Ranger is a creature of habit. He likes what he likes and hates what he doesn’t. In general, Ranger doesn’t ‘do’ leads. Life is much too short to be attached to a human, who won’t walk as quickly as he wants to, or one who doesn’t want to sniff every bush/tree/bench or wall. He just doesn’t ‘get’ the need to be walked slowly or under control. Because to Ranger life is about fun and getting to where he wants to be as quickly as possible and causing as much havoc as he can in the meantime.
We know he is spoilt and blessed to have the life he does – I tell him literally every day!
So, here we have it. A review from Ranger’s Human (Team Taylor P2) about the anti-choke lead from Kraken’s Dog House.
The anti-choke collar has been specially designed to prevent the choke effect commonly seen on most traditional slip leads. It has been made from 16mm cotton, has stitched leather fastenings and metal fixings. It’s beautiful to look at and really is quite a striking colour.
I was really impressed with the delivery. Living in the backend of nowhere we don’t exactly have the fastest postal service in the world but the lead arrived within 48 hours of being posted and Ranger was rather impressed that it was addressed to him. So much so, that he braved taking a parcel from our lovely post lady and proceeded to run around with it in his mouth for 5 minutes before plonking it ungracefully on the floor. We opened it together, which involved a great game of tug – I had forgotten how strong he is.
Quality & Feel:
Ranger already owns a slip lead. It’s made of nylon, gives you rope burns when it’s needed to catch an errant horse and cost about £10.00. It’s cheap, it’s green and it’s nasty but alas it does the job (Apart from when you drop it out shooting can’t for the life of you find it, which means poor dog has to be attached to your belt with baler band for the rest of the day and then you find the lead in the back of the truck).
To start with I thought the anti-choke lead was too chunky in my hands but the more I used it, the more I realised it wasn’t that chunky, it’s just that his other lead was so crap! It has a good, solid, and comfortable feel to it. You know you are holding it in your hands and it filled me with confidence that I would know when I had dropped it. I have a habit of slinging leads around my neck when he is off the lead and again, I thought it would feel chunky but it’s lighter than his previous one, although with the added metal work, I do have to have it ‘off-balance’ around my neck, else it slips to the heavier end.
I can’t fault the quality at all and I tried – As did Ranger by spinning around and around with it in his mouth. He then did a zoomie across the garden, before plopping down on top of it. The stitching is firm, the leather smells gorgeous (Yes this is a horse person thing) and the metalwork has no sharp edges on it. I have tried to pick threads in the cotton but can’t. I have also tried stretching it and it doesn’t budge.
I ‘Tacked’ Ranger up in the house before we went on our walk. I won’t lie, he spends 355 days of the year, twice a day, not wearing a lead as he goes every day with me to see my horses and runs around like a lunatic for 3 hours a day in fields. Leads fall into the same category of disdain as his morning joint supplements. He knows he must do it but doesn’t think much to it happening. Leads mean 3 things; The Vets – WORST THING EVER; A walk down the road – Not the highlight of his week; Shooting – BEST THING EVER. There is nothing more he can say about shooting. I set up the lead so the metal slip came into play just as the lead started to get tight, so about 2 fingers depth when it was as tight as it could go. I don’t know if this is the scientific set-up but it seemed to work. The leather slip ended up being quite close to the metal, which wasn’t an issue. The leather slip stops the lead accidently slipping off, the metal slip stops the lead from choking. The red colour looks lovely on his coat and I can imagine will be very easy to spot when(Yes when, not if) I drop it.
The only downside to the fitting is that Ranger wears quite a chunky, leather collar for his walks. It’s an Argentinian Polo Belt wrapped one and measures over 1” thick. The wearing of the collar didn’t interfere with the leads function, although it did look like he was wearing quite a bit of ‘kit’. He is working bred though and not very big at all and as such has a stumpy little neck. This of course, wouldn’t be an issue when he is shooting as he doesn’t wear a collar while he is working.
Ranger is not great on the lead. This is completely our fault. Although we did the basics with him, he was always such a good dog to recall and lead training became something we should have done but didn’t do much of. My lifestyle also dictates that he rarely needs to be leashed. When he did pull, the metal slip, clinked quite politely on the loop that makes it a slip-lead. The sound was quite relaxing. Pull, clink, pull, clink. The lead loosens instantly when he isn’t pulling, which is nice to see. After 5 minutes, he was relaxed enough to just walk with a lovely loop in the lead, trotting along sweetly. He had his run and the lead was replaced to walk home. The pull, clink occurred once on the way home, when an over friendly terrier wanted to say hello and that’s it.
He’s now fast asleep on the cold kitchen floor, quite happy with the world. It’s a Dog’s Life eh?
So, how would I rate the anti-choke lead? Genuinely a 9.5/10! Would I recommend one to my friends? Absolutely. Even the husband who is so bad with being critical of leads likes this one. He says it looks ‘manly’ and feels nice to hold. Result.
You can buy the Ravenswick Anti-Choke Slip Lead here.