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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.
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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.
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My wife walks her with much more confidence.“Our 1 yr old shepherd/cane corso mix is already 75 lbs. She is very strong, and my wife struggles when she pulls. We received the transitional leash about 2 weeks ago, and from day one it has made a huge difference. She still tries to pull, but no longer has the power behind her. My wife can control her with just one hand. Over the course of using it, her pulling has decreased significantly, and my wife walks her with much more confidence. This product works wonders.”
Philip P. 2021-11-03
Only collar that has stopped my dogs from pulling when walking! I’ve tried several & none have worked until now!
I have been training dogs for 9 years and have integrated the sidekick into my basic training programs. It is the most efficient way I have found to teach the dog how to be calm and less reactive in any environment.
We adopted a seven month old hound/pit bull mix. She is beautiful, sweet and looks just like a Dalmatian. But she weighed 50 pounds when we adopted her and is now 72 pounds. She is 1 1/2 years old now. I am 75 and live on a gravel driveway. She pulled me down four times. I hired a trainer and she suggested Heather‘s heroes. It has worked like a charm, and I have recommended it many times over. It allows me to keep/love a dog that is too big for me!
After 2 weeks of using the Side Kick, Cody, a 4 month old English Cream Golden Retriever is pulling far less on his leash. It took a week or so for him to really accept the nose piece, but now is mostly at ease with the bridal. My only suggestion is the metal fitting used the connect the leash to a ring on his regular leash does not always spring closed, so I need to make sure it is securely closed. Perhaps the spring mechanism could be stronger. Otherwise a really great leader.
I am working with a dog trainer for my 3 year old YorkiePoo, and she suggested this leash for me to work with my dog on pulling. So far, it's been easy to use and working!
I just love this leash . I use it on my personal dog but also at the shelter where I volunteer…. Works great on small dogs
Our Gemma girl is a high energy (and prey driven) Australian shepherd. Since COVID, she has also been more reactive to other dogs on leash (but is super friendly off leash at the park). This leash has really helped us. She hated having something on her snoot at first, but we were consistent with it, and now her loose leash walking is MUCH improved. She still noticed squirrels and lizards, and I allow her to stop and notice them, but she doesn’t lunge at them. We are still training and practicing this process with other dogs. All in all, I’d say this is a great product. It’s also reminded me that I need to be an active participant in helping Gem with her walks too.
Saw your product on The Profit and ordered one straight away we live in Australia and have a 10 month old black lab who has pulled since we had her we have tried many things on the market but this actually works and is kind to our dog - great product!! Many thanks
Patricia J K.
We have tried a gentle leader and this is much better. You are able to Make corrections with this lead. We are very satisfied with the product.
This is my second Side Kick purchased. I bought the first one in-store (Big name retailer), and the next from the HH website. They're essentially the same, both regular thickness and the same length. Although, the one purchased in-store has a Bolt Snap and the one ordered online has a Scissor Snap. I love this product and recommend it to many dog owners. It has become a staple for my training, both as a slip lead and head halter. 10/10
I met Heather and her team at their booth at a recent trade show. I stopped by when I saw their products and how it is designed to keep dogs from pulling on their leash when walking. Pepper, our 6 year old Cavalier Cockapoo mix is the sweetest dog, but taking her for a walk has never been fun. She pulls constantly wanting to sniff, chase squirrels, etc. Its tiring for us, and I'm sure not fun for her as we get frustrated. I had a great conversation with them at their booth and took one of their brochures. I watched Heather's video on the website and decided to order The Sidekick. Pepper is about 22 lbs so I ordered the smaller size. It fits perfect. It arrived on August 30th. I watched the training video that afternoon. I immediately took Pepper for a walk in our neighborhood. It was amazing. In the first 5-10 minutes Pepper exhibited, all four of the different reactions exactly how Heather described in the video. I reacted as she instructed. By the end of that first walk I noticed an amazing transformation in Pepper. I used it every day on our afternoon walk and by the 4th day, she was no longer pulling at all. Absolutely amazing. My wife swears by it as well. Her arms would be sore from walking Pepper when she was always pulling. Every walk we have now the leash is loose. She no longer reacts to squirrels, rabbits or other dogs. Walks are so much better for both of us and I look forward to it each day and I'm probably walking her more than ever, which I hate to admit, but its true. Thank you so much Heather and team for this wonderful product.
I like the color and material it's gentle on the necks of the pups but also on your hands.
