We have always used a standard leash with Ruby. She loves walks, but is sometimes hesitant and occasionally reactive. I continue to work on her confidence by encouraging her to branch out safely on her own. And by branch out, I mean walk in front of us rather than staying glued to our sides.
Although I know many people enjoy the freedom of retractable leashes, I have always been nervous to try one with Ruby because of the risks. But when I was contacted about testing the new Dial-A-Distance Leash by ThunderShirt, I was intrigued and wondered if it might be a good fit and a confidence builder for Ruby.
Dial-A-Distance - The Safest Retractable LeashI am well aware of the safety issues of traditional retractable leashes. Created by ThunderShirt, Dial-A-Distance is the first retractable leash that lets you choose the maximum length depending on the safety of the environment. If you are walking in a crowded urban area with lots of activity, dogs, and people, you can set it for a few feet. Whereas if you are alone in an empty field or big open space, you might set it for 10 feet.
Dial-A-Distance gives dogs the freedom to explore safely within any given situation. When your dog reaches the maximum length you have selected, Dial-A-Distance automatically breaks. Of course, dog owners still need to pay attention, monitor the situation, and adjust accordingly. Dial-A-Distance also has a manual break for sudden changes or unexpected encounters.
Ruby's Take On Dial-A-Distance by ThunderShirtRuby likes routine and definitely noticed the leash was new and different. She was nervous at first, but adjusted quickly. I found the dial, lock, and manual break easy to use and very secure. The leash itself is lightweight, but still strong and durable. Dial-A-Distance is still in the final testing phase and will be available for purchase in May. Stay tuned.
·Did the Dial-A-Distance leash encourage Ruby to branch out and explore on her own? Maybe a little, but I think over time it will help build her confidence to explore safely within her, and our comfort zone.
This video is the directorial debut of Ruby's 11-year-old human sister! More videos coming soon.
Disclaimer: I was provided with the Dial-A-Distance leash in exchange for an honest review. I only share product information that would be helpful or relevant to our readers.