Fastener-Free Collar™

BLD’s Fastener-Free Collar is a limited-slip collar (similar to our Martingale collar) that was specifically designed to eliminate the need to fumble with leash clips and buckles to “leash-up” the dog—this collar simply slides over the dog’s head and then tightens to your dog’s neck size when leash pressure is applied.

More details and sizing can be found below.

Artisan handcrafted in Colorado, USA!

Made to order! Allow 3-5 business days for creation.


Indicate “Other color Brahma” here

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Download detailed literature:

Fastener-Free Collar Brochure Wheelchair Leash Info Booklet

How it works: The collar slides “open” to fit over the dog’s head, then the weight of the leash (or pressure on the leash) will cause the collar loop to “close” to fit the dog’s neck. It’s easy to get on and off.

This collar is sized to fit the dog’s neck snugly in the “closed” position; this ensures the collar will not choke the dog yet is snug enough to not allow the dog to back out of the collar. The neck size is adjustable with our special Conway buckle (Initial adjustment may require a helper). Once adjusted to the correct size you won’t need to adjust it again!

The Fastener-Free Collar can be ordered in two styles: separately or built-in to a leash.

Read about the two available styles here:

  1. Separate collar: Made with an O-ring that any leash can clip to (select “Separate Collar (made with O-ring to attach leash)” style)
  2. Built-in option: Made with a swivel to attach a leash in a semi-permanent fashion (in most cases leashes are removable, just not as quickly as a leash with a snap). This option allows for an all-in-one leash and collar combo! You may request this collar be added to any of our leash designs including the wheelchair leashes (select “Built-In Style (with swivel) ADD TO LEASH on this order” style), or you can attach your own leash to it (select “Built-In style (with swivel) collar only” style). The collar will add extra length to the leash (EXCEPT for full-custom designs). Photos illustrate the choices. *Can only be made with stainless steel/silver colored hardware.

Please read below about some other options to consider when ordering a fastener free collar:

  • Optional Hand-Loop is available for people who need extra space for their fingers/hands to grasp the collar to “dress” the dog
  • Available in Leather or our vegan Brahma Soft-Grip material—see the Material & Hardware Color tab for more details
  • Comes standard with stainless steel/silver colored hardware 

Only for use with a leash. Not recommended for dogs that are escape artists and/or runners if they slip the collar.


Available for the following neck sizes:

  • Small 13-16” (33-41 cm); adds approx. 6-8” to leash length
  • Medium 16-20” (41-51 cm); adds approx. 7-9” to leash length (fits most retrievers!)
  • Large 20-24” (51-61 cm); adds approx. 8-10” to leash length

All Fastener-Free Collars are ¾” wide. 


Measure your dog’s neck/collar as you would like the collar to fit when “closed” or snug. The collar can be adjusted looser or tighter as needed using our special Conway Buckle and once the collar is adjusted to the perfect fit, you won’t need to adjust it again. 

BLD’s Materials:

We use only the highest quality hardware—most of our hardware is stainless steel or solid brass for durability and longevity. Stainless steel bolt snaps are standard on all of our wheelchair leashes.

All Fastener-Free Collars are ¾” wide (19.5 mm).


Choose your color:

  • HUNTER ORANGE (high visibility)
  • TEAL

Stainless steel/silver colored hardware comes standard on all Brahma products. For brass/gold colored hardware select the option “Make with OTHER Color Hardware."

About Brahma:

Strong as a Brahma bull, this man-made leather alternative is great for your adventurous pal. It is constructed with webbing on the inside and a durable, non-tacky PVC coating on the outside. This material can take a beating through brush, muck, and saltwater. Brahma is great for any extreme weather condition, resilient in cold weather, and is resistant to abrasions and stink. It is a nice weight, flexible, and has a feel that resembles leather. It won’t absorb dirt & moisture like rope, nylon or fabric. Brahma material is so reliable that it comes with our unmatched Lifetime Warranty! Plus, it is easy to clean: Just wipe clean with soap and water.


Our leather comes in two colors: Tan and black. 

