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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
271 Reviews
87% (235)
8% (23)
2% (5)
2% (6)
1% (2)
97% Recommend this product (264 of 271 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 Dave
Great Falls, Montana
Best training aid
July 5, 2024
Learned about this lead at a Rick Smith seminar. Continues to be my go to lead for training, especially for stubborn dogs. Works well for the dog to learn about paying attention and for training to heal.
  • Easy to use. Just follow the simple directions included.
  • None. But helps to wear gloves when using this lead.
By Chad
Great product even better customer service
April 27, 2024
Excellent training tool for both my GSP and my Doberman. Shipping was fast communication was great. I will definitely be ordering again
By Mike
Actually works
April 4, 2024
This slip lead works as advertised. It releases tension far better than any of the other 4 slip leads I have tried. It also stays in position behind the dog's ears better than the other leads.
  • works
  • really rough on your hands w/o gloves
By Earl
Torrance, CA
Delmar Smith Wonder Lead - not for small dogs
March 15, 2024
I didn't realize the wonder leash was made out of stiff braided plastic rope. Tried it a few times and just gave up, will use a choke collar and an appropriate leash. Fine for larger dogs but not for small dogs. Maybe a vet leash is more appropriate for training small dogs.
By Spencer
Bg, ky
Great training tool
March 9, 2024
Immediate feedback and easy to use. Eliminates pulling and almost self teaches the dog with the pressure. A must have tool!
By M G.
Wonder Lead
February 26, 2024
This product has made it much easier to work my dog on heal and whoa.
By Dave
Old Hickory, TN
Amazing dog control on 1st day
February 21, 2024
A must for the dog walker’s safety. Sure be required for untrained dogs!
  • Works on dogs first walk
  • None
By Janet G.
Great lead
February 3, 2024
This is working wonderfully for my 6 month old lab pups.
By Ruth
Better options to consider
December 28, 2023
I returned the leash for 2 main reasons: (1) No loop for hand and (2) No place to attach a poop bag. Other issues with the leash: I have a 14 lb dog and the leash is too heavy for him. Training him outside the house requires that I feel that he is "safe" and can take care of his needs if he voids. Safe to me means that I have control of the leash. Without a loop to put my hand in provides 0 safety for him. It is so stiff that it is too similar to a noose. The concept of a slip collar is fine but Amazon provides many other options that will accomplish the same goal.
By Joel T.
Liverpool NY
November 11, 2023
I love it.
By Al
Rock Springs, Wyoming
The ticket for teaching heeling!
August 11, 2023
We’ve always trusted the products that Gun Dog Supply sells. Have to admit I was a little apprehensive about the Wonder Lead. Our Black Lab is 16 months and has always had issues with leashes. She was about 80% trained to heel, but within minutes she was 100% trained. We like the Lead so well, we use it whenever we need to insure her safety in public. Highly recommend this product.
  • It wraps up into a nice roll.
  • Don
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

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