I'm preparing my first GSP for her first show, and I am not sure what lead and collar to use. Does anyone have a recommendation, preferably on a website where I can order it directly? Thanks!
I have used kangaroo leads almost from the first time I showed. I tried the chain collars, but my dogs didn't like them because their shorthair would catch in the chain and pull. I switched to a kangaroo slip collar and a matching kangaroo lead. This year I wanted to do away with the clip so I had Bob Bertram make me a lead with a slip on the end and I love it. He made to my exact specifications.
This one is similar, but instead of the clip at the end mine ends in a slip collar. Also mine is dark brown to match my dog.
Bob's price is pretty comparable to everywhere else for kangaroo leads too. I also do not do the beads. I personally do not like them as I think they detract from the dog. I have a friend who is an AKC judge in another breed and he told me he hated the beads because when he looked around at a dog his eye got drawn first to the beads. This made sense to me and since I want my dog to be showcased and not the beads, I do not have a lead with beads.
This is my preference, others hopefully will post too with their preference.
Here is my current show lead. The small loop near the beads is for puttting it on the snake chain collar. The loop at the other end is for my thumb.
Here is a close up of the beads.
For a collar I use a snake chain collar. I haven't noticed it pulling my dog's hair.