Our standard leather/hardware color combinations are:

  • Black leather with stainless steel/silver colored hardware
  • Tan leather with brass/gold colored hardware

*If you would like a different leather/hardware color combination, select the option “Make with OTHER Color Hardware”.

*Note: brass hardware can stain white/light coated dogs. Sometimes the oil in dogs’ coats can create tarnish, a harmless chemical reaction

About our leather:

Our Golden TAN BRIDLE leather is 100% American vegetable-tanned leather, made with NO dyes or toxic metallic chemicals. Every item crafted from this high quality leather is HAND-OILED to bring out the softness, so your new gear arrives supple and only improves with age. The color will darken over time and with use.

Our lovely BLACK LATIGO leather is solid black and cut from select USA hides. Superior in quality and texture, it is incredibly durable yet very flexible. This leather feels great from the start and will simply get better with age.

Premium Leather:

Leather care is easy! Don’t worry too much, and don’t be afraid to use your items — we promise leather is incredibly resilient, and regular weather won’t hurt it. If you think your item looks dirty, dry, or just need a little extra love, pouring a little leather conditioner on a cloth, and rubbing it in like lotion will usually do the trick. Baths and a jaunt in the river are just fine, but you might want to offer a little conditioner to your products afterwards. Saltwater can be harsh, so after a visit to the ocean, a good rinse in fresh water and proper conditioning will help preserve and protect your treasured leash or collar. See our Leather Care page for more specific information.

Brahma Soft-Grip—a vegan leather alternative:

Brahma Soft-Grip is constructed with webbing on the inside and a durable, non-tacky PVC coating on the outside. Easy to care for: just wipe clean with soap and water. Brahma is always assembled with screw posts for durability. This material is heavier than leather (in a comparable width), and does not soften over time the way leather does. Black is the most popular color for wheelchair leashes, but assorted bright and classic colors are also available. Just ask for available color choices!

Lifetime Warranty

We stand behind the quality of our products.

All Bold Lead Designs’ handcrafted leather & Brahma products that we make in our workshop are guaranteed against defects in materials and craftsmanship for life!

If your leather lead, Brahma lead, training equipment, or harness ever breaks or is damaged from regular use, simply contact Bold Lead Designs for a replacement or repair at no charge. There is no time limit. This is the best warranty in the industry.

If service is required, please see Warranty Claims & Repair Service below.

Warranty is limited to replacement or repair of covered product only, and does not cover things outside of our control such as chewing, neglect, misuse, normal wear, external trauma, or customer alterations. Bold Lead Designs reserves the right to determine if a repair or replacement is covered by our warranty. Items we don’t make in our workshop, such as accessories and consumable items, are excluded. Note: bldBASICS, any item sold as used or imperfect or marked with a star is excluded from this warranty or guarantee.

Limitation of Damages:

Guarantee/Warranty is limited to replacement or repair of product only. Bold Lead Designs, LLC, or its associates, cannot be responsible for any claims or liabilities beyond the scope of the guarantee. Chewing, neglect and misuse, customer alterations, external trauma, and items marked with a star void all warranties. No other warranties, expressed or implied, are made. User assumes all responsibility for proper and safe use of product and care of animal. Customer pays for shipping for warranty claims. This warranty is nontransferable.

Have a warranty issue? Need a repair or replacement?

Please contact us first so we can help determine the best way to get you taken care of!

If the product sustained damage under normal use, and is covered under warranty, we will make it right at no charge (just pay for shipping).

Non-warranty repairs and alterations may be available, even for chewing and external damage. Repair costs start at $5 plus shipping. We will provide an accurate quote upon assessing the damage.

What to do: Tell us what product you have and what the issue is. If you can, please email us photos of the damage so that we can determine the best solution (repair, replacement, or something else). Usually we will have you mail the item to us, in which case we ask that you send the item to us with a completed Warranty-Repair Form. Please download, fill it in, print, and include with your return.

All warranty claims and repairs must be accompanied by the form otherwise we won’t know what to do with your item when received. If you don’t have a printer, you may write out all the pertinent information on a paper and include it with the item. Customer is responsible for all related shipping costs.

