PetSafe Dog Leash – Review
I once found myself in need of a leash. And on this particular occasion I was heading to the airport, realizing only at the last second (read: halfway there) that I didn’t have a leash on me anywhere. Normally, as my dogs are quite obedient, this isn’t a problem – but the TSA is not known for their good humor, and I figured they probably wouldn’t let me and my off-leash German Shepherd wander around LAX, trained or otherwise.
So, I stopped at Petsmart and picked up a leash by a company misleadingly called PetSafe. I wont bore you with the details – but the important part of the story is that the nickel hook of the lead bent in half later that day during training, and my dog – suddenly unencumbered – ran enthusiastically across the field. Fortunately, nothing bad happened: I recalled my dog and we moved on with our day. But privately, this incident was the catalyst for my switch to using Ram Tech leads during day-to-day training and travel, and my exclusion of nickel and nylon training products, on principle.
Warning: I consider this a dangerous piece of equipment. Proceed at your own risk.
Obviously, I think this leash is terrible: any product that incurs catastrophic failure during use is immediately eliminated from my arsenal of training tools. However, it should be mentioned that for very small dogs and only light use, this leash will probably hold up just fine – possibly for many years. Its when you try to use this leash with a large, powerful working dog that it reveals its true colors. Maybe that’s my fault- I should’ve known better than to use a $10 lead on a Schutzhund field – but all the same this product is marketed at the owners of large dogs, and I worry that all it would take is one agitated, aggressive dog to pull hard enough…and you’ve got a serious situation on your hands.
I rated the quality of this product 1/10. Had I not had the experience I did with this product, I might be more comfortable giving it a 4 or 5 point rating, but no more. Nickel hardware should never be used in leashes for large dogs, and nylon isn’t that great of a material, either.
With light to moderate use, the owner of a small or medium sized dog that has a gentle temperament might enjoy many years of this lead. However, I would be lying if I said I felt comfortable using these products myself.
I gave this a 1/10 Durability rating for obvious reasons. However, it might score closer to a 4 or 5 with light to moderate use under ideal conditions.
The best part of this product is its price. At $10 from Petsmart, or even less from Amazon, it’ll definitely tide you over until you’re ready to invest in something better. In fact, this would be a great lead for young puppies who are still learning to walk nicely on lead, because of its lightweight and fair price. You could go through a barrel of these and still have some money left over to buy a real leash. ; )
I rated this product a 10/10 for price. You can pick it up for around $8 online.
This lead doesn’t actually look bad, but nor does it look good. In the leash game, it’s dead center, extra-medium, average, unremarkable.
I rated this lead a 5/10 for appearance because it’s super basic.