Andrei Here's wonderful photos of Andrei coursing and straight-line racing.  In the coursing ones he has a blanket on (naturally), the straight line ones are from a practice session.  I use the slip-lead in both!  I would also say about the slip lead . . .  having the breed and my name embossed on the leather ensures that the lead comes back to me if it gets misplaced at an event. The large rings on this lead make it very easy to use.  The size of the lead make it easy to put it either in my back pocket or drape around my neck and shoulders, and being able to move quickly like that can sometimes be so helpful at an event. Owner Michael McLain, CA Photos by Tom Kasowski
Callie "Photographer Dan Gauss caught us at precisely the moment when the slip flew off of Callie's neck and off she went.  You can very clearly SEE how the slip falls in the photo - down and away from the dog. Dan snapped this just seconds after the Tally Ho. Callie is all pulled up in front but hasn't pushed off at all with her rear yet - so that slip JUST left her neck split seconds before. Look at where it is! Pretty impressive!" Owner/handler Karla Schreiber Photo by Dan Gauss - Shot On Site Photography  
Mikey I just love your slips. Very high quality and long lasting. And when you have a eager dog at the line, easy to set them up for release. Owner Colleen Summerfield
HOW SIZE IS DETERMINED . . .
Collars are measured from ring end to ring end. Collars are sized in inches. Small hounds (Basenjis, IG's) are typically 12-14 inches Large hounds (Borzoi, Wolfhounds) are typically 19-22 inches.  Each dog and breed varies.
HOW ARE THEY SUPPOSED TO WORK . . .
The rings should barely touch or slightly overlap each other A smaller size is better than a larger size - with use, the leather will stretch slightly, but not enough to warrant ordering a size too small for your hound. A collar that is too large makes it difficult to manage your dog & can cause a premature release or allow your dog to come out of the slip.  Neither is recommended.
Wrap a dressmaker's tape measure or use a standard leash around your dog's neck at the base of the ears. Make sure the measuring is done OVER your dog's hair or coat The tape measure or leash should be firmly around the dog's neck yet should not be pulled tight to cause discomfort to the dog Check the length measured & measure again to insure a correct length
HOW TO MEASURE YOUR HOUND . . .
WHAT SIZE SHOULD YOU ORDER . . . UNDER 1/2 inch - Order the lower whole number measured.  EXAMPLE If you measure & find that the length is between 15 & 15 1/2 inches, order a 15 inch collar   OVER 1/2 inch  - Order the higher whole number measured EXAMPLE If you measure & find that the length is between 15 1/2 & 16 inches, order a 16 inch collar. ABOUT PADDING ON THE COLLARS . . . For the most part, we do NOT recommend padding for our leather collars.   We feel padding interferes with the functioning of the collar at the most critical point - the release at the start of a run. The natural qualities of leather collars make padding unnecessary UNLESS your hound is very sensitive to any kind of pressure on the neck. WHY PADDING ? Webbing is the most common and cost effective material used to make many slip collars. Since it is a synthetic woven fabric, it softens and  flexes, and the edges can roughen with use over time.  Padding helps to retain the collar shape and protects the neck from rub burns and abrasion.  THE DIFFERENCE?  LEATHER IS A NATURAL MATERIAL The thickness & type of leather we use guarantees the collar will retain its shape over time after repeated use.  Leather has two distinct sides.  The surface which comes in contact with the dog's neck is left in it's natural suede state.  The fact that leather wears smooth with use keeps the edges from cutting.  The softness of the suede side acts as a natural padding to protect the neck. Padding is seen most with those running short haired hounds - IG's, Basenjis, Whippets, Pharaohs, Greyhounds, Rhodesians, etc. We have basenjis and release them with our own slips - of course!  None of our collars are padded.  We would NEVER use anything that caused even a single bent hair on our own dog's precious necks.   Since we don't use anything to cause harm to our own dogs, we certainly would never sell a product that inflicted injury on others. Collar burns are ALWAYS to be avoided.  The ONLY reason to pad a leather collar is if  your hound is very sensitive to any kind of pressure in the neck area or has sustained injury in the past.  IF YOU REALLY WANT PADDING . . . We suggest using fleece protectors used by horsemen to wrap around halters.  They apply, tube fashion, with velcro.  The wide pad that goes over the top of the horse's head works very well with lure collars.  Click on our link to see & purchase...
