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Innovative and Gentle, Using Our Pup-Comfort TechnologyBy design, the Sidekick is a tool that aids in transforming the human and dog relationship from confusion, frustration, disrespect, or total absence into relationships of respect and clear understanding. With proper application and dedicated practice, the gentle fit of the Sidekick can help calm your pup and allow for a positive and respectful connection.
Why the Sidekick®?
Pup-Comfort TechnologyOur leashes are handmade with your pup’s comfort in mind. Using the softest, stretchiest materials, this leash is strong, but flexible and gentle on your pup’s skin.
Recommended by ProfessionalsUsed by trainers and professionals across the globe, The Sidekick has been proven to be a useful training tool.
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We were adopted by a starving, stray puppy approx. 18 months old. After a few weeks of getting her healthy we contacted our dog trainer. She suggested getting the sidekick to help with the training and walking. Since we've been using this our walks are enjoyable and stress free because she is calm and controlled. We purposefully expose her to different people and dogs during our walks and she is interested, but remains calm and controlled. At some point we will transition her to her harness, but will keep this on hand. We highly recommend the sidekick!
Easy to use either as a regular leash or halti combo.
Dog is a pitbull, one of my dog training, clients, and doing much better on this leash not pulling, and not being reactive. Owner is very happy and loving the walks with her dog now
My standard poodle would pull no matter what type of collar I tried on her. The trainer at our obedience class recommended your item because another dog in the class was using it and doing well. My dog adjusted to it quickly and she is so much easier to walk.
This leash has enabled us to successfully walk our very anxious pup with out whole family. Our walks had become stressful and frustrating as our dog was out of control at the sight of other dogs. With the assistance of our trainer (Canine Collaborative) and her recommendation to Heather’s Heroes our entire family dynamic is vastly improved.
Got this leash from our trainer it works great for our very active puppy! I won't walk him with any other leash. The nose lead is great, very helpful to keep him focused. I love that it clips to his collar. He slipped out of it and he was still attached. Highly recommended!
My Maltese starting doing a pack walk and this leash was recommended. It’s great!
This has helped my American bulldog become a completely different dog on leash. Thank you!
Works great…we have a 90 lb. Lab
It has been a game changer. Our 1 yr. Old retriever now walks calmly and no pulling. I am enjoying my walks again.
This is the only leash that allowed me to walk my dog without hurting myself. After a broken finger from my dog going after another dog (with love) and my husband hurting his back from our dog pulling in general, this leash was a savor. I highly recommend it!!!
I met a girl on a pack walk that had the sidekick on her dog. She highly recommended it and let me try it on my dog Chai. Went home and ordered it that night. It has changed our lives! I went from being yanked down the street with 60 lbs. of force one day to literally being able to hold this leash with one finger if I wanted. It is a complete miracle and worth every penny! Thank you Heather!
Beautiful color and quality
I have a very anxious, high strung 100 pound very stocky English lab that has pulled me over on the pavement with a regular leash. Now with this amazing leash, she is awesome! She doesn't pull, fight or try to take off. I am beyond satisfied
I have spent over $1000.00 for collars and other methods to keep my shepherd from pulling on the leash. The sidekick did the trick calming her down and walking like she should. My friends can't believe it is the same dog. I ordered one for my other shepherd and have recommended it to others that have dogs that drag them down the street. It is a pleasure to walk with the dogs in the morning. My 65 lb. and 85 lb. dogs both use the mini sidekick no need for the larger version. Thank you, thank you the best dollars I've spent.
I have purchased 3 of these now for my adult children's dogs. I love these dogs, but they pull me down. But not anymore. These leashes worked, when nothing else did!!
I like the ease of this harness and the thickness is more comfortable for my girl Lotta. My husband was having trouble figuring out how to put it on, and brought out the gentle leader. Lotta ran behind the sofa! He has had to learn how to put it on, and she is a very satisfied customer. Valerie
Love it! Light weight but strong enough for our big pup. Great for training and everyday walks.
Great quality, extra safety attachment to collar is a nice feature. Leash quality feels better vs. more industrial rope that will burn your hand if Fido pulls too hard or too quickly.
