We were pleased to recently receive a SnapLeash to try out and review. It sounded like an interesting and clever concept….a thick nylon leash with grommets along it, and double ended snaphooks. The suggested uses are many….hands free walking, secure tethering to stationary objects, the ability to adjust the length, and use as a training leash. It can also be used as a coupler for walking two dogs. Here is what it looks like:
Snapleash comes in two sizes: 6′ by 1″ and 6′ by 5/8″; and three colors: red, blue, and black. We received a red leash in the larger size. I immediately wanted to try out the hands free feature. I’ve been wanting a hands free leash but just never got around to getting one to try. Using the grommets I wrapped and secured the leash around my waist and Cricket and I went out for a jog.
I couldn’t have been more pleased! Even when we slowed to a walk, Cricket walked better than ever on this….I think my weight distribution helped to control her pulling more. Instead of ignoring me when she got to the end of her tension, she turned and looked at me. That was an unexpected benefit for me, but I was really just pleased with the fact that I could have my hands free. I have a lot of pain in my hands from trigger fingers, and not having to grip a leash all the time is wonderful for me. When I wanted more control, I easily removed it from my waist and made a handle for regular walking.
Just a quick note on the hands free feature: I am only using that with Cricket at this point. Both Sheba and Luke are a bit unpredictable when walking, and I don’t feel safe using that feature with them. If you have a larger dog, you might want to be sure your dog is a good walker and not prone to unexpected maneuvers.
We run and walk in different places in our neighborhood and it sometimes involves walking on the road. We don’t have a lot of traffic on our street, but enough that I want to be sure the dogs are close by me when walking along, and all I had to do was make a bigger loop, thereby shortening the leash and keeping Cricket right next to me!
Even if you don’t want to walk/run hands free, that feature can still come in handy if you just need your hands available for short spells. You can stop and tether your dog to any object, knowing they are secure. (Please do not leave your dog unattended when tethering.) Maybe you want to take a photo, need to tie your shoe, or in my case, I blow my nose a lot, especially in the winter! It’s much easier to do these things if you can have both hands available, even if just for a minute or two.
What do we love most about this? I just love the versatility of it, the fact that you can use it in many different ways on one walk or run. The quality seems excellent….when trying it with Luke he had to try chewing it (we’re working on that) and I didn’t see any damage to it from that. I even found a way to tether two dogs together using another leash. I plan to get another one to make this even easier! The grommets really make it easy to adjust the lengths as needed.
SnapLeash is also looking into making longer lengths, possibly 8 or 10 feet. Since we live in a rural area, we are often on trails where I like to give the dogs a little more length so they can roam, smell, and explore. I think this will be great, and with the option always there to make it shorter, you can’t go wrong!
The company has generously agreed to give away one leash to one of our readers! You can choose the size and color you would like. To enter, just fill out the rafflecopter at the end of this post. The contest will be open until next Friday, September 12 at 11:59pm EST. *Update: Contest is open to USA residents only, with apologies to our Canadian and overseas friends.* Good luck to everyone!
Don’t want to wait? Click on the link below to order one now….they are currently on sale.
Disclaimer: We received one SnapLeash free of charge to try out and review. We were not compensated in any other way. All opinions in this review are my own. I am in an affiliate program with the company, therefore if you order through the link above I may receive a commission.