View Full Version : Taking the dogs off the farm and dressing them up

Jul. 13, 2010, 08:59 PM
Once in a while the monster farm dogs get to go off the farm and visit the old folks home. I cannot dress 100 lb dogs up- I was sort of kidding. They do get a bath and a blow dry first and cologne. I would like to have fancy collars for them though- something sturdy enough to be an actual useful collar, but pretty enough to say "I am not a vicious guard dog". I was thinking of those sparkly custom browbands- they are very sturdy, it seems, or at least some of them are. I would love to get rhinestone or beaded dog collars for them. Anyone done this for their dogs?

Long Spot
Jul. 13, 2010, 09:04 PM
I'd love to find someone who does those too! Anyone?

Jul. 13, 2010, 09:10 PM
I mostly just dress my big guy up with fabric - fabric stores have loads of prints, including lots of fun seasonal ones, so I just buy a bit of this and that and cut them into sensibly sized triangles with pinking shears and he can have a whole wardrobe of the things for all different occasions. I just put it on on top of the collar, and wiggle things around until the leash is attached but not making the fabric ride up weirdly.

(If you were of a mind to put more effort into it, you could hem the edges and actually sew a flap over to make a tunnel to thread the collar through to hold it on, instead of tying.)

Anyway, I like that approach because Pirate is big (though only 75lb ish) and black and tan and so a lot of people look and go 'eep!' because of the markings and if he's wearing a somewhat silly looking scarf it helps make his big old grin actually 'read' like a big old grin and not like he's baring his teeth in preparation for eating you. :)

I'd think that most places that do horse browbands should be able to do a dog collar, though - maybe you'd have to supply the 'blank' collars if they don't do most of the leather work themselves, but essentially they're both flat/straight pieces of leather to be worked on.

Jul. 13, 2010, 09:32 PM
actually that's a great idea too! Still want the dog collars but a bit of pink gingham would look cute and also serve as a drool mop.

Jul. 13, 2010, 09:51 PM
I envy you folks with dogs who have coats short enough to make fancy collars visible! It just doesn't make sense for my hairy crew.

I got an absolutely *gorgeous* browband from http://www.beautifulbrowbands.net and she does collars, too. She's a CotHer, but I can't remember her user name.

Jul. 13, 2010, 09:56 PM

Jul. 14, 2010, 10:55 AM
I use dollar store beaded necklaces for our guys over their plain leather collars and wacky leads. My service dog was an American Eskimo (smaller version of a Samoyed) so he looked like this giant white ball of cotton coming at you. Which helped when his helper was a 100lbs rottie. We used the bandana approach as well and since Mac didn't mind having his hair braided we would give some of the kids ribbons and barrets to tie in his hair. Now Stock (rott) liked to have his nails painted so we used washable finger paint on him and away the kids went. Now I have two that are truly not therapy dogs and I miss Mac even more. I would also put party hats on Mac and make him look like a unicorn but I replaced the rubber band with a ribbon. We did a hat making contest with a sheet of card stock and ribbon and various odds and ends Mac and Stock judged. We also would use the tutu skirts from the kid section of wally world on occasion too. I can't sew so glue is my best friend as are zippers.

Jul. 14, 2010, 11:57 AM
If you don't want to spend money for a blingy collar (or maybe you do, in which case..go for it!) you can just get new collars and dress them up with some ribbon (when my Vizla was the Bitch of Honour at my wedding I made her a rather elaborate bow out of ribbon that wire along the edges)

You could add some curling ribbon, dollar store bandannas or cut some yourself out of cheap seasonal fabric.

Dogs always look friendlier with bandannas. My dogs are blood donors and when they wear their donor bandannas they seem to get more attention!

Jul. 14, 2010, 11:58 AM
Blocky dogs!

No bling exactly but she can make you something cute and sweet for a serious dog.


I really like some of these other ideas too.

Jul. 14, 2010, 12:27 PM
My 100 lb Lab mix farm dog is a certified therapy dog with TDI.

No blingy collars for her, but I do like to tie on a bandana when we go on therapy visits. I have quite a few for different seasons, events, etc. Like someone else said, they help with the drool!

She wears a plain collar but I have a gorgeous leather leash from browbands by design. http://www.browbandsbydesign.com/

I also buy her little kid tutus and put them around her waist/hips (like where a tutu would sit on a person). People LOVE them whether we are at a school, library or nursing home. It is just funny to see a big black dog prissing around in a colorful tulle tutu. :lol:

Jul. 14, 2010, 01:31 PM
Not sure about beads and rhinestones, but the greyhound folks seem to be very into gorgeous collars:


The first site on that page (2 Hounds Designs) is one that a greyhound owner that I know likes (I think that's the right place) - She has a whole collection of their collars for her dogs.

