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Innovative and Gentle, Making Dogs and Their Humans HappyBy 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.
Lifetime SupportWe are proud of the tools we offer and we stand behind them. Need additional help? We're here to support you through your training journey, so reach out to us at any time.
The Sidekick beats all! I've used head halters and slip leads looped to a figure 8 to create a head halter, and then tried the Sidekick. Many dogs object to a loop on their nose, but the design of the Sidekick seems to prevent this. I've put it on some very anxious dogs arriving at group classes and the owners were stunned at the difference in their overall demeanor and the ease of walking.
Having a fearful pup getting used to the sounds of the city can be pretty overwhelming - but the K9 Lifeline has added so much more ease and joy to our walks! Being able to stay on track and feel safe together as we bond has been invaluable, and we all love the high quality and ease of use. We use it both solo and with a traditional leash, and notice a huge difference in our pup's comfort and demeanor when she's not on her K9 Lifeline. Thank you for helping us become a stronger and more bonded family!
Exactly what I needed for my leash-reactive GSD- we are finally achieving an enjoyable and calm walk for the first time! Amazing what the right tools can do!
Great product and very user friendly. I love to recommend for my clients.
We have 2 large, reactive dogs that we were using prong collars on (with still not a lot of control over). The trainer at the doggy daycare we use recommended these since that is what they use at the facility. This has been a game changer. This is the most control we've had (and we've used so many types of collars/leashes). We do use the nose part as well. One dog doesn't like that, but the other doesn't mind it at all. When we walk past other people and dogs now, they still get a little anxious, but the parking and pulling and rearing up have all gone away. What a blessing!
I have dogs and sometimes taking care of dogs from friends. My dogs and the other dogs have a lot of power and/or behavior issues. This lead makes it easier to control them and rewarding them for good behavior and I can really train them.
This is my 2nd Sidekick. It worked so well for my reactive adult rescue, I decided to use it from the get-go with the new, very excited puppy. It's a fantastic tool. I wish it wasn't so expensive but it's a good quality soni don't expect to have to replace it for a long, long time. My only complaint is the long shipping time.
I have a 150 pound Anatolian shepherd. I’ve tried other head collars which I never could get him to wear. This type of leash is so much easier to use but still had the nose loop that you simply slip on him. I’m having more luck training him, and I hope to successfully lead him into the vets office in a few weeks. So far so good. One suggestion: make it a little longer for huge breeds like mine!!
Excellent product that I was already familiar with. Unfortunately after more than a month of waiting, I found out that the order was never sent after I finally was able to find the correct phone number to call your company. The product itself met all my expectations. I believe you need to pay more attention to customer service and make sure that the appropriate contact Information is available to the customer . The product itself was ideal for controlling and training my 120 pound bloodhound.
After evaluating our 9 month old, very timid rescue puppy, our trainer recommended the SideKick. Lexi is an Australian Shepherd and was pulling very hard when we walked her to the point where it was very unenjoyable. The SideKick has made all the difference!! She now walks beside us and sits when we stop. We have gained so much confidence in ourselves and she is becoming more confident as well. We highly recommend this leash and are so grateful to have it!!
It works great and is easy to use (after our trained showed us). He no longer pulls and it seems to calm him nicely. It is so much more comfortable walking him now.
She walks awesome !! The Best Training tool ever
I love it! I've tried it with 2 of my dogs at home and I've also started using it at the shelter where I volunteer. A couple of the most reactive dogs are able to calm down, focus on handler, and learn. I'm starting to suggest it to others.
I had been using the Halti brand harness for several years and although it helped my dogs walk nicely, they cried every time we put it on and they were time-consuming and complicated. The Heather's Heroes Sidekick is SO easy to put on, easily adjusts to a regular leash without the facial harness when needed, and my dogs no longer cry about it! It's perfect.
Great quality, good instructions on use
The gentle leader was a savior for our reactive dog. We are able to take her on walks without her pulling. I was surprised but I am grateful we can now enjoy walking the dog. It is incredible how well this works to control a wild dog on a leash.
I tried several harnesses and gentle leads. This is the one….. look no further.
This leash has helped my 9 month old boxer puppy to quit pulling. He didn’t like it at first and got super pouty when we put it on him, but I let him wear it around the house to get used to it and he doesn’t throw as big a fit when we put it on now.
Love this product!! I walk my 2 and 3 year old labs together and NOW they no longer pull me along!! Wish I had started using this earlier! My 2 year old lab is a bit skittish on putting it on but once on it’s amazing!
We can’t wait to use it!! We trained with one and had to have it We Love it❤️
These leashes are lifesavers. I am a trainer and often new dogs need a gentle approach. The dogs will pull so hard that my safety is at risk and the sidekick is a savior. It really is super easy to use and helps tremendously with that wild pulling dog. I also use this on my dogs as well for everything. I’ve had 4 of these now and will always have them.
