"I have used the Lead Mate and it works great. I was walking a dog yesterday that can be reactive sometimes. A dog surprised us from behind a car and she lunged pretty hard. Luckily my hand was secure and I didn't have a problem holding her back. During the walks it feels very comfortable in my hand.
I let my friend/trainer, Sue Michaels, try one. She has a bunch of knots in her leash usually. This is what she had to say, "I love it! The size is perfect for your hand. It fits very comfortably, especially the way I hold my leash. I can now take out all the knots in my leash and use this instead. And I like the fact that you can easily adjust it a few inches in each direction to put it in the right position. Plus it is easy to put on and off. No rope burn or getting pinched by a knot".
Cheryl Johnson Collett, Certified Dog Trainer, CA
“The Lead Mate unscrews completely so that you can position it onto any lead in any position you desire. I tried with multiple sizes/shapes/materials of leashes and long-lines and had no problem getting it to “grip”. They appear to work with any type of lead.
Lead Mate seems like a great way to simply and easily adjust how much freedom my dog gets. It will work well for a lot of training situations too, such as using a longline for heel or stay work where you are slowly expanding how much freedom you are giving your dog.
All around, the Lead Mate makes walking your dog much safer and gives you a lot more choices when it comes to how much freedom you give your dog. Even more importantly, during an emergency you have the chance to get your dog back to you quickly, something that a retractable leash does not allow.
Working with physically strong and mainly aggressive dogs, simply by adding the Lead Mate to a long line has helped prevent burns, breaks and pulled muscles as the dog on the end of the lead pulls or lunges.
Training a dog to walk on a loose lead is absolutely key and always the best solution, however, while you’re working towards that goal, Lead Mate is a valuable and, in my mind essential piece of training kit."
"My original reaction was “It’s a gimmick” and then I tried it out. Loved it, The Lead-Mate gave me a natural position to work with the dog and an easy grip to provide the communication I required to the dog. ‘Brilliant' my thoughts changed to. What convinced me more of its success was the comments from my clients who all remarked how easy it made lead work for them. When clients like it and it helps them achieve success then I like it. I would recommend Lead-Mate to all professionals and dog owners"
Martin Deeley IACP CDT, CDTA and PDTI
"I can't believe how wrong my initial instinct was! The Lead Mate is incredibly simple and effective, helping with a problem I didn't realize I had.
My biggest surprise was how comfortable and natural it is to hold! Seriously, it is very easy to grip and feels incredibly comfortable. The shape makes it easy to hold tightly without feeling like you're squeezing with a death-grip.
Probably the strangest product I didn't realize I needed! One I can't imagine hasn't been invented before."
Dr. Chris Bern - Veterinarian, A Vets Guide To Life
"I was really nicely surprised at how much of a difference it made to the comfort of the lead - so much nicer to hold than I thought it would be and I didn't actually realise how uncomfortable the lead was on it's own until I used the Lead Mate.
I love the ethos of the product. I love that it's made from recycled materials, I love the 10% charity donation and the packaging is great"
Rory The Vet, The Neighbourhood Vet, UK
Great for those with grip issues
Alison, West London, UK.
“Lead Mate is a simple but effective device designed to make dog-walking safer and more comfortable. If you find yourself wrapping your dog’s leash around your wrist or fingers to maintain a good grip (hands up, all you walkers-of-leash-pullers!), Lead Mate provides a convenient way to keep a secure, comfortable hold on your leash, preventing injuries and making walks more pleasurable.
Lead Mate made gripping Mingus and Dottie’s leashes much more comfortable than wrapping the leash around my fingers and hand, which is my usual habit. I always felt like I had good, firm control of the leash while using Lead Mate, and its grip seemed equally effective on both leather and rope leashes. Lately I’ve been struggling with carpal tunnel syndrome (ugh), and Lead Mate’s ergonomic design has made holding the leash SO much easier and more comfortable for me.
"One of my dogs is a 65 kg cross Rottweiler, size of a Great Dane! Very strong dog, who loves to track. I have lost a good deal of grip in my hands, cannot make a fist, so leads have been slipping in my hands and a few times he managed to get away.
With the Lead Mate I have great grip on the lead, the Lead Mate fits in my hand comfortably and most importantly doesn't slip at all. When I wash the leads and take it off, it unscrews easily and screws back just as easily. Very pleased with this new product, and would recommend this to all"
"A friend bought me this to help with my arthritis and I must say it has literally changed my life! I use it daily and am able to easily and confidently walk my dog, where before it was a painful struggle. The shape fits snuggly in your hand and even though it is made of hard plastic, it feels completely natural and comfortable. Thank you! "
Jane W, Colorado.
Used by industry professionals
"As a professional pet sitter, I have found the Lead Mate to be a vital and valuable addition to my dog walking tool kit. It's so easy to use and gives me great confidence that the dogs under my responsibility remain safe and within my control while out on their dog walking adventures.
The Lead Mate fits perfectly in my hand and helps ease the stresses on my arms, neck and shoulders. It's easily transferred between the many leashes I use on a daily basis. Whether you are a professional or simply a dog's loving companion, the Lead Mate is for you! I highly recommend it for all dog lovers!"
“With a headstrong dog like our hound, Emily, we were beyond frustrated with her lunging. After a number of tries with other tools, Jaan sent us a Lead Mate and though we were skeptical, we decided to give it a try.
"I walk the YAPS rescue dogs regularly and I find Lead Mate works a treat. I would tie knots in the other leashes lol but Lead Mate is more practical and more comfy for the hand than a knot. Thank you!!
Ed Frawley - Dog Trainer. Owner of Leerburg.com