Jul. 14, 2010, 03:27 PM
If you have any dog shows in your area, go to one. You will be AMAZED at the stuff the vendors sell. Lots and lots of hand-crafted leather, embroidered collars, ribbon collars - just amazing. Stuff you can't find online.

Jul. 14, 2010, 04:30 PM
I was going to suggest the sighthound people too (one of my old favorites was a business called Mrs. Bones or something like that) but they won't work as well if your dogs have wrinkly or hairy necks. Some pet catalogs have these sorts of giant scrunchies that are kind of like clown collars that might work well. They can't be used as regular collars, but they can be worn along with regular collars.

Jul. 14, 2010, 05:53 PM
there is as much (if not more) fun stuff for the dog show set as the horsie crowd... even for big dogs! No suggestions for specific websites, but believe me if one can dress up a doberman (and I have!) its ALL out there! Have fun with it! If you can sew up a simple velvet tube for over the collar (thread the collar thru) then you are well on your way to some festive holiday garb for your 4 legged friend...

Jul. 14, 2010, 07:00 PM
A little birdy told me you were talking about dog collars?
I do browbands, dog collars and human belts that are hand-cut, professionally sewn, quality bride leather with a hand cut chanel to fit whatever design is agreed upon. I then add genuine Swarvovski slider beads to the channel and each bead is sewn individually into the leather. All aspects of the products from beading to leather to hardware are meant to be gorgeous and long wearing.

My site is here, www.beautifulbrowbands.net . Although I mainly have browbands up there right now, almost any of them can also be done in a collar as well, or as a belt for that matter!

For the OP, if you want some for a girl dog and a boy dog, how about some pink? http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a15/beautifulbrowbands/lb3.jpg


Or maybe add a little purple?

And they boy doggy needs some blues....


Please have a look at my site if you have any interest, and e-mail me for more info!

Also on my site is the Easy Changes Browband Kit, which some of you may have seen as PVDA Ride for Life? A kit that allows you to create bead strands for our browband that you can change at any time, for as many looks as you'd like.

Also, we offer a detailed instruction PDF on how to professionally bead your own browband. Channel browbands and collars will be available soon to allow you to do these as well.

I suppose I best stop self-promoting, but someone DID ask!


Jul. 15, 2010, 01:50 PM
Wow, thanks everyone! I just spent an hour looking at different styles and types on all the websites.

The rhinestone collars site was mostly nylon and velvet collars-lots of sparkly and glitter but just not as "classy" as I'd like.

The real leather collars are pretty much in the same price range, so I've ordered a couple from Beautiful Browbands, as they seemed best at combining beauty with sturdy.
I can't wait.

Long Spot
Jul. 16, 2010, 09:39 PM
Gorgeous stuff, NJR! I had no idea you did those!

Jul. 16, 2010, 10:27 PM
I know the OP has found what she was looking for, but a great site to look at is etsy! I fell in LOVE with one of the artist's dog tags- they're so cute. She also has a few dog collars that i adore- leather with a bowtie shape for boys and a flower for girls- "no jingle" style! Here's the bowtie. http://www.etsy.com/listing/51304218/bow-tie-leather-collar-no-more-jingle
had to share!!!

Jul. 17, 2010, 12:04 PM
Depending on how much you want to spend. we love our collars!


or pair their usual with a party collar


Jul. 17, 2010, 02:26 PM
I have two and hopefully soon three farm dogs who are therapy dogs. We go to www.pacocollars.com for our gear. Matching collars and leashes. They wear different Paco collars for every day. Dogs are pretty big. Two German Shepherds and a big lab. The large dog collars are very sturdy. And they hold up well to the pond and general farm fun.

Jul. 18, 2010, 02:03 PM
Hey Riff..very nice stuff that Paco Collars does...
We do a collar that has the dog's name and phone number sewn into the collar along witht he crystals in the channel...let's see if I can find a picture....

Here's one that was done for a lady with a VERY small dog. This was actually done with an Easy Changes Kit so she could switch out the pretty stuff for her Sunday go to Meetin' pink strand, from her everyday phone-number-in-case-I-get-lost-in-Mom's-purse strand.... I had it done up a little tight for the photo...normally ther would be no space between the number cubes....


I also do these as a permanent sewn-in collar, as my own dog wears....great for farm dogs who sometimes like to chase a deer or two....


Jul. 18, 2010, 03:58 PM
I have two and hopefully soon three farm dogs who are therapy dogs. We go to www.pacocollars.com for our gear. Matching collars and leashes. They wear different Paco collars for every day. Dogs are pretty big. Two German Shepherds and a big lab. The large dog collars are very sturdy. And they hold up well to the pond and general farm fun.

Was going to suggest Paco Collars as well. My two dobie girls have them with matching leashes. They wear them everyday and the collars hold up really well. I'm very happy with them. Maybe they'll get some new bling for Christmas.