A member of my local animal shelter advise us to buy your leash. I am glad I ordered as fast as I could I now have total control of my dog while on walks and it is amazing
Very happy with the product!!!
Our dog trainer recommended this for our pup. Very happy with the quality! Shipping was fast, as well. Definitely recommend!
My mini-labradoodle puppy (Bear) was impossible to walk. I am 80 years old and was struggling to keep him under control. I was getting pain in my arm and shoulder from the strain! My neighbor uses Heathers Hero’s for his dog, Simon, and he highly recommended it. I bought it and it changed the dynamics between me and my dog in a wonderful way! Now we are enjoying our walks. I referred the same leash to the owners of Bear’s brother, Finn, and now we can walk the dogs together without craziness!
A Lab for Life
Fantastic product! Working with rescue dogs, many of them need a lot of leash training. The Sidekick and training videos have been an absolute great tool to help these dogs and adopters on the path to success!
Our daughter-in-law is a dog trainer and gave us one of these leashes to use on our anxious Pit / Boxer mix. It was such a game changer! We need to train more with it than we do but we cannot say enough good things about this transitional leash. Our relatives bought one after trying ours for their new German Shepard puppy and they are amazed. We bought a new replacement to give back to our daughter-in-law. This leash is priceless!
I love this product. It's changed my relationship with my dog for the better. We are much more aligned and she is calmer in all of our training activities. Thank you!
My dog is very dog reactive and we live in a city with tons of dogs. There would be an issue every 5 minutes or less on walks, and training did not help at all. If I could give this leash more stars I would. My very reactive dog is now completely calm on walks, doesn’t pull and doesn’t react to any triggers. It’s like she’s a different dog and my life is so much easier now.
I volunteer at a no-kill shelter and I have brought the Side-kick into the shelter, so I can walk the dogs who used to pull too hard for me. Now I can walk them.
I ordered the Sidekick for my Boxer and it's too wide for her short nose. I liked the idea of it but it is made for dogs with longer muzzles.
great training tool!
We tried this after using the looping method our trainer showed us. Our dog is an escape artist and it wouldn't stay on. He recommended this leash and it's much better. She's worn other nose harnesses and always tries to take them off. This one she lets stay on for the entire walk. She still wants it off as soon as we get home, but that's ok. The quality is great, nice and thick. And unlike the loop method, if I have to yank her suddenly, this one pulls her nose back and not just her neck. We would buy it again.
This leash is a game changer. I have two relatively big dogs and I'm only 5'1" on a good hair day! So there is no way I would be able to walk them on my own without these leashes. They are a life saver. Thank you!!! They are well made and easy to put on, once you get the hang of it. It's literally changed my life. I used to dread walking my dogs and now it's the highlight of our day!
I now own them for both of my dogs. Walks have never been this relaxed. Both dogs spend most of their time on walks right at my sides. And my high-strung Whippet no longer lunges at every dog or human that passes us. (Still working on FedEx & UPS trucks!)
The Sidekick leash is a game changer! It takes a little time to get the dog use to it, but it works so good! Literally no more pulling instantly. We continue to train our German Shepard with the Sidekick.
Great product! I've already recommended it to several friends.
Our trainer used this kind of gentle leader on our (overly friendly) staffie. Since he's quite strong, he's pulled me over a couple of times (the dog, not the trainer) using other leashes, so our trainer directed us to you. Big difference, our doggo is much less of a tow truck with your leader! My only suggestions for improvement would be to pad the handle and maybe make the snout loop softer as well since it does abrade his fur a little. Thanks for a very helpful product!
I bought the transition leash because Maggie May didn’t respond to any of the previous harnesses, collars or leashes that I tried, she is a 11 month old black Lab that pulled every time we went for a walk, It was like a light switch was flipped on when I put the transition leash on her, after a little bit of resistance on her part she settled down and started walking next to me and stopped pulling. She now sits when I stop walking, meet people or other dogs. All the people in the neighborhood are amazed how calm she has become and I tell them it is because of your product. Several people have asked how to get one and I have told them how to order. Thank you for making walks fun and Maggie May thanks you.
I returned the Sidekick and am awaiting my refund. It was well made but I didn't like how it rode up around my dogs' eyes.
