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    Default Nice new leather dog leash - how to un-stiffen it?

    I just got a nice leather dog leash that is harness leather stitched down both sides, 1" wide, and about the thickness of a new stirrup leather. It does not have the waxy coating like a new bridle. Any suggestions for softening it up a bit? Should I oil it? Leave it alone? It is sort of stiff.
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    You could use some leather conditioner on it, then roll it up one direction for a bit, then roll it up the other way. I did the "wet boot break in method" with my tall boots and have done similar with other items but I'm brave like that. LOL So if it were my leash, I might try something like that. But more than likely, I'd just condition it and use it. Should get loosened up with normal use.

    Sounds nice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BuddyRoo View Post
    You could use some leather conditioner on it, then roll it up one direction for a bit, then roll it up the other way.
    This. You won't need much conditioner. Use your hands and work the leather while you're watching TV or something. Then buff with a soft towel and take your dogs for a walk. The more you use it, the more quickly it will get a nice feel to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BuddyRoo View Post
    You could use some leather conditioner on it, then roll it up one direction for a bit, then roll it up the other way.
    This. Condition, then roll it and work it every which way.

    Be careful not to over-condition, though. Having to walk your dog with a greasy leash is a close second to riding a horse with greasy reins, in terms of awful-ness.


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    Excellent. An excuse to use Effax!
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