather collar cleaner and cream to properly care for your custom leather dog collar. Using the right cleaner to keep the collar looking pristine is important, and you can use our leather cleaner on purses, bags, and other leather goods along with your dog’s collar. Spray a small amount of the cleaner onto the collar and gently wipe with a soft rag, then watch as the dirt and stains disappear.
After the collar has fully dried, remember to use a conditioner. The conditioner will cover up any scratches and marks and help keep the collar waterproof. Our leather cream is all-natural, with beeswax as the main ingredient.
Avoid making these mistakes with your dog’s leather collar, and it will last a long time. Keep an eye out for cracking, which is a sign that the collar requires some conditioning. Leather collars are relatively low-maintenance when you purchase a high-quality option, such as the collars at dogIDs—they’re durable, stylish, and made from fine Italian leather.