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We have a fair few slip leads scattered about the house and we all find them to be so much easier than conventional leads as you don't have to waste time faffing about attaching clips to collars, instead you simply pop over your pooch's head and hey presto; you're ready to go for walkies. A great thing about slip leads in general is that they are easily adjusted to fit the neck size of your dog, there is a little "stopper" (can't think of what to call it) that only lets the loop go so far, so if you're dog has a hugely massive head and neck then you may need to shop around to find a lead to fit him/her; alternatively you could just wiggle the ring over the stopper to make the loop bigger (I do hope you can still understand what I'm saying lol and I don't appear as to be talking jibberish).
I've only ever seen slip leads made out of rope before and being constructed out of such a material means that if it gets dirty, smelly or whatever all you need to do is bung it in the washing machine and it will come out looking as good as new. When I did my dog grooming course the salon had its own set of slip leads, they were easy to whip on and off and it also meant that the dogs's own leads and collars weren't affected by the bathing and didn't end up all soggy - I don't think our clients would have been too pleased if their beloved pooch was returned in a collar that had gotten on the wrong side of some dewberry shampoo and ended up a sud covered mess.
Out of the many slip leads that our family possesses I'm pretty sure at least one is the Ancol lead shown in the picture; rope slip leads are pretty much all very similar, being made out of the same materials and working in the same way. The reason why we are particularly fond of this form of lead is due to the fact our own dogs don't wear collars and obviously if we had the regular clip on leads there would be nothing for them to attach too; our dogs have never worn collars and my dad dislikes them as they can end up leaving a tell tale ridge in a dog's fur, not to mention they could get caught or snagged on something whilst the dogs are enjoying off lead time. Our own pack are well trained enough so that they rarely go on a lead anyway, being trained to heel and walk alongside us as well as being recalled via a silent whistle.
A bog standard slip lead is usually a cheap purchase, you can easily pick one up for a fiver or less; they're practical and do the job well, however if your dog happens to be a chewer I'm sure that the rope could be easily destroyed by a pair of competent jaws. Not as classy looking as leather by any means but has a much nicer pricetag.
I have used these type of leads on my dogs as they are light weight, easy to put on and easy to put in your pocket.
My favourite is not actually an Ancol but bought from "Black Gundog" web site, it is pink and proceeds go to Breast cancer research.
As far as the Ancol leads go they are not the same quality as the Black gundog leads or other more expenive ones but to have as a backup or a spare leads these are great.
For my long walks with my dogs I take the Black Gundog leads purely because they are more comfortable and easier to stuff in a pocket. They are made from a softer material so I feel that are nicer to the dog too, and your hand! Being softer means that it can be scrunched up easier and put insmall pockets.
The Ancol lead is a bit stiffer so putting in pockets is not as easy really. They are a bit on the small size too so it is difficult to slip them over your body to hold onto them too.
It does seem to be a bit tougher on the neck so I would not like to do a long long walk with this on the dog incase it rubbed from being not a soft as the others.
There is an array of colours these leads come in, I have the multi coloured one and the purple one. There is a little feeder on the lead to stop it from becoming a large loop and coming over the dogs head when walking. I usually either take this off or put it right up to the handle as I like to slip them over my head when I take their leads off. I drop everything so putting it over my head means it wont go anywhere!
All in all for the price these leads are good. However if you want a really good lead then go to Black Gundog site or the like as there are better leads out there.
I bought this slip lead for my dogs as neither of them wear collars since they tend to be walked in the field behind my house and so generally do not need a collar and lead. However, I like to carry a lead with me in my bag in case I need to restrain them when they're out walking because occasionally they do get carried away if they see another dog or a person they decide they don't like for some unknown reason.
The idea of the lead is that it has a loop at one end of the lead which is adjustable and effectively becomes the collar. At the other end is a non-adjustable loop with functions as the handle. The lead is made of nylon and feels very smooth and durable. It has been treated so that its waterproof and easily wipeable if it needs to be cleaned. The leads come in a variety of colours but I have two blue ones (because one of my dogs is a boy and the other is a tom-boy!). I bought the Ancol Rope Slip Lead for £3.15 from my local pet store (non-chain)
The lead works by slipping the loop over the dogs head and then adjusting the loop by using the ring so that it fits the neck comfortably. There is a black leather keeper on the lead that stops the "collar" part of the lead from getting too big. There are a variety of sizes according to the size of your dog but as I have a chihuahua (yes, a pathetic excuse for a dog, I know!) and a westie I bought one small and one medium diameter lead.
