How It Works
SmartLeash quickly, safely and automatically locks the leash when your dog tries to run or lunge. SmartLeash stays locked until your dog releases tension on the leash. There are many distractions when out walking – both for you and your pet – but SmartLeash is always on guard. A quick click is heard when the leash locks and silently unlocks when tension is released.
All of our leashes have bright yellow reflective tapes – no dangerous ropes! Reflective side panels and a detachable wrist strap add to your safety and comfort.
Your dog should never be allowed to run away from you on a retractable leash. With SmartLeash, she or he can’t.
Thousands of satisfied customers!
Joe Ek was walking his parent’s Miniature Dachshund, Gretel, one Minnesota summer afternoon using a traditional retractable leash. When Gretel saw a squirrel she took off, going behind Joe and quickly pulling the leash cord across his calf. He received a serious rope burn he will never forget, from a 9lb dog. Joe thought this is crazy, I had no idea these leashes could be dangerous, and set out to fix the problem inherent in all other retractable leashes: the suddenly running dog.
Years of experimentation ensued, Joe knew the leash had to be safe, reliable and affordable. The SmartLeash you can buy here is the result of thousands of hours of testing, building and retesting. We think all retractable leashes should have an automatic brake but until that day, there’s SmartLeash.
What Size Do I Need?
Up to 22lbs / 10kg – 12 foot length
Up to 40lbs / 18kg – 14 foot length
Up to 65lbs / 29kg – 15 foot length
Up to 95lbs / 43kg – 15 foot length
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How is SmartLeash different from a standard retractable leash?
SmartLeash operates like any other retractable leash until your dog tries to run or bolt from you — then SmartLeash quickly and safely stops the leash from extending farther. A quiet click is heard when the leash activates automatically. SmartLeash stays locked until your pet releases tension on the leash. You can always push the brake button until it clicks to lock or unlock the leash manually, just like a standard retractable leash.
How can I use the automatic brake to bring my dog closer?
If you pull back on the leash by swinging your arm back, the automatic brake will lock, temporarily locking the leash without you touching the brake button. If you do this repeatedly, you can use this feature to bring your dog closer to you. It’s much more convenient than locking and unlocking the leash using the manual (thumb) brake. Try it!
How quickly does SmartLeash automatically react?
It depends how fast your dog tries to run! Generally SmartLeash will stop your dog within about 18 inches, much sooner than most people can react using a standard retractable leash.
After my SmartLeash stops my dog, what should I do?
As long as your dog keeps tension on the leash it will stay locked. When your dog releases the tension, your SmartLeash will instantly and automatically reset itself, ready to activate again. You can keep the leash locked by pushing the thumb button until it clicks.
Will stopping my dog quickly hurt him or her?
SmartLeash stops your dog more quickly than a person can react so your pet doesn’t gain enough speed to become injured. It’s much safer than stopping a standard retractable after the dog has covered some distance and gained speed.
My dog isn’t well trained and he takes off frequently, is SmartLeash appropriate for him?
SmartLeash is not a substitute for proper obedience training but will reinforce that your pet should not try to chase or run without your permission.
Can I use SmartLeash with my puppy?
Yes! Experience with puppies has shown that puppies quickly learn they cannot bolt or run from you on SmartLeash and modify their behavior fairly quickly.
Why do only the medium and large feature the bungee on the end of the leash?
A smaller dog doesn’t generate enough force to extend the bungee so it would serve no purpose. A very small dog will find it more of a nuisance than a help.
My dog likes to hide her toy under the couch and then barks at me to retrieve. Will SmartLeash solve this problem?
Sadly this problem as stumped us as well.