Leerburg's Amish Leather Products
Our Leerburg leather products are strong enough to last a lifetime, but soft enough to be comfortable right out of the box. If you go to Petsmart or one of the dog food warehouses and feel their leather products you will find that their leather is thin and stiff. The leather in our dog leashes is thick, pliable and soft. It’s comfortable on your hands and results in better training for your dog.
- The leather we use
- The Amish harness makers who put our products together
We order 60 to 70 sides of beef leather at one time. These sides comes out of Canada where some of the beef hides are thicker. We need this thicker leather for our 6 ft dog leashes.
The leather is shipped to the tanning company here in the United States where it’s processed. The reason our leather is so soft is because of the way it is tanned. Our tanner uses a mixture of tallow and oils that other tanners don’t use. While this is important the key to why the leather is soft is how the hides are dried.
Once the hides have been oiled they are stretched on frames and put in a large room to air dry. This process takes up to 3 weeks. Other tanners run their hides through big heated dryers where their hides dry in a day or two.
This is the reason the leather is as soft as it is. When leather goes through the commercial dryers it gets too dry which results in the leather getting stiff. That’s why the Petsmart leather leashes are brittle or stiff.
Amos and his sons are perfectionists. They take pride in what they do and appreciate the fact that I give them all of my leather business. While they are farmers and they work the land they use the Leerburg leather work to help with their cash flow.
In the beginning, they used to make horse harnesses and raise chickens that were sold in Chicago. As time passed and our business grew they stopped building these horse harnesses and they sold their chicken business to a neighbor. Now they only farm and make Leerburg dog training products.
The quality of Amos’s workmanship has resulted in our reputation for the finest leather leashes in the world. When I got to Europe to film some of my training DVDs my dog training friends over there always ask me to bring them a supply of our Leerburg Leashes.
I have a couple of Amos’ leashes that are over 20 years old. They are as strong as the day I got them and as pliable as a wet noodle. If you buy a Leerburg leash and take care of it (don’t leave it out in the rain) it will last for many years.
I would include a photo of myself and Amos but the Amish do not allow posed photos. Amos and I have discussed this. He knows people snap photos of them without asking and there is nothing they can do about this but he asked that I not take his picture.
*Our Amish leather products are made with American-made leather that is stained using natural oils and dyes. There is a possibility that some color may transfer on some of these leather products. We recommend that you use discretion when using this product with lighter colored clothing.
The Amish sewing machine that's used to make ALL the Leerburg Leashes
We use every part of our hides. The leashes come out of the thicker part near the top of the back
while the pull tabs and smaller leather collars come off the thinner belly leather.
All the Leerburg hides are cut by hand. There are no automated machines here.
Notice that Amos's sewing machine is run with a foot peddle and not an electric motor.
Hides for processing.
Hides waiting to be tanned
At this point, we use only black leather.
Hides after coming out off the stretcher in the drying room
Leerburg Training Leashes & Tabs
Drag Leashes (Training Leashes)
Two Dog Lead
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September 16, 2008
Hi Ed !
Just thought I'd write to you again to thank you for the prompt delivery of the leather tracking harness and the tracking line I ordered last week, the quality of the leather and workmanship is extremely high and I'm sure it will last me a lifetime, once again thanks for your service.
August 11, 2008
HI. I received the order on Friday. I'm very satisfied. The leather products are very high quality.
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