My previous dog trainer recommended and I love the quality. The red one seems smoother than the orange..I like that :)
Lucy chewed on her leash, a little at the plastic around the hand loop. Ordered another one and kept the old one as a spare. The company did offer a new one, however the damage was not that bad and still usable. Only leash that works really well on Lucy!
My neighbor saw me struggling with my dog pulling me and said wait here, I have something for you to try. He put it on my dog and lent it to me until mine came in the mail.
Koda use to pull all the times on walks and after training her and pairing this leash on walks works great!! She hated the muzzle on her but after awhile, she eventually got use to it. Like the name of the leash (sidekick) - she literally walks with me like my sidekick. No more pulling and walks with me in heel position with no problem!
I like the short leash and that it’s connected with the harness.
I owned many dogs throughout my life. This leash is the only leash that deters pulling!
This product is amazing. Definitely a big help with my reactive dog.
I love the quality and noticed a huge difference on walks with my 18 month old golden. However, I am not completely sure if I am using it correctly. I wish it came with instructions or a link to instructional video.
I saw your product on TV show with Marcus and I love it, the quality is amazing, and now I can walk my dog happily. Thanks.
I love this leash. We have one for our four year old male boxer. We recently got a female puppy boxer and I knew I had to get another one of these leashes. It's so versatile and easy to use. It makes training and controlling the dogs so much easier. I highly recommend this product.
We LOVE this leash! It was recommended by our trainer and was the only thing that worked with our dog (German Shepherd-Golden Retriever mix). Before this, she pulled SO much, wriggled out of harnesses, chewed through leashes....you name it, she did it. But no more! Thanks to this product, walks are a joy for all of us now. THANK YOU!
We love the Sidekick! We are training two labs, both 15 month old, to be service dogs. Love the leash with nose loop. Also like very much the safety clip to their collar. Well done!
I love it !! Great tool
I order bulk for my dog training clients!
Niko didn't like it at first . Didn't take long to get used to it. Awesome. He is perfect on walks.
Would like to see another loop to hold onto closer to the "collar" end (i.e. short leash). Also, extend the overall length as it's a bit short when looped over the dogs nose.
I love the sidekick for my dog. We used a gentle leader for 3 years then I read something about the sidekick and decided to try it. He is more calm and less reactive on walks. Very happy !!!
Already had one of these leashes for one of our Corgis and decided to get another for her son. They certainly help to control excitable barkers like my little girl Corgi. Pay attention to the size. I got the 3/8" (my fault) and it was large for pups under 50 lbs.
The sidekick is a game changer for our dogs. We got one for our younger dog from My Divine K9 and loved it so much that we got one for our older dog as well! They don’t pull at all anymore, and if they do, we can easily correct them without choking.
Miss Winnie t.
This is a wonderful tool to help train dogs to loose leash walk!
We Love it!
I am a 13-year owner/handler/trainer/breeder of a herding breed well known for pulling on lead as if they are always rushing into a herd of sheep. I have 3 finished champions who showed beautifully but couldn't go for a nice walk down the street without pulling, yanking, and risking damage to their thyroid glands--not to mention classes and books dedicated to fixing this challenge. I now have two puppies heading to the show ring next, and I was thrilled when a trainer told me about the Sidekick combo collar/leash. I started with my girl who had quite a hissy at first but was quickly walking along beside me like my Sidekick! I immediately bought more Sidekicks in different colors and thickness for my other dogs and to give to friends. Thank you and best wishes for success with your new business!
Love the versatility of the Sidekick Leash! As a trainer, it also allows me to have more reliable tools at my disposal to help certain kinds of dogs overcome challenges and meet the owner's goals. I've had great success with this leash, especially with persistent pullers who like to drop their heads and dig in to the pulling, even when they are on other corrective tools.
I love it !
Wonderful this product is magic!
We use both the Mini and the Regular sidekick for our two pups. This design is such a step above the other gentle leaders on the market. Number one is it is all one piece with the leash that makes it easier to work with and it is more comfortable for our dogs. Both sizes are sturdy and feel good on the hands while walking them. We learned about these on The Profit with Marcus Lemonis and we are so thankful he endorsed you so we could take advantage of your super product. Our pups play in and around the ocean a lot and these leashes hold up beautifully. We just ordered our second sets as back ups!
