InquisitiveMind

Sealing a leather dog harness.

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Hey guys, I am new here. I know very little abput leather other than not to get it wet or dirty.

I am thinking of buying a dog harness made by buddy-belt the one I want is the original red leather one. Made of real leather and bright red color. The one I originally got was one with fake leather I used to test it out. The fake leather keeps stretching as the dog pulls a lot.

 

Is there anyway to reinforce the real leather one from tearing? As well as make it 100% water proof without making it look crappy?  It needs to withstand the rain, as it is a harness for a little dog who has a habit of escaping harnesses. Its a long story, basically was adopted last year. She doesn't chew on collars or harnesses but manages to get out of them. So I want it to prevent her from leaving said harness... but that's another story. I guess what I want to do is make the leather last longer, reduce stretching from her pulling, make it liquid proof. Make it cleaneable by wiping. 

 

Any ideas? Would prefer if the sealant lasted longer before requiring reapplication. Has to be able to handle the fact that it's a harness so it will be flexible.

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I would use bridle or latigo and if you want to reinforce it you can glue a piece of web strapping between layers and sew them up. If it’s a small dog I wouldn’t worry that much about stretching.

Gary

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There is Biothane, I haven't used it, but it's apparently completely waterproof and easy to clean. I don't know if it stretches. I do veg-tan leashes with two pieces glued back to back and treated with a mix of beeswax, neatsfoot oil and paraffin, they seem to hold up to moisture pretty well. Also bridle leather leashes with the same treatment. Neither of those stretch much. The dog will absorb more water than the leash will. 

Jeff

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On 7/1/2018 at 9:01 AM, alpha2 said:

There is Biothane, I haven't used it, but it's apparently completely waterproof and easy to clean. I don't know if it stretches. I do veg-tan leashes with two pieces glued back to back and treated with a mix of beeswax, neatsfoot oil and paraffin, they seem to hold up to moisture pretty well. Also bridle leather leashes with the same treatment. Neither of those stretch much. The dog will absorb more water than the leash will. 

Jeff

I'd buy a biothane harness if it was made in the same style as the buddy belt and was made stronger too but i cant find one like it

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On 7/1/2018 at 8:17 AM, garypl said:

I would use bridle or latigo and if you want to reinforce it you can glue a piece of web strapping between layers and sew them up. If it’s a small dog I wouldn’t worry that much about stretching.

Gary

its already made i just have to seal it. i didnt make it. its made by a store called buddy belts

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Beeswax.

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3 hours ago, InquisitiveMind said:

its already made i just have to seal it. i didnt make it. its made by a store called buddy belts

Sorry - I thought you wanted to make one.  Look on Amazon for leather conditioner/waterproofer - there are several that many folks in this forum use.

Gary

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2 hours ago, garypl said:

Sorry - I thought you wanted to make one.  Look on Amazon for leather conditioner/waterproofer - there are several that many folks in this forum use.

Gary

I would if I knew how to make one but I am not good with hand work

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