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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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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
An improvement over the ‘gentle leader’. The pup walks well with this device. I also like to use it as a slip leach for very short walks.
Great product. Went from pulling on walks to walking right beside me in two sessions of about 5-10 minutes each. When they fight the side kick, just wait.
This is the best leash I have ever bought. I would highly recommend for anyone who has trouble walking their dog
I purchased this halter with a reference from Koda’s trainer at Pawtastic Friend Enrichment Center. Koda is a dog with my rescue. It was easy to put on him and made our walks much more enjoyable. He no longer pulls.
I shared my experience with another dog owner. Hope she loves it as much as i do.
My 2 year old Golden Doodle, Biscuit, competed basic dog training and were about to to tested for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test. The tester, Rachael McKendree, showed me the Sidekick lead she saw at a recent seminar she attended and said she has had very good success using it as a tool teaching loose lead walking. I ordered one that afternoon and it arrived within a week. It took a week to get Biscuit used to the head halter and the results are amazing. She will not pull at all, even on a release walk. I have provided my results and recommendations for the Sidekick lead to my former training class instructor, Ms Margot Penner.
I works exactly as advertised! Best lead I have used with my spirited standard poodle.
I have a really giant Newfoundland male who is 20 months old. He is super sweet but full of energy and so strong that I couldn’t walk him. This leash made it possible for me to walk him and begin the training he needs to be the wonderful dog he deserves to be. Thank you
Worked like a charm.
this is the only nose harness my very very conservative rehab vet will recommend.
This leash/ head halter was recommended by a trainer that had been working with my dog. I love it and would definitely recommend it. It's way easier to put on than a gentle leader, it has a clip to attach to the collar for added peace of mind in the event that it would slip off the snout and obviously that it's dual purpose and can be used as a slip lead makes this product different than anything I've found in pet stores or online. This was well worth the money.
I had a relative recommend the "Sidekick". I ordered it right away! I have tried it out on our current foster and resident pup. I love the ease of putting it on! It is not as restrictive as a "Gentle Leader" yet just as effective.
Hi Having had 8 German Sheperd sport dogs over the years, this high drive field Lab has been the hardest to train,mainly on pulling.Had a similar head halter from the UK, how ever was to light for a high drive dog,would even pull into a pinch collar.From the first time I put this on him,was calm,no pull.My daughter walked him as well last night on a road that has lots of game scent on it.Thanks murray
Our dog really listens to commands when he wears this!
Love it. But the leash is slippery. I put some knots in it as stoppers otherwise it would go right through my hands if my dog pulled. Not a good thing if he was headed toward another dog.
This leash has been great for walking with my new rescue pup, who tends to pull.
Love it! Really has my puppy look to me for direction!
fan of the product. glad the clip is larger than previous model.
A great training leash of great quality! So glad I discovered Heathers Heroes
This was recommended by a trainer - it works great for training and normal use, and I especially like how it can be used with or without the nose loop.
We have an almost 1 year old pit bull mix who pulled so much on a regular leash. Our trainer recommended this and it's made a huge difference! I have much more control and walks are much more pleasant. Thanks for making a great product!
The product was fine, I guess. But because this company doesn't provide return labels when you need to return an item, your package is likely to get lost in the mail like mine did.
Our rescue hound is strong, determined and ready to explore. With a large property and three small children eager to walk her, I needed something to keep all of us safe. This is easy to use, adjust and is the only leash I trust because it works!
This harness stops my Belgian Sheepdog from pulling and lunging at other dogs. A life saver!
Love it and it works!!
The directions for using this were vague. I couldn’t figure it out. The quality is nice, just I can’t figure out how to put it on my doggie.
Worked good on our 120 lb Newfoundland.
This has been a lifesaver! We are our dog’s second family and he needs lots of help to not be reactive towards people and pets. It was impossible to walk him without him pulling and not listening. I saw a fellow white boxer owner on Instagram using these on her pups and she said they have been so amazing for both her and her dog on walks. We have had such good success with our boy. He barely went through the behavior steps shown in the video and has taken to it very well. I love the plastic piece that keeps the leash at the top of his head, unlike other slip leashes, and the added safety of the collar attachment. Our other boxer is an old woman so it’s taking her longer to get used to it. I really appreciate the videos to help us understand her reactions and teach us to use it properly.
