Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Thunderleash review and giveaway

We've been working with Ike on his leash skills, trying to get him to walk nicely without tugging and pulling, so I was very interested in trying out the new Thunderleash. (Keep reading for your chance to win one of your own!)
Thunderleash is a product I trust, because the company makes products to help keep pets safe and comfortable. I use the Thundershirt for my dogs and they love it. So I had high hopes for the Thunderleash. The leash is made so that it can be used as a regular leash clipped onto the collar, and then converted into a harness. We read the instructions, which are clear after making the initial adjustments, hooked it up as a harness and set off on our walk.

The harness is designed to put gentle pressure on the dog's torso to help reduce the amount of pulling. Unfortunately, we didn't find that it helped Ike to stop pulling. I think this is in part because the harness clips in the back, which actually enables a dog to pull more strongly.  I'd have preferred a front-attaching harness arrangement. Also, Ike is a strong puller and had not had any real leash experience before we adopted him. Once we've been more successful at working with him, he may respond to this better.





PROS:
1. Easy to use
2. Sturdy materials
3. Dual use-- use as leash or harness




















CONS:
1. Harness attaches at the back which may allow for stronger pulling

This could be a great product for you if your dog is not a strong puller, or if you have a use for a leash that can convert to a harness as needed. You're getting the great Thundershirt brand quality, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee from the company.

Full Disslosure: I received one Thunderleash to review and one to giveaway from Thundershirt. This in no way influenced my review. The opinions here are 100% my own.

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18 comments:

  1. This is an interesting concept. I wouldn't mind trying this on one of my little dogs who likes to pull low to the ground.

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  2. I would love to try this for my Sissy, who loves to chase (*squirrel!, rabbit!, school bus and UPS truck). Somedays, at 23 lbs, she can pull me up the street after her desired object.

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  3. Hmmm, this is interesting. We are happy neither one of us pull
    Benny & Lily

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  4. my dog pulls. I've tried several different harnesses, but she slips out of them. Maybe this will help. xo

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  5. I would love to donate this to the shelter where we adopted our two dogs; I know they would put it to good use.

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  6. I would love to try one with both dogs and see how effective it is.

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  7. Interesting. The "Thunder" line continues to grow. ;) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  8. I would love to try this out with my 88 lb dog who gets so excited he almost removes me from my shoes.

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  9. That's great it can be converted into a harness if doesn't hurt my pet then. I like that.

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  10. If Ike can pull, Maya can too. I agree that a hook in the front might have helped. Then again, nothing much works with Maya except continuous training.

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  11. You've peaked my curiosity on this one - I'm thinking it might work well for CindyLu! You'd think she was a husky pulling a sled when we're on a walk lol I've noticed that if the leash is tucked under her front leg, she pulls less. I figured it was the pressure -must be!

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  12. glad it coverts into harness if need it..

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  13. I just got mine and have got to give it a try. It's a shame it didn't work for Ike.

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  14. Front hooks are always better. However, I like the idea of this for my dog that is usually pretty good on walks, but occasionally is overexcited and forgets. He could start out on the leash, but if we're halfway through the walk and he doesn't listen when I remind him to go easy, I can easily switch to the harness. It should probably be enough for him to calm down and stop pulling...

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  15. Would like to try this leash since my fur gets caught in all the other ones!

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  16. We were just talking about this leash and whether it'd be good for Huffle who is only an occasional puller now. It's taken a lot of work but he's in a good place to walk with and work on some more.

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  17. The fact that it clips on the back is a part I actually like. I have very mixed emotions about the chest clip, as it really can turn a dog around quite dramatically if they throw themselves forward. Having dealt with multiple mobility issues, I don't really feel comfortable about that idea.

    We tried the ThunderLeash with JD. I would say that it decreases the pull to actually make difference. I did try the front-clip harness idea with Cookie and it does decrease the pull but I still have mixed emotions because when she wanted to chase after a bicycle she really did almost flip herself over on her back.


    So I don't know. I do find the ThunderLeash safer for the dog, even though perhaps not as effective.

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  18. I'm like Jana, I like that it attaches on the back. Delilah is on a long leash and I hate how it is always dragging the ground and getting caught between her legs.

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