We tried several different harnesses and leashes, including gentle leader, before and nothing worked. It was such a chore to walk him; he was constantly pulling. In the end we had to walk our two dogs separately or my husband had the leash around his middle to add his weight as counter measure. The first day I got the sidekick I tried it in the house and back yard and I was amazed that it worked; third day we went on a short walk around the neighborhood and I used the techniques shown in the video. The video showed me walking both dogs at the same time. I am still floored how well he is doing on that leash and how much calmer our walks are, no more lunges and excessive pulling. If he gets ahead I just pull the leash up a bit until he is in a sitting position, loosening it, wait a couple seconds and we are off again. Thank you Heather’s Hero’s for giving me the tools to enjoy walking my dogs again.
I love the sidekick! My dog really struggles with pulling, and using the sidekick is helping a lot with that. It makes a huge difference when I take him walking.
Use these on our dog walks
This leash is a miracle. The second I put it on my dog she completely changed for the better. No more pulling or barking at people or animals. We can actually enjoy our walks now! 100% recommend!
Extremely easy to use, high quality, best slip I have by far!
We love your product. We own a German Shepherd and we purchased the lease from you before and absolutely loved it. We recently adopted another German Shepherd and isn’t leashed trained. He is 4 1/2 years old and is the same age as our girl. We purchased another from to help in his training. We love your products and continue on with your great quality and the great things you do. We saw you on the show the Profit and that is how we heard about. Sincerely Kris Demoure
Great update on the device that attaches to the collar!
I'm not using it. My puppy went ballistic every time I tried to put it on her, it was traumatic. I tried conditioning her with very short time periods and lots of treats and praises, she still would not accept it. It also was a pain to use the piece that attached to the collar. I have been using a different slip lead.
Daisy is an energetic one year old pit mix and needed something more to help her on walks. Even with slip collars and other “no pull” harnesses she still pulled. I put the sidekick on her and in the first few minutes she settled in. It’s been wonderful to walk her now. This is also gentle enough that she isn’t going to injure herself, but effective at enforcing heel. I watched the YouTube tutorials from Heather’s Heroes and got the hang of the sidekick easily. 10/10 highly recommend!
I am working with my 9 week old puppy on the leash. At first he was resisting, so I backed off a little. We are working in small increments…and getting better every day!!
Harley loves her leader leash. It’s comfortable and makes her feel safe. She was nervous walking on regular leashes but with her new leader from Heathers Heroes she’s confident.
Leader leash is perfect it’s soft and easy to put on. Love it. Would like to order another one
Game changer! Love going on walks now w my lab! She was a puller n would not heel. The leash has changed our life, seriously! She fought it at first but only struggled with it for a few mins before adapting! I now allow my 12 yo nephew to take her for walks because of how easy she is now taking for a walk! We love the sidekick!
I love this leash! I have a dog who pulls and makes our walks not enjoyable because she pulls and gets over excited when she sees other dogs making my gand turn red from wrapping the leash around my hand to pull her back. This leash allows us to walk calmly. I LOVE the fact that it attaches at the back of the head and not on her muzzle like all the other gentle leaders. I have recommended it to others and will keep doing so!
The leash is expensive for what I received. My dog, who is older, has difficulty walking confidently and following direction when on leash. He quickly learned how to get out of it. Once he did that, it was game over. I feel if he were a puppy, it probably would have been a different experience.
This is a game changer! Much better than a prong collar to control pulling. Now family from 10 yrs old to 65 yrs old can walk our 50 lb mixed breed dog!
Works for my dog
Works great! Makes walking way easier.
Very satisfied with the sidekick. Made a big difference in walking my dog. No barking or pulling.
Simply put well designed harness that works effectively and gives me control of my 60lb strong puppy pit bull. This leash really helps take the stress level down when I am walking my dog.
This leash changed my life! It changed the way dog walks and how she reacts to squirrels and other animals. Aside from that, it’s changed me as an owner because, yes she’s no longer walking ME, but when we meet another dog, I’m not nervous anymore. I was always so nervous how she would react and I wouldn’t be able to handle her, which I turn would set her up to fail, she could sense I was tense. Encounters with other dogs went to scary to wonderful. I LOVE this product!!!! Recommend 10/10
Our pup was pulling really hard on her lead. She now walks calmly at our side, stops and waits for commands when to cross road. Immediate impact for her and us. A pleasure to go walking
I was getting trained by Chelsea with Discovery Dog and she highly recommended this item. It has worked so good with controlling my labradoodle. I will be purchasing again.