Now, whereas the 12mm diameter x 122 cms length lead fits my westie perfectly well, the smaller 10mm diameter x 122 cms length lead is still a little big on my chihuahua. Its a shame therefore that I can't adjust the collar down further so that its a more secure fit - but this is the smallest size Ancol does. As a result, Freddie does manage to slip out of his lead from time to time.
As neither a westie or a chihuahua actually take much restraining because they're not exactly known for their strength, I'm not really able to comment on the strength of the lead. However, the lead does feel strong and it does seem like it would be effective for a bigger dog.
Overall I would say this was an effective slip dog lead but make sure it adequately fits your dog first.
My mum and I had only been looking in Pets at Home a week or so before she bought these leads but nothing had really stood out. Despite offering a wide range of lengths, colours, shapes and styles we just hadn't found what it was that we were looking for. Ancol Rope Slip Lead is an item that my mum actually bought for Poppy and Coco whilst browsing in The Range last summer. We have never really kept collars on our dogs whilst they are in the house, only when they were very young puppies. So when she saw Ancol Rope Slip Lead she was obviously attracted to it and we she showed me it I thought it was a great purchase.
*About the Product*
Ancol Rope Slip Lead was originally created for pure functionality. It has been a favourite amongst dog owners following their rural pursuits. It is soft on hands and easily scrunched up into the pockets. They are useful and very strong.
The manufacturers state that this collar is designed for collarless dogs. This is perfect for me as mine don't wear collars as I tend to walk them on fields where there aren't roads or people around so I don't particularly feel it is necessary for my dogs to be wearing collars. With this, all you need to do is glide the loop over your dogs head and adjust the ring and keeper to ensure the lead is safely on and comfortable for them.
*Price and Availability*
Ancol Rope Slip Lead can be purchased for, depending on the size, between £3 and £5. I think that this is not just very reasonable but actually pretty inexpensive. Especially for the quality of the product!
You can buy this lead from The Range. I am sure it is available in various other pet stores but you may have to have a look in the individual ones to find out for yourself. You can also buy it online at www.petplanet.co.uk if you prefer to buy via the internet.
The packaging: None! Finally, they get the message that a lead does not need to be packaged. Simply hung on the shelf or hook is sufficient.
The lead: The lead has a loop for the handle where you place you hand. At the other end of the lead the nylon is looped around a metal ring which sits around the main nylon lead. This moves along the rope to create the loop needed to slip on and off of your dog's neck. There is also a black leather keeper which you can move to prevent the loop from getting too big and ensure that the lead is on safely. This lead is made of nylon and it is smooth yet firm. The nylon material means that the rope slip lead is weatherproof and resistant to dirt. This is fantastic as it quickly and easily cleaned.
This Ancol Rope Slip lead comes in the following sizes:
10mm dia x 1220 length
12mm dia x 1220mm length
12mm dia x 1500mm length
The Ancol Rope Slip Lead comes in four colours: green, black, two-tone read and two-tone blue.
Is it soft on hands and easily scrunched up into the pockets? One of the reasons that we were looking for new leads is because we had leather leads and collars but my skin felt rough and sometimes blistered. I do not suffer from this with Ancol Rope Slip Lead therefore I would have to agree with the claim that it is soft on hands. As for easily scrunched into pockets; it is but I prefer to just hang it around my neck as I'm walking along. It is light enough to do this and not uncomfortable either.
Longevity of the product: Ancol Rope Slip Lead is very durable. It is made from nylon but you would have thought it was made of the strongest material because even after months of use there are very few signs of wear and no signs of fraying so far. This lead is very sturdy and doesn't tend to fray or look shabby after months of use which I actually expected considering the low price.
There are a lot of similar leads and collars around. I like this one that my mum bought because it is different, stylish and practical whilst also being affordable. It is durable and easy to loop on and off of your dog.
*Would I Recommend This Product?*
I most definitely would recommend Ancol Rope Slip Lead. If you are looking for a modern and functional lead that repels water and soiling and easily cleaned then this could be the product that you want. It isn't going to be one that will be right for every dog but it is perfect for Poppy and Coco. It is easy to slip on and off of them whilst on walks and it is one that doesn't cause blisters on my hands either!
On the whole, I think that Ancol Rope Slip Lead is a superb product. It is convenient and easy to use and perfect for where I take my dogs for a walk. As so as we get to the masses of fields with no one around I slip it off their necks and when we hit the path to walk back home they run to me and have the lead put back on.