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Professional K9 Handler Blog

  1. Video - How to Choose a Heavy Leather Dog Collar

    Which leather dog collar should you choose for your K9?

    Ray Allen How To Choose a Leather Collar Video

    Here is a breakdown of each type of Ray Allen-made leather collar:

    Heavy Leather Collars

    Our 1 ¼ and 2-inch Heavy Leather Collars are truly the standard for a classic leather dog collar. Ray Allen has been manufacturing these leather collars as a staple for police and military working dogs for over 70 years.

    Features: They are strong, double-layered, and made from latigo leather, crafted right here in the U.S.A. They feature a built-in handle with felt padding on the inside, adding comfort for both K9 and handler.

    Specs: The leather is rich and stiff, with the wide strip and rigidity helping

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  2. New Video - Latigo and Mil-Spec Leather Collars

    Ray Allen products have been a staple for military and working dog handlers for over 70 years because of our dedication to consistency and quality. We have been manufacturing our products and sourcing our materials right here in the U.S. since our founding, and our Latigo and Mil-Spec leather collars are no exception.

    Ray Allen Heavy Duty Leather Collars Video

    These double-layered leather collars are crafted from Northern cowhide. The grain from this resilient stock makes for a tighter, thicker, heavier, leather, and therefore a more durable collar. We’ve been sourcing

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  3. New Video - Ray Allen Nylon Service Collar with Metal Buckle

    Ray Allen’s Nylon Service Collar with Raptor Buckle is a perfect day-in-day-out collar that can easily transition your working dog to life at home. It is a lightweight collar that mirrors some of Ray Allen’s similar Service Collars- without the bulky material- and also serves as a more price-sensitive option.

    Ray Allen Nylon Service Collar with Metal Buckle Video

    Compare to our Nylon Cobra Buckle agitation collar, which uses type-8 webbing, or our Leather and Nylon agitation collar, which is crafted from 10/12 ounce leather and 1” molle.

    Its Raptor Buckle features a smaller slider piece, which allows o

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  4. New Video - Ray Allen Cobra Buckle Collar

    Ray Allen crafted the Cobra Buckle Nylon Service Collar with working dogs in mind. With a load rate of 7,000 lbs., our double-layered collar is made from 3-inch webbing which weaves back onto itself and decreases contact pressure on a dog’s neck, as compared to a single-layer collar. Dogs primed for agitation work or takedown of a combative suspect cannot risk a neck injury or prolonged pressure. This collar is meant to withstand pulling and handling with your dog’s comfort as priority. You can gear up your dog for a forward drive and know he will be able to endure repeated lunges safely when rushing to the end of the leash. The nylon serves as shock absorption and teaches your dog to respond through and not fear the pressure, and looks slick even in civil drive. Nylon was chosen for its breathability, flexibility in movement, and because it can hold up against water and humidity. The wide nylon surface has 1 ¾ wide Velcro around the collar to fit 2-inch placards, ideal for adding s

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  5. New Video - Ray Allen Ultimate Padded Collar

    Our Ultimate Padded Leather Collar is a hand-crafted luxury collar made from combination tanned latigo leather, richly dyed in stylish black or burgundy.

    Ray Allen Ultimate Padded Collar

    A premier collar for tracking and scentwork, this collar is made to evenly distribute pull weight when the handler exerts tension, keeping your dog’s nose directed to the scent zone. And when the dog loads forward, the collar pulls flat and won’t twist or tangle the lead to keep him on the trail, undistracted. The stainless-steel D-ring is adjustable to run a leash down your dog’s front and between his legs, or evenly across his back for versatile handling. The collar includes a looped-in handle for extra control and guidance, for when you want your dog to get the job done and look sharp d

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  6. New Video - The Evolution K9 Collar

    The Evolution Collar is one of Ray Allen’s quality handcrafted dog collars, made with superior attention to detail right in our facility in Colorado Springs, CO.


    This lightweight collar puts zero strain on your dog’s neck, making it ideal for working dogs. However, its versatility is the Evolution Collar’s biggest draw: it can be used as a tracking collar, training collar, or- with a whopping 4,000-lb. load rate- an agitation collar.

    Whether you are using it for your police K9 or military NSN, we have provided ample Velcro all the way around the collar to show off identification and placards.

    View our selection of Ray Allen patches and IDs

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  7. 10 Dog Walking Tips Everyone Should Know

    10 Dog Walking Tips Everyone Should Know

    Walking your dog is extremely important if you want your furry buddy to be healthy. It's a vital part of your pup's general well-being, as it allows them to stay healthy physically and mentally. Although we all know you're supposed to take your dog out several times a day, many owners struggle with the daily walks for various reasons. Sometimes the dog doesn't walk calmly while on a leash and the walk turns into frustration. Other times, the pup runs off and the owner spends the following days trying to find him.

    There are many reasons why a simple walk may turn into an unpleasant experience. We've prepared a list of 10 tips for walking your dog and enjoying every minute of it:

    10 Dog Walking Tips Everyone Should Know

    Choose the Perfect Leash

    The kind of leash you choose can make or break t

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  8. New Video: The RAM K9 Collar

    If you are seeking a quality agitation collar, or an all-around “anything and everything” collar that works as hard as your dog, Ray Allen Manufacturing has specially designed the RAM leather/nylon Collar with Cobra buckle.

    Ray Allen knows our customers are seeking quality products for working dogs. The RAM Collar couples enduring support and strength from the leather and adjustability from the nylon.

    Agitation and Training

    Made wide enough to distribute pressure away from sensitive areas around your dog’s neck, this collar is optimized for handler control and dog’s comfort, and can spare your d

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  9. Keeping Your K9 Busy During the Coronavirus Quarantine

    Are you and your dog going stir-crazy during the Coronavirus quarantine? Get you and your dog moving and strengthen the human-K9 bond with these creative ways to work and play at home.

    If you’ve ever wanted to learn clicker training, now is the perfect time to start. Mark and reward your dog with positive reinforcement and teach new behaviors quickly. Indoors or out, for work or play, dogs crave the instant gratification and satisfying communication with their owners afforded by the clicker.

    For those handlers who do trial work or proofing, Ray Allen’s INCOG Pouches are a great way to teach your dog some new commands while keeping your dog’s focus on you. The treat pouch easily fits in a hoodie or pants pocket to prevent greasy residue or crumbs on your clothes, so you can spend less time doing laundry and

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  10. Introducing the Primal Canine Decoy Armor Gauntlets

    In bite dog training, it is absolutely necessary to teach your dog to bite the decoy and not the suit. In an actual apprehension scenario, you want your dog trained for a confident bite: a hard grip that exerts pressure on the contact point of the suspect. An engaged grip guarantees suspect compliance, where a weak bite, or a mouthful of bulky material from a suspect’s clothing or decoy suit, guarantees a less grip and an unsatisfied dog and trainer.

    Mike Jones from Primal Canine

    A dedicated decoy knows he is going to get bruised up and yanked around in the process of working a satisfied dog. Mike Jones from Primal Canine wanted decoys to be protected for deeper bites and longer training sessions. He aimed to create a low-prof

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