I bought the sidekick for my leash reactive large dog and the difference was so profound i immediately ordered another one for my second dog. Awesome control without tons of gear or painful prongs. Would recommend to anyone with reactive or excitable pups
We had been using a gentle leader with great success, until it broke (metal clasp). A friend recommended the sidekick, and it works even better. I like that the “leash attachment” is behind the head instead of under the muzzle like the gentle leader. Easy to put on. Love the colors! I was a little nervous about the rope lead, as I really like a leather leash, but that hasn’t been an issue.
This finally allows me to walk my two dogs safely. I can maintain control of both of them and I’m not constantly fighting with them to not pull me. Being able to hook this to their harness was especially important to me for safety reasons. They adjusted to. it after a couple of walks. This item was a game changer. Now we all enjoy the dog walks.
Our Cavachon walks very well on the 1/4” sidekick. He tends to have an issue with regular collars putting pressure on his esophagus and the sidekick does not create this problem. I would highly recommend!
Our Bernedoodle walks beautifully on the 3/8” sidekick. We find that she is beginning to correct her walking issues on her own as this leash prompts them. If we got a second sidekick for her, it would probably be the 1/4”.
I was really amazed at the difference it made in her pulling on leash. She was very respectful. She's still getting used to it, and once in awhile pulls it off her nose, but not very often.
I cried the first my dog went on a walk with me NOT PULLING!! I am currently working with my younger dog so another 6 years doesn't go by again with bad leash training very very grateful to have this leash making walks more enjoyable!
Pretty sure we rescued the dumbest, most stubborn dog ever, but this leash did the trick. She doesn’t come when called, won’t sit - but she does FINALLY walk by my side without pulling my shoulder out of the socket. I highly recommend it!
Great training for pulling dogs and dual purpose leash.
Love the concept, but after a week the robe Started to shred. I am to nervous to use it just in case it completely breaks apart. They are expensive to replace .
I have raised 5 service dogs for Canine Companions for Independence and am used to using a halti, and then they went to gentle leaders. Both are great tools but I really like that the sidekick does NOT swivel the head and with my 9 month old golden, it really is fingertip control. Great product to have in those situations with high distractions!
It works good my friends dog it works for her dog
This is the only kind of leash that has made a difference for our dogs' leash reactivity. I have worked with three different trainers, and finally, the third one recommended a Transition Leash. I then found your company on the internet. What a blessing!! Thank you so much!
The sidekick is a game changer for reactive dogs! My dog Loki struggles with anxiety and dog reactivity. I’ve been training consistently for a year using another slip lead, and while I saw results, nothing compares to results I’ve seen with the sidekick. He is so much more calm and confident with the sidekick. I also think it is much more comfortable for him than other slip leads. I will absolutely be recommending the sidekick to everyone I know!
I love the sidekick mini, and so does Master Pippin! Pippin is already a pretty great walker but every once in awhile when he’s excited or anxious, he’ll pull just a little too much for my liking. This is when I’ll utilize the halter loop. He stays right by my side, and I can tell he’s in a much more calm state. I love the versatility of this leash so much!
Easy to use and works well. The only thing I don't like is the rope material is hard to get a grip on. I would hope the next model would have a "grippier" texture so it doesn't slip through my hands. I found myself winding it around my hand to have a good grip. I have the thicker one.
I love this dog harness; have 2 already and ordered the 3rd for our new pup (just turned one) and has made all the difference in the world walking her. Not only for us but also our dog walker when we are out of town. She was amazed at the difference and control provided. Fabulous for all!
works much better than a gentle leader. I love the tension release and tightening
It has definitely helped with the pulling!
It’s so easy to walk my dog now! I’m taking him on longer walks and on trails. I’m relaxed when we walk, and he is, too. The entire experience of walking him has changed! He’s a big dog, over 80 pounds. You can’t fake it with an 80 pound dog. He has to be a good walking companion. And now he is. He’s five years old. I’ve had trainers who tried various kinds of leashes and equipment. I tried to make them work. At last I got a trainer who recommended this. After one session with the trainer, where she helped him get used to the leash, I can easily walk my dog. The photo I’m including is on a trail. I wouldn’t go there with him before having this leash. Thank you so much!
We just rescued a pup and started training with a reputable trainer. He recommended a slip lead and we bought one he recommended and sold. Our puppy chewed through it in one day so I ordered one from Heather’s Heroes. I love it! The quality is top notch, the lead is soft and the added metal piece allows for easy transition to put it over her nose. I am very pleased with this purchase and highly recommend it.
The buckle on the safety cord that attaches to flat collar does not close very well.