Reviews (11)

11 reviews for Fastener-Free Collar™

  1. Marfnet (verified owner)

    Why are people sleeping on your collars?! This is one of the best functional collars I’ve ever owned except for the fact that it doesn’t quite fit any of my dogs because I bought the wrong size (oops!). Despite this, I use it constantly even though it is about 1/2″ too big. It looks fantastic (better than some collar snob type stuff I tried to replace it with), is gentle on coat, and gets softer over time. I got it for growing puppies and I loved that it is adjustable as the dog changes over time, while remaining secure and not loosening if the dog pulls or something. The fact you can open the buckle and slide on no-jingle identification tags or GPS tags is just the best. I have not tried the option built into a leash because I use different length leashes pretty often, but it sounds like a perfect all-in-one for all sorts of applications. Will definitely recommend and may buy again in the future.

  2. Mpaige

    I’m in love with this collar for any time a collar needs to go on and off a dog often. I live an apartment, so my dog often has to go outside for potty breaks. All I need to do is slip this over his head, and we’re ready to go! I also really appreciate the fact that this collar is a limited slip so that it won’t tighten too much around the neck. It’s a great alternative for traditional slip collars/leashes! I also think the adjustment buckle is great! There’s no loose leather hanging which makes it look very sleek!

  3. DuifC (verified owner)

    Our quickest way to a walk! Normally for service dog work he would wear a head harness, but once there was a break in the pandemic and we started using paratransit again, I was concerned about handing that lead to the paratransit driver. And if he wore a harness, he couldn’t also wear his service dog cape.

    I had been using the atlas cross body lead and a harness for regular fun walks, but that was a lot of work to put on.

    So one day the service dog trainer suggested trying a Martingale collar [Fastener-Free Collar] just because it would be easier for me to put on him. We got this one with the extra handle loop option and it’s amazingly easy to put on and take off. And he is really comfortable in it. So now when we are just going for a fun walk, we just slip this one on. No harness needed. And if we are going to be taking paratransit, I can use this collar with a regular traffic leash and give that to the paratransit driver and everything works well.

    He wears his regular ID collar as well, and he seems to be very comfortable with both. Of course he’s a golden retriever with a thick mane, I don’t know if a short hair dog would be less comfortable. But this works very well for us.

    I should note that he was already well trained to keep position next to the wheelchair, so I don’t know how this would have worked if he tended to pull. Our reason for getting it was so that it would be easier for me To put on and off him, and it works very well for that.

    I keep this hooked to the crossbody Leash when we store it since that’s the way we most often use it. I wasn’t sure I would be able to get it on him when I was wearing the atlas, but it works fine. He’s happy to stick his head through the loop since he knows we’re going for a walk, and there’s plenty of length to make that work. so I only need to unhook it if I want to use it with the traffic leash instead. So now for our regular routine I just take it out of the drawer, slip the leash over my shoulder, and hold out the loop so he can put his head through it. And we’re off!

    All in all, a really nice addition to our equipment.

  4. pohtaytoe (verified owner)

    I’ve been drooling over this collar for a long time and decided to buy it when the recent design change happened. My dog has a lot of loose skin on her neck but underneath has a twig for a neck so collars were either being lost to the wilds of the scruff or could fly off her head in a light breeze. Enter this beauty. The leather is absolutely gorgeous and strong. The limited slip does exactly as it is supposed to and restricts/lengthens as needed. Minor complaint is that I ordered a medium for my dog who wears a flat collar at 18″ and this collar was HUGE. I had to cut 3.5 inches off the end for it to be able to tighten enough around her neck when the slip was engaged to not be able to slip off her head on the tightest hole. I don’t know if that was by design or if I got the wrong size since the directions say cutting off parts of the end is an option, but it was just gigantic. However, after cutting the end off it fits perfectly where my dog’s neck scruff is undisturbed in its resting position and when taut the collar portion is right at very snug but not choking. Exactly what I wanted! Yay!