I have a Great Dane puppy. Shortly after adopting him I had a significant knee injury. I feel much more comfortable walking him with the sidekick. It is a wonderful tool. My only note is it takes a minute or more to put on. So if potty training you might need another collar that is easier to grab for those moments. You def get better at putting it on. But every once in awhile I over think it or it is tangled so takes me a couple of minutes. But he is very responsive to this leash. I also think it is safer to use than others such as the Gentle Leader.
Great product and training support for its use.
We love these leashes. These. Leashes they made all the difference for our
Amazing is all I can say! Made a huge difference for my Brittany spaniel right away.
This lead was an absolute game changer. Walking my dog went from a complete struggle and me feeling like I had no control to a much more confident and easy walk. I would recommend this product to anyone whose dog has a pulling or barking/lunging issue when walking.
Completely changed our walking experience with our dog. We absolutely love this product.
I have this leash from my dog trainer and swear by it. Upon meeting a friends new rescue, I suggested she try it after witnessing her doggher fly her behind like a kite.. I ordered her the this leash and from the first moment we used it, puppers realized who was leader of the pack and it changed their dynamic in the BEST of ways. This elderly woman can now walk her pup with confidence that she won’t be laid flat.
Game changer, my dog us walking like a normal dog now and she loves it!
Love these leashes!
We had been using a Gentle Leader and our dog hated it. Heather’s Hero is so much better. The softer leader and how the pressure is applied works great for our dog.
This has changed the way we work with our dog and the quality of our walks. It’s easy to put on and works so effectively.
This Leash is a godsend for pulling dogs. I had tried every collar, harness, leash, etc and finally found the one that works. I love it and would recommend to anyone who has a dog that pulls.
I have used all sorts of collars for my dog. I felt they were horrible because I was always jerking her neck. After 2 weeks of slowly using this leash my dog doesn’t mind the harness. And I love it. She even heals better now. She’s five!!!
Best transitional lead around! I’ve now used them on both of my dogs and can’t rave enough about how great it is. Much better than a flat collar or harness when they were puppies and I still use it on my full grown shepherd/mastiff mix because he doesn’t respond well to a prong collar. Will forever recommend this leash to everyone!
I really feel I’ve got almost 100% control over my 95 lb bernedoodle.. I prefer the leash tighten under her chin rather than on top of her neck. But it’s confusing trying to remember how I put it on before, so I have that positive grip. But regardless, I’m very satisfied with it. I bought a second set, just in case.
I have a 100 lb. rescue girl who is ever aware of her surroundings and can be somewhat reactive if something catches her attention. Heather’s Sidekick settles her and helps us enjoy our walks.
This was recommend by our trainer and has worked great for us. Our dog likes it better than his former face harness. Bonus that is looks cute too.
Very useful for this particular dog who tended to pull and was easily distracted. The fact that it can revert to a typical slip lead was a plus.
It takes time for the dog to get used to it!
The best leash ive ever seen what works so quick to calm my dog. And also the book. I never stop lerning. Thank you
Love it. I can add a picture later
I love the product. But I hope the leash is available in different lengths. I have a dog with huge neck. When installed on my dog, the leash length is only 2 1/2 feet which I found to be too short for my liking. So I had to purchase 2 ft leash to extend the length.
Love this product!!! I am a dog trainer and I recommend this to many of my clients. This tool is so versatile and essential to our training!
We have been fostering dogs for years. Our foster dogs almost always come with terrible leash manners. After years of struggling to leash train dogs, a dog trainer recommended this leash and it's a complete game changer! So much easier to walk and train. It's not cheap but this leash is worth the price!
I have a 1 year old Labrador who is in training to be a service dog. Pulling in our biggest hurdle. This was referred to me and is a game changer. We use this for on duty outings. No others like it. I love the safety clasp. Wish there were a few more colors! Especially tan.
Wonderful product. The Sidekick worked amazingly fast. Our dog Boddie Brown was a powerful human puller/dragger on a regular leash with collar or chest harness. The Sidekick was absolutely magical in conforming our Poodle to walk calmly, side by side with us, no matter the setting or environment. Encountering other dogs while walking with the Sidekick, was transformed into a non-anxious, non-overly excited experience. It seemed like this Sidekick product instantly influenced our Poodle into a state of happiness, tranquility and loveliness while walking out and about. We will certainly recommend the Sidekick to our friends and people we meet during our daily strolls with our Poodle, Boodie Brown.
This leash is a game changer. My dog doesn’t pull, tolerates it on his nose without rubbing and is much more responsive to the leash on walks. Easy to use.
