Dogs need to go on long walks. ThunderWorks — the company behind the famous ThunderShirt just launched Dial-a-Distance ($49.95), a retractable leash that has been a game changer for Jeb and my long strolls.
If you’ve followed this blog, you already know Jeb’s story. He’s our rescue dog. A dog that is used to running free. He requires a lot of walks.
Jeb and leashes haven’t had a great history. One week after we made him ours a tow truck’s horn sent Jeb running and my husband let go of the leash. The sound of the leash clacking on the ground had Jeb running like Forest Gump.
Most recently, it happened my birthday weekend, when we were 3.5 hours away, and the dog sitter went to walk the dogs, dropped the leash and, just like that, Jeb was gone. We drove back home that night and found him.
In between these events, a leash has been a great thing. It allows Jeb to exercise and have the freedom on walks.
This week I’ve been home alone with the two dogs. They greet me when I get home, eager to see me and more eager to go for a walk. I have quickly learned that distraction, for even a moment, can mean I’m getting yanked about as they chase squirrels or wanting to say “hello” to a neighbor.
Dial-A-Distance eliminates those risks, allowing you to stop worrying and enjoy the walk with your dog. Within the maximum length that YOU select, Dial-A-Distance works just like other retractable leashes. It extends and retracts as your dog moves around and you can always use the manual brake when needed to stop short of the maximum length.
But when your dog reaches the maximum length you selected, Dial-A-Distance automatically brakes. Learn more here.
My first time using Dial-A-Distance I found it to be heavy. I mainly noticed because I am also walking Bailey Mae, who requires a petite lightweight leash. It definitely has some weight to it.
We went on a long walk. I found Dial-A-Distance leash allowed Jeb to venture out, but also come check in on me. As he went out further, so did the Dial-A-Distance. This made it easy for me to set the distance. I could project if someone were walking our way, which I needed to shorten the distance. This made the rodeo easier, especially with two dogs.
When we got into an area where I had little to worry about with Jeb bolting or being frightened, I let it out to the 15-feet. Jeb thought this was great.
After using Dial-A-Distance for the week, I feel it is a great leash that offers confidence for me walking two dogs. I feel more in control and can alter the leash to fit the terrain of our walk.
Dial-A-Distance leash retracts smoothly with no effort on my part. It just does what Jeb does, and stops him if he ventures further than the area I feel comfortable letting him go.
The one side effect with two dogs is, Dial-A-Distance leash has a 15’foot reach, Bailey Mae’s leash only extends 9, so Jeb is the Alpha, and Bailey Mae isn’t too sure she likes this new hierarchy!