This is a high quality leash that has been excellent in getting my dog not to pull while on the leash. Highly recommend.
It has helped with keeping my dog from pulling. As well as helps with keeping her from eating everything on the ground by giving me better control to get her attention. Chicken bones will always be a challenge ;-)
gold retrivor / cross with a border collie, male, almost 2 years old, he has been a pulling nightmare to walk. your product really works, immediately. for the first time every i had a great walk with him, no more pulling my arm off. thank you
Helped so much with our foster dog's pulling problem! Closest thing to an instant fix we could find. We love ours and will use it with all future dogs we care for!
Watched multiple youtube videos of Heather’s training about “acclimating” your dog to the harness; my dog did not / still does not respond as though this is adding security; definitely not a quick solution as advertised with Marcus.
Growing up I had 2 labs and both were very easy to walk. I am in my late 30’s and have a silver lab about 98lbs and he was the most difficult dog to walk. He would always pull and cross left and right back and forth. This would put a strain on my shoulder and back. With this new leash “training tool” was instant improvement. He will walk at my pace now and always on my right side. I would recommend this to any dog owner for sure!!!!
Berklee is a rambunctious 14 month old a golden retriever. On her normal harness she would pull really hard to the point of pulling us down a couple of times. I got the leash from your website and it has worked wonders. I saw an episode about how you developed it and use it and it intrigued us to try it. It has worked wonders.
Saw this company and product on "The Profit". Used it on a 3 month old puppy and he instantly behaves. I say this leash turns him into a perfect little gentleman. Love it.
I bought the leash for my grandsons new dog. The dog hates it. Do we need to force it little bits at a time?
My beagle doesn’t like the leash, initially she tries to take it off every walk and gets better in mid walk. Overall, it’s works very well and calms her down a lot.
My dog hated it. It rubbed its nose raw
I could not keep these on my dogs --- as soon as I had one harnessed and turned to harness the other, the first one had shed his harness. My dogs are both 5+ years old, and used to other types of harnesses, they simply adamantly rejected these. These simply did not work for me....and yes, I read the instructions.
My dog doesn’t pull when we walk anymore! Absolute life saver!!!
Does wonders for pulling with two active ACDs. Hopefully will work on reactivity also,after they get accustomed to them
This leash changes my Irish Mini Doodles walking energy instantly. He becomes more calm and responds to commands like a pro. It really makes me want to walk him way more often. I highly recommend making sure it's not on too tight. AMAZING product!!!
Love it and works tremendously with dogs who pull or need positive leash reinforcement.
Much better than the strap head halters because it's softer rope.
This leash is a serious game changer! Our dog Kima is very reactive and this leash has finally given us a way to communicate with her. I watched Heather’s YouTube videos to learn how to properly use the leash. With practice and consistency we are now able to take long walks together, and actually enjoy our time together! She is still reactive, that will take a long time to work through, but this leash has finally given us a way to work through those difficult situations. I can’t wait to see how much more progress we make! Thank you, Heather’s Heroes!
We got a labradoodle puppy who’s fun, playful, rambunctious, but willful. Our biggest issue was his pulling when we walk him. I’d try everything I watched the dog trainers on YouTube do and nothing really worked. I’m 70 now and I need to walk for exercise, but I found wouldn't do it without a reason, and when our 15 yo labradoodle Charlie died, I had no reason and couldn’t motivate myself. We *love* Ollie but I found myself getting frustrated and angry with him on walks which turned out to be no fun, not relaxing, and a frustrating experience for both one of us. Then I watched you on The Profit and I saw how well-behaved that protective dog got when you put the leash on and had to get one. I honestly didn’t have many expectations because I didn’t know (and still don’t) how just putting the loop around Ollie’s snout would keep him from pulling—but it did! Instantly, Ollie was a totally different dog on walks. He’s well-behaved, stays by my side, and the pulling problem is completely gone. I can’t believe we spent so much time since we got him at 3 months (he’s 11 months old now) struggling on walks and having a war of wills with Ollie, with him basically winning out! It was not good for our relationship. I can truly say your leash has made a 100% difference in the experience of walking Ollie 2 miles a day and I’m proud to be with such a well-behaved gentleman canine!
