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April 13, 2015
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Spring Imperfect Leather Sale

All of our leather products here at Leerburg are handmade. As with any handmade item, from time to time there are imperfections that do not meet our standards or pass our quality control measures. These items are normally returned to our Amish harness makers to fix or sold in our annual garage sale, depending on the defect and whether or not it can be fixed.

Recently, however, we recently had an issue with a few of the hides that should never have been used in the first place. Unfortunately, there was a mistake made in the tanning process that caused the back side of the leather to be very rough. Upon inspection of the leashes, we realized that they did not meet our standards and could not be sold at full price.

With no way to fix these leashes and 6 months until our annual garage sale, we decided to sell them for 30-75% off retail value. We took all of the products that would have gone into the garage sale and added these new rough leashes to create a spring leather sale.

All of the leashes, harnesses, and collars in this sale have some type of aesthetic defect, but they are still fully functioning products. Defects include crooked stitching, rivets not being centered, tarnish on the hardware, and rough leather. The type of defect is listed next to each product. The link below will bring you to a page of pictures of each type of defect.

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Question: My 10 week old puppy has noticed cars and wants to chase them. Can I use a prong collar to correct him?

My new border collie puppy is just 10 weeks old and I've had him for 1 week. In the last 2 days he has noticed cars and wants to chase them. Is it safe to use a prong collar on such a tiny puppy? If not, what do you recommend as a correction for such a young puppy?

I have tried to distract him or hold his attention with a treat as soon as I detect a car approaching, but that is not working - he still looks away toward the car and/or tries to start after it. I want to nip this in the bud.


Cindy's Response:

I would not use a prong collar or physical corrections, I would increase the distance between the pup and the distraction (no matter what that distraction may be, cars, people, other dogs, etc) this may mean you move 20 yards away or maybe it means 200 yards. You need to find the distance that you can regain your pup's attention and get him to take the food.

The key is to teach your pup to engage with you and then as he gains experience, add distractions. This is covered in The Power of Training Dogs with Food.

Cindy Rhodes

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  Amazing!!! I have two dogs,a golden and labradoodle. At the time I purchased this ball I wasn't sure how or when it would be destroyed. It's totally the most wonderful ball I have ever purchased! It has become the golden's best friend - he plays with it like a cat would, always waiting and watching it to see if it will possibly move. He really doesn't like sharing it so I'll need to purchase another. That said, I never let them leave my sight while they play with this ball. I also bought the chewber but that hasn't caught their eye just yet ;( Their still working on this one.
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