It all started when our son, then aged 8, joined our local 4-H Dog Care & Training project.  Carmella, LTD Leathergoods owner,  became project leader, with 8 children and their dogs. The most amazing leashes walked into the first training class, all most unsuitable. One of the parents had a great idea - a friend worked at a local leather shop so set up  "Make A Leash" night where, for a nominal fee, would teach the children to make their own leather leashes.  Small children, heavy leather, cutting with razor sharp tools and how do we make leashes anyway?    After a few hours, the kids were beaming & the leashes they made outstanding!  Years later, we still held make a leash nights for the 4H Dog Project kids, but by then held in our own workshop. And, for the curious, we only had one cut in over 200 kids! Our son used his leash all the time & an obedience trainer saw his leash, asked him where he got it, and wanted to know where she could get them for her students.  "I made it," he replied.  She told him that if he made more, she  would sell them to the folks in her classes.  The leash making business was a reality & soon we were buying whole leather hides to make into leashes. A good friend, who was lure coursing her Borzoi’s, suggested that we should figure out how to make leather slip leashes for her dogs.  She had been borrowing slip collars and needed slips stronger than ones she was using.  She also encouraged us to run our basenjis so we too needed slip leashes.  As our son says, "Next thing I knew, my mom was going to lure trials in Southern California & people wanted to buy the slip leashes we used."  Before we decided to take our little business to the rest of the world, we spoke to lure coursing enthusiasts from many breeds to learn what they wanted in a slip leash.   We then went to a world class saddle-maker who set us straight with our production methods.  We found hardware suppliers that carried only the best in welded, stainless steel and solid brass fittings.  Most importantly, we use only All-American Latigo leather of the highest quality for our leashes. We still make our Obedience / 6' leashes featuring an equine style pinch snap & made this choice years ago because of the 4H kids.  We learned, at that very first class, that standard leash snap clips were difficult for little fingers to open and secure to their dog's collars.   However, they could open the equine snap quite easily.  Since we knew that they were strong enough to control a horse, they would work fine for dogs.  After seeing the leashes used over the years, by countless numbers of children and adults, we've not changed our six foot leash design at all.  Matter of fact, we still have some of those first leashes - like the one pictured - still in use & over 15 years old.  Are they still beautiful & functional?  Yes, they are! 
TIGGER Tigger is the dog that started our lure coursing collars.  Because of him, we learned how strong and sturdy a lure slip needs to be to hold an enthusiastic hound at the line.  Athletic & keen, he was like trying to hold on to a train at lure trials!  Tigger's neck coat was never ruffled nor did he suffer rub marks with the leather collars.  Our collar just fell away and he was off & running! Owners KC & Steve Artlery Handler / Carmella Troisi-Hoerr Breeder / Photo by Lorrie Scott
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It all started when our son, then aged 8, joined our local 4-H Dog Care & Training project.  Carmella, LTD Leathergoods owner,  became project leader, with 8 children and their dogs. The most amazing leashes walked into the first training class, all most unsuitable. One of the parents had a great idea - a friend worked at a local leather shop so set up  "Make A Leash" night where, for a nominal fee, would teach the children to make their own leather leashes.  Small children, heavy leather, cutting with razor sharp tools and how do we make leashes anyway?    After a few hours, the kids were beaming & the leashes they made outstanding!  Years later, we still held make a leash nights for the 4H Dog Project kids, but by then held in our own workshop. And, for the curious, we only had one cut in over 200 kids! Our son used his leash all the time & an obedience trainer saw his leash, asked him where he got it, and wanted to know where she could get them for her students.  "I made it," he replied.  She told him that if he made more, she  would sell them to the folks in her classes.  The leash making business was a reality & soon we were buying whole leather hides to make into leashes. A good friend, who was lure coursing her Borzoi’s, suggested that we should figure out how to make leather slip leashes for her dogs.  She had been borrowing slip collars and needed slips stronger than ones she was using.  She also encouraged us to run our basenjis so we too needed slip leashes.  As our son says, "Next thing I knew, my mom was going to lure trials in Southern California & people wanted to buy the slip leashes we used."  Before we decided to take our little business to the rest of the world, we spoke to lure coursing enthusiasts from many breeds to learn what they wanted in a slip leash.   We then went to a world class saddle-maker who set us straight with our production methods.  We found hardware suppliers that carried only the best in welded, stainless steel and solid brass fittings.  Most importantly, we use only All- American Latigo leather of the highest quality for our leashes. We still make our Obedience / 6' leashes featuring an equine style pinch snap & made this choice years ago because of the 4H kids.  We learned, at that very first class, that standard leash snap clips were difficult for little fingers to open and secure to their dog's collars.   However, they could open the equine snap quite easily.  Since we knew that they were strong enough to control a horse, they would work fine for dogs.  After seeing the leashes used over the years, by countless numbers of children and adults, we've not changed our six foot leash design at all.  Matter of fact, we still have some of those first leashes - like the one pictured - still in use & over 15 years old.  Are they still beautiful & functional?  Yes, they are! 
TIGGER Tigger is the dog that started our lure coursing collars.  Because of him, we learned how strong and sturdy a lure slip needs to be to hold an enthusiastic hound at the line.  Athletic & keen, he was like trying to hold on to a train at lure trials!  Tigger's neck coat was never ruffled nor did he suffer rub marks with the leather collars.  Our collar just fell away and he was off & running! Owners KC & Steve Artlery Handler / Carmella Troisi-Hoerr Breeder / Photo by Lorrie Scott
Copyright © 2013 by HCH Limited.  All Rights Reserved