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Z has a nylon collar, and it rubs her neck almost bald sometimes, same for her nylon harness. I've heard leather is better, but because of our all-weather outings and frequent trips to play in snow or go swimming, I don't think real leather is a choice. (I do like the look and feel of leather though)
One leather alternative I've been told about that I like the idea of is biothane, but I've never seen it in person. I like that it's waterproof and such, but does anyone know if it truly feels like leather, and if it will be gentler on her skin and fur than nylon? Also, will the belt-style buckle it comes with be better for her fur/skin than a plastic buckle since only the collar material touches her skin, and not any hard plastic?
Is there anything else I can do in addition to a new collar that will help her fur and skin? She only wears her collar when walking off property or when off-leash, but that's pretty often since I'm working from home.
 

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My leather leashes are in the water frequently and have never had a problem. I would think a leather collar would be fine.

With that, you might try a martingale style collar. You can have it looser on her neck because it will tighten some when the leash goes taut. Mine are sized to slide over the dog's head when loose, but not when pulled taut. When pulled taut it just fits snugly rather than choking.
 
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Thanks for your input, I appreciate it!
 

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My leather leash does fine in the rain, though I refuse to use it when we're at the beach. Water is one thing, salt water is a whole new level of hard on equipment.

Rolled leather collars are specifically supposed to be very gentle on the coat, and are popular among people with heavily coated show dogs for that reason, but they're very narrow so I wouldn't recommend them for a dog who pulls at all. I know some people also have luck going for wider collars with padding or a lining of some kind of fabric - cotton, fleece, and neoprene are common. How wide depends on your dog's size and comfort, of course, but it's supposed to help distribute pressure more evenly, and the padding adds extra cushion. Some designs also make sure there's a layer between the buckle and fur/skin - I used the Hurtta Venture collar with my younger dog and it's like this, if you want an idea of what I mean.

I have heard good things about biothane, but haven't used it myself.
 
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