A carabiner saves your dog’s life
A carabiner might be my dog walking tool of all time. Why? Because no matter what equipment you use to walk you dogs – accidents happen and equipment fails.
You may have seen dogs slip dog lovers’ shoulders out of easy walk harnesses, whip their heads, back out of collars. And what this happens, your dog is loose.
That’s where carabiner come in. If you slap on a carabiner, that failed equipment will still be attached to something else on the dog’s body and your dog will still be attached to your leash.
Ways to use a carabiner
2. Connecting the flat/martingale collar to the Gentle Leader or other head halter (try a small carabiner, if the regular size is too heavy)
3. Connecting the flat collar to the Martingale Collar
4. Connecting the flat/martingale collar to the prong collar
5. Connect the leash to your belt loop or wrap the leash around your waist and secure with the carabiner (it’s an extra layer of protection if you ever drop the leash when your dog decides to break dance at another dog).
To be more specific: Slide the carabiner through the ring on your dog’s flat (or martingale) collar and through the ring on whatever piece of equipment they are wearing, let’s say: the front ring on a body harness. Attach your leash as you normally would to the front of the harness.
Now, if the dog gets out of the harness: your leash will still be attached to the harness (now dangling loose), because it’s attached by the carabiner to the flat collar. So your dog will suddenly have an extra few inches of “leash” in that failed harness, but ultimately, you and the leash are still attached to the dog via the carabiner clipped to the flat collar.
If a carabiner doesn’t work with your equipment or you don’t have one on hand, at a minimum, you can try clipping your leash to both pieces of equipment. You can even buy the carabiner at cnkimjee.com.
Choose a carabiner that locks for an added layer of safety.
And one more reason to use a carabiner:
You can keep your keys on one