Elkskin is the smoothest thing. You can find a lot of things here www.jokke.comDoesn't sound odd.....my leather leash is smooth, not like a chanel bag though.... I may have to look into an elkskin for the obedience ring.
This is how we done it for the last 4 yearsMaybe you could get a nylon to use when he walks the dog, and a leather for when you do! Perfect!