Sunday, July 28, 2013
PRODUCT REVIEW: Thunderleash
When I first got Lulu, she would pull to the point she was pretty much crawling across the ground to get at what she was smelling.
She's on an Easy Walk harness now, but sometimes she'll still yank when she really wants to get at something.
That's why I decided to give Thunderleash a try.
Thunderleash was created by the same company that brought us Thundershirt. We did a week long review of the Thundershirt earlier this year.
Unfortunately, we aren't as much of a fan of the Thunderleash as we are of the Thundershirt.
Thunderleash is designed to prevent pulling. The leash converts to its no pulling design by wrapping it around the dog's body and clipping it to a safety clip.
There is a lot of room for user error, so read the instructions carefully. You need to make some adjustments on the buckles to make sure there is just enough slack. Too much slack and the harness aspect is useless.
If it works right, each time the dog pulls it should provide gentle pressure around her chest so that she stops pulling.
Now I typically don't use a harness that clips at the top because Lulu will pull through that like it's nothing.
Now, as with the Thundershirt, not everyone has the same experience. Lulu is driven by her nose, and she can be tough to deal with. A dog that would rather choke than not pull is not going to have any problem with the gentle pressure of the Thunderleash around her chest.
So it is possible it will work with your dog, even if it didn't work with mine.
Something else to consider -- any "no-pull" harness is really no substitute for training your dog not to pull. This is one of those places where Lulu doesn't do well at home, but does elsewhere.
The Thunderleash is $30 and comes in two sizes: small for dogs 12 to 25 pounds, and large for dogs bigger than 25 pounds.
DISCLAIMER: I received a free Thunderleash to try out from Thundershirt.