As a dog owner who loves off-leash adventures, nothing makes me happier than watching my dogs run full speed exploring and sniffing along the trail. However, there are times when having a quick and reliable way to control my dogs becomes essential. That's where the tab leash comes in. Today, I'll share three situations that I use a tab leash to provide control, safety, and peace of mind during our outdoor excursions.
There's nothing quite like hiking in nature with our four-legged friends. But encountering other hikers, dogs, or wildlife can sometimes require immediate control. The tab leash offers a convenient solution, allowing me to recall my dogs and hold onto their tab leashes until the distractions pass. It's much easier than grabbing their collars and provides a quick way to maintain control without digging through my pack to find their leashes.
For dogs prone to herding or engaging in rough play that escalates into nipping, having a tab leash attached to their collar offers an alternative focus. In the case of my dog Roo, he loves to engage in tag-like play. He’ll chase after his dog friends and then nip at their neck. By keeping a tab leash clipped to his collar, he always has something to bite and carry, preventing him from nipping at his friends when over aroused.
Reinforcing Obedience SkillsConsistency and follow-through are crucial when training dogs. Once my dogs have mastered their basic obedience skills and demonstrated proficiency in various environments, I gradually transition to off-leash work. Having the tab leash on my dog allows me to be able to quickly control my dog if they make a mistake. For example, if my dog breaks out of a stay position, I can gently guide them back to the place they were and reset for another repetition.