Today I have my thoughts on walking to share with you. Oddly, I really never walk alone. Mom always has me paired up with one of my sisters. It is probably more fun walking with a buddy, so I have never even thought about walking more one on one with Mom.
Bailie and I walk together the least of the pairs. Both of us are bigger and heavier and we both enjoy lunging after critters. Together we weigh almost as much as our Mom so it can be a bit dicey if we decide to go somewhere. Usually we drag her along. Still we have a good time and I like to be around my oldest sister.
As Madison has already told you, she is my main walking buddy. We are always together. I’m used to her and I know she is a rule follower, so a lot of fun is kind of out of the question. Still, we enjoy our walks and her manners don’t always keep me from forgetting mine. I do learn a lot from her, and as I mature, I may use more manners than I do right now. As a young fellow, fun is a higher priority for me.
Olivia and I always have a blast when we get to walk together. Almost every time, a few minutes into the walk, Mom says she remembers why we don’t walk together very much. After a half hour or so, we settle down and gather some manners for the remainder of our walk. The two of us tend to go a lot of places together and that is when we end up walking together most often.
The best thing about walking for us and for Mom is our Iron Doggy™ hands-free leash. It works great for us pups and Mom loves it too! We just purchased a second one. This recommendation comes from our thoughts. Iron Doggy has not asked us to review their leash and we purchased our products all on our own.
At our house we have several brands of hands free leashes but we only use our Iron Doggy ones. They are the easiest to use, with the most options and they are also the strongest, with a minimum breaking strength of 215 pounds. The way maniacs like me lunge and pull, this is quite important.
The leashes themselves can be easily attached or removed, and up to two can be used at a time. The belt is adjustable from 28 to 48 inches so Mom can use it with thin running clothing or a heavy winter coat. The bungee cord built into the leash absorbs a lot of the sudden pull when we get excited and try to take off. Before Mom ever used a hands free leash she said it would be too dangerous. What she has learned is that it is much safer than holding a leash because we pull/lunge against her core, not just an arm.
Why does Mom find Iron Doggy to be the best hands free leash out there? Knots. Yes, something as simple as the knots. A leash has four knots, one close to the top after the first handle, one on either side of the second handle, and one about four inches from where the leash is attached to the dog’s collar or harness. They get the most use of anything on the whole setup. Mom can easily grab a knot when she needs to stop us or hold us in one place. The knots don’t move and fit perfectly in her hand. A person can hold or let go with ease.
The handles, there are two of them are also useful, but honestly, Mom uses the knots 98% of the time. One handle is at the top of the leash, the other in the middle. The leashes can be hooked to the belt at different lengths too, from 30 to 46 to 54 inches. Ours are normally at 46 inches.
We all, that means us pups and Mom, love walking and running on our Iron Doggy hands free leashes and Mom can’t imagine having to use regular leashes all the time ever again.
I’m joining my friends at Living Laughing and Barking in Our Backyard for their Nature Friday blog hop.