In last Monday’s article, I discussed the quality of the DK-9 Multi-Purpose Lead (MPL), however, I did not get into the many uses of the Lead. In today’s article, I will go over a few of the many uses you can find to do with the MPL.
NOTE: It is important to understand that our leads are of tactical caliber with high quality, American Made materials. They are overbuilt for long life and superior strength. You get what you pay for, and if you buy DK-9 equipment, you are paying for the best custom equipment available. If you are not using leads with these types of materials, you are getting an inferior product.
The first thing you need to do is to make sure that you have a lead that fits properly. As mentioned before you can purchase these leads in custom lengths. To measure yourself for a lead, use either a string or flexible tape measure. Start in the center of your stomach about two inches above your waistline. Measure around your body back to the start position and then continue measuring up and over one of your shoulders and back to the start point. Take this measurement and round up to the nearest six inches. This is the size that you should order for yourself.
As I discussed in my videos on basic equipment (Part 1 & Part 2), anyone conducting tactical Law Enforcement, Military or Search and Rescue jobs should have a complete set of basic equipment to make to most use of each piece. If you are using your dog in a manner other than mentioned above, you can adjust your basic equipment to match your personal needs.
Using the MPL in the manner described previously means that there will be a lead for your dog’s collar and also a lead being worn by the handler. Always make sure that you position the floating ring on the lead in the center of your body. This allows you to clip the clip on either your second MPL or your short tracking lead to your harnessed MPL and to your dog. This allows hands free control of your dog. There are many reasons for needing to have hands free control of your dog. During daily activities, I have often been carrying groceries or other items that took both my hands, and being able to clip into my harnessed MPL allows quick connect/disconnect of my dog. During tracking, I have often needed to use my hands for negotiating steep terrain for either climbing or descending. During obstacle training, I have often needed to assist my dog while up on the obstacle and used both of my MPLs to connect myself to the obstacle so that I could use both hands and remain secure. While conducting hostile patrols, being able to connect to your dog allows you to operate your firearm and remain connected to your dog. Using our quick detach leads also allows you to immediately release your dog for a deployment or to keep from getting tangled during movement.
As you can see, there are many different uses for this single lead. I have also found many other uses for this great product that are simply too numerous to mention. As you find new ways to use this lead, please send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can continue to inform others.
NOTE: We specialize in custom built equipment. If you would like a modified version of this lead or any other specialized equipment, please contact us for details and pricing.
Until next time, this is Joel with Dunetos K-9 sharpening your world…one dog at a time.
WARNING: Many of these applications are potentially hazardous and can cause serious injury or death if done improperly. I highly recommend that you never attempt these things with inferior leads and that you obtain training for conducting these things even with our leads. Foolish actions lead to injury of yourself, your dog or others. Never act in a foolish manner! Remember, other people (or dogs) always suffer for your mistakes.