Discussion in 'Dogs - General Dog Chat' started by AdrianneIsabel, Mar 8, 2012.
I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around how that works...can you get a pic of it on a dog?
Sure! Here's a little tutorial, I'm sorry it's confusing. I had to do it a few times - and watch Steve Guitron do it a few times - before I understood it!
1. Start at the "small" loop in the lead. Put one end of the chain through the small loop, like so:
2. Next, put the "large" loop in the lead through the same chain ring you just fed through the "small" loop:
3. Pull the "large" loop all the way through the chain ring until the other chain ring is almost to the "small" loop:
... and viola! A cleaner, neater looking show collar/lead combo!
Next, put the show lead on the dog you promised would never have to show again, and that his life would Schutzhund/IPO from here on out. Laugh as he looks confused, then a little torqued off, then sad. Go ahead, laugh at him.
Kaylee does not approve of your taunting of the red dog.
Awesome, thank you! Makes perfect sense now
And pictures of your dogs never hurt either :rofl1:
For reference, here is my plain kangaroo lead from Braid A Roo... note the pretty black chain.
Annnd... my fancy lead from Braid A Roo. Honestly, I hardly ever use it. I mostly use it on puppies because it's lightweight and a little bit ridiculous... just like them.
That is where I got my last one for Spencer.
Sprouts came from Star Utter (Stars fancy leads, dont have the link) I love her paracord less if you want parachutes.
Forgot to mention re: kangaroo leather... If you don't want sore hands (especially with a large dog) make sure the strands have been beveled.
My lead is beveled... the lead in the photo for comparison is not. See the difference?
I use a snake chain for LoLa and a nice WhitePine leather lead, attached to the collar the same way that SizzleDog does. Her lead is black and her chain is silver.
Judge has a silver jewlers link chain(I haven't seen the black!, He needs that!) with a White Pine lead threaded the same way through it.
I buy my show stuff from 3C's. I like them and I can order it and pick it up at the show!
You really think having a colored lead is disrespectful to the judges? Sorry I want to have a little fun in the conformation world with a lead that I think is pretty! It's not like I'm putting flashing lasers all over my dog. He doesn't *need* a fancy lead to be noticed (he has quite a bit of flash all on his own), but *I* like it, so I use it.
What about the handlers that come out in brightly colored suits, or silly hats, etc.? I'd say those are a lot more distracting than a thin 3' lead!
FWIW, I've had numerous judges tell me they liked my lead, and that it was tastefully done.. UKC & AKC.. so.. yeah.
I've made my own show leads before, and don't really use them because I found they cut up my hands, it's cheap craft cord, strong but not soft! Paracord is a much nicer material to use.
This! I'll echo this, I've not used a snap lead before, because I saw to many of them break while watching shows, so I always go snap free with show leads. Related note, I have had the welded bit you press down on, on a regular trigger snap off on a leash before, it was Jinjo's leash, had to wedge my finger nail in it to get it off his collar.
I have yet to have one break, but I have had one get a "hitch" in it (it's actually too big for her, why I have two of them, so it tangled). I like them better for her because ALL other forms of collars slide down her neck to easy and then you loose control of her, the hex does not slide out of place until you position it to. And I have not had it damage the fur on her neck. Just my experience.
I personally don't like a lot of "bling" either, but I don't like all the beading because I find it to hard to lump them up in my hand. We've been taught in our handling class to always have any extra lead neatly tucked into your hand, not sure if beads serve any other purpose than being an eye catch.
Toy leads are so boring compared to these. Most of them are very light cord with some fishing tackle swivels. LOL
I like the plain. But then again I come from the world of english horse riding and always thought the western need to bling up their horses was not tasteful lol (and these beaded leashes have nothing on western show gear that I swear is so incredibly distracting from the horse! So I get what Leah is saying totally)
That said I think it depends on the breed. JRTs are a very no fuss breed. Beads etc would look a bit silly IMO. Whippets on the other hand seem to be shown in blingier stuff. I show both on the same combo so meh. I have a gold coloured snake chain with a thin black nylon show lead (no snap) I also have a gold coloured one piece (mendota I think) nylon show lead that doesn't tighten around the neck for puppies.
No, not disrepectful - just a not as tasteful, even if the lead is well made. FWIW, I feel the same way about the sequined baseball caps and neon silk vests with bedazzlements that some people feed the need to wear. It's just my opinion (and we're all welcome to have one) - and my opinion is based on what I have learned from my mentors. As I said above, you have to take into account what breed I show. There are plenty of judges who are "nice" in other breeds, but when they're judging Dobermans the kid-gloves come off. It is a whole different ballgame when you show a breed as notoriously competitive as Dobermans.
(I hope a judge never comments on my lead - I want their undivided attention on the dog. I don't want them to notice the lead at all.)
I 200% agree Dekka. JRTs are a no-fuss breed and beads would look silly on them, and since this thread is for a Malinois, I'd say that Mals are a no-fuss breed as well. A mal with a glitzy lead would look a bit silly, I'd imagine!
I sometimes show Judge and when I do, I want him to be taken seriously. My mentors for showing, own Samoyeds 1 of which has been to the Eukanuba invitational 2x, recommend plain and simple so as not to distract from the dog.
GSDs are VERY competitive. I show Judge for the ring experience for myself so that I am more comfortable when I get my next dog which will be shown to a CH. I do think that some breeds can pull off the glitzy leads while others look silly. I think a GSD or a Mal with a glitzy lead would look silly. Some of the GSDs I know are shown in Fursaver collars and simple leads.
I too, agree with SizzleDog. I was always taught not to distract from the dog. I use a silver choke chain (snake or fine link) and I usually use a leather lead the same color as the dog. With ACD's it's either brown or black leather.
I personally prefer a snap lead, but now that I've seen the way Sizzle uses her non-snap leads I may switch. I just didn't like having to wrestle the leads off of the collars after I showed. Not every dog wears the same size collar and I hated when the lead got cinched so tight on the collar ring it was hard to get off.
That said, I do have one lead that has bling. Just one silver bead with some amber colored jewels in it. A friend bought it for me as a birthday gift and I do love it. She knows I hate flashy stuff like that but thought it was subtle enough, and I do like it. I think it was tastefully made and I use it, but again, I honestly prefer a plain lead so as not to distract from the dog.