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Wonder Lead by Delmar Smith -- 7 1/2 ft.

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Length: approx. 7 1/2' | Diameter: 5/16"

With the use of simple illustrated instructions, 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.)

NOTE: Over time, the rubber stopper will turn the rope black as it rubs against it. This is normal.

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.

Delmar Smith Wonder Lead

Steve with Mr. Delmar in Kansas City, MO.

Transcript from Steve's Video:

This is the Delmar Smith Wonder Lead. It's the best money 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 responds 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.

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Customer Reviews

Review Summary
261 Reviews
87% (228)
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98% Recommend this product (256 of 261 responses)
By Rich
Seaford VA
best ever
November 23, 2023
Luke would never go up or down the ramp being used to get in and out of the truck so after about ten minutes he now walk up and down and will stand still on the middle with no problem thanks to wonder lead and it is a wonder lead. He also now heals great and a joy to go walking with him
  • everything
By Tom
Harwood, MD
Better Than I Expected
February 21, 2023
This is an amazing product. Prior to having it I was getting pulled along by my Curly Coated Retriever whenever he was on-leash. The Wonder Lead got his attention immediately and without having to keep him under tension. A quick, short snap with the lead and he was right back to heel. I’d highly recommend it to anyone working on heeling their dog or getting pulled on while walking their dog on a leash.
  • -gets the immediate attention of the dog
  • -no more getting pulled on walks
  • -very effective in teaching the heel command
  • -absolutely humane
  • -none
By Joel
Steamboat Springs, CO
Immediate Attention!
July 26, 2022
I was skeptical when my wife showed me our new training leash. But after the second time I put it on our 6 month old golden retriever, I could tell there was something special going on with this.
Every time we get the leash out he sits and anticipates the leash going on and is immediately in training mode. This lead has truly made healing and sit/stay commands easy and fun to train.
  • Video tutorials on training were very helpful
  • None
By Rick
Wonder Lead
March 25, 2022
I have trained dogs for 40 years and never used this lead for training to heel. Much easier to control than the traditional choke collar or pinch collar. Wish I bought one years ago. Wear gloves if you have office hands. :-)
  • Dog responds very well. Learns to heel in half the time. Simple to use and built to last the rest of my training days.
  • Should wear gloves if you are doing an extended walk or training session.
By Dave S.
Brownsville, Oregon
Love this training tool
February 24, 2022
You guys and gals score again! Delmar Smith's Wonder Lead is the perfect training tool for my rambunctious Toy Aussie. He has learned to heel, sit, stay, and lay down without fighting and distraction in no time with the Wonder Lead and training video. You've got a customer as long as I have a dog!

