Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Double security for leashes and collars

Right after we adopted Mr. B, we had a fluke accident where Mr. B's collar became unlatched from his leash and all we can do was watch in shock as he ran up to another dog.
As an added measure of security, we would use an x-large key ring and loop it around both the collar and the leash. Now that we have beautiful leashes from Sirius Republic and a multitude of collars from Pecan PieSilly Buddy and Sirius Republic, we had to come with an added measure of security, but makes it easy to switch out the collars and leashes.
We use a key chain coupler (coupling key fob) and loop one end to the collar and the other end to the leash. The key chain coupler easily comes apart with a simple push of the quick release mechanism and we can mix and match leash and collars and still maintain a peace of mind. Quick tip: use the same end of the key chain coupler for all of your leashes and the other end for all of your collars (you will most likely have unequal numbers of the ends of the key chain coupler).

14 comments:

parlance said...

Sounds like a good idea. I also had a moment when Penny was a puppy and her leash uncoupled from the collar. Very scary at the time.

Aleksandra said...

I"m going to have to look up these coupling devices. Sounds very high tech. When we had ultra-strong Lollie who was once able to almost squirm her way out of her easywalk harness, we started attaching both the harness and a no-slip (martingdale) collar to the leash. It did occur to me, though, that if the leash hook ever came undone, it may not make much difference!

lindsay said...

We use a caribineer because our dogs will shake the heads and their leashes come loose from the collars. I like all the cool leashes mr b and ms m have....ours our boring!

Two Grad Students and a Pittie said...

Dental Student always says im CRAZY when i worry about Havi getting off the leash. I recently showed him a previous post you did last year about your collars and leashes. they always look so secure on their walks.

Benny and Lily said...

That is what you call preventing pawrents from heart attacks
Benny & Lily

Antoinette Errante said...

This is very helpful. I have carabiners on mine because I had a few scary episodes but the carabiners are heavy and am looking for an alternatives. I am a little slow on the instructions however. Do you think you could post a close-up of what you've done? Thanks!!

kissa-bull said...

guero gave me a heart attack a couple of years ago when he got loose just like mr b and took off down the street after a cat.i thought i would never catch him or hed be hit by a car.by the time he slowed down to take a poop lol i was bawlin my eyes out and my heart was going to explode

Barbara said...

Me too...I'm having a hard time figuring out what you did. Could you show us some instructions?

jet said...

Both of my dogs have really good off leash control so I'm confident that if that ever happened they would come back when I called them.

When I first got Barbie she slipped her collar. The circumstances were exceptional though. An offleash dog had crossed the road and had an aggressive body posture and had a go at Bender. Barbie slipped her collar and chased the dog back to it's house. The owner of the dog came out and apologised while I caught Barbie and tried to keep Bender for being overly silly/reactive/vocal. Barbie is now walked on a martingale collar so that can't happen.

Kari in WeHo said...

good idea. We've had the leashes become unattached for no apparent reason too!

Kari
http://dogisgodinreverse.com/

Mary said...

Levi broke his leash a few weeks ago chasing, of all things, a squirrel. He never cared about squirrels until Neptune came along. I know he won't run farther than the nearest tree to pee on it, but I still wasn't pleased. Jason bought him a heavy duty leash and that, attached to his Paco collar, makes me feel pretty secure. Sometimes I forget just how unbelievable strong he really is!

Jess said...

We keep an "everyday" collar on our pups all the time, with just an ID tag. Then for walks attach our "walking" collars, a comfortable padded collar with their vaccination tags, id tags, and licenses, for walks. We attach the leash to both collars at once, require a slip of both collars for a dog to get loose. (A trick we learned when fostering for Puppy Love/Love Cats, now Project Rescue! Yay!) And of course, we work on recall... just in case!

Darwin said...

This a great idea, I was wondering how to secure Darwin because I fear the leash may uncouple some day.

ForPetsSake said...

Smart idea! I think I'm going to try this - thanks!

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