The WACKYwalk’r leash has three basic parts which include a handle, a section of reinforced, 100% natural rubber tubing and a second handle, which is located where the leash attaches to your dog’s collar. The idea is that tubing enables the leash to stretch, relieving the stress on both you and your pet while encouraging your dog not to pull. The leash comes in two designs – one for city and one for suburban walking environments, and they are made for dogs from 1 to 200 pounds. They come in a variety of colors and each color supports a specific charity. Four percent of the sale of the product goes to the cause for that corresponding color. The leash I tried was pink, which is aligned with the Best Friends Animal Society.
I have English Mastiffs that weigh between 145 and 185 pounds. Due to their weight and size, I do not use any type of flexi-lead on my dogs. My dogs are actually relatively good on leash, however, they occasionally do get excited and run to the end of the leash and practically yank my arm out of the socket.
When I first put the WACKYwalk’r leash on them, I didn’t trust that it wasn’t going to stretch and snap. I knew it was reinforced, but I just didn’t trust it. The first few times I used it, I put a second leash on them as backup. After a couple of uses, it seemed like it would hold their weight, so I decided to put it to the test. I got my 185 pound boy running and the leash stretched quite a bit. In fact it did correct him and he stopped. What I didn’t anticipate, however, is because I weigh less than my dog the leash actually flung me forward like a slingshot. That aside, this leash really does seem to do what the company says. In normal walking, when my dog hit the end of the leash, they seemed to react to the tension and correct themselves without my arm getting yanked out of the socket.
The leash comes in two lengths. I tried out the three foot leash that stretches to six feet. The WACKYwalk’r urban is one-and-a half feet and stretches to three feet. I think I might be more comfortable walking my dogs on the urban length even though I live in the suburbs. One thing I haven’t quite gotten used to is not having the ability to pull my dog back or pull them off something. While the second handle allows you to hold your dog close if needed, the problem I had was if the leash was fully stretched out to six feet, you can’t grab that handle. We walk in our neighborhood quite a bit and when we had to cross a road I found I needed to prepare very differently than with a regular leash. I’m assuming that the urban length would work better in this situation.
I think there are two groups of people: people who use flexi-type leashes and people who don’t. I happen to fall into the second category. Overall though, I liked the fact that my shoulder didn’t get jerked so hard. I can foresee using this leash when we are out hiking or walking where my dogs can have more freedom to stretch out a bit and where I don’t feel that I need to have as much control over them. If you currently use a flexi-type lead, I think you will really enjoy this product; I would choose this over a flexi-type lead any day. However, if you have an extra large dog or walk a lot where you need to maintain closer control over your dog, you should consider trying the shorter, urban version of this leash.
You can learn more about Wackywalk’r at www.wackywalkr.com
Written By Carol Giotto | Photo By Don Crumb