iLeesh is a specialist designer and manufacturer of pet products, gifts, and accessories that are customized to specific dog breeds. They are the first producer of pet accessories to design and manufacture a retractable dog leash with a picture of a real dog on it, and this has become known as the flagship iLeesh product.
Close attention to detail, as well as a thorough design and testing process, sets iLeesh apart from other brands, and ensure that pet owners receive products that are functional as well as stylish and custom made for their pet’s breed.
They proudly support animal shelters and rescue organizations by donating pet products as well as 5-10% of our profits each month. They are also pleased to say that 80% of their products are manufactured here in the USA. ( information from the ileesh website )
The kids and I have been super excited to put our ileesh to good use and have been taking our Dog Jake on walks further around our neighborhood than he has ever been! The weather has been super perfect, so we have been going almost every single night…I love that the ileesh is retractable and very easy to use, my 9 year old daughter has been the one in charge of walking Jake and it couldn’t be easier! She has better control and is able to give him room to roam without letting him get away from her. This is the nicest leash we have ever owned and have gotten compliments from other dog walkers on our journeys! We customized our particular leash with a picture of an adorable Dachshund! Our little Jake is only half Dachshund, but he more closely resembles the weenie dog more than the other side…plus this one is just super duper cute!
“On-leash walks Did you know that dog owners walk an average of 300 minutes per week, whereas people without dogs walk only about 168 minutes? Apparently, our dogs motivate us to stay active! On-leash walks give dogs lots of interesting sights and smells to investigate. They may provide enough exercise for some toy breeds, senior dogs and other inveterate couch potatoes. Use an extendable leash, like the Flexi retractable leash or the WalkAbout™, to give your dog more freedom to explore, and walk briskly for 30 minutes. To spice up your walks, vary your route once in a while to give your dog new smells and sights to enjoy. If your dog is old, not accustomed to exercise, overweight or has a health problems, start with a 10-minute walk each day and gradually increase the duration. For healthy young or middle-aged dogs, leashed walks alone probably won’t provide enough exercise. Keep reading for more suggestions for adding vigorous activities to your dog’s routine.
On-leash running, inline skating or bicycling These are great ways to exercise a healthy dog and keep yourself fit, too. Teaching your dog how to walk without pulling on her leash is the first essential step to creating a safe and enjoyable on-leash jogging, inline skating or bicycling companion. If your dog forges ahead, pulls to the side or lags behind you when you walk, imagine the problems that could result when you’re moving faster! Constantly pulling on the leash can damage your dog’s throat, and it’s no fun for you either. Here are some tips and things to consider when you and your dog try life in the fast lane:
- People are actually better suited for jogging or long-distance running than dogs are. Even when hunting or herding, dogs tend to move in short, intense bursts of speed with intermittent stops. Playing dogs do this as well, stopping to sniff around, eliminate and enjoy the scenery. If you jog with your dog on leash, be careful not to overestimate her abilities and go too far. If she seems stiff, sore and exhausted for hours afterward, scale back next time. Also, be careful to check your dog’s paws after a run. Dogs get blisters on their pads, just like people get blisters on their feet. Dogs with white or light-colored footpads and some breeds, such as border collies, can be prone to this problem. If you usually run, cycle or inline skate on paved roads, avoid doing so on very hot days. Instead, you can find some soft surfaces that won’t injure your dog’s footpads, such as dirt and grass. Or if your dog’s footpads seem especially sensitive, you can purchase special shoes made for dogs, like Muttluks® dog boots (www.muttluks.com).
- If your dog normally gets to sniff around on your daily walks, she’ll probably try to do the same when the two of you are running, skating or cycling. You’ll have to teach her to pay attention to you during your outings. The best way to do this is by regularly rewarding her with small treats for not pulling. Pick the position you want her to run in and give her treats when she’s in that spot. Before you set off, give your dog ample time to relieve herself and sniff around. And after you finish your outing, you can give her another chance to eliminate and sniff before bringing her inside.
- Again, sustained jogging or running is not recommended for young dogs whose bones haven’t finished growing. It can also be hard on large dogs’ joints and bones. If you have a young dog, check with her veterinarian to find out when it’s safe for her to start running. If you have a large dog, ask her veterinarian if it’s safe for her to run with you.
- Because teaching a dog not to pull on leash can be challenging, don’t hesitate to enlist the help of a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) in your area. A professional trainer will offer group or private classes that can give you and your dog lots of help with leash walking. Please see our article on Finding Professional Help to locate a CPDT near you.
Additional tips for on-leash inline skating and bicycling Being on wheels when attached to a galloping dog can be a bit dangerous. Squirrels, bouncing balls, the neighbor’s cat and other things that might distract your dog aren’t just slight diversions. They could have you suddenly traveling at light-speed and spilling onto your face—or worse, spinning into the path of a passing car. So, just like with running on-leash, the first step to rollerblading or bicycling with your dog is teaching her how to run beside you without pulling. Dogs often get more excited when running than they do when walking, so it will take extra training to teach your dog to stay in position at a run. If possible, first teach her this skill while running yourself, as described above, instead of skating or cycling. If you plan to cycle with your dog, it can be helpful to attach a Springer to your bike, a device that lets you attach your dog’s leash to the bike. The Springer has a coil spring designed to absorb and reduce the force of your dog’s sudden tugs if she lunges to the side, which will help you keep your balance and prevent your dog from pulling the bike over.” ( Information from : https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/dog-behavior/exercise-dogs )
Testing everything out…Jake and my Daughter have such a good time and enjoy the ileesh immensely!
( My daughter wanted to point out that she was in her “play clothing” when she found out I would be posting these online 😉 ) Here we are stopped…there was a scary dog that was barking aggressively.
I highly recommend the ileesh to anyone who has a doggie 🙂 They are fantastically made, work well and are super cute! You just cannot beat that!
Check out their website to get your very own ileesh here. 🙂