The Sandie Lead (English Training Leads)


Handcrafted paracord English Training Leads – strong and stylish!

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In our early days of Bob the Dog, we were commissioned to do a special type of leash for a very special dog named Sandie – an English Training Lead.

An English Training Lead functions as both a leash and a collar and is also referred to as a “training lead” or “slip lead”. They look like regular leashes, but have a small metal ring at the end. You simply pull the leash through the metal ring in order to make a larger loop that slips around the dog’s neck. Easy on, easy off!

Sandie’s dad is our good friend and colleague Gord.  Gord served 8 years in the military and 26 years as a Police Officer.  He also ran a Victims Services program for three years with the RCMP.

Combined with his career and as well as being the survivor of childhood abuse, Gord now experiences PTSD and OSI (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Occupational Stress Injury).  Due to these conditions, Gord was matched with Sandie – a pure bred Yellow Labrador Retriever who is training to be his Service/Support Dog.

A Service Dog can be invaluable in providing emotional support and we are honoured to call this new addition to our family of leashes “The Sandie Lead”.  We all know the happiness and joy a pup brings to our lives and we wish Gord and Sandie much love and success in their relationship!

The Sandie Lead is 5 feet in length and comes in blue/tan, pink/tan and straight black.


Maybe a few snacks for the road?

What is a Slip or English Lead?

A leash with a built-in slip collar is commonly known as a “slip lead” or a “slip leash.” It combines the functionality of a leash and a slip collar (also known as a choke collar) into one integrated design. Slip leads are widely used for training purposes, especially in situations where quick and easy control over the dog’s movements is needed.

A slip lead typically consists of a long nylon or rope leash with a metal ring or stopper at one end and a loop handle at the other end. The leash can be easily slipped over the dog’s head, forming a collar that tightens when tension is applied, and loosens when the tension is released. This design allows the handler to quickly gain control over the dog without the need for a separate collar.

While slip leads can be effective for training and temporary control, they should be used with caution and proper technique. It’s essential to avoid excessive pulling, which can cause discomfort or injury to the dog’s neck and throat. Additionally, slip leads are not suitable for all dogs, especially those prone to neck or respiratory issues.

As with any training tool, it’s crucial to use a slip lead responsibly and combine its use with positive reinforcement training techniques to ensure the dog’s safety and well-being during training sessions.