We have an almost 2 year old bordoodle. She is the sweetest, most lovable pup but she is extremely excitable when we meet her friends ( canine or human) when we are on a walk. My daughter who has her sister recommended The Sidekick. It is like a miracle! Francine is still able to sniff and explore and enjoy her walks but I now have complete control of her as she sits like a lady and visits with her friends. Thank you!!
This works so well with our wild poodle who goes crazy when we run into other dogs. He still barks, but he’s much easier to handle and doesn’t go crazy.
I love it
Absolute game changer when walking my strong 80lb lab. She use to pull so bad that it'd hurt my back for days later. Now with this leash she stays with me and is easy to guide. Super happy with our purchase!
I ordered this Sidekick after the dog trainer recommended it. We’ve worked together with my Great Dane and he’s become so clam and controlled while walking/around other dogs
Best leash ever! We have a 2 yr. old 65 lb. Goldendoodle that was pulling on every walk. She no longer pulls on walks and we can enjoy our time together. Even our 10 year old can walk her with ease.
The Sidekick worked great with my German Shepherd. My trainer recommended it because he had gotten too big for me to control when he pulled to go toward someone or something. It is soft and comfortable and he adjusted to it quickly,. He tolerated it well during the walk though as soon as we got home he would try to get it off. I liked that my trainer said that the dog controlled the tension. I am also using it with my smaller dog as a regular leash, because it is so comfortable to hold.
It’s a great product but not for every kind of dog, we have a dauchund and the leash hurt his delicate nose so we decided to stop using it.
Loved this! Came highly recommended from our dog trainer. My dog was irritated by a traditional gentle leader but this doesn’t bother him at all and he walks perfectly! It is so gentle and yet so effective!
I'm sorry to leave this. But I only got to use the lead once. I have a rescue Rottweiler pup and he found this and actually chewed the plastic slide-stop mechanism. I sent an email today as well asking if I can get a replacement piece, but I don't think I can repair it. Great idea as a training lead, but I'm not so impressed by the plastic parts. Thanks for the fast turn around from order to home . Hopeful to hear from you soon.
Our goldendoodle puppy was struggling with learning to walk in a loose leash. Our dog trainer suggested this leash. It's been SO helpful! He's doing great and this leash is such a huge part of that progress. Its easy to put on and I especially love that it not only goes on his head and nose, but also clips to his collar just for that extra security. Highly recommend!
Helped my dog walk without pulling. Even without the nose loop. We did have to walk her with it for a week or so but she still tries to take it out…then when she does she just walks nicely beside…I think she really hates the nose loop so she walks nicely without to keep me from putting it back on.
I love this transitional leash. Very sturdy and feel safe for both the dog and myself when usingit.
I am a volunteer with the Palm Springs Animal Shelter on the "big dog team" and our behavior staff recommended your product for us to begin using in the shelter. It's been amazing, truly, and I just purchased a second one for use at home. I adopted a large (Bull Mastiff/Bull Terrier/American Terrier/Cane Corso) who is a sweet dog but really hard on the leash...and your leash has been a miracle! I am able to enjoy our walks together...as does she.
It only took 5 minutes or less to get him used to it indoors before we started 'heels training outdoors. He immediately learned how to do it. Even when we're taking a non-training walk with it on, he walks with a loose leash. I've been trying to heel train him for 17 months, and now it's done in one walk. Thank you!
I have two Portuguese water dogs. They’re very well trained except in our neighborhood on walks. If they see another dog they get very excited and pull and jump around. It’s very hard for me to control them when this happens. This leash is fantastic as it keeps their attention on me and I don’t feel that they are going to pull me over. The big test was walking past two huge barking and lunging German Shepherd‘s, and a great Dane behind a fence. My dogs walked calmly, and in a heel position. This has never happened before.
We love your leashes!
My chocolate lab pulls a lot on walks. I have tried every type of leash / harness out there. She doesn't like the over the fave style for the first 5 minutes of the walk and constantly tries to get it off but then once she accepts that she has to wear it there is a very noticeable difference in her pulling.
I was skeptical but am so glad I tried the “sidekick”. My husky/poodle mix is now gentle as a lamb, responsive, and even civilized while wearing the sidekick on a walk. Amazing!
