We tested out our new Speed Release on the weekend at the FastCAT trial. As we go through life, we often find out about new and interesting things we might be able to use. At our FastCAT Nationals in December we first heard about this new thing to release dogs. Mom did some research and found out where to get one.
Until now, we have been bringing two slip leads for each of us to FastCAT – one to release us and one to catch us. On the release end, it is a lot of work for the release person. We are often a bit nuts, squirming and trying to get going but the releaser has to not only hold onto us but get the slip lead over our head and toss it off to the side.
This speed release is great for control and ease of releasing. For those of us who are taller it is really nice as it fastens to our collar and doesn’t give us room to pull the human around. Mom took this shot of Olivia while they walked to the start line. The secret to the release is the yellow/green release cord.
Once we are at the start line, the person who is releasing us keeps hold of us with the big handle and puts a human paw on the release cord.
When the hunt master says, “Tally Ho”! The release human pulls the cord while still holding onto the leash handle, and the piece holding the collar pops open and the dog is off to the races. It is super simple to use, keeps the dog under control until she is released, and there is no leash mess to toss out of the way.
We are super thankful Mom got one of these for us. They are not cheap, but we share ours between the three of us (next year four with Nelson) and it makes it so nice for people who release us. Mom is always a catcher, so she doesn’t get to use it but it but we are still glad we have it.
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