First time using this product. We have had 6 other Huskies over the years. What a difference controlling them while walking.
Our dog has some reactivity and this product really seems to be building confidence and helping to reduce the anxiety/stress around reactive events. It was super easy to get him used to the item and its super easy to adjust and put on.
It’s a really nice leash. It was recommended by our dog trainer who raves about these leashes. It is a bit of a learning curve for a newbie to put it on but it’s not rocket science. The reason why I knocked it a few stars is because we have only used it for three days and noticed that a plastic piece is sticking out and can be quite painful when holding. For it only to be three days, I wasn’t expecting that to be a problem.
I really wanted to love it but I found it to be a real issue for my pup to take to it after numerous tries. Definitely not for us and now I have an expensive slip collar. Just glad my $ will help rescues.
The Sidekick is fabulous!! Our dog accepts the noseband, can drink, take treats and pant with this device. Best of all she can't pull!!
Seemed to wear on dog’s nose. Maybe some padding would help?
This is the best leash we have ever owned.
I am a dog professional, and this leash is a GAME CHANGER for the people I work with who want to gain control of their dog. It's easy to use, and unlike the copycats out there - the locking toggle moves easily, the fabric is soft, the colors are lovely and it has a safety back-up that is very sturdy. Clearly this was a device created by a person who works with dogs. The sidekick has created great relationships between dogs and their owners...they can now WALK together easily! Love it.
Ray is not really happy with it but in time he will get used to it.
I love this leash concept. My only concerns are, 1) the metal clasps doesn’t snap shut, I have to push it together to close; 2) the black strap with the company tag is already frayed, not sure how long it will last; 3) the neck leash is supposed to loosen when there is no tension but it stays tight even after tension is released
the leash was unraveling, revealing hard plastic cords that scratch against my dog's face. the return policy is not simple.
Amazing progress in loose leash walking! I’m still on a high from the transformation in the past two weeks. Thank you!
The transitional leash is wonderful for strong dogs and dogs who pull. The leash immediately helped us walk our female Pittie more easily. We now have a newly adopted Pittie (9 months old) who had horrible leash manners when we brought him home. He is already better on walks after only 3 weeks with us. We tried easy-walk harnesses, gentle-leaders, and various different tools, but nothing worked like this. Thank you for producing such a great and helpful product!
This leash is a game changer! My puppy calms right down and listens so well as soon as it's on. Great training tool!
My initial purchase was for a regular sized (3/8") red Sidekick Leash. My younger dog (Danté, black and white English Shepherd) is a good boy but after 2 years of trying, he still cannot get the hang of leash walking! He has hurt me quite accidentally several times by randomly darting toward things he wants to sniff while on leash. I saw this leash recommended in a Facebook group for training and figured "Why not?" The difference was immediate! Danté tried to wander off to sniff, stopped, and looked back to me for guidance! He is now checking in more frequently ON HIS OWN which gives me more opportunities to reward him which makes walks so much more pleasant! Now enter leash #2, the 1/4" teal. My older girl is a pro. At 10 years old, Shaak Ti the black herdy thing mutt knows how to walk properly. However, if Danté is acting like a fool, she soon follows his lead! And if there is water around? All bets are off! I ordered a smaller leash for her. I can now walk both dogs at the same time with all the confidence in the world! I plan to recommend this leash to any of my dog grooming clients who mention having a hard time walking their pups!
My dog is taking a long time to get used to the head halter itself. Would reorder just a slip lead.
It’s made walking my dog enjoyable again!
Thor has done a full 180 with his pulling with this slip lead. We just started training with it and you can already see the difference in our walks. He’s still adjusting to the part on his muzzle, but overall he’s doing great! I’ve been non stop sharing how amazing this is with people in my real life because it truly has been a game changer in how we train Thor. Thank you for making such an amazing product, it has helped us out immensely!
Wish your company the best. I like what your mission is! The leach is fantastic!
Quality slip lead with several helpful modifications- mechanical stop (vs rubber/ leather) holds loop size more consistently S-hook provides more reliable way to create a stable head loop/ harness As slip or head harness, following heather’s instructions make for rapid improvement in building a more relaxed dog and a loose leash walk!
I ordered this leash for our two dogs previously. This one was ordered for my niece’s very large, out of control, 10 month old puppy. I worked with the pup before I showed her how to use it. The pup, like my dogs previously, was very unhappy and was a maniac until he figured out he was not getting the leash off. This leash is great once the dog and owner get used to it but initially it is not easy.
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!