One of the reasons I chose to make all my Absurd Design dog collars from natural leather is because it offers such high durability and strength. No nasty toxins are used because there is no tanning process. It can take abuse and definitely the strain from daily pulls from your dog. Leather is meant to be used outdoors and taken on any adventure, however, over time it can become dry and, just like our skin we need to take care of it to make it look as good as possible. Before sending out your product I protect the leather using Skidmore's leather waterproofing cream to make sure that your collar or lead is ready for the outdoors. I use this particular product because it's nearly pure beeswax and means if your pup loves getting mucky or likes going in the sea it has the extra protection from getting really really wet.
Over time leather products may deepen in colour and develop a rich 'Patina'. No one likes to get older, but it's not so bad if we can do it in style!
Here are some tips on how to care for your leather product:
To keep your collar/lead from drying out I recommend that you condition it. If your collar is so special that it's only used indoors then you should treat it with a conditioning /leather care cream once or twice a year. If, however, your collar is exposed to the elements most of the time, I recommend that you condition it three to four times a year and use something similar to Skidmore's waterproofing cream so that the outer surface is protected as well as nourished.