Dave Swarbrick
  • Everything
  • Nothing
By Joel T.
Liverpool NY
November 11, 2023
I love it.
By Dean
Panhandle of Florida
Hard to work with
August 11, 2023
Does not stay where it is supposed to be. Did not work for me. E-collar works better.
  • None
  • Hard to control.
By Troy
Pittsburgh, PA
Great product!
August 10, 2023
Has completely changed heel process for our two English Setters! So much easier now.
great product
August 9, 2023
The wonder lead works amazingly well. I wish I had it several dogs ago! While not noted in the video or product description, use of the wonder lead helps my dog calm down on her own with no physical or verbal cue from me. This helps her focus on her task. Even though she has known how to heel for many years, she won't heel if she is out of control. When I put the wonder lead around her neck and she gets a minor correction from the leash pulling tight, there is a change in her behavior.
By McMullins R.
Wonder Lead
August 9, 2023
The wonder lead works wonders. A quick correction and quick response is key in obedience and the wonderland does just that.
By Conor
Central New York
Works well so far
July 12, 2023
Seems to work well so far. All the folks at our NAVHDA chapter recommended it. Our dog doesn’t pull as much with the wonder lead on as a regular lead
By Tom
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Wonder Lead
July 4, 2023
The Wonder Lead works as I hoped it would. Almost immediately my dog was much better behaved and healed better. I recommend the Wonder Lead highly.
By Gary
Works great
June 27, 2023
Works great, nice tool to have
By Bill W.
Battle Ground, Wa.
Best investment ever
May 31, 2023
Worth every cent..simple immediate behavior change.
  • Easy..effective
  • None
By Tony
Over rated
May 3, 2023
I don’t get it. It’s a $35 6’ piece of lasso/piggin string. I did a 20min sideXside comparison with my GSP (2x 10min each) between the wonder lead and my spregner pinch w/QR on a Jaeger lead. My 8mo old dog already knows how to heel & whoa on lead so this an eval on a partially conditioned dog. The wonderlead encouraged some minor pulling, my dog kept waking into the lead and drifting in front of my left leg requiring repeated correction. The wonderlead is not as fast or responsive as popping the spregner pinch. The biggest difference is in whoa while walking—my dog freezes at whoa with the pinch, then i can walk out front/around/behind him & he stays put solidly fir as long as i ask him. I tried the same thing with the wonder lead and the results were sloppy. The spregner is a better tool, more versatile, and gets quicker results.
  • Lightweight .
  • Too expensive for what it is. No explanation or instructions on what the red plastic disk is for. Results are no better than what other tools can do.
By Shane
Plain, Wisconsin
Training aid that is easy to use
May 2, 2023
Added this to my tools for training and it works great. Puppy would always pull on leash. Not anymore.
  • It works. Simple but effective. Don
  • Wish I had known about it sooner.
By Craig
SE Detroit
Amazing Results Right From the Start
April 26, 2023
I had seen the reviews and had to try the Wonder Lead. The reviews were very accurate, my stubborn 4 year old Lab started heeling right by my left knee with very little pull on the stiff lead. We've been working on this command and for once I'm seeing positive trends.
  • Quick results as advertised.
  • None.
By Mike C.
Helendale, Ca
Wonder how I lived without it!
April 20, 2023
It has changed they way my dogs walk at heel. It is a total game changer in my training program now. Have ordered a second one to insure I have one around. My wife or son can also handle a dog when we are together much much easier now. I absolutely Love the Wonder Lead and recommend it to everyone! No matter what you do for your training program a Wonder Lead will only improve it!!
  • Easy to use.
  • Dogs are responsive to the point of contact
  • Such a simple tool to use improve training
  • Must wear gloves when first handing dogs on the Wonder Lead
By Danny B.
Amite County SW Mi
Easy training
March 25, 2023
My pup responded very well and quickly too. Great tool
Kennewick, WA
Good Quality Product - Mixed results
March 23, 2023
No issues with the lead. Not getting the results with my current puppy that I expected. Reviewed instructions and DVD just to make sure. May wait until this puppy is past the worst stage of teething and try again.
  • Lead is exactly as advertised
  • None
By Jim H.
Ringoes NJ
A staple of training
March 19, 2023
Had one for 20 years and lost it. Immediately bought another one from gun dog supply.
They never disappoint!
By Vern
McMinnville, Oregon
Wonder Lead
February 22, 2023
Fast shipping and it looks like it will last forever. Fair price and American made.
By Mark A.
Colorado Mountains
The Winder Lead
February 22, 2023
I’m pretty ‘old school’ have trained dogs for the better part of 50+ years. I did a lot of reading and watching hung you tube about techniques for teaching dogs to heel, as I have a very energetic field cocker and didn’t want to use the ‘traditional’ choke chain. So I purchased the Winder Lead and was SHOCKED at its effectiveness. In two short sessions my cocker is healing nicely and very focused on me. The ability of the lead to apply pressure that is IMMEDIATELY released when the dog responds properly truly is a wonder - I’m a total believer! Great product!
  • Easy to use, allows a positive response from the dog.
  • None.
By Larry
Batavia, IL
February 22, 2023
I rarely review products unless they are very good or very bad. This leash is very very good. The control over the dog without any pain to the dog is the best I've ever experienced. I would strongly recommend it to anyone who is training a dog to heel.
  • Ease of use
  • doesn't hurt the dog/pup
  • None
By TWoods
Works like a charm
January 18, 2023
My dog has been to training but was not healing like I thought he should on a regular lead. Read up on and got this wonder lead and he is a whole new dog. Leads like he should which makes it easy to go on walks now.
  • Just the right length and stiffness with a good rubber stop for sizing.
  • None yet.
By Joe L.
West Chester, Pa.
Wonder Lead
November 30, 2022
... fast service and high quality product! GDS will be my first choice for all of my dog supplies ... Thank you.
By Lacey
Lincoln al
God sent
November 28, 2022
This was recommended to me by Kyle and it changed my dog completely we go no where without it! If your on the fence about it just buy it
By Rich
Wonder Lead is amazing!
November 12, 2022
Was told about this lead by a friend and how well it worked on his out of control dog. Well he was right, after only using it a couple times, my pup is walking at heal, sometimes without the leash already! Great product and well made.
  • Light, easy to take on and off and it works as described!
  • It's hard on the wife's hands when correcting but as GDS recommends, she should be using gloves.
By John S.
Columbia Illinois
What I wanted
October 18, 2022
I have not watched the video yet but the lead is exactly what I was looking for
By Robert
Seligman Missouri
Great product
September 18, 2022
I have a 90lb Dogo Agentina. Dragged me when we went walking. Bought this and after watching the DVD instructions he was walking properly in minutes. Doesn't jump on people anymore.

I recommend this to everyone.

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