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Care Instructions

Care instructions

As with most items, all collars will wear/fray/stain/fade with use. I like to equate this to us wearing the same shirt or pants every day for a long period of time; it will begin to show signs of wear.

-Never use my collars on dogs who are on a tie out. Collars used on dogs on a tie out can cause serious damage to your dog and their collar.

-Always check your collar for signs of wear. Our collars are NOT meant for heavy pullers, tie-outs, as a training aid or for extremely heavy duty purposes.

-No collar is chew proof and should be kept away from teething puppies or from other dogs who like to chew on or pull another dog’s collar.

Canvas Collar Care Instructions:

Canvas collars (or biothane + canvas collars and/or leads) are made from naturally stain resistant polyester material, but it will still require some specific care to keep it looking fresh. While canvas collars are more durable than typical cotton fabric collars, they are not indestructible.

-When you get thome from your sand, sun or mud adventure, be sure to wash your collar right away.

-Canvas collars should be hand washed when needed. We recommend using warm water and mild detergent. Use a small toothbrush or other soft bristled brush if there is some stubborn dirt or grime.

-Canvas collars should be air dried only; do not put canvas collars in the dryer.

-We also recommend using a waterproofing spray on your collar every once in a while to protect against your tough adventures. We do carry a water/stain repellant spray in the shop.

Biothane Collar Care Instructions:

Biothane does not need the maintenance and conditioning that leather requires but should still be cleaned and maintained regularly. While Biothane is a stronger material than fabric, these collars are not meant for heavy pullers and are not chew resistant or chew proof.

Topical flea/tick medication and/or flea/tick collars used in conjunction with biothane collars can cause cracking issues. For this reason, it is not recommended that a biothane collar is used if using one of these prevention methods.

When we say biothane is “stink resistant” this refers to your dog wearing it in the water and not soaking in your pups smell or that mildew/funk smell that can happen when a collar is wet and then dry and then wet again. Biothane DOES NOT resist skunk or other oily smells.

-Name plates can be bent slightly to conform to your pups neck.

-To clean: hand wash with warm water and a mild soap. You can also disinfect collars with a 10% bleach solution or wipe down with diluted white vinegar to help neutralize stinky odors.

-Under normal use, biothane will not get sticky or tacky. It can get sticky/tacky or pit/dimple/crack if exposed to chemicals like DEET, insect repellants, topical flea/tick products, etc.

-Rinse collar immediately after swimming in water with chemicals or salt water.

-Brass hardware is solid brass and may discolor and patina over time. Simply clean with soap and water or polish with a brass cleaner. If the blueish patina transfers to your pups fur, simply wash out with soap and water.

-We recommend sealing your brass hardware with a brass lacquer to prevent it from tarnishing and staining your biothane.

-Lighter colors are more prone to staining from things like brass tarnish, etc.

-Color transfer is possible for certain colors, especially fluorescent colors. If color transfer happens to skin, fur or fabric, wash with soap and water.

-Biothane collars should be stored without contacting other colors due to potential migration of one color to the other.

Collar Durability:

As with most items made with fabric, collars made from canvas fabric will wear/fray/stain/fade with use. I like to equate this to us wearing the same shirt or pants every day for a long period of time; it will begin to show signs of wear.

I HIGHLY recommend having multiple collars to routinely swap out to reduce wear on any one collar.

-Please remember that you are responsible for determining the suitability of our collars + leads for your dog.

-All collars are created to be durable but cotton fabric collars will wear/fade/fray with prolonged use.

-Always check your collar for signs of wear. Our collars are not meant for heavy pullers, tie-outs, as a training aid or for extremely heavy duty purposes.

-Canvas and fabric collars are not suitable for salt water use. Salt water will fade/wear the material and metal will begin to corrode.

Disclaimer:
Customers who use our products acknowledge that Four Black Paws, LLC shall not be liable or responsible to any person, pet or entity for loss or damage caused, or alleged to have been caused, directly or indirectly by or from the products, information or ideas contained, suggested or referenced in any of our marketing material, packaging or website. In no event shall Four Black Paws, LLC. be liable to you or any other party for incidental, punitive, or consequential damages. It is the responsibility of the owner to comply with local safety standards with regards to care of pets, etc. Four Black Paws, LLC will not be liable for any loss or damage of any of our products to pets or humans. Your receipt of payment for these goods is proof that you have read, understood and agreed to these terms and conditions.