The lead you just can't live without
If you've read our "About" section, you know the backstory of how DogVenture Gear came to be. I had a "dream lead" in mind and just couldn't find what I was looking for. Sure, there are convertible leads (aka euroleads or hands-free leashes) out there, but either I was too tall and Faya was too short, or it was made out of nylon (gross), or it was going to cost a pretty penny. What's so great about convertible leads? Where to begin...
I love having my hands free when I walk my pup. Even when using the convertible lead I will regularly still have one hand on the lead, but I'm often doing other things, like rolling a suitcase or holding a cup of coffee. That's where the convertible lead comes in. There are a total of 8 (maybe more?) ways you can configure this lead, and I'll share my favorites in this post.
1. Around the waist
This configuration is my personal go-to. Faya is just shy of 50lbs so if/when she does pull, the lead is positioned around my waist (at my center of gravity) and I can quickly reach down to put a hand on it. At 7 feet from end to end, the leash puts the dog at just the right distance for walking around. If you're on the taller end and you run with you pup, you might consider adding a foot or three just to account for your stride and if your pup runs a little in front.
I personally just leave the rings in the "around the waist" position and will use the lead like that when walking with a handle like a standard lead. But, with the floating rings, you can slide them to achieve these other configurations.
2. Across the chest
I like this option when I'm seated, though I know plenty of folks walk their dogs in this position.
3. As a longer lead.
If you slide the rings closer to the human clip, you can put the lead into a longer lead configuration.
4. As a shorter lead
Because we include a ring by the dog's end, you can clip to that loop and have a shorter lead.
5. Mid-length lead
Position the rings equally between the human and dog clips and you can have a mid-length lead.
6. As a tether around a tree (or chair leg)
This option comes in handy when you're seated and don't want to hold the lead. Faya is demonstrating (unhappily) that you can loop it around a tree, but please never leave a pup unattended.
7. To a harness and a collar
When you're training your pup not to pull, you'll likely use a front-clip harness. You can clip one end to a collar and the other to a harness to both offer a back-up to the harness or collar, or to provide feedback. Meaning, the dog begins to pull on the collar, you can use the harness to redirect.
8. For two dogs
In a bind, you can clip one end to one dog collar and another end to another dog collar. We'd suggest our lead coupler or double dog lead for more regular two-dog adventuring needs.
I'm sure there are loads of other uses, and I'd love to hear your favorite!