The design of the ThunderLeash is very simple. When I took it out of the box, I thought it just looked like a regular leash. But after carefully inspecting the directions on the box, I learned that it's actually designed to fit around your dog's chest just like a harness.
Here's how it works. First, you need to attach the ThunderLeash to your dog's collar. Then you should adjust the "safety buckle" and "slack buckle" according to your dog's size. The buckles are there to make sure your dog doesn't get squeezed too hard basically. Afterwards, just wrap the leash around your dog's chest and slide it into the "harness slot" between the two buckles. Putting the ThunderLeash on my dog was pretty easy to figure out.
So after you have the ThunderLeash on your dog properly, you can go for a walk! Shiner is pretty good on a leash. I have seen her dart off after rabbits or start pulling if there is something exciting around like a good sniff spot or another dog. Pretty typical dog stuff.
|My safety buckles are a little loose in this photo. Had to adjust them after learning more about how they worked.|
The ThunderLeash is made to apply gentle pressure against your dog's chest to prevent pulling. It works similar to choke chains, prong collars, and martingale collars except for the squeeze is not around the dog's neck. I like that idea personally because I've noticed a lot of dogs will start hacking if they pull too much while on a collar, including Shiner. I'm happy to report that Shiner did not start coughing or hacking when she got squeezed by the ThunderLeash. I know there are some people who are not comfortable using choke chains or prong collars, so I think this might be a worthwhile alternative for them.
The ThunderLeash appears to be very sturdy and the handle area of the leash is very comfortable. I think it's padded a little bit which is nice. And if you don't want to use the ThunderLeash as a harness, you can always easily convert it to a regular style leash. Some people like to have both harnesses and leashes so I love the versatility of it.
I don't think the ThunderLeash is a miracle for dogs who have serious leash-pulling problems. Of course, training is still necessary especially if your dog is naughty on the leash. Shiner was a little easier to control with her ThunderLeash during our walks. If she began to pull, I noticed that she would usually stop when the leash was putting pressure on her for a few seconds. I took a video of her walking on the leash which you can watch below.
The ThunderLeash comes in two sizes - Small and Large. They are priced at $29.99. For me personally, this is a little more than I might want to pay for a regular leash. But considering you wouldn't have to purchase a separate leash and harness, I think the price makes sense. In fact, you might end up saving money with this two-in-one product. Plus, it does safely help with slight leash-pulling issues.
I had been using a retractable leash with Shiner lately (I know, I know! I misplaced her regular leash.) and am much more happy with the ThunderLeash we received.
Thunderleash is available for purchase on Amazon.
How does your dog do on a leash? Are they a leash-puller?
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