Practically nothing means more to us than than our four-legged friends. We care for them as well as we care for ourselves. As verse in Proverbs states that we are called to care for them, to “Know well the condition our our flocks…”  They are our companions, our confidantes, and our motivation. We take them with us on walks and often make room for them on our vacations.

It’s easy to see in others how much their dog or cat or other furry friend means to them, as well. When it comes to giving meaningful gifts, a pet product that supports a local business or an artist may be something you will want to consider. Handmade products are as individual as the recipient, and, with a little thought, will help your dog (or your friend’s dog) express their own uniqueness.

But buying handmade dog collars, as it turns out, does more than you may realize. There are, of course, the personal benefits of establishing a meaningful connection with your purchase as the consumer and of knowing that another person made it for you to enjoy. It can also feel empowering to exercise creativity and originality when selecting products that mean something to you, or to your friends and family. Just as you would take the time to select a hand-knit sweater in just the right color (matching scarf optional), you will enjoy searching for just the right collar or leash that matches their pups personality – and looks good, too! That makes it as special for you to give as it for them to receive.

Contributing to a greater good with your purchase power creates the best kind of ripple effect. As a dog owner, you sign on for a decade (or more) of supplying everything your dog needs for a happy, healthy life. Cumulatively, there are a lot of  decisions that fall on you. As with all of life’s decisions, where you choose to spend your time and your money will have an affect on you, your pup, and the businesses you choose to support.

So, before visiting another super center or massive department store, consider why opting to support local artisans, even for handmade pet products, does a tremendous amount of good.

You (the dog owner)

Buying handmade dog collars adds a uniqueness to your collection of personal items. There is nothing quite like holding an item – be it a blanket, a custom garment, or a handwoven dog collar or dog leash – that another individual put hours of craftsmanship into making for you. It’s a feeling that, regardless of how low the price you might spend for a mass produced item, you simply cannot replicate from buying a similar item that was made by hand with thought and care put in to both materials and workmanship.

Carefully selecting which brands to support establishes a more meaningful purchase experience. The added effort and time to research brands, study their philosophy, and select those whose values align with yours, helps build a connection with the items you use and/or give. When we let these factors play a role in a purchase decisions, it gives us greater confidence in knowing both how our dollars are being allocated and that our purchases were created and that they found their way to market in a reputable way that aligns with our values.

handmade dog collars on white dog in grass
Them (the artists)

“Buying handmade,” said an article in The New York Times, “helps us reconnect.” It’s difficult to find a local business that doesn’t also come with a story, one that shows the idea, the vision, the passion behind its beginning. This builds connection to its customers – they can relate, they have shared experiences, or they know the background.

woman in guatemala creating handmade dog collars with colorful weave

At base level, your local made and handmade purchases are the artists’ income. We have more options now than we ever have, with many resources to help us find them. It’s undeniable: with only a bit of time and effort, you can find handmade dog collars with a story, a meaning and a purpose.

Take, for instance, Auburn Leathercrafter’s business partner, a tail we could wag. This is a brand of handmade pet accessories, the fabrics of which are made by Mayan artists from Guatemala who make their products in a special weaving method unique to their culture. Following a devastating civil war, many women are left to raise and support their families. A tail we could wag gives back, by providing a source of income for mothers, boosting their economy, and restoring the overall health and confidence of the community.

several colorful handmade dog collars

Buy Handmade Dog Collars

Seek out handmade products. Purchasing items that you know where they are sourced provides opportunities to make meaningful purchases for your pet. It is a good feeling to know that how you dress and accessorize your dog has a direct connection to an artist’s craftsmanship. I would encourage you to embrace the uniqueness of a handmade gift that simply cannot be duplicated.

So, consider if handmade dog collars are right for your best friend, and become familiar with Auburn Leathercrafters products. If you have questions about which product is best for your needs, feel free to message us on the contact us page or give us a call at 800-282-8761.