I have to tell you about my new favorite dog leash from SPIBelt because guys…it has a pocket! We have spent so much time trying to teach Wilkins to walk nicely on a leash but it’s been damn near impossible. Our chihuahua is great on a leash but Wilkins? Well, he’s difficult. He’s come a long way since we adopted him from the rescue but he still struggles on the leash. The only thing that keeps under control is the temptation of treats. He’s very food-motivated but aren’t we all? 😉
Any time I take him out on a walk I have to load up with doggie waste bags, a dog whistle and treats in addition to my ID and a couple bucks just in case I decide to stop at the coffee shop. I hate carrying my purse on a dog walk so it always meant loading down my pants pockets with dog crap but with the SPIleash, I am able to keep the dog stuff in there and my stuff on me. It may sound like no big deal but if you’re a dog person you know a dog-specific pocket is a big deal. I’m so grateful to SPIBelt for sending this our way, it’s been a huge help in getting him to settle down.
Wilkins knows that the leash pocket contains treats so he doesn’t wander too far off or strain too hard to pull because he wants his rewards. He’s learned that if he stays close by me (and the leash pocket is up toward my hand) that I’ll open it up and give him a piece of a treat. Just knowing he’ll get a treat if he stays close by has been a huge help in improving his behavior.
This year we plan to do more hiking in the Appalachians and I want to be able to take him along. We have a doggie backpack for our chihuahua but Wilkins would have to walk since he’s too heavy to be carried like that. The SPIleash pocket is able to hold doggie waste bags too so we can pick up after him while we’re out on the trails.
The only negative thing about the dog leash is that it’s a bit short. I’m 5’2 and it’s plenty long for me but my husband is 6’0 and he has said it’s a bit short when he takes the dogs out and he doesn’t feel like they have room to walk around. The dog leash length is 42″ which honestly should be fine for most people and dogs. I think his issue is that he’s tall and our dogs are tiny so there’s a larger than average distance between his hand and their little bodies. If we had big dogs it wouldn’t be a problem at all.
As for the pocket itself, it expands to 5″ x 3″ x 2″ so it offers plenty of room for storage. I keep dog stuff in there but you could easily add your ID, credit card, cash, keys, etc. in there if you wanted to.
See more about the SPIleash dog leash here.