As a dog owner, I am always on the lookout for companies that sell high quality collars, leashes, and toys. So I was pretty excited to find Buddy & Co, a boutique dog company that makes some really good looking (and functional) dog accessories at decent prices.
I was able to try out their nylon reflective leash at a discounted price – but my review is completely honest and unbiased.
The leash arrived in a nice little zip bag and included a few stickers, which was a very nice touch. Upon opening the package, I was surprised at how lightweight the leash was. I am replacing my dog’s old Remington rope leash, which was substantially bulkier and heavier than this Buddy & Co leash.
What makes this leash a step up from the rest?
There are a few things that I absolutely love about this leash. One of them is the bit of extra padding that was added to the hand grip and the end of the leash. It is not a lot of extra material, but it feels just right and adds some extra comfort for long walks.
Another nice little thing about this leash is the D-Ring that is sewn into the end of the leash (near the handle). I personally don’t like to attach the poop bag holders to a leash of my dog’s collar because they swing and become an annoyance, but I have been tying just one or two individual poop bags to this D-Ring when I take walks. That way I don’t have to check my pockets before I go on a walk and I can be sure that I always have a few poop bags with me.
The final (and most important thing!) that I love about this leash is the reflective stitching. There is reflective stitching going down both sides of the leash. It’s very visible when light shines on it, yet it doesn’t stick out during daytime use.
How would I improve upon this leash?
Well, this wouldn’t apply to all dog owners, but my dog is still in leash training, so she likes to pull from time to time. When we are in “training mode”, I like to take up some of the slack by wrapping the leash around my hand a few times to keep her close to me. The only problem is that this nylon leash is so slippery and slick that the leash constricts around my hand tightly, almost like a noose. I would really suggest to Buddy & Co to add some more texture to the nylon so it can be gripped better.
Other than this one thing, I can absolutely recommend this leash to any dog owner trying to become a bit more visible to other walkers, runners, bikers, and drivers. I was initially worried that the lightweight leash wouldn’t be able to handle my 60 pound dog, but there is no question that this leash is plenty strong, and could handle even larger and stronger dogs than mine.
Because of the lightweight, yet strong material, and the added little touches like reflective stitching and padded grip, I rate this leash from Buddy & Co. 4.5 out of 5 stars – NEARLY PERFECT!