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Monday, April 3, 2017

Dial-A-Distance Dog Leash By ThunderShirt

Ruby tries ThunderShirt's Dial-A-Distance Dog Leash

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.

Thundershirt's Dial-A-Distance is the safest retractable dog leash

Dial-A-Distance - The Safest Retractable Leash

I 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 accordinglyDial-A-Distance also has a manual break for sudden changes or unexpected encounters.

 Thundershirt's Dial-A-Distance automatically breaks at the length you select

Ruby's Take On Dial-A-Distance by ThunderShirt

Ruby 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.


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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.

Ruby reviews Dial-A-Leash by Thundershirt

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.

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20 comments

  1. Interesting. We never heard of that one
    Lily & Edward

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  2. That looks like the pawfect leash. hope it helps fur Ruby
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  3. Hari OM
    Impressive! Ruby, I think this just might indeed be the leash for you! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

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  4. this looks pretty cool I can see it be fun for when we go to the beach

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  5. I hope it works for you, Ruby. Mom says that I pull too hard and I can't have one. Spoilsport!

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  6. That looks nice and looks like a good design too!

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  7. This must be BRAND NEW... and would be a GOOD thingy fur Safety.

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  8. Mom too is very hesitant to use retractable leashes. Walking two dogs is hard enough without trying to juggle two of those handles. But this one looks like it might work well for some solo walks. Thanks for telling us about it.

    Woos - Lightning and Misty

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  9. Although it would be too cumbersome with the three of us. It would be handy. SHE sometimes has to shorten our retractable leads, but then we get tangled up.

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  10. That looks FABulous for you gurl! I wish Ma could use one of those on me....I thinks I would break it the furst time that Black Lab on the corner barked at me and told me my ass was fat!
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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  11. We've seen this and think it is a real good idea. Many people don't like retractable leashes, but we think there is a place for them to be used and this would be a great idea.

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  12. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I need one of those leashes for my peeps. They often disappear in the house and do not respond to my cries of Woe. MOLMOLMOL
    Hugs madi your bfff

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  13. This is interesting. I do know some dogs who use the Thunder shirt with success. Thankfully, Stella and Kenzie do not need it. Thanks for the good review!

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  14. I've never used a retractable leash before, I worry that it will tangle up and injure someone. I like that you can monitor the length with this one, which helps. I also like that the leash isn't a cable like cord, it's a flatter leash type. The cords don't seem safe to me, they look like they can strangle a dog but this one looks safer. You definitely do still need to monitor your dog, which you should do anyway no matter how long the leash is.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  15. Great video! I never knew there were risks with retractable leashes. When I dogsat, they were my favorites because of the level of control I had (I could "lock" the leash at a shorter distance if I needed to). Sounds like this is an even more precise way to do that. I understand your struggle with Ruby's confidence. Bear Cat is scared of just about everything. It truly upsets me how scared he is of the world around him - I just wish I could take it all away and make him confident - at the very least, in his own home.

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  16. That's a great idea! And Ruby did a great job in the video. And the directing was just awesome.

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  17. A nice concept but we just knows hoomans are gonna put it at the max.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  18. That's really interesting! It seems to address a lot of the issues we've always heard about retractable leashes.

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  19. That looks like a great leash. Well done Ruby. What a good idea to be able to adjust the distance. You all have a wonderful day.

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