I’m a dog mom to a 100-pound weimaraner and an 80-pound bull terrier mix. The pups accompanied my husband and I on our honeymoon, go on vacation with us and are the focus of our day-off activities.
When I was approached by Protex Pawz to try out the company’s new Safespot Locking Leash, I said I’d give it a try. After all, if it can pass a big dog test, it should work for smaller canines too. Right?
The 411 on the Locking Leash
The adjustable leash is built with a steel cable core and locking devices on each end of the leash. One end is a plastic handle with a locking mechanism to secure the product to a tree, post or other sturdy anchor. The opposite end contains a collar made of the same material as the leash, including the steel cable core. Both ends utilize a key to secure the leash.
After having the hubby give the leash a good examination, he answered my number one concern that a dog thief could simply cut the collar or leash and take the dog. He explained the construction of the leash seemed very secure, and cutting through steel cable would require special tools the average thief doesn’t have in his back pocket.
When to Use the Leash
Now that I feel secure about the construction of the leash, I needed to address my next concern. Why would someone leave a dog unattended in a public place and have a need for this product? The box shows a woman exiting a cafe with a cup of coffee as her dog waits outside the shop wearing the Safespot Locking Leash.
As a dog owner, I would never leave my pet unattended in public. Someone could tease, hit or harm my dog. I’m still struggling with when this product would be ideal to use. I could see securing my dog to the leg of a table while dining at an outdoor restaurant. Or, maybe using the locking leash to tether the dog to a fence post or tree while I use both of my hands to tie my shoe during a walk or eat lunch at an outdoor picnic. But, I’d still never leave the pet unattended.
Testing the Leash
My Weimaraner Belle was happy to try the locking leash. It was easy enough to secure the collar around her neck and lock the other end of the leash to a table leg. She stood content while the device was attached to her. Usually she doesn’t like bulky things around her neck, but she didn’t paw at the collar or seem bothered at all.
The locking part of this product works well and seems durable. The handle of the leash is comfortable and large enough for bigger hands.
Have you ever used a locking leash? Tell me about your experience in the comments below. When did you find the leash most useful?