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Note from shop owner Our shop has moved! I'm excited to announce that our own website can be found at 4blackpaws.com - come check out even more items, options, etc.
Use coupon code MOVEDETSY4BP for 10% off your first purchase in the new shop.

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Last updated on Aug 19, 2019

Our shop has moved! I'm excited to announce that our own website can be found at 4blackpaws.com - come check out even more items, options, etc.
Use coupon code MOVEDETSY4BP for 10% off your first purchase in the new shop.

Thank You,


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About 4BlackPaws

Sales 10,689
On Etsy since 2011

Biothane, Canvas and Cotton Fabric Collars and Leads for every dog.

About 12 years ago I became the mother to a beautiful black lab named Leila. Since the day she came into my life I had been trying to find the perfect collar and accessories that would make people see that she was in fact a girl and not a boy.

To my surprise, it was even harder than expected to find something "girly" but also in my price range. Everything that screamed GIRL was either too expensive or was far too boring for my taste...and Leila's, of course.

So, in 2010, I decided to give collar making a go. I had just started my first teaching job and was looking for a creative outlet to come home to at the end of the night. Much to my surprise, my family and friends were loving what I was coming up with so I decided to introduce my products to the rest of the world.

Since then, the rest, as they say, is history...

I currently create out of my large home studio that my amazing husband designed and built for me. You can also find my products in 20+ shops across the United States and overseas.

Shop members

  • Sarah

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Photography, Shipping, Dog Wrangler

    Hi! My name is Sarah and I am the mother to three beautiful and crazy fur babies: Leila, Gunnar and Cooper. I'm a teacher by day and a creator of designer hand-made pet products by night.

  • Leila

    Head Shop Dog

    My name is Leila and I am the Four Black Paw shop dog. I make sure things are running smoothly.

Production partners

  • Engraving shop

    Roseville, MI

    The company engraved all of our buckles.

Shop policies

More information

Last updated on Aug 16, 2019
Frequently asked questions

To return/exchange, product must be in unworn condition and still have hang tags attached. An exchange fee of $10+ will apply to all exchanges; it covers shipping to you & cost to make a new collar.

If returning an item, all above instructions apply. You will be refunded your purchase price of the item minus cost of original shipping/handling charges to you & a 20% restocking fee upon us receiving the product.

I do not allow returns/exchanges on any custom items or clearance items (in ON SALE section). This includes, but is not limited to: specially designed &/or purchased material, custom made size, engraved buckle, change in buckle selection (martingale, wide width collar) and leashes.

Please contact me for further instructions.

When will my order ship?

It is currently taking 2 weeks to make & ship orders. For example, if you purchase on Monday the 1st, your order will ship on/by Monday the 15th.
I often get asked why it takes so long. The short version? I am a one-woman show. I cut, sew, trim, package and ship each and every item that leaves my little shop :) I do not have any employees working for me (unless you count the dogs, but they have proven to not be very helpful).
I try to produce & ship products as quickly as possible but please understand that it typically takes the full 2 weeks for your order to ship.
On occasion, I offer a rush service. This depends on the time of year and amount of orders I currently am working through. Please contact me BEFORE ordering for details.

Sizing & Hardware Details (Plastic and Metal Hardware)

It is very important that you measure your pup for their new collar. The best way to measure is with a soft measuring tape around the widest part of your dogs neck. Sizing is as follows:

• X-Small: 7 to 11 inches
• Small: 10 to 15 inches
• Medium: 12 to 19 inches
• Large: 15 to 24 inches
• X-Large: 17 to 29 inches
**Custom sizes available if needed. Please contact me for more information**

Hardware Information:
-Metal buckle collars come with all metal hardware.
-Plastic buckle collars come with a plastic buckle, plastic triglide (slide) and metal d-ring

Do you offer a guarantee on your collars?

If an item arrives to you & has a manufacturing error due to something on my end (wrong size/upgrade/engraving, etc) I will work with you to correct these errors.

Once an item leaves my studio, I do not have any way of knowing/controlling how my products are used. I do my best to provide information to all customers of proper use & make all care & use information available on our website.

