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Leads for Dogs Need to Be Easily Seen

When shopping for a lead, buy one that is easily seen, even at night. This is not for traffic only, it is for the dog's welfare also. To their mind, it is a scary thing to begin leash training and not know what it is you are hooked up to.

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I noticed that the leash pictured below, from Walmart works great for Bruno. He is just wearing one of those plastic reflective collars right now.

Here is how I found this out: I followed him on one of his run abouts. I held this leash I had just bought. I followed him to about ten different places, and stood where he could see me. Then when he was finally tired, and let me catch him, I put on the leash.

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We started at a fast trot when he would balk. I told him to "hurry" and we started off at a run. When he settled down a bit, we would walk. He didn't have time to balk or complain. Now he dances when he sees me holding this easily seen leash. I think it is because he can see it.

Bruno was so adamant about not walking on a lead, that he actually pulled out of a harness. Now I can just hold it and he gets excited. I hope this tip helps someone who has a notorious leash hater like Bruno used to be.

This photo of Bruno is from a year ago. He is much larger now, and yet he prances on the leash, and doesn't pull at all. I find this really funny, after what kind of fit he used to throw all the time about walking. :)

By Robyn from TN

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September 12, 20110 found this helpful

Robyn, you always make your postings sound almost like adventures.

You have a great way of writing your stories about your home and its

location in the mountains, your children, pets and the situations you share with us.

Thank you for each and every one of them. I truly enjoy reading and your

postings are a real treat.

Pookarina

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September 12, 20110 found this helpful

I too enjoy reading your postings, Robyn. And this is a very important one.

Actually if you google "lighted dog leashes" you will get lots of sites where you can get actual lighted leashes and collars for your pets. Some are LED, some are actual lights. I got one for each of my dogs that has actual lights on it that pulse. This makes them even more visible from a longer distance. I find that people don't pay as much attention to LED's and also LED's can't be seen until you are almost on top of them. But the actual battery powered lighted ones, especially the ones that pulse, are much brighter, therefore able to be seen much sooner.

Oh, and yes they cost more than the $1-5 ones at Wal Mart, but they really aren't outrageous. And much cheaper than a vet bill or a burial bill.

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September 13, 20110 found this helpful

Thank you to both of you for that! I love feedback.

Update on Bruno

On one of his run-abouts he ran straight into a car. He smashed through the gate and went over across the road to another child's house to give her a kiss. Heedless of all traffic. Poor Bruno, had to stay a night at the emergency vets. He has no broken bones and no internal damage, 540 dollars later.

He is such a happy dog, especially last night when I kissed him goodnight before leaving the emergency vets: He was all stoned on pain meds, and laid back while they were shaving around his road rash. He looked like he had a harem. He is going to be on a lot of pills and antibiotics.

What a good dog he is, but he learned a hard lesson. He also got out of having to be neutered this month which he was scheduled for.

Time to go get him and pamper him some more.

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