Last month I received an email from the editor of the dog walking channel at Dogster.
She was currently working on a campaign with Flexi USA and she wondered if I would be interested in reviewing one of the leashes.
Now let me tell you, I was a bit hesitant to commit to this review because I have never used a Flexi Leash with the Newfs. I have used one with a Beagle but never with a Newf.
Don’t get me wrong I think that Flexi leashes are fine. They are fine when used properly. Properly is the key word. People who do not use their Flexi leashes properly annoy me. People who do not know how to lock their Flexi Leash when entering the vet’s office annoy me even more. People who do not use the lock button in the park when you are approaching them annoy me the most.
Another thing that I question about a Flexi leash is their quality. There are a lot of different knock off versions of the Flexi leash out there that are cheap, and I could never see one of them being able to withstand the power of a Newf. I see a lot of cheap flexis come through at the vet and I don’t trust them.
All I picture is the cord snapping.
Regardless, of my hesitation I agreed to do the review, but not before I specified that I needed one for a dog that was 150 pounds.
When I received the Flexi leash I was quite impressed by the quality of the design.
It wasn’t a piece of plastic waiting to fall apart.
It was strong and durable.
The other nice feature that I really liked was the leash part.
It is a belt, not a cord and it is a strong belt.
Still yet another nice feature of this leash was the safety collar.
The safety collar prevents snap-back if the dog’s collar breaks, or if the leash disconnects from the dog’s collar. It’s a nice safety feature.
The leash also comes with a pamphlet on special precautions and directions. It states that “this leash should only be used by responsible people who have read and can follow all of these precautions. Anyone who uses this leash must be able to control the dog and watch the dog closely at all times to keep it from running off or wrapping anyone in the belt.”
I think more people need to read this. Oh… and there is also a video you can watch too! I love the video!
So did I put it to the test with the Newfs? You bet I did. Well I didn’t, I was the photographer, Sherman and Gracie put it to the test, and you know that if I trusted this leash with my 7 year old daughter and my heart dog, that says I had complete confidence in this leash’s safety.
Here’s how they did with the 26 foot leash..
The leash worked great. Now I do have to say in all honesty, that this is not a leash that I would use for our daily walks down the street. I just couldn’t do it with both Newfs and have the control that I like. However, this is a leash that I would use for a stroll down in the park with Sherman because it gives him more room to explore than our regular 6 foot leash.
Another cool feature with this leash is that you can have it customized with your dog’s picture on it!
You can check that out here. Pretty cool!
I received a free Giant Flexi Leash from Flexi USA for my honest review of this product. All opinions in this post are mine and mine only.