My standard poodle used to pull me like crazy. Walks were not fun. Now she doesn’t pull and we love our daily walks. Thank you for an amazing product. I have referred 4 friends. I will refer anyone who has problems with a pulling dog to big one
I wish that I had known about this leash 2 years ago. I have spent hundreds trying to find a way to stop my 3 yr old shepherd from pulling me down the street
I have two sidekicks for 2 of my 3 dogs. Neither are strong pullers, just unfocused. It's made a world of difference. One of the 2 is a 5 month old puppy and it's made his leash training so much easier. The other is 6 years old. It took both dogs two times to get used to it but after that there wasn't a problem.
I love the nose halter. I have a very strong pitbull mix so he needs to walk with the nose halter. This one is much more comfortable than the first one I had. My only suggestion would be to add a rubber or foam grip around the end of the leash where you hold it.
This lead is perfect. I purchased this product for my puppy and it controls her so well on walks that I purchased a second lead for my 2-1-2 year old dog. It’s a wonderful leash especially when walking in large crowds. The color choices are nice as well.
It is a fantastic trining tool ❤️
We took our rescue to a trainer and she uses the transitional leash. My dog Rex went from very frustrating to walk, as he only was interested in marking, to an amazing walking dog. We just rescued a little Blue Heeler and ordered one right away, she is adjusting but I know I will get her off to the right start, she is still a puppy. I love that my dogs can be a big part of my life now thanks to the transitional leash.
Wendy H S.
Put this on my sheepadoodle and she magically walked perfectly by my side. We had been working on this with a martingale collar a/or a gentle leader and she was getting better but this was transformational!
I love these! I would recommend these to everyone that is training a dog!
I had never heard of these before and they work really great!!
This is exactly what this girl needed to make walks fun! Super quick for her to adapt to. I feel more confident taking my big dog out now!
Used the leash for 6 years and my old one was getting worn out so I need to get a couple more. Works great with both my dogs. Thanks
OMG. Game changer. Our pup is so more well behaved with limited effort. Already recommended this leash to 2 other dog owners.
Photo of training session with Charlie and our behaviorist who recommended this leash 3 years ago. I purchased this 2nd leash because it has a stronger/larger snap on to the collar which makes me feel safer. If you have a reactive dog this is the best leash for you! I have tried everything and I would not be able to walk Charlie without it! I have more control with him than any other leash I have used and he walks better with me using it. Great customer support! Highly recommend this product for your reactive pups! Do not know what I would do without it.
This lead totally changed our life with our rescue dog. Our Gracie was a nightmare on any lead and we actually considered returning her to the shelter. After working with THE BEST TRAINER IN THE WORLD and her recommending your lead we saw a totally different dog. Gracie walks like a true lady! Thank you!
Catherine R M.
Bruno Is close to 100 lbs. When I would walk him he would literally drag me into trees , fences anywhere he’d wanna go! Now I can walk him with no tension on the lead at all it is like night and day! Love It! Thankyou I have a new leash on life♥️
Love the product. Just a few suggestions (as I literally have purchased every type of walking collar for my puppies to try and find one that works). This one is my favorite, but a few improvement ideas: 1) the nylon is great over the dog's nose, but my puppy turned around on Day 2 while getting used to it, took one bite on the rope, and bit through several strands of the nylon and now its coming apart. Maybe a stronger nylon? Also nylon is very slippery on the hands, so if you want to hold dog closer to get him used to 'healing', it would be great to have a secondary handle closer to the dog's head (and leave the handle where it is now at the end, too) so one can grab the dog closer to the head when training it to stay by owner's side. Rope is too slippery to grab anywhere other than the handle at the end.
Love, love, love the side kick. My trainer recommended it and it paid off. Best $38 of rope I ever purchased. My dog is like a completely different dog. He is less reactionary, he walks beside me, no more pulling and lunging. And very little barking. Thank u
I dont know what I would do without the sidekick. I tried to add video but was not sucessful. i am 75 and need my dog not to pull. He is almost 4 months and with this leash he walks perfect. thankyou
This tool is truly amazing. It has made walking my dog much more enjoyable for both me and my dog!
