It’s been about three months since we did our review of the Umbilical Belt Dog Leash during Multi-Pet Mania month. You can read my full review of this product by clicking here. I have been enjoying using it when training Luke, and when running with Cricket. I’d sometimes forget to use it at other times, and as soon as I’d get out there without it, I’d wonder why. Since Cricket got her arthritis diagnosis, I haven’t been taking her jogging anymore, I’ve been going by myself (Sheba also has arthritis, and Luke has bad knees). I’m trying to work up to 5K by the end of the fall, and it’s easier to go by myself without worrying about how it’s affecting the dogs. But when I get back from my run, I take one of the dogs for a 1/2 mile to mile walk as my cool down.
I grab a bottle of water when I get back from running, so it only makes sense to put on the Umbilical Belt so I can juggle my water along with the dog and treats for training. Plus it’s just easier on my hands (which have their own issues of arthritis, etc.). But the one thing I hadn’t done yet was to walk Sheba with it. Sheba is a puller and a weaver when she walks. I always say she’s like flying a kite….back and forth she goes. It’s a challenge to keep her on the side of the road and just walking in a straight line. I wasn’t sure how hands free would work with her. But I had noticed that both Luke and Cricket seem to walk better on the hands free leash. There’s something about meeting the resistance of my full body, as compared to just my arm/shoulder, when they pull, that makes them walk better.
Since our friends over at Groovy Goldendoodles were brave enough to walk two dogs on theirs, I knew it was time to try Sheba on it, and then work up to more than one dog at a time. So this week we took the first step with Sheba, and I was very pleased with how it went. Sheba did try pulling a bit more, but it’s so much easier for me to absorb that with my core than with my arm and shoulder. Overall, she walked better too, and I think with more practice she’ll get even better.
Next up: get a second leash and try more than one dog, or I may try one dog hands free and one on a leash to start. We’ll let you know how that goes, though it may still take me some time to be ready for that! In the meantime, I highly recommend the Umbilical Belt for walking or running with your dogs.
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