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Update, May 29:
Making a Slip Lead
Sometimes you really need a collar and a leash, but you don’t have one handy. Perhaps your own dog has escaped, or maybe you are trying to help capture a stray or a shelter dog who has slipped his collar.
Here’s how make a leash-collar combo quickly, using a regular leash. This technique can also help you gain control of a dog without grabbing their collar, which can upset some overexcited or fearful dogs.
- First, run the clip through the handle of your leash (as pictured above).
- Then lure the dog’s head through this makeshift slip lead. Use a treat, or drop one on the ground if you have one handy, so the dog puts her head through the loop willingly.
- Voila! You have captured the dog!
Remember to keep a bit of tension on the lead; if you let it loosen too much, the dog might slip away again. And remember, you now have a clip where you’d usually have a handle, so be careful it doesn’t swing around and whack you or the dog.
If you don’t have a leash handy, you can use a belt in a similar way.
If you are not experienced at capturing loose dogs, if you suspect the dog is not used to being on a leash, or if the dog is showing signs of aggression, simply report their position to animal control and let the pros handle things.
For more information on boosting your leash skills, please see our canine communication and defensive handling series.
*Special thanks to our dog model Aleli, a former street dog from Puerto Rico, who is glad she was caught.