Leash Belay Hardware Kit (NEW!)
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Leash Belaying is my new humane, dog-friendly technique that employs a pulley and brake to make it easier to walk dogs who pull.
I've used it to transition off of devices like prong collars or head collars. I developed leash belaying from my rock climbing experience, and it's used to gently stop dogs and more easily maintain balance. It's an excellent way to make leash walking more accessible to people with low grip strength.
I couldn't stop smiling the first time I tested out the concept. And now we've finally put together the best gear for the belt belay!
Here's what a student had to say about the technique: "Went for our first walk using the belay with a 23ft leash (very large, very fast dog and his used-to long-line length). My dog weighs almost the same as I do and for the first time, I was not afraid all the time that I would fall if he bolts suddenly. Still training my leash-handling-skills, but it makes it so much easier to practice and I feel more confident and able to keep us safe - thank you so much for this incredible idea! Your teaching is really giving my dog the freedom to just be a dog and not live on a work-or-off-to-bed-schedule ❤️" - Hettar Küry
With the leash belay, you'll be able to use a long line with any dog and not worry about rope burn or losing balance. The BAT leash skills that I teach in Walk With Me and the BAT 2.0 Book were already great at helping with that, and can be enough for many dogs. That said, the leash belay is a whole new level of ease and also leaves one of your hands free for other things, like feeding treats.
NOTE: The leash belay technique does take a little practice, but once you get it down, it’s so much easier on your body and your dog’s body, too. Definitely be sure to learn how to use this gear in the Leash Belay Practice webinar or from a CBATI or other experienced professional.
This isn't the only way to leash belay. You can cobble together your own gear out of parts from a climbing or hardware store, and I have instructions for that in the Effort-Less Dog Walking class. By popular demand, I have tested a TON of gear and assembled a kit with the best equipment, so you can try this amazing technique for yourself without needing to search all around.
This kit is the very best gear I've found, using lightweight, durable, well-crafted climbing equipment. The kit you see pictured on the product photo is the unit you will receive. In the training films you may see some of the other set up that I have tried.
What else you will need (pictured here, but not included):
* a round long leash at least 9 feet long. We sell 15 foot BAT leashes in 3/8" for dogs under 35 pounds and 1/2" for dogs over 35 pounds with handles and 30 or 50 foot leashes without handles.
* a hip belt. Any wide belt down on your hips will do, although I like using something made for dog walking, like the Ruffwear Trail runner. We'll be selling those soon, too.
This is not a no-brainer. It takes practice. :) Always be sure that you feel safe with your gear. If not, practice until you do, or switch to something else. Learn how to use this gear with the Leash Belay Practice webinar.
In particular, practice using the braking action with one hand. Practice balancing, as you would walking on any gear. If you want to be able to drop the leash in an emergency and not be tied in, use a leash without a handle (or cut yours off and seal it with heat or duct tape), as shown in one of the videos below. Or you can get a belt with an emergency release. Personally, my leash has handle and I still feel safe.
Note: This is not a training device, per se, it just makes it so your dog can't get the reinforcement of walking forward by pulling. It's excellent for transitioning off of a prong collar, no pull harness, or head collar. For actually teaching the dog (and you) to stop pulling on leash, I recommend the Walk With Me webinar linked above or my master class, the Stop Pulling course.
We ship anywhere. Free shipping within the US! The Rings will ship in Random colors either Blue, Black or Red.
I have seen the belay leash before but it seemed complicated and so I just worked on teaching my 1 year old GSD not to pull when he is on the leash. Last month dozens of bunnies suddenly showed up in my neighborhood. When Koda sees a bunny running in front of him his prey instinct kicks in and it was uncomfortable trying to get him not to suddenly pull me. This belay leash gives me peace of mind. And the learning curve wasn't as long as I thought. The belay kit works on a regular 6 foot rope leash. For some reason I thought you need a long leash to use a belay leash. I recommend that you train on a 6 foot or 10 foot rope leash to start as there is less slack to manage.
I bought these kits as a trainer to use with clients, and once I showed my husband how to use them; he is hooked. I love the way he walks our dogs now - he totally gets how to use the technique and finds it much more manageable to walk both our Dane and our Dalmatian (separately of course). I feel great knowing he is much safer out on walks as well. He loves a gadget - this could revolutionize the way folks see dog walking!
I do not have my dog with me anymore, but I purchased it in case my next dog is a large dog again.
It looks like a serious piece of equipment.
Because of the weather and my age I’m waiting for spring.
Don't get me wrong; Grisha's original leash belay, with the Petzl Rollerclip, was a great step forward in having the control to allow your dog freedom to roam, but it had two little niggling annoyances: it was a bit heavy, and the rollerclip tended to flip over, which removed the smooth roller from the action. This new version corrects both of those problems, and makes dog walking SO much easier. If you have a strong dog, this system will enable you to keep him/her safe while keeping your hands and arms safe as well. Because the "brakes" can be applied progressively (rather than just "on" or "off",) you have time to settle your stance so that you're not pulled off balance, and attenuate the amount of pressure that goes into your back via the belt..
For me, another plus is that, once you've trained with the system for a few days, you no longer need to worry about figure 8 leash handling, which can be distracting. As long as you keep both hands on the correct side of the ring/pulley, problems just don't arise. This is a great tool, and I highly recommend it in combination with the Mendota lead.