The collar is heavier than what I thought it would be. Also, there is only one 'loop' where the leash goes... no second loop or anything for his tags. Where do people put their tags?? The leather puppy collar I got from Leerburg's site has two, but he's nearly outgrown it. Do you have to get a second collar for tags?
The leash is also heavy. It will be GREAT for when he's a big boy! I love that it has so many things you can do with it. It's like having several leashes in one. Now I will only need this one and my long line!
Grim was being a turkey tonight while we were trying to put his new kennel together... running into it when I was trying to move it (it's HEAVY!) and he had on the martingale collar. One tug on it, and he was fully focused on ME again!
Tomorrow I'll walk him with it on and see if I get his attention for teaching loose lead walking.
I'm a little concerned with how heavy it is, though. I suppose he'll get used to it? He is 18 weeks now I think... nearly 19 then I guess? He should be OK with it. I'd like to be able to leave it on him all the time for house control, but maybe I'll just use it as his 'training collar' so he'll know when we're working. This is what I did with the prong collars with my previous shepherds. I did buy a black nylon collar (that's larger than his leather current one) before I decided on the martingale. I guess I can use that one for his tags and 'all the time' use, and use the martingale when we're training.
I really do like it, though! It's not a 'choke chain'... which I despise... but it should give me more control over his lack of focus than a flat collar. I wish I could have his focus with just a flat, but he's such a stubborn, stubborn boy!!
Given that our 'real' training should start after Thanksgiving, this came just in time! I wish I'd had access to or known about this Ultimate Leash when I had my previous dogs. There were times when I needed to clip them or loop them in an emergency and couldn't. I can't get over how many variations come in one leash! After watching the video display of it, I was sold. I've always preferred leather leashes, but they just can't do what this one can. Absolutely no comparison. Any future working dogs I have will have to have this leash. I'll let you guys know what I think about the martingale after I walk my sniffing maniac tomorrow!