Friday, March 07, 2008

Gear up

Today's cool gear : the Ruffwear Quickdraw leash
Ruffwear Quick Draw leash
Good dogs don’t need a leash all the time.
Deep in the forest on uncrowded trails, dogs love to trot unteth
ered. But you never know when you’ll encounter something (a bear, another dog, a three-dayold, half-eaten breakfast burrito) where quick restraint could be very handy.
That’s just what the Quick Draw leash was designed for. Hook the short leash to a dog’s collar, then wrap it around the
neck where it secures with sturdy Velcro. If you need a leash, just pop the Velcro.
Price: $12
Where to get it: ruffwear.com
Bonus: Reflective stitching makes it easy to spot in the dark.
Bummer: Probably will be abused by irresponsible dog owners in busy city open spaces.

See something you think we should try? E-mail your ideas to dave.philipps@gazette.com

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Cool idea for the fast grab. Dang velcro just loves dog hair though my old dog (RIP) would go crazy with his hair stuck to it.

-Teleken

Dave Philipps said...

I only have shot-haired dogs.

zen said...

I can also recommend their Web Master Harness which has a grab handle for quick control. It's also good if you snowshoe or ski with your dog and might find yourself in a position where you need to extricate your mutt from deep snow, but wouldn't want to drag them out by the neck.

For years we've used a Gentle Leader as a hiking collar. You can find them at local pet stores, or for info visit www.premier.com.

It's an excellent dog training collar that goes around the neck & over the muzzle (though it is NOT a muzzle) placing the point of leash attachment under the head. When you pull the leash, it pulls the dog's head down into a submissive posture providing a great level of situational control, and reduces struggle. It really works well.

The bonus though is if your dog is not in a tight situation where you need assured control, or you aren't training, just put it around the neck like a regular collar & leave the muzzle portion dangling. It's a perfect "mini leash".

Don't Tase Me said...

They need the portable version of the Invisible Fence. Keep the same collar on the dog, but have a portable panic button. When the dog starts running towards somebody or a mountain cat push the panic button and give him a jolt of energy. It worked with that University of Florida kid.

zen said...

They do have those.