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Neat leash for Agility Training

PetFriendly
October 26th, 2006, 07:29 PM
A few weeks ago I discovered the greatest little leash. Its called the Flexi-Click and is unfortunantly discontinued. If you are tall, have a small dog, and do agility, you have to find yourselves one of these before they are all gone.

It looks like a mini tape flexi but is much much shorter and clips directly onto the dogs collar. Its perfect because its not bulky and lays flat enough against the collar to stay out of the way and not bother the dog, but its easy and quick to release so you can walk your dog back to where you left the leash without having to be bent in half. (I'm six feet tall, the dog is barely 8 inch off the ground, and I refuse to carry him!)

Byrd
October 26th, 2006, 07:57 PM
Well, poo... I don't fit any of the requirements.... I'm short, have a medium dog, but we do do agility.

:p

PetFriendly
October 26th, 2006, 08:52 PM
See if you can find one any way. its super handy... though it didn't catch on, I wonder which large disadvantage there is to it that I haven't discovered yet :eek:

I don't pull it agaisn't Charley neck, I hold it while I pull it out all the way, then I hold the 'handle' in my hand so that I can 'lock' it with my fingers.

http://www.mainzoo.de/images/product_images/flexi-click-handhabung.jpg

Lissa
October 26th, 2006, 08:53 PM
I have never heard of these so I searched - is this it??
http://www.canvasbackpets.com/ShopSite/product548.html

I use a slip lead for Dodger because I hate messing with buckles and since they have to run naked (ie: no collars) its better to get them used to it early.

I don't have to bend down either, that's Dodger's job:p Unfortunately it didn't work out so well last time, we had an off-course when he saw it on the ground and thought it was time to retrieve:o *sigh* I also like my slip-lead because it doubles as a tug-toy to rev him up and reward him.

Do you let your dog run a course with this on in practice? I would think its distracting and could cause a dog to feel unbalanced (with it on or when you stop using it) but maybe for small dogs they are light enough to go unnoticed. I'd be worried that it would accidentally unclip during a run and for a larger dog, it doesn't look strong enough to withstand pulling (although some of them said up to 100lbs)

PetFriendly
October 26th, 2006, 09:01 PM
I have never heard of these so I searched - is this it??

Do you let your dog run a course with this on in practice? I would think its distracting and could cause a dog to feel unbalanced (with it on or when you stop using it) but maybe for small dogs they are light enough to go unnoticed. I'd be worried that it would accidentally unclip during a run and for a larger dog, it doesn't look strong enough to withstand pulling (although some of them said up to 100lbs)

Yes, that's it. I have the Click 2, perfect length to comfortably lead him. Though I put him back on his 4 ft leash (school rules for beginner levels) right away, so he's not on it for very long.

Yup, he runs practices and sequences with it on. Its fairly snug up against him and since he's always worn a harness (which for now he also wears for class) he doesn't mind it at all.

mafiaprincess
October 26th, 2006, 10:05 PM
We have a tab for just in case times you need to grab on for 2 seconds.. I don't see the point in that leash..

Take an old leash.. clip it on.. cut off little more than half way down dog's back, cut it off, tie a knot in the end.. If you need a hold for a second to steady a dog walk or something you have a handhold that won't get caught..

PetFriendly
October 27th, 2006, 04:53 PM
We don't run obstacles or sequences on leash... I only use it once he's finished the run... The tab idea might work for a taller dog, but something that is long enough to go halfway down Charley's back will drag on the ground and that's not allowed in class. Plus I'd still be bent over walking him back to his leash or the begining of the sequence. And yes, he needs to be escorted, not because he'll bolt and run away, but because he really likes the obstacles and will climb almost all of them if given the chance.

Ok, so maybe its just me who thinks this thing is neat...

mafiaprincess
October 27th, 2006, 06:12 PM
How tiny is Charley? Cider is 15.5" at her withers, her tab is like 4.5 inches long with a knot in one end..
Point of it is so that it's there to hold and can't drag and get caught in something.

PetFriendly
October 28th, 2006, 11:32 AM
He's just barely 10" at the withers, when he sits by my leg, the top of his head doesn't even reach my knee

mafiaprincess
October 28th, 2006, 12:35 PM
Ahhh. Thjat would have to be like a 'tabette' to not hinder you.. noy all that useful. I dig.

PetFriendly
October 28th, 2006, 02:44 PM
Ahhh. Thjat would have to be like a 'tabette' to not hinder you..

:thumbs up ;)

Lissa
October 28th, 2006, 05:11 PM
Ok, so maybe its just me who thinks this thing is neat...

Perhaps if I had a smaller dog I would like them better but I don't like flexi's at the best of times and I do think a slip lead is more convernient;)

They probably didn't catch on because they aren't much use to the average pet owner - I doubt they are strong enough for daily use so people get a normal flexi if they want that type of leash. I also think that many dogs would be distracted or annoyed by it or it would get damaged when off-leash in the bush or playing with other dogs. Also, since you have to bend down to unclip it anyway, I doubt it makes much difference to most people (particularly if they are short like me:p ) or don't know about fiddling with a collar and leash during training!

PetFriendly
October 30th, 2006, 05:18 PM
I do think a slip lead is more convernient;)

They probably didn't catch on because they aren't much use to the average pet owner - I doubt they are strong enough for daily use so people get a normal flexi if they want that type of leash. I also think that many dogs would be distracted or annoyed by it or it would get damaged when off-leash in the bush or playing with other dogs. Also, since you have to bend down to unclip it anyway, I doubt it makes much difference to most people (particularly if they are short like me:p ) or don't know about fiddling with a collar and leash during training!

Because of Charley's trachea issue, he's on a harness. I imagine that should we make it to competition level, I'll switch to a slip lead or someting similar for in the ring.

As a general rule, I don't use a flexi either. I use a long one as a retractable training lead, I pull it all the way out, lock it, train, then when we're done, it puts itself away in a tidy package (I use a tape one, not the string ones, they just don't come off as strong enough)! And, no it probably wouldn't be any good duringa rough play session or a romp through a dense bush. But Charley has never bothered with it, so I'm not sure they'd even know it was there.

Should you grow, and Dodger shrinks, we'll talk ;)

mafiaprincess
October 30th, 2006, 05:46 PM
Should you grow, and Dodger shrinks, we'll talk ;)

ROTFLMAO.. beyond cute :)