This is the Delmar Smith Wonder Lead. It's the best $20 you are ever going to spend for training a dog. It's made out of what's called piggin' string, which is a cowboy thing. It's a real stiff rope. It's used to teach a dog mainly to heel. The idea behind it is that you've got this rubber stopper, and that when the dog is where he's supposed to be it's going to loosen up on him.
It gives a really fast response. When you are trying to teach your dog heeling and he moves out too far or backs up too much, it response really quickly. You don't have to have the right reaction time. It's going to do the work for you.
Just one of the simplest ways to teach a dog to heel. I've been using them for about 10 years now. When I first heard about them I clearly remember saying, "I don't know if that's the right thing for me. Not really sure." But I saw Rick use one once at one of his seminars. And it was just sort of like a light turned on for me.
Steve training with the WONDER LEAD.
Just a really neat device. It's a major part of Rick and Ronnie's Silent Command System. It's a key part to it. If you are using that system to train your dog, I highly recommend that you get a Wonder Lead.
We include what they call these little red tops. What's eventually going to happen is that over time this little stopper is going to wear down. So we include this. It's a little device that you slide up into here once it gets worn down. That's going to increase the life of it. This is just something we throw in for folks.
I just absolutely love my Wonder Leads. I carry them with me wherever I go. It takes the place of a leash for me.
One thing I like to point out is that because it is stiff, I typically like to be wearing gloves when I'm using it. You can use it without gloves, but you are going to regret it at a certain point. It's one of those things that when I'm working a dog with it, gloves are a major factor.
But the Delmar Smith Wonder Lead is a neat tool. Highly recommend it. We use them in our training and I recommend that you try it out in yours.
"This May Be The Single Best Piece Of Dog Training Equipment Ever Devised."
Hunts. I purchased the Delmar Smith Wonder Lead. This may be the single best piece of dog training equipment ever devised. Had pup calmly walking at heel in less than ten minutes. Even better finally allowed my wife to take a dominant position to the pup with little effort. With her new confidence pup is responding to her commands. I cannot recommend it enough.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 3444 Reviewed: 2013-08-15 Featured Review
"I use them during training and when teaching seminars."
Brittany & Boykin. Owns 4 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. The wonder lead is simple to use and easy to maintain. The directions and photo illustrations included in the packaging are clear to understand.
The wonder lead has been an indespensible training tool which I use for yard work, prior to conformation showing, field work, and indoor training on manners. I have used the wonder lead on several of my former rescue Brittanys and have recommended it to their adopters. I have also demonstrated it to family, friends, co-workers, and random strangers I see struggling to walk their dogs.
Every time I bring out a wonderlead, all of my dogs get excited, line up shoulder to shoulder, sit or stand, then smile as they drop their heads slightly to accept the lead, as they anticipate something fun is going to happen, be it a simple walk or bird work.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 2454 Reviewed: 2011-09-02 Featured Review
"20 bucks for a piece of rope seems silly, but it's worth it."
Hunts. Family pet. Competes. In the short time we have had this lead, I can see that it enables much better physical communication with my dog. The improvement in heel in particular was immediate. Looking forward to attending a Rick Smith seminar and learning more about how to use the WonderLead.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 5171 Reviewed: 2013-11-07 Featured Review
Labrador/Boykins/Golden/English Coker. Owns 45 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. Competes. This is an essential training tool. As a trainer I recommend it to all owners who desire better obedience from their four-legged companion.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 5968 Reviewed: 2013-12-01 Featured Review
"Maybe it's not what this lead was originally designed for, but my wife and I have found it to be perfect for walks..."
Family pet. Maybe it's not what this lead was originally designed for, but my wife and I have found it to be perfect for walks and other outdoor excursions since our easily excited lab tends to be a bit of a puller.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 11306 Reviewed: 2014-06-04
"I personally think this is a must have when teaching your dog to heel."
Labrador Retriever. Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. I personally think this is a must have when teaching your dog to heel. It's stiff, so you don't have to worry about it getting tangled up in your dog's legs. Awesome product!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 11108 Reviewed: 2014-05-27
"Very efficient training aid. I use is several times each day."
