Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Safety Clip For Extra Measures

When getting ready for our outings one of these first things we do is make sure all of our pups collars and harnesses are fitted properly (not too tight, never too loose). When that is all secure we do one extra step that may save you and the pups from an "oops" moment.

We add a safety clip to the end of the leash which
attached to the harness or no slip martingale collars.  You can get the clips at any sporting good store, super market or you can even find them in your dollar general stores. They are usually any where from  $5.00 to $10.00 depending on the clasp.


At one time or another  we have had dogs bounce around in excitement on the end of their leash and unhook the leash clip to the collar leaving us with a leash in hand and NO dog. The dog is off in another direction running after a rabbit, bird or what have you. The feeling is not a good feeling so we have added an extra safety measure to make sure this doesn't happen. We feel a bit better as well using this simple trick with our leash reactive dogs. We always want an extra hand when it comes to making sure they stay at our side ;)

Once you have the clips the next steps are extremely simple.  Attach the clip from your leash to your collar or harness. You want to make sure the openings of the 2 clips are facing opposite directions.

Shown on a Freedom No-Pull Harness
Shown on a Martingale no slip collar - Awesome collar handmade by Sirius Republic
And there you have it. Easy as that!! Check out our friends at Sirius Republic and get your clips ordered.
Who would of thought a $6.00 clip could save hundreds of dollars in medical bills... "dog for bid" your pup ever got away and got hurt.

The simple things are what makes us sm:)e.
Happy outings all.

3 comments:

  1. OMG bless you! Just the other day, I was in the petstore with our min pin (newest rescue addition to our family, and still working out her nerves), and I have no idea how it happened...suddenly, the hook was not on the collar. She wasn't even pulling at the time, really, or twisted up, it must have been hanging on by a thread for some time. Luckily I was already bending down to look at some item or other and she never even knew she was loose.

    This is a dog known by breed and personality as an escape artist...literally...her first day with us she got out of a bad harness that she'd come with that I didn't realize was loose, and spent a week and day on the streets before we could recover her. Then she got out of a crack in the gate of the fence at the dog park (and I am in agreement with you on your other post, about dog parks, NEVER again, we're securely fencing in our yard and the dogs will play there, they only care about each other anyway). It took us a half hour of patient wrangling to get her back at the dog park parking lot...all with a busy street nearby...

    Anyway, I was having flashbacks from those incidents at the petstore. This whole week I've been walking her gingerly, totally paranoid. I am so going to run out TOMORROW and buy some of these...for both of my babies!!

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  2. Great suggestion! I've had that exact situation happen to me - twice!. One time I was using one of the nylon "pinch" training collars, and a link broke loose. The other time the buckle on the regular collar broke. No problems either time, thankfully, my pups were just horsing around with each other and pulling hard on the leashes, but I've had a couple "close calls" being surprised by dogs behind fences, etc...

    So I've added one more "step" to your suggestion that I thought I'd share - I add a short bit of strap, lease, etc to the dog's regular collar as well as the training collar or walking harness, just in case on of those fail. The carabiner is great, but if the buckle on the collar breaks it won't help. Having a backup collar is my preference, especially with my pits because they'll take the blame no matter what happens...

    great page, thanks for all you guys do!!

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  3. I highly recommend the threaded black ones. I've used those cheap aluminum blue ones and they will bend and pull apart, and the silver piece can slip out and flip to the other side. If you are going to get ones like the blue ones, get them from a mountain climbing supplier.

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