The Beginning

For Elite Dog Gear Founder, Christine Smith exploring the outdoors is a way of finding new limits. Inspired by her husband's mushing career and the small kennel they have in Willow, Alaska she set out create collars that would last through the seasons. 

Today Christine hand sews collars for dogs across North America, sharing her passion exploring the outdoors with canine companions.

Yulex Padding

Yulex or Ecoprene is 100% plant-based, renewable natural rubber sourced only from plantations with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification. The natural rubber used in our collar's backing creates extra comfort for everyone. The material is purified at the plantation processing facility with an exclusive process to remove biological contaminants common in natural rubber, which may cause allergies or problems with odor or discoloration, leaving extra comfort for your canine best friend.

Learn more about the FSC certification