Steve Great product. My trainer showed me how to use it on my shorthair. Boy did it change things quick. I now put it on him before going out. Just as a touch up. You really have some neat stuff Thanks Jeff Cooper
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 5848 Reviewed: 2013-11-27
Boykin Spaniel. Hunts. Family pet. VERY efficient training aid. Working my seven month old Boykin pup 2-3 times daily (15-20 minute sessions) with the lead. We are communicating much better with the lead.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 5900 Reviewed: 2013-11-29
Competes. I've trained 3 competition dogs using the William Kohler Method, and a choker for AKC obedience trials. It works well for me. What I like best about this tool is that it is super effective on dogs that push ahead forward when heeling. The other feature I like is when used correctly it fine tunes every part of the heel exercise with instant feedback to the dog do to the quick correction then release. This tells the dog instantly where the correct heel position is to be. For competition, I use it to perfect Right & Left turns, figure 8's and about turns. Another big feature is characteristics of the rope where it tightens and loosens instantly with no lag. Not to say you can do the same thing with a choker and an experienced trainer, but it takes a lot more skill. Totally satisfied with this product. It solve a problem with my head strong lab wanting to walk 2 steps in front of me. Now he is one of the dogs people admire. One caution: this tool is to use it lightly, meaning more like quick, light pulls. Otherwise the dog will develop poor healing habits.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 5684 Reviewed: 2013-11-23
Hunts. Family pet. I love this lead. It worked great for teaching heel. No more pulling and corrections are quick and effective. I learned how to use it at one of Rick Smith's clinics, and I was impressed at how quickly I got results with my unruly pup. It is however, rough on your hands and gloves are a must.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 2328 Reviewed: 2011-09-02
Owns 5 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. Have 2 and have had them for 4 years. Can't train without them. Still in the same shape as when I got them, just a little dirtier. Will buy another if either of these ever wear out!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 2373 Reviewed: 2011-09-02
"Only thing I don't like is that I need a new one! Great product. Couldn't do what I do without one."
Family pet. It took my dog 1 walk on this lead to learn to walk in a heel position and not want to pull on the leash to pee here and there and everywhere. He walks more focused-like when walked on the wonderlead.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 16572 Reviewed: 2014-12-11
Owns 5 dogs. After attending a Smith seminar, I purchased my first wonder lead. Used it until it got misplaced. Was lost without it in training until I ordered a new one for new pups. Makes training simple and enjoyable.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 10530 Reviewed: 2014-05-06
"This simple lead is amazing. My young Golden has responded incredibly well, and I would definitely recommend it."
Owns 2 dogs. Competes. I didn't know what to expect after watching the videos and reading other peoples reviews. This simple lead is amazing. My young Golden has responded incredibly well, and I would definitely recommend it.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 8417 Reviewed: 2014-02-21
"It has helped me as a new bird dog hunter train a new puppy."
I love using the wonder lead. It has helped me as a new bird dog hunter train a new puppy. It's worth giving it a try. My dog took to the lead very fast, and I am very please with the progress. By the way, my pup is 12 weeks old today.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 8535 Reviewed: 2014-02-25
"Works great in getting the attention of my dog during training sessions."
Brittany. Hunts. Family pet. This thing is awesome. It was always a struggle to walk my Brittany, even with a choke chain. Within minutes of using the Wonder Lead he acted like a different dog. Now he heels great and we can take him walking around the neighborhood without it being a struggle the whole way. Great product.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 8690 Reviewed: 2014-03-01
"I have used one in the past on my Lab, and it was wonderful!!!"
Family pet. Works really well. My dog will stop and listen just by showing him the coiled up leash. This leash will tame the most stubborn dog. I tried all kinds of training leads, but this one works the best. It is good for training, not for everyday use. The ones like this made of soft nylon do not work as well, but are good for everyday use.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 8903 Reviewed: 2014-03-08
"I am giving one to everyone in my training group. They truly are a wonder in training."
Family pet. A must have. The BEST product I have found. It is cheap compared to most things. It is easy to use, and the dog instantly responds to your guidance. It is the simplest way to enforce high quality training, even if you personally have little training experience. Buy the product, follow the simple instructions, and get great results. It is that simple. The dog learns who is alpha quickly, and it does not hurt them for no reason. It's the INSTANT corrective feedback that provides the dog with a high yield learning experience.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 6512 Reviewed: 2013-12-17
"Great lead, just as effective as a pinch collar."
labrador retrievers. Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. The wonder lead works very well at getting the dogs attention without being too harsh. It has helped me get 2 dogs trained quickly and easily for basic obedience.
I have suggested this lead to several others and I am very satisfied with the results I have seen from using it.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 2495 Reviewed: 2011-09-02
"Wow! My dog really, really pays attention when she has this on!"
