Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tuesday Reviewsday: J&J Leashes

Behold, the inaugural Tuesday Reviewsday post!  This week I am reviewing one of my favorite dog products... J&J Leather Leashes.

Company Overview
J&J Dog Supplies is one of the oldest and most beloved sources of supplies for competitive obedience handlers.  They have been selling obedience equipment since 1965. Their website is www.jjdog.com, and you can find them at many of the larger dog shows around the country.  (In fact, they will have a booth at the Des Moines dog show at the fairgrounds, September 6-8.)

In addition to awesome leather leashes, J&J sells a variety of other gear for obedience enthusiasts. Among other things, they sell articles, custom-made and prefabricated dumbbells, specialized training aids such as shark lines and utility article training mats.... and teeny tiny utility gloves for toy breeds that are so cute that they basically make my brain explode.

Frankly, for this one I'm just going to review their flat leather leashes in general.  I have several, and couldn't decide which one to review!  J&J offers the following leashes:

- Training Leashes (4ft or 6ft, in the following widths: 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", 5/8", 3/4", 1")
- 2' Traffic Leashes (in the following widths: 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", 5/8", 3/4", 1")
- 1' Walking Leashes (in the following widths: 1/2", 5/8", 3/4", 1")
- 6' Slip Leashes (in the following widths: 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", 5/8", 3/4")
- Convertible Service Dog Leashes (5/8" wide and 5' long, or 5/8" wide and 6.5' long)

J&J leads are extremely affordable.  Most are under $30, and the basic training leashes are around $9-$20.

Colors & Customization
The great Henry Ford originally offered his automobiles in "any color, as long as it's black."  J&J seems to have the same philosophy when it comes to their leather leashes.  J&J leads are available in.... reddish brown.  They also have a light tan harness leather, but as I have never handled those leashes I cannot speak to their quality.  I have heard rumors that J&J can make black leads if you call them, but I've never seen actual proof of this.

Leather Quality
When you first get a J&J leash, your hands will feel like they're dying.  The edges are not beveled, and the leather has not been softened with conditioners.  This is probably one of the reasons why J&J leashes are so affordable.  However, despite the initial roughness, the leather actually is quite high quality.  Within a few weeks of use the leather will darken, the edges will naturally bevel on their own, and the leather itself becomes soft and supple.

Here is a 5/8" wide, 4' long J&J training leash I have had since 2005. This is the leash I got free when I took my first obedience class at DMOTC, and has been used to train several dogs.  I also use this leash when I take a dog running with me.  If I'd paid for the leash on my own, it would have been $12.55.

Here is a 1/2" wide, 2' long J&J traffic leash I have had since 2001. Current retail cost for this leash is $8.99.

And lastly, here is a 5/8", 5' J&J convertible service dog leash that I've had since 2008.  This is the leash I use when I roadwork my dogs with a bicycle.  I've also used this leash to walk two dogs at once.  This leash is priced at $23.50, but I got mine at a J&J booth for less than $20 due to the mismatched hardware.  

I will always have a J&J leash in my tack box.  They simply cannot be beat if you're looking for a quality leash at an affordable price. And at least for me, it feels good to support a company that has supported us crazy obedience folks for so many decades.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the great review! I just ordered a leash from Paco (to match The Swirl), but it's nice to know about this company, too.


    PS: Your next review should be of Paco! I just ordered 2 collars and a leash from them, and will be getting a used Mini XDog too.


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