I love, love, love this product. I am not a professional trainer, but I have participated in dog sports with my Rottweilers and Black Mouth Cur for over 22 years. I have always used head halters and they never fit right and pull from the front. I have a new Flat-coated retriever puppy and I am using a head halter with her as well. I stumbled upon a UK training group and they use “figure 8” leashes. I found this one and thought I would give it a try. It is so much better than a head halter in my opinion. It pulls from the Back of the neck and does not jerk the head. It fits wonderfully and I LOVE the safety strap that is built in that attaches to a collar. I bought 2 more and 2 of your slip leads as well. GREAT products! I would NOT hesitate to buy this product. My dog is not a puller, I am wanting her learn that “heel” is a good place to be without force and this has her walking loose lead on either side even if transitioned to a regular leash. STOP wasting money on “no pull harness” and try this. Worth EVERY penny.
This has made a world of difference when walking my Pointer/Samoyed puppy, who is about 60 pounds. She used to pull me to the point where I would have a sore back after a walk. Training helped but had not eliminated the issue. The first day with this leash was like walking a different dog! I'm a believer!
Maureen "Mo" N.
She seems to be a little more comfortable than with the gentle leader we have used. I like the thinker lease and how it’s all one piece. It’s key to make sure it’s high up in the neck.
This is an excellent lead for your "puppy" if he or she pulls. Slowed my 5 year old immediately. She is much easier to walk.
We have 3 big dogs. The SideKick works wonders when needing to refocus and control them from other distractions, as they can be reactive to other dogs on walks. We enjoy taking the bunch out together and being a calm and relaxing experience for us and exercise for them.
This completely changed my puppies walks. She used to literally drag us down the sidewalk and now she walks nicely. Total game changer.
Nothing else has worked to help my dog stop pulling when taking her for a walk.
I really did not think it would work with my Yogi, he is so strong and wants to go everywhere when on a leash. I was so surprised to see how easy it was for him to get use to the new leash, it wroked great and i will be ordering at least one, maybe two for my other dogs. It is a great product.
I’ve only used once so far but it seems to work great as my lab stop’s pulling immediately when she feels the pressure!
I have a 6-month-old, 70-pound Shiloh Shepherd. She is a puller and we have been working on that. I have used a Martingale collar, a Gentle Leader harness and even with those it has been a chore getting her to heel and pay attention until I got the Sidekick. Oh, my goodness, what a difference. She will walk right alongside me. Squirrels are no longer an issue. She doesn't love it, but she is getting used to it. I am 75 years old, so anything that will help me help her learn to walk gently with me is wonderful.
I love the way I am able to control my pup. Thank you for this product. Lorrie Favell
Wow. The Sidekick is fantastic. No more heavy pulling!
My sweet Jack - an American Standard Mutt (probably a Schnauzer mix) - is pretty well-trained. That is, until he's on the end of a leash and that's, of course, my fault. Once connected with a harness, he'll basically stand upright and lean into the leash which sucks the fun right out of walking with him. Additionally, I have excruciating lower back pain which is exacerbated when he pulls. I put this leash on him and there was an instantaneous change. INSTANTANEOUS. I couldn't believe it. Oh. He hates it and tries to get it off his nose, so I'm grateful for the clip (which I think could be a little bit stronger). But, he'll get over it once he realizes he gets to go for walks. I've noticed that, having just used it a couple times for short walks, he doesn't pull as much when I switch back to his collar. The only thing I'd change is that I'd make it a little bit longer. Since the harness part is included in the length, it's shorter than I like. I do like a full six-foot leash so he feels a little freedom when we take a sniff break at the trees.
We have used the Halti in the past and that concept worked well, using control of the dog’s head to distract him from other dogs or wildlife he would otherwise choose to chase. This design does not have the clip on the nose and like the Halti does. Their clip can loosen the nose band and decrease its effectiveness. The design of this leash we just purchased is much more easily adjusted and easier to slip on and adjust but also looks softer and more comfortable for the dog while still allowing us to maintain control. Having control of his head has stopped extreme pulling that, on a regular lead, would cause the dog to pull so hard that we would have to drop the lead to avoid being dragged, even when used with a “no pull” harness. Highly recommended! I feel much safer walking my dog now with less concern about him suddenly bolting.
I was referred by a Facebook advertisement. It’s very confusing to get on the first time. It works well once it is on.
Charlotte is a nervous walker gets spoked easily this made a difference the very first time. It does take a little while for her to get used to something on her nose. Love this so much!!
This is a great leash that makes my dog walking experience so much smoother. I have referred two people to you and I will purchase again!