TheEclecticHound

Martingale Dog Collars, Leashes & Unique Accessories 🐾

New London, New Hampshire
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Announcement    🐾 Happy Fall and welcome to The Eclectic Hound! I hope you find in my martingale collars, buckle dog collars, dog leashes, and accessories the bold, eclectic, head-turning, elegant whimsy the 4-legged love of your life deserves. If you have any questions or just want to say hi, please drop me a message. Thank you for visiting! 🐾

***All items are made by me, the shop owner (no staff), in my private home workshop. Packing materials are paper envelopes and tape—no licking. If you have any questions or concerns about safety precautions, please don't hesitate to reach out! Stay safe and be well.*** 🐕

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Last updated on Sep 27, 2022

🐾 Happy Fall and welcome to The Eclectic Hound! I hope you find in my martingale collars, buckle dog collars, dog leashes, and accessories the bold, eclectic, head-turning, elegant whimsy the 4-legged love of your life deserves. If you have any questions or just want to say hi, please drop me a message. Thank you for visiting! 🐾

***All items are made by me, the shop owner (no staff), in my private home workshop. Packing materials are paper envelopes and tape—no licking. If you have any questions or concerns about safety precautions, please don't hesitate to reach out! Stay safe and be well.*** 🐕

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About TheEclecticHound

Sales 11,675
On Etsy since 2011

For the 4-legged loves of our lives

By day I'm a Communications Manager at Dartmouth Cancer Center. A job I love. But my passion for the creative, affinity for crafts and textiles, and love for animals needed an outlet too. Thus, The Eclectic Hound was born.

When my husband and I first adopted our retired racing greyhound, the first order of business was to find her a new stylish collar to begin her life as a pampered member of the family. Ok actually, the first order of business was finding her a new name! Her racing name, "Invoice," wasn't exactly flattering and I probably wouldn't be motivated to run if that were my name either... As literature lovers, we tossed around a few ideas and landed on "Phoebe," who is Holden Caulfield's little sister in Catcher in the Rye. Now the doting could begin :).

I don't have children of my own, so all that desire to knit and sew cute stuff went into dear Phoebe instead. Hours of online browsing for ribbon, fabric, webbing, and supplies, and a few more hours of trial-and-error at my sewing machine later, Phoebe had the perfect collar. However, in the process of deciding on materials for Phoebe, I found hundreds of other fabrics and materials I couldn't resist.

And that's where you come in!

I listened to that creative calling, but rerouted a bit by opening up shop to outfit the 4-legged children of your lives instead! Every item I make is one I would keep for myself. I send them away to you with love and a little piece of Phoebe and me.

I donate a portion of my proceeds and all the merchandise I can to animal rescues, humane societies, foster organizations and greyhound adoption agencies, and that's what makes me so happy to send away my creations. I've been able to not only satisfy my creative need, but help animals. And what better thing is there?! I'm also a proud member of Etsy's Handmade4Hounds shop, which donates 100% of its proceeds to a different sighthound non-profit each month.

After 5 wonderful years together, we lost sweet Phoebe to lymphoma at age 11. Though I miss her every day, her spirit is still with me and she will forever be my inspiration for The Eclectic Hound.

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(¸.•´ (¸.•` ABOUT MY SHOP NAME
It is merely an excuse to not box myself in to one style. I never know when inspiration will hit and you'll never know what "eclectic" new gems will pop up in my shop next!

Thanks for stopping by!
~Lara

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  • Lara 🐾

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Canine Outfitter Supreme

    I live in lovely New London, NH with my husband and two Morgan horses, and in memory of my retired racing greyhound, Phoebe, who was breathtakingly beautiful, hysterically funny, and remains a constant inspiration for me every day.🐾

Shop policies

Last updated on May 10, 2022
Thank you for visiting The Eclectic Hound!

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
All items are custom made and inspected carefully before shipping to ensure the highest quality.

If you are unhappy with your purchase for any reason, you may within 15 days of the ship date return UNUSED and UNWORN items for full refund, less shipping. Items must be in new condition when returned, and return shipping will be the buyer's expense. Please contact me prior to returning an item.
Payment
All items will be made to order upon completion of sales transaction and receipt of payment (major credit cards, Etsy gift cards, or PayPal).
Shipping
Because all items are handmade to order, please allow 2 weeks for delivery. Shipments will be made via USPS First Class with tracking. If your item is delayed in transit, please contact me and I will do my best to find its location and how much longer it will be.

Additional customs fees for international shipments are the responsibility of the buyer and are not included in the shipping rates.
Additional policies and FAQs
IMPORTANT. Utmost care is taken to ensure the high quality and craftsmanship of each item. Nonetheless, collars and leashes are by nature wear-and-tear items and are not immune to breakage, which may result in injury or death for which The Eclectic Hound is NOT responsible. Please inspect your items regularly for signs of wear, and replace as necessary. Do NOT tie your dog out by his/her martingale collar or let your dog chew on collars, leashes, flowers, bow ties, or pouches, or use any of these items as a toy. The Eclectic Hound is NOT responsible for injury or death as a result of strangulation, choking or ingestion.

All items listed at The Eclectic Hound are available for wholesale and dropship. If you would like to carry any items at your business, please contact me for my terms and information.

More information

Last updated on May 10, 2022
Frequently asked questions
Care instructions

Collars are washable! I recommend hand washing them in a sink of warm soapy water, rinsing well, gently squeezing the water out (no ringing or twisting please!) and setting the collar on its edge on a folded towel for 24 hours to best hold its shape while drying.

You can use a washing machine, but I recommend putting the collar in a laundry bag or sock first to protect the hardware and the inside of your machine. DO NOT machine dry (the webbing could warp or melt).

What is a martingale collar?

Martingales were originally designed for sight hounds, such as greyhounds, whose heads are smaller than their necks and can easily slip traditional buckle collars, but are becoming increasingly popular for all breeds.

Martingales are made up of two pieces: the back strap which contains the size adjuster slide and the martingale loop, which functions by gently tightening around the dog’s neck when pressure is applied to the leash, so the dog can’t back out of the collar. Once pressure is released, the collar relaxes back to its resting position.

Martingales don't open and close but rather are put on and removed by sliding over the dog’s head, then adjusting it down to neck size.

Please contact me for further info about martingales! :)

Sizing details

Collars are adjustable up to several inches. If you’re not sure what size to order, please include your dog’s neck measurement (and head circumference measurement for martingales) in your order and I’ll create a perfectly fitting collar just for him or her.

SMALL: Expands from 10-13 inches
MEDIUM: Expands from 13-16 inches
LARGE: Expands from 16-19 inches
X-LARGE: Expands from 19-22 inches

X-SMALL (8-10") and XX-Large (22-25") are also available upon request. If your dog is in between sizes order up one size for a martingale since it will need to be large enough to slide over your dog's head without hurting him. For a buckle collar, include your dog's neck measurement in the "Note to Seller" box and I'll custom make an in-between size.

Can I send you my own fabric?

YES! If you have special fabric in hand, or find fabric online that would be just perfect for your baby, I'm more than happy to custom make a collar out of it.

You can either mail the fabric to me, or if it's available online, I'll set up a custom listing for you and order the fabric myself.

Please contact me for a list of my favorite online fabric shops or for help finding the PERFECT design for your baby!