It is another beautiful start to the day and we have doggy class at 10.
I am trying out a new lead that arrived yesterday which I used round the garden to practice and then for Maya’s final walk last night.
The arthritis in my hands has meant that I have been finding it increasingly difficult to grip the leads we already have so Hubby did some digging on the internet and found this.
It has a loop close to the clip and another at the end as normal so I can distribute the pressure better and hopefully keep her in check without yanking her off her feet as the angle has been all wrong and things have deteriorated. Our walks recently have been stressful and painful for me, my confidence taking a nosedive which is no good for me, and certainly not good for Maya.
We have continued to walk both dogs together, but yesterday as I waited for our delivery, Hubby managed them both on his own and it was wonderful to watch as Maya kept pace.
My walk last night with the new lead was good, so I am optimistic that perhaps we have found a solution for me. We had jokingly talked about His and Hers leads, but maybe that is the answer rather than having to adjust what we have to suit each of us each time.
Photo April 21st
Take care and keep safe everyone.
I hope it worked well, arthritis is so debilitating ☹️
The lead is good but needs a small adjustment as it is still a little bit too long where it counts. However, class was good, I’m having one on one training too, and Maya got to have a good session of play after class with all her new friends.
I hope class went well 💜💜
Brilliant. The fly in the training ointment is definitely me, but we are working on it! Maya had a lovely time playing with her new friends after class again.
Excellent, don’t be so hard on yourself you are not the fly in the ointment!
I am getting there and it’s just a confidence thing.
Yes so be confident 😂
🙂 I know!!
glad you found a lead that’ll work! I hope you get your confidence back now! Xx
Me too Carol Anne. I’m working on it!
I’m glad you have possibly found a lead that works for your hands! When I was in clinics we had a woman with rheumatoid arthritis (she was fairly young – in her 30s) and had so much trouble and pain holding the lead. The solution was some firm foam tubing that was designed to insulate pipes. A piece was cut to cover the loop handle allowing her a more comfortable grip and thus more control. Not sure that is the issue… 🙂
Excellent solution. Gripping is the problem for me but winding the lead round my hands hurts, so I needed a loop that didn’t tighten and this seems to be working for me.