Labrador Retriever. Hunts. Family pet. Competes. My wife works for a professional gun dog trainer. The wonder lead was recommended by him. Cuts training time in half. Especially good if a dog tends to pull.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 2524 Reviewed: 2011-09-03
"The wonder lead was an excellent tool for teaching the heal command to my youngest pup."
Labrador. Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. Competes. The wonder lead was an excellent tool for teaching the heal command to my youngest pup. In no time the pup quickly associated how to relieve the pressure by properly obeying the heel command
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 2532 Reviewed: 2011-09-03
"It is easy to put on and take off, and delivers a quick, effective and humane correction."
Owns 6 dogs. I train single and dual purpose dogs. Good manners are a must. I've used the lead in the past. Frankly, I had forgotten how well it worked. I am happy to have one again. It works. Try it. Delmar Smith had it right.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 2621 Reviewed: 2011-09-06
Hunts. Family pet. It has worked out very well for us. Our Heidi is 1 year old and very stubborn, so we were in need of something that would get her attention, and the wonder lead is great. It was a little difficult for me to grasp the concept, but my husband has it down to a tee. Heidi doesn't like it at all, and is very submissive as soon as it goes around her head!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 2408 Reviewed: 2011-09-02
"It is a great tool to use for teaching a dog to heal."
Pudelpointer. Hunts. Family pet. It is a great tool to use for teaching a dog to heal. My dog has worked extensively with Ronnie Smith, Delmar's nephew, and a well known trainer in his own right. Ronnie uses the wonder lead and has worked with me on it's use as well. It really, really works. It is like powersteering for your dog.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 2409 Reviewed: 2011-09-02
Hunts. Purchased the Huntsmith training videos and found plenty of helpful training techniques mastered Delmar Smith and honed to prefection by Ronnie and Rick Smith. (Highly recommend their videos). The Wonder Lead is one of the most effective training practices Huntsmith has to offer. With full understanding and proper training of Wonder Lead, this could be the must effective tool in your training bag. Enjoy the 2011 hunting season my fellow hunter!!!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 2441 Reviewed: 2011-09-02
"I wonder how I would have trained my dog without it"
Hunts. Family pet. I bought the wonder lead as a replacement for the prong collar. I had great success with the prong collar. However, my dog has a low amount of hair around the neck and stomach area. Therefore, the prong collar was leaving marks that I did not enjoy. The wonder lead is a good alternative. Great quality, nice and easy to apply, and a low cost/high quality product that has a lot of upside. If I only had some more specific training from the Smith family, I am sure it would even be better!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 2460 Reviewed: 2011-09-02
Family pet. This lead is used by trainers and hence we bought it for our pooch. It does wonders the instant you put it on the dog. No more pulling while in training, and him listening to our commands -- what's not to like. Definitely recommend it for training.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 17571 Reviewed: 2015-01-10
Hunts. Family pet. This lead made a really big difference in heel training. I still today use it, mainly as a leash. My only complaint would be that the rubber piece that is meant to keep loop around your dogs neck from getting too "relaxed"; wears out very quickly, and is pretty much useless after that. Overall good product, I would recommend to anyone serious about training.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 2391 Reviewed: 2011-09-02
"The inside of the rubber was worn down, and there wasn't enough friction to keep it in place. Other than that I like the product."
Owns 6 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. Competes. It certainly works at getting the dog to respond to the lead. I felt that it was beneficial in instilling the heel command in several of my dogs. However, I did not like how quickly the rubber stopper wore out on the lead. The piece of rubber is supposed to keep the loop small enough that the loop won't slip down the dog's neck, but instead will stay nicely up behind the dog's ears. This worked well for a little while, but within a couple of months, the inside of the rubber was worn down and there wasn't enough friction to keep it in place. Other than that I like the product.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 2810 Reviewed: 2011-09-16
Hunts. Family pet. I think it is a very good product. My only criticism is that they tell you that you should go purchase a part at a hardware store to replace a part on the product that will likely go bad over time. In my opinion, given the price I paid, they could have easily included that. Other than that, I'm very satisfied.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 11405 Reviewed: 2014-06-08
"Works as advertised. Hard on hands, so wear gloves."
