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Dog Collars, Leashes, Logo Shirts & Hats

Tahoe Dog Gear

Tahoe Dog Gear dog collars and leashes are designed and made locally in the Lake Tahoe area in Truckee California. Our exclusive webbing designs reflect the outdoor mountain dog lifestyle and are built for trail dogs, water dogs, snow dogs, and dogs that like our designs in Tahoe.

Our art is designed in house and sublimated into 1 inch wide, hydrophobic quick-dry, washing machine safe, strong, and durable polyester webbing. We build our products with the burly DuraFlex Big Dog Wienerlock side release buckles made to handle heavy loads and abuse. Molded from Dupont acetal, it is the best material to perform in freezing, snowy, wet, and arid conditions. 

We also create all our own art in house for our logo'd shirts, hoodies, and hats.

Our logo incorporates the Lake Tahoe outline for the head, a "D" nose for "Dog", a "G" tongue for "Gear", and Emerald Bay as the wagging tail. 

We are all about the mountain lifestyle. It usually includes taking your dog on an adventure. Time to start the day with a morning coffee... bring your dog. Heading out on the trail to hike, mountain bike, or run... bring your dog. Going for a day at the lake throwing sticks, paddleboarding, kayaking, boating, swimming, or just sitting on a pier playing a ukulele... bring your dog. Fresh snow inviting you out to ski, snowboard, snowshoe, sled, or build a snowman... bring your dog. Sitting in Adirondack chairs on the deck drinking a fine cold beverage... bring your dog. We get it. 

Where to find Tahoe Dog Gear

Tahoe Dog Gear dog collars and leashes

Tahoe Dog Gear dog collars, leashes, shirts, and hats can be purchased online here at www.TahoeDogGear.com

We are out at many festivals in the Tahoe area during the summers. Come meet us and bring your pup for a personal fitting at one of our festival pop up stores at Squaw Valley Made In Tahoe, Truckee Thursdays, the Reno River Festival, Sample the Sierra in South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Donner Fall Festival, and other fun places around Truckee and Lake Tahoe California, and Reno, Nevada.

We can also be found at select retailers

Our Story

Tahoe Dog Gear dog collars and leashes at a festival booth

Tahoe Dog Gear is a father-daughter business created for our love of dogs and to create vocational opportunities for Michaela Welch and others in our community. Michaela, a Truckee local since 2010, has cerebral palsy and bilateral hearing impairment.

Michaela graduated from the University of Nevada Path to Independence program with a Certificate in College and Career Studies in May 2018. It is an inclusive, two-year, non-degree certificate program offering a college experience to students with intellectual disabilities. The program is a collaborative effort of UNR's Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities (NCED) and the University of Nevada Reno Extended Studies Department. Check out Michaela's page at http://kissforindependence.com

Michaela is now back in Truckee full time pursuing her dreams of working with animals.

To help prepare for a career with animals, Michaela has received certificates of completion from Sierra College in Veterinary Assistant, Veterinary Assistant II: Canine Reproduction, and Veterinary Assistant III: Practical Skills, and Wilderness First Aid for Dogs from T3 Adventures Wilderness Education! She has worked at the Truckee-Tahoe Pet Lodge, at Canine Country, and has volunteered at the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.

Inspired in Tahoe. Designed in Tahoe. Made in Tahoe. Our products are inspired from our Tahoe adventures. We are located in the high Sierra in Truckee, CA. We are on the trails, at the lake, or on the snow almost every day. Our products are well tested!

People ask us about where we find our webbing with Tahoe designs. We make all our webbing! Mike and Michaela create all the artwork and then have the webbing sublimated with our designs. The designs are permanently embedded into the polyester webbing. The webbing is exclusively made and used for our products only. Then we gather all our parts and hand build them in Truckee and Tahoe City. Every part of each collar and leash has gone through Michaela and Mike's hands! Our friend Kariño sews many of our collars and leashes. All hardware is the highest quality and spec'd for use in Tahoe's harsh freezing and water environments, and are sourced from California whenever possible. Tahoe makes us wag. 

Polyester webbing polyester dog collars and polyester leashes. Custom Lake Tahoe dog collar designs.

Why we use polyester webbing for our dog collars

Do you like to love on your dog? Buy polyester. Don't by nylon!

Tahoe Dog Gear uses hydrophobic polyester for our dog collars and leashes! Tahoe Dog Gear does NOT use nylon, as nylon absorbs water, bacteria, other nasties, and stink. All those cheap collars are usually nylon. Doesn't sound like anything I would put on my dog!

Buy the best for your dog with Tahoe Dog Gear custom polyester dog collars and leashes!

Why our polyester webbing is awesome:

  1. Polyester webbing is hydrophobic. That means polyester webbing DOES NOT does not absorb water nor nasties.
  2. Polyester webbing may save your life. Your car seatbelts are made from polyester webbing too! It has an amazing pull strength. You can bet your life on it!
  3. Polyester webbing is soft, not abrasive, and non-matting to the fur. 
  4. Polyester webbing is quick-dry and washing machine safe with mild detergent and other clothes. Hang dry so you don't listen to it going around the dryer!
  5. Our original designs are permanently sublimated into the polyester webbing.

We create all of our webbing designs

Tahoe Dog Gear creates all our artwork in house. All of our dog collars and leashes made with polyester webbing is custom designed and exclusive to Tahoe Dog Gear. We start by creating the artwork. Then we have the artwork sublimated (permanently heat gassed) into the webbing. Once we have our rolls of custom webbing, we build your collars and leashes locally here in Tahoe. We hand cut the lengths, burn all the ends, assemble the high quality hardware, and sew them together. We say, "This is for another happy dog"!

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Tahoe Dog Gear

Truckee, California 96161

(530) 448-0519