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Andrei Here's wonderful photos of Andrei coursing and straight-line racing.  In the coursing ones he has a blanket on (naturally), the straight line ones are from a practice session.  I use the slip-lead in both!  I would also say about the slip lead . . .  having the breed and my name embossed on the leather ensures that the lead comes back to me if it gets misplaced at an event. The large rings on this lead make it very easy to use.  The size of the lead make it easy to put it either in my back pocket or drape around my neck and shoulders, and being able to move quickly like that can sometimes be so helpful at an event. Owner Michael McLain, CA Photos by Tom Kasowski
Callie "Photographer Dan Gauss caught us at precisely the moment when the slip flew off of Callie's neck and off she went.  You can very clearly SEE how the slip falls in the photo - down and away from the dog. Dan snapped this just seconds after the Tally Ho. Callie is all pulled up in front but hasn't pushed off at all with her rear yet - so that slip JUST left her neck split seconds before. Look at where it is! Pretty impressive!" Owner/handler Karla Schreiber Photo by Dan Gauss - Shot On Site Photography  
Mikey I just love your slips. Very high quality and long lasting. And when you have a eager dog at the line, easy to set them up for release. Owner Colleen Summerfield
HOW SIZE IS DETERMINED . . .
Collars are measured from ring end to ring end. Collars are sized in inches. Small hounds (Basenjis, IG's) are typically 12-14 inches Large hounds (Borzoi, Wolfhounds) are typically 19-22 inches.  Each dog and breed varies.
HOW ARE THEY SUPPOSED TO WORK . . .
The rings should barely touch or slightly overlap each other A smaller size is better than a larger size - with use, the leather will stretch slightly, but not enough to warrant ordering a size too small for your hound. A collar that is too large makes it difficult to manage your dog & can cause a premature release or allow your dog to come out of the slip.  Neither is recommended.
Wrap a dressmaker's tape measure or use a standard leash around your dog's neck at the base of the ears. Make sure the measuring is done OVER your dog's hair or coat The tape measure or leash should be firmly around the dog's neck yet should not be pulled tight to cause discomfort to the dog Check the length measured & measure again to insure a correct length
HOW TO MEASURE YOUR HOUND . . .
WHAT SIZE SHOULD YOU ORDER . . . UNDER 1/2 inch - Order the lower whole number measured.  EXAMPLE If you measure & find that the length is between 15 & 15 1/2 inches, order a 15 inch collar   OVER 1/2 inch  - Order the higher whole number measured EXAMPLE If you measure & find that the length is between 15 1/2 & 16 inches, order a 16 inch collar. ABOUT PADDING ON THE COLLARS . . . For the most part, we do NOT recommend padding for our leather collars.   We feel padding interferes with the functioning of the collar at the most critical point - the release at the start of a run. The natural qualities of leather collars make padding unnecessary UNLESS your hound is very sensitive to any kind of pressure on the neck. WHY PADDING ? Webbing is the most common and cost effective material used to make many slip collars. Since it is a synthetic woven fabric, it softens and  flexes, and the edges can roughen with use over time.  Padding helps to retain the collar shape and protects the neck from rub burns and abrasion.  THE DIFFERENCE?  LEATHER IS A NATURAL MATERIAL The thickness & type of leather we use guarantees the collar will retain its shape over time after repeated use.  Leather has two distinct sides.  The surface which comes in contact with the dog's neck is left in it's natural suede state.  The fact that leather wears smooth with use keeps the edges from cutting.  The softness of the suede side acts as a natural padding to protect the neck. Padding is seen most with those running short haired hounds - IG's, Basenjis, Whippets, Pharaohs, Greyhounds, Rhodesians, etc. We have basenjis and release them with our own slips - of course!  None of our collars are padded.  We would NEVER use anything that caused even a single bent hair on our own dog's precious necks.   Since we don't use anything to cause harm to our own dogs, we certainly would never sell a product that inflicted injury on others. Collar burns are ALWAYS to be avoided.  The ONLY reason to pad a leather collar is if  your hound is very sensitive to any kind of pressure in the neck area or has sustained injury in the past.  IF YOU REALLY WANT PADDING . . . We suggest using fleece protectors used by horsemen to wrap around halters.  They apply, tube fashion, with velcro.  The wide pad that goes over the top of the horse's head works very well with lure collars.  Click on our link to see & purchase...
Copyright © 2013 by HCH Limited.  All Rights Reserved