Hunts. Family pet. Coming from a western family that always has had black labs; I've always wanted one of my own. So finally I bit the bullet and have a 7 month old pup named Woodley in the big city. Unlike the farm dogs we've had, Woodley has to function as a city dog and trusted friend in the field and water, which means total manners and obedience. I've always shied away from choke chain collars so when my colleague suggested the Wonder Lead I was intrigued. It may look like a lasso on these city streets, but boy does it work. At the moment, Woodley is small enough that his pulling isn't too hard on my hands, but I think if he was a bigger dog I may wear gloves when using the Wonder Lead as the instructions suggest. I've also not had to wrap the lead around one ear for more control; I think he may be too small for that. But overall I'm pleased about my purchase and solution as it's very affordable and gives me much more control over my dog. It's a great training tool!
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 2484 Reviewed: 2011-09-02
"Heard a lot of good things, and so far it has worked well"
Pointer. Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Rubber stopper could be improved to last more than a few times on the dog. Consider a different compound that is stiffer and wouldn't slide as easily. The little plastic thing doesn't help much. Concept is great just needs a new engineered stopper.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 5561 Reviewed: 2013-11-20
"As long as I keep the lead up against his ears, my dog heels perfectly. However, if the rope slips down his neck, he goes back to pulling."
English Setter. Family pet. With the narrow head profile of the English (female), I found it very difficult to keep the lead up near the ears and impossible to use it over one or both ears. The lead is very stiff (I think a little too stiff) and she tended to pull forward on the heal training. The lead always ended up down the neck where she is very comfortable pulling me around.
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 2561 Reviewed: 2011-09-04
pointers & setters. Owns 5 dogs. Hunts. Competes. It's a great training tool, but the rubber washer always gets too loose to adequately control the hoop size after only a few uses. This doesn't diminish the overall usefullness of the lead, but it certainly makes it tougher to use.
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 2435 Reviewed: 2011-09-02
Hunts. Family pet. Competes. I bought this when my girl was still young. Like most GSPs, she had a real problem with pulling. However, the rope texture was so rough it hurt her and frightened her to have it on. Quite frankly, it hurt my hands to use it as well. If she had been an 80 pound bully dog, and I had been willing to pull on a set of welding gloves, this might have been just the ticket. I've not tried it on her again, as the problem has resolved itself using other means. The leash is hanging somewhere in the barn and will probably remain there until I notice it one day and toss it out. We've been fostering GSPs, and this might come in handy if we ever get one that can't be handled any other way. This was just one of those pretty good ideas that didn't quite work out.
Product Rating: 2 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 2446 Reviewed: 2011-09-02
Hunts. Tried it on a 4 month old Brittany pup who was apparently too young and small. The techniques on the video did not work as the loop would not stay in place and either slipped off her head or slipped down and became a noose. Went to a pinch collar which worked. Will try again when she is larger.
Product Rating: 2 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 5836 Reviewed: 2013-11-26
Delmar Smith Wonder Lead
Rated 5 stars from 40 user ratings. 9/2/2011
Summary: If you're serious about real bird dogs, Delmar's Wonder Lead is definitely what you need!
The Wonder Lead by Delmar Smith -- you'll wonder how you lived without it! With the use of the simple illustrated instructions (which are included) you can encourage boldness in a shy dog or decrease boldness in a bold dog. Great for Pointing Breeds, Retrievers, Show, Obedience or Family Dogs. Made of durable, flexible plastic. (This is the lead referred to by Charles Jurney as an "EZ Lead" in his book, Finished Dog.)
Using the Wonder Lead:
We recommend wearing gloves when using the Wonder Lead. Always start with your Wonder Lead around the dog's head, directly behind the ears. For dogs that jump and pull on the Wonder Lead, place the loop under the ear next to you and over the opposite ear. Give tension and release. Repeat until the dog quits without a command. After your dog responds to the tension alone, combine the command with tension, then release. NEVER KEEP CONSTANT TENSION ON YOUR WONDER LEAD.
1. Put the Wonder Lead over the dog's head and position the loop in the center of the head. Slide keeper 1 to 2 inches from the loop. This will keep the Wonder Lead in position.
2. To get more control if needed put the Wonder Lead in front of one ear and behind or under the other ear. A light pull and release is all that is ever needed.
3. When using the Wonder Lead to teach the command "HEEL," if your dog tends to push into your leg place the Wonder Lead in front of the ear closest to your leg (left handed people dog on right, right handed on left) and behind the ear away from your leg with tension across the top. Pull and release while giving the command.
4. If your dog wants to jump and pull hard when starting, put the Wonder Lead in front of both ears. Pull and release until the behavior is under control. Then change the Wonder Lead to just one ear. Pay close attention to the tension on your Wonder Lead.
5. A light pull and release is all that is ever needed with the Wonder Lead. NEVER KEEP THE TENSION TIGHT.