  5. s. kim (verified owner)

    i saved up and purchased this beautifully made collar for my dog, and am so thrilled to have it. he is extremely furry, kind of like the “burt reynolds of dogs,” and the clasp on his former collar always caught some of his chest and neck fur in it when i put it on him. the golden tan fastener free collar looks so lovely against his black fur. i will only buy leads and collars from bold lead designs now. it is money well spent to last a lifetime. thank you for a classic, handsome and thoughtful product!

  6. Sarah Farsad

    This is my favorite Bold collar. I am so happy with this product and it is super easy to use. I have a young dog who is a rescue and she is great and happy go lucky but not too patient when it comes to getting a collar or leash on. This collar is fast to get on – no buckles or fasteners and what is even better – my dog can’t back out of it. She is an escape artist but not with this collar and it doesn’t hurt her. I am more confident when walking her and I love the products. thanks so much! sarah and Khora

  7. Karen B (verified owner)

    This was the perfect answer for my service dog and myself. He has to be sleeping within hearing range (his, for my call), but the tags on his collar drove me nuts in the middle of the night. Removing his regular collar was easy, as he helped by pulling and twisting his head out, but fastening it back on in the morning was difficult. Now he puts his head into the collar while I hold it up. It is so well made, and I love the adjustability to get it fitted just right.

  8. Debbie (verified owner)

    I have one of these in tan, well it was tan but now is getting closer to a dark brown…so rich and classy looking. At first I didn’t like that the braid sticks out the one side, but one day when my boy was off leash and I had to grab him right away, that braid made it super easy to snatch him. Additionally, it became a very short leash, almost like a grab tab. The braid makes it easy to grip. It also came to me already super soft, no aging necessary. I’m very tempted to buy one of their slip collars to use as a tag holder because of how nice this collar is.

  9. Christi P. (verified owner)

    This collar is absolutely a lifesaver for me! Not only is is easy to put on, but right after I got the shipment my dog’s old collar broke! This collar I don’t have to worry about the snaps breaking or the D ring falling off. This collar is very sturdy and even if I am having trouble with clasps am able to just slide it on and walk out the door without having to fudge around with anything extra.

  10. Jenn M. (verified owner)

    “I received Aspen’s Fastener Free collar, and the 8-Way Leads today. Once again, I couldn’t be more impressed with the quality and craftsmanship of your pieces! Aspen was very curious about his new collar, and kept trying to crane his head and neck around to get a better sniff of it. Just like Lilly though, he visibly looks *so* much more comfortable in your collar than he did in his nylon one. I can’t tell you how much I love this collar for my special needs babies! Your design is beautiful, durable, comfortable, safe and humane. The Fastener Free collar is THE Perfect Collar, in my humble opinion. It the dog couture equivalent of a little black dress that can be worn out on the town, and still be comfy enough to wear at home everyday =) Honestly though, having two sensory-impaired dogs who are far more sensitive to touch and tactile sensations made finding a safe and non-irritating collar a necessity. Lilly, who is both blind and deaf, extremely sensitive to touch, and who was forever digging at her collar (she is part Shar Pei, with chunky little neck wrinkles), almost never itches now (unless she’s having an allergic reaction to yet another food), has no broken/matted hair where her collar sits, and her collar still looks like new despite having been through rigorous months of adventures and hijinx. Thank you so much for all that you do! We will continue to tell everyone about BLD, and Katrina’s awesome gear!”

  11. Jenn (verified owner)

    I just wanted to take a moment to let you know just how much Lilly and I LOVE her new Fastener Free Collar and custom harness. Not only are they absolutely beautiful, and buttery soft to the touch, but the quality, care and craftsmanship radiate from every stitch and braid. I didn’t think it was possible to find this level of quality anywhere anymore. These two pieces of gear have been game changers for our daily outings, and I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to discuss our specific concerns and needs, and for crafting exactly what we needed!
    You have given me the means to ensure that Lilly is comfortable and safe; and her self-confidence continues to flourish. Her happiness means the world to me, and I can’t begin to thank you enough!!

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