Product Review: 8-Way Lead by Bold Lead Design

Rachel Leavy
by Rachel Leavy
Will this leash lead me to the door or back to the store?

Being a dog trainer, I’m constantly on the prowl for the perfect leash. I’m tired of the boring, unreliable nylon leashes that break after a not-so-impressive length of time. I despise retractable leads (don’t even get me started). I’m a dog walker by trade, so I want something that is versatile and will suit all my needs. It would be a relief to clean out my absurdly large collection of leads and be left with just one leash to rule them all. That’s why I decided to try out the 8-Way Lead by Bold Lead Design.

The 8-Way Lead is made of all-American vegetable tanned leather, my favorite. This braided-leather design is much more durable than nylon and lighter than chain (Note: never use chain unless your dog is a leash chewer). It was also outfitted with brass rings, and its clip quality is phenomenal. I can’t stand it when leash clips weaken over time and become a hazard when walking, so I notice when a clip is quality or crappy. The reason I was most excited for this leash was the fact it was many leashes in one – eight, to be exact.

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Another point that makes it so “handy,” the 8-Way Lead doesn’t have a loop handle. Instead, it has a bolt snap at each end so you can use the leash in any configuration. I tested the 6-foot version, but there is an 8-foot option available as well.

Here are just a few of the different ways I used it:

  • Length: The Bold Lead Design 8-Way Lead adjusts in length for your preference. Depending on where I’m walking, I sometimes like a long leash or a shorter leash. For my students, I always recommend to use a 4- or 6-foot lead in classes. This lead lets you switch from longer to shorter lengths, without having to switch. You can set this lead at 6, 5 or 3.5 feet, which gives the handler much more control.
  • Slip lead: Need to let your pup out to pee quickly? The 8-Way Lead comes with an adjustable ring that turns it into a slip lead. Just pop it over their head and go! I like this as a safety measure as well – if your dog isn’t wearing a collar and gets away from you momentarily, you can use the slip lead to secure him, without having to fuss over putting a collar back on.
  • Hands-free lead: I love taking Maria for runs (not as often as I should because working out is hard), but when I do, I don’t want to have to worry about holding the leash. The leash can be clipped onto a harness easily.
  • Tie out: Running into Starbucks for a coffee and need to tie your dog to something for a few minutes? The 8-Way Lead lets you do that. I don’t ever recommend leaving your dog tied out unattended, but if you need to run in and out of a non-dog-friendly environment, it works fantastically.
  • Double control: This lead can be maneuvered into a medium-length lead, with an extra loop near the dog’s head when you need to hold him close briefly. I found this function to come in handy, especially when walking past distractions, crossing the street, or regaining a dog’s attention.
  • Dual control: When first getting a dog used to a new collar or harness, it’s a good idea to be able to clip the lead in two places while they get used to the redistribution of pressure. The 8-Way Lead can clip to the harness and the collar during training

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Bonus: I’m a professional dog walker, so an important aspect of the 8-Way Lead was to use it as a coupler, and walk two dogs at once. It was simple – I just clipped the lead to both dogs and held it in the middle for complete control.

The Verdict

To Buy or Not to Buy:

BUY! I am in love with this leash. It’s aesthetically pleasing, comfortable to hold, and extremely versatile and durable. I highly recommend it and give it my official dog walker’s “two paws up.” You can buy the 6-foot 8-Way Lead for $55.99 on Bold Lead Designs’ website, or through other retailers such as Amazon. This lead is a great addition to any dog household, and I’m going to clean out my leash stash after I finish up with this review!

Shout out to the Perfect Pace no-pull Dog Halter ($17.99): I was also sent The Perfect Pace no-pull Dog Halter to try. Maria is well trained on a Gentle Leader, so I didn’t think this halter would be much different. The only variant between the Perfect Pace and a traditional halter is where it clipped. Most halters clip under the dog’s chin, while with this one, the leash comes to control at the back of the head. Overall, I prefer the traditional halters, but if you’ve got a chewer, the Perfect Pace no-pull Dog Halter would be a great choice. I’ve had a few clients whose dogs chewed through the Halti No-Pull Harness while wearing it, but dogs can’t get their teeth into the Perfect Pace. I think that it would be great for training puppies, as it’s more adjustable than the traditional head collars, but I recommend ordering it in leather and not the woven material.

Note: was NOT compensated for this review. We received 8-Way Lead and Perfect Pace no-pull Dog Halter from Bold Lead Designs to review. The opinions expressed in this post are the author’s. We provide unbiased feedback of the products and share products we think our readers would enjoy using and learning more about.

Rachel Leavy lives in Rochester, New York with her dog, Maria, and her gecko, Nigel. She has loved animals all her life, and has owned her own dog training and walking company for 5 years. When she’s not playing with puppies, she can usually be found writing short stories, riding horses or out at a play.

Rachel Leavy
Rachel Leavy

Rachel Leavy lives in Rochester, New York with her dog, Maria, and her gecko, Nigel. She has loved animals all her life, and has owned her own dog training and walking company for five years. When she's not playing with puppies, she can usually be found writing short stories, riding horses or out at a play.

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