I am so happy we purchased. It has helped tremendously for our Golden retriever.
Better than any other method I’ve used.
This leash has allowed me to enjoy walking my dog again. She is extremely dog reactive and this is the only leash that has worked without hurting her. I love that it can easily be slipped of her nose when she's walking well. I highly recommend this leash and will be buying a second one for another dog who pulls a little.
This is a great leash, good quality, eat transitional leash I have found. Just wish the clamp was a bit more durable or at least there was a way to replace the clamp piece each time my wild pup chews it off :)
Instantly changed on- leash behavior of one of my dog sit pups! She's generally trying to live life at the end of the least and is reactive to other dogs while walking in the neighborhood. But after about 2 minutes, no issues. I also used it with a 90 pound foster Staffie at the same house. This big squishy doesn't realize his size and is still very puppy- like. He had the exact reactions Heather outlined in her video! His training will take longer, but I'm hoping his foster parents will become foster - fails with the help of the Sidekick. I loaned them mine until they received the one THEY ordered! I'll be taking my Sidekick to all of my dog sits from now on!
I now have 3 of these! And I love them!!! My puppy chewed my first one, so I bought 2 more It makes a day & night difference in my very large baby!! Thank You!
This was a game changer for my adopted, 1 year old golden retriever who was pulling. I was struggling to get him the exercise he needed because he pulled so hard on the leash. This changed the game for us! Now we can walk and even run peacefully with a loose lead, and I feel like I have full control over him! Happy pup and happy dog mom! Thank you!
Ellie is a 1 year old golden who has grown to 70 pounds. I have gone to several obedience classes and she did well during the classes However, outside was a different story. She is very distracted by people, dogs, squirrels. Nothing I tried to get her to listen to me worked. I must have tried 5 different well known harnesses. I really was at the end of my leash! We began taking walks less and less. It wasn’t fun for either of us. I met a dog trainer at the dog park who recommended the sidekick. Well, I wasn’t optimistic but I had to try. After putting on the sidekick, she immediately walked perfectly alongside me (even while walking by squirrels). The videos provided on YouTube were helpful in learning how to put the leash on correctly. This leash is a miracle!
Great product for the right dog .
This is fantastic! I have 2 dogs and walking them at the same time was super difficult as they always wanted to pull...this leash has changed their behavior...I can now go out on walks with a slack leash and enjoy our walks together. Thank you for our dog trainer for recommending your product!
This was instrumental in helping my reactive rescue feel safe, secure, and not snap at other dogs. In addition, he's able to walk on leash without pulling me down the street. I now feel safe to walk my dog. He was overpowering me. This easy to use tool gives us both peace of mind.
Our almost 4 year old Great Dane had been getting progressively worse on her gentle leader with pulling and also when coming in contact with other dogs on walks. Was told about this harness at a restaurant while talking to another guest. We decided to purchase that day and it was the best $40 we’ve ever spent. I can literally walk our 130lb girl with one finger!! Highly recommend and have already told friends
Game changer. Kai's whole demeanor changed. She would of course rather pull, however, she gives in to this new gear that sends her a clear message that pulling isn't working for either of us. Bravo!
Got one for my puppy from our trainer, then ordered another one for my 5-year old and it's making our walks WAY easier!
We purchased two "Sidekicks" for our Bernie-doodles. Because Berner's were bred (originally) as cart dogs, they tend to lunge forward in their collars (halters). These transitional leashes are the perfect solution! I or my daughter can walk these big dogs by ourselves without getting pulled over. Highly recommend!
This has been a lifesaver and so easy to use. My very persistent pulling golden retriever has responded well immediately with this head collar. Love it!
This is our favorite leash. As a dog trainer, we recommend it to all our clients!
Our trainer introduced us to this leash and it's the only thing that has helped us on our loose leash journey. We are forever grateful!!
Fantastic training lead. We mastered focus and healing within a week. Lightweight, great length, quickly became my favorite lead to use for long walks with lots of distractions.
This leash was a game changer. I can walk my dogs with more comfortable control! They responded well to it
A vendor at my local farmers market recommended Heather’s Heroes after my dog lunged toward another dog. She’s a 45 pound Springer Spaniel and has always been a handful to walk. After almost yanking down my wife during a walk, we bought this leash and it’s been a game changer for us. She still tries to go after birds and squirrels but having her be able to walk past strangers and other dogs without pulling a lot and with only keeping some light tension on the leash is amazing. I honestly can’t say enough about how awesome this product is. It took about 5 minutes for my dog to get used to it and now she’s fine with the fit and feeling of it.
I love the product, your staff and your service!!! Thank you Heather's Heros!!
Love the control… strong boy !
