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We got this leash to tame our border collie/cattle dog, Bandit and aren't disappointed in the least! The leash itself can function as either a traditional, hand-held leash OR can snap around your waist. Before you start thinking to yourself, "do I really want to be that nerdy person attaching their dog to my waist?" give it a shot.. we were those skeptical folks and have been completely impressed!
The leash is super easy to swap between modes as well as completely comfortable around your waist. It's light and it doesn't dig in at all.
The magic with this leash happened, however, when we started trucking with Bandit. She's not great with other dogs so you always have to be cautious when you're passing by people on the trail. When you have her hooked-up to your waist she feels confident enough that we found she didn't even flinch when we walked past other dogs along the way. To make things better, there is an awesome handle near the collar that is super easy to grab for those moments when you do want a bit of control.
My husband and I were impressed with what this leash brought to the table with Bandit. She pulled less overall and not having her react to other dogs on the trail was an added bonus. I highly recommend this leash for all dog owners out there, but especially for those who might have a pup that pulls or needs a bit more assurance with other dogs along the trail.