Due to these reasons it is not possible for me to provide a guarantee of any kind on the products that I create. Non engraved collars 6 months & older can have buckles replaces for a $5 fee + shipping (you will ship back at your cost).

I offer a recycling program for you to reuse your hardware on a new collar of your choice. Contact for more info

An Important Note from Sarah

I am first and foremost a dog mom; safety is my number one concern. It is important to not leave your products anywhere that it may get chewed/consumed by your fur kid. While we strive to provide the best possible products, pets are inherently unpredictable. We cannot be held liable for any harm that may result from neglect, abuse, use or misuse. As the customer/purchaser of these products, you are responsible for determining the suitability of any of the items for your individual situation and assume all responsibility and liability by purchasing these products. Be sure to check your pup’s collar for wear and tear on a regular basis and do not ever leave your dog tied up inside or outside in their collar unsupervised.

Collar Colors/Pattern Variations

While I strive to portray all collar colors exactly how they appear in real life, variations in computer/phone screen settings may make colors appear either brighter or more dull than than they are in real life. If you have any concerns about colors, please contact me before purchasing.

Please note that all collars are created by hand. With that being said, no two will be exactly exactly alike. Each collar is custom made to order. I do ask for your understanding and that there may be slight differences in the pattern from what is shown in the photos.

Martingale Collar Upgrade Information

I offer 2 types of martingale collar upgrades:
-Fabric Martingale: the control loop is reinforced with nylon webbing for durability.
-Check Chain Martingale

It is important to note that when upgrading to a martingale collar, a buckle will NOT come with the collar. The martingale upgrade replaces the buckle. I do not offer martingales with a buckle at this time.

Martingale Sizing is as follows:
X-Small: Not Available
Small: 12-15"
Medium: 14-18"
Large: 17-24"
X-Large: 20-29"

Please be sure to order the flat buckle collar according to the sizing above.

When checking out, please leave your dogs exact neck size in the "optional note to seller" box.

"I forgot to change my shipping address" or "The address on my order is incorrect" - Now what? + Lost Package

If you notice before your order is shipped, please contact me ASAP to reorder with correct mailing address.

If your order has shipped & is returned due to an inaccurate mailing address, I will re-ship it. A 4+re-shipment fee applies before the order is sent; restocking fee applies to orders not reshipped.

I automatically ship to the name & address listed under the "Ship To" section when the order comes through to me. I am unable to see any addresses you may have saved on your account. No refunds will be given for orders sent to incorrect addresses. If package is not returned to me within 4 weeks, you can repurchase at a 50% discount.

Packages marked as “delivered” by the USPS but “not received” is not eligible for a free replacement.

Collar Durability

Fabric collars will have a shorter lifespan than our canvas collars. Cotton fabric collars are created with multiple layers of high-quality designer fabric & heavy-duty stabilizer. Canvas collars are created with polyester canvas fabric and webbing.

As with most items made with cotton fabric, collars made from fabric will wear/fray/stain/fade with use. I like to equate this to us wearing the same shirt or pants every day for a long period of time; it will begin to show signs of wear. Cotton fabric collars will wear much faster and notably when they are worn for long periods of time, washed regularly or are exposed to water, mud, sun, etc.

I HIGHLY recommend having multiple collars to routinely swap out to reduce wear on any one collar.

How to use our collars + Care instructions

-All collars are created to be durable but cotton fabric collars will wear/fade/fray with prolonged use.
-I highly recommend hand washing all collars to prolong its life. Canvas collars MUST be hand washed. Lay flat all collars to air dry - do not machine dry.
-Always check your collar for signs of wear. Our collars are not meant for heavy pullers, tie-outs, as a training aid or for extremely heavy duty purposes.
-Remove cotton fabric collars from your pup before swimming, getting dirty, etc. All of these uses will cause your collar to wear, fray and fade over time.
-Canvas & fabric collars are not suitable for salt water use. Salt water will fade/wear the material and metal will begin to corrode.
-Spot clean flowers and bow ties as needed.