Let all my dog training clients try this leash and they are amazed how much easier it is walk their dog! The all in one concept is great and comfortable for the dog.
everything was great but the spring on the metal clasp broke easily
This leash has done wonders for my polling Corgi. The only complaint I have is the length could be longer than it is.
I volunteer at Tricounty Animal Rescue in Boca Raton FL. Serano is up for adoption at the shelter. He is a one year old hound mix. On a regular leash he pulls like a husky at the start of the Iditarod. On the Sidekick he walks like he has been trained to heel. What a difference. Great product that. Will help him get adopted more quickly.
Love the product but our rubber taping came loose very fast. Now it is just sliding over the stitched part. My suggestion is to use stronger/tape or adhesive:) I bought 2 for my large pups and they have been great aside for the tape issue.
We are having trouble training because we are always walking two dogs. The one in training wears a Heathers hero leash and the other dog does not wear one. I'm assuming that is not good practice because both dogs still pull and act out when another dog--especially a big one is in view. the dog in training does sit when pulling up on the short leash. Are we training incorrectly? Thanks John Kramer.
I have a Belgian Malinois (10 years old) who is on her game, totally trained and trustworthy. But that drive when we leave the house in the morning! Omg. The sidekick changed the game. She trots along next to me instead of pulling ahead. On the way home she doesn’t need the nose piece and I can transition her to the slip lead. Really terrific. I also just got a Berger Picard. My 1.5 year old 90 lb puppy is slow to learn and YANKS to get to a smell or another dog as though his life depended on it. Not anymore! At least not with the Sidekick. Lol. And neither of them fights or fusses when I put the leads on. Well done!
This leash is fantastic. Gives firm control to help your four legged friend overcome potentially problematic impulses. I love the backup clip which attaches to a regular collar which prevents any concerns about slipping out.
We feel 100% in control with this leash
I have always trained on slip leads and my newest addition needed a slightly stronger correction to keep focused. He has a very high prey drive and is easily distracted. This lead has allowed us to work on loose lead walking and boundaries. It is comfortable in my hand and easy to work with. It also stays in place better than any leash I have owned. As he improves I am hoping to be able to use the lead as a slip.
Im Heather's Aunt. we just adopted a Great Dane Mix, 5 months old. She promises to be HUGE. I ordered the new and improved leash as soon as we were approved to adopt. With no training, she immediately walked calmly at my side with this leash... OF COURSE, I have signed us up for Obedience Classes so that when she is full grown, we have the relationship that lets us go out and about in the world safely.
My dog broke the plastic slide on the first leash I bought, and I was told these can't be replaced, so an expensive leash was now worthless. I bought a second one but I'm not very happy with a design where a flimsy but necessary part can't be replaced.
I do not like lengthy reviews, so: IT WORKS!!!
This was great. Shelby is so excited and over simulated when walking, this helped her to know this is a time to walk, not play or sniff everything. With other leaders, Shelby was able to get her claws onto it and pull it off. Not this one, pull up slightly and it stop the struggle. No I just need her to stop walking ahead of me. Patience and I will continue walking, gently pulling back or stopping. Not sure why a waited so long after seeing it on Shark Tank. But I have already told several people about it. Thank you.
This is a miracle leash. Our dog could throw his weight around with a harness and pull me into the street. With this leash I feel like I have control.
It’s been great. Way more control.
Works great to keep my big guy from lunging and easily guides him to where I want him to go
I'm a professional dog trainer and I feel this leash masters the nose loop. In so many ways it's better and softer than a figure 8 slip lead. It can also be more easily used on dogs that have never experienced the nose loop without applying too much pressure. The safety strap is well placed and prevents unnecessary nose loop protest. And the double D-ring under the chin prevents uncomfortable running and Mal-adjustment, which is really nice. I also feel it's easier for guardians to use without making mistakes. I love this training tool and I recommend it for about 80% of my client's (every dog is different and some need different tools, but this is the most applicable tool I've found for a large number of dogs I work with.) I love it!!!
I work with a dog rescue and use the leash with a variety of dogs. It saves my arm and shoulder!
A friend told me how well the leash worked. My goldendoodle has always pulled. I have never known how to get her to stop. As soon as I put the leash on, she has stopped pulling. It’s one of those you have to see it(try it) to believe it.