Love the sidekick. The weeks before I got the sidekick, my dog pulled me into the ring, even so hard as he was choking himself. The next weekend I took him into the ring, he was a new dog. He walked right by my side. Never pulling. I am so glad a friend recommended it.
My dog does not pull with this lead
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Have been using these leashes for over a year, need more because I give them away. 1 star because I never received this order… Update, ordered a black and turquoise leash on 10/24/23, received the black one 11/18/24. Still waiting for turquoise leash… I need to find an independent retailer
I was introduced to this lead by a dog trainer- I have a 100 lb malamute mix who thinks he is a sled dog. This lead enables me to enjoy walking him.
Thank you! My dog is strong and as a rescue, he is an adult still in training. This is the only piece of equipment that lets me take him out knowing he is safe and I have a handle on him. The lead being in the back of his head works well because he is so strong and if he pulls hard he won't hurt his neck. Our trainer recommended this product and I am so grateful. Thank you!
Best training tool. My professional trainer used and recommended it. Love, love ,love it. My dog responds better with this than ANY collar or harness. Great product
Remarkable difference in Finn’s performance
Best leash ever! I have a big dog that can pull me down but she can't pull at all with the leash on.
I have tried everything under the moon to help with my dogs pulling and nothing worked. I don’t know what magic you put into this sidekick but my dog is a whole new dog!! Thank you heathers heroes for designing something that works! Great pricing for a great product as well!
I LOVE this leash!!! It’s a collar leash, a gentle leader and no pull all in one. If you have a very reactive dog, this is the product for you. Please be sure to check out the videos on their website to better understand how this works.
Our trainer uses the sidekick and provides one to you when training dogs. Our dog behaves so well on this leash that we use it whenever we walk her!!
I really like that this design sits behind the dog's head and not under their chin. It creates less risk of a whiplash type injury IMO. One thing I do wish is that it was available in a headpiece part only so I could attach my leash of choice.
Amazing leashes would not buy anything else for our Lagotto
It’s great! Super high quality and best design.
I was told about this leash via my dog trainer. I was someone who took my puppy to the dog park and from there, on walks, all he wants to do is play with other dogs. With this leash I am able to pull his attention back to me with little to no effort. We can now enjoy our walks without the fear of being dragged across a field to visit another dog!
This I'd my second purchase and I love it.
Great lead my pitbull pup constantly pulled and gets very fixed on other animals . he is very dominant I’m able to walk him with no problems now .
Tried it out today and I believe it’s gonna work great! My pup responded great to it. Yes, we have some work to do but this product is a keeper. My dog trainer for my adult dog recommended this product.
I started to use the transitional leash back when it was "K-9 lifeline" a few years ago. When I started using our trainer for my fear reactive mutt from Sochi, Russia, I was made aware that a large part of their foundational training program is based on conditioning the dog to Heather Beck's Sidekick leash. I was taught that conditioned to appropriately, this leash utilizes the natural pressure point dogs have on the bridge of their noses to help create a calm and confident mindset. It removes unwanted tension from the neck, helps to teach them how to walk politely/respectfully in distracting areas, gives me overall way better control of her, and it helps her to look to me for guidance. The difference when I walk her with/without the "snoot loop" is outstanding!
Great leash to ensure my dog doesn't pull me and is comfortable to wear for her!
Our dog trainer recommended this leash to help improve Asta's loose leash walking, and the results have been amazing! We had tried using a lead leash before, but the Sidekick's extra harness feature + safety clip make us feel so much better about using this tool effectively!
We were introduced to the sidekick through a rescue organization. We were fostering a 75+ pound young, energetic, deaf dog and the sidekick was an amazing, gentle tool. We would absolutely recommend this product to others. Ordering was smooth & easy and shipping & delivery was quick and painless. Go Heather’s Heroes!
My lab puppy, 9mos, huge and strong, loves to pull during walks. She seriously injured me twice. It amazed me the puppy class instructor put this on her and she was a different dog! Now she knows when the purple lead goes on its time to behave. Very happy with this product.
Love the Sidekick! I have noticed a night and day difference with how my girl walks on leash now that I have switched her over to it, utilizing the head halter. She often would pull quite a bit, and react poorly /obnoxiously when she saw other dogs and now these behaviours have significantly reduced. I am also very impressed with the video tutorials provided via email to explain exactly how to introduce and utilize the leash. Would definitely buy this product again for other pups!
Purchased the Heather's Heroes Mini to help with training my insecure puppy, and it's been magic! The perfect tool for leash work.
My 10 month old lab puppy loves to pull and we needed something that would allow us to walk him in the city. The Sidekick worked miracles. Now I can walk him without any worry that he’ll pull me over. He behaves so well while walking