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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jan 30 2015
$24,886
pledged of $40,000pledged of $40,000 goal
86
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jan 30 2015

About

For several years, we have been exploring a wide range of pet leash designs, testing prototypes and researching high tech materials that can be durable and allow our new Leash Tamer™ to outperform traditional leash options. We wanted to produce the most versatile and functional, lightweight, non-tangle leash to replace retractable, bungee, and fixed leashes with one simple product.

What else?…. years of walking our dogs and being frustrated by the available leash options. Other than some minor improvements, there really haven’t been any leash innovations in years. Our challenge was to find the right combination of design and materials to provide a versatile, simple, non-mechanical leash, which lets you and your dog enjoy a hands-free walk together. 

There are many leashes on the market today, but our Leash Tamer™ outperforms them all. When we design multi-function products, we feel very strongly that each of the functions must perform BETTER than the single-function products being replaced. We know you don't want a product that provides three mediocre functions. 

The Leash Tamer is the best leash you will ever own. It is perfect for any situation! Whether you are in the city, suburbs or country, the Leash Tamer works perfectly. With a simple clip, you can set it to be a 3 foot, 6 foot, or 10 foot long leash. And because it retracts so effortlessly, it will never get tangled under your dog's feet. 

Even the handle has been re-designed to help it stay on your wrist even when you are not paying attention or grabbing the leash. It has a very gentle stretch so it softly snugs up around your wrist without being tight. 

We also offer our custom Carry Bag that can be easily clipped on to the Leash Tamer to hold your smart phone, some money, or some extra doggie bags! The Carry Bag comes in two colors: Black and Metal. 

The Leash Tamer™ has been designed and tested with all types of dog sizes and weights. We have spent years researching and developing designs and materials in order to meet the demanding objectives. We've incorporated that research into a simple to use product that provides all of the functionality of current leashes.

There are two sizes:

  • Small dogs: Under 25 lbs
  • Large dog: Over 25 lbs

Single Leash Tamer™ Rewards

 Multiple Leash Tamers™

Contact us if you are interested in larger quantities/bulk orders and we can add appropriate awards.

COLOR CHOICES:

We will be producing 3 colors of leashes in each of the two sizes (larger and small dogs). We want to give our collective supporters the ultimate choice of which colors are produced. Below are the color choices to pick from. At the end of the project supporters your input and vote will be gathered (along with shipping information) and we will produce the top 3 color picks for each leash size.

Small Dog Leash Color Choices:

Large Dog/Pet Leash Color Choices:


At Nootools, we “make everyday life simpler" and we make things work with simple, intuitive, functional designs. 

Nootools is a Connecticut-based company founded by a one-time physics major, Mark Noonan, who, along with the company Engineer Stephen Fog, have over 50 years combined experience designing, developing, engineering and branding new products. Before launching Nootools, we designed and developed products for some of the world’s leading companies - with many US and international awards and recognitions (including Time Magazine's Best Inventions for our Snow Wolf). Together we have over 30 patents and have started and built several brands from early inception. 

We can give you these commitments: all our products will work well, be made well, and whenever possible, made in the USA. We have deep experience with every aspect of the manufacturing process and supply chain. We have a track record of success and are absolutely committed to integrity, excellence and innovation. 

Examples of our products we invented and brought to market:

  • The Snow Wolf: a radically different approach to snow removal 
  • Our Leaf Loader: a nearly universal solution to all leaf and yard cleanup. 
  • Raxstars:  low-cost universal ski, snowboard and kayak adapters for ANY vehicle roof sport rack. 

We focus incessantly on improving and simplifying our designs and construction, to produce the most reliable, simplest operation for our products. We are committed to making products that work to improve and simplify your life, but we are just as focused on creating well-built, durable products without flaws! Our track record in delivering flawless products to our customers is nearly perfect because we stand behind all our products 100%. 

We also would like to thank Nellie, our shelter dog who , being part terrier and not a large dog is really the inspiration for the Leash Tamer™ with her perpetual exploration and deviating from any path to investigate the many scents and animals on our daily walks“…to Nellie the shelter dog.. .

One of our strongest skill sets overall is bringing well-made products to market smoothly. The core part of that is planning, anticipating potential production and customer issues and developing simple reliable solutions and production plans (foremost a design that is functionally optimized/simplified yet that accommodates a smooth and reliable production cycle). We have already been refining a very precise and novel production sequencing with one of our tested US-based manufacturing partners – creating the many prototypes and samples by testing and proving out the best of a range of approaches. 

The project is planned to be completed and shipped by end of April.We’ll have you enjoying your early spring walks.. that is our commitment! 

  • The tooling unfortunately comprises 10 weeks, as the production cycle for building that type of injection-molded tool is currently a bit back-logged (including testing and production setup) to complete after the project is funded. 
  • As touched on, we are very hands on (and very experienced in managing sourcing and production sequencing) when we choose products to produce and manufacture, as we will be for the Leash Tamer – to ensure it is not just made with high quality materials, but well built to last. 
  • Setting up the production flow, fixtures and overall process is central to delivering and quality product - and , while we are very efficient and capable in this regard, this is a critical step for any new product production (to develop the step-by-step production and fabrication step) and to create simple fixtures (specific to our product and components) for the factory team to work from. 
  • Production run (4 weeks), as it would start slow with higher percentage of quality control sampling before speeding up daily production then adding/training additional production teams.  

Please Join Us to 'Kickstart' the Leash Tamer™ ….

We are very pleased to be launching Kickstarter and really appreciate both your interest and support in our goal to bring products to you that save time and simplify your life. Please show your support by making a pledge to receive your Leash Tamer™ or as a gift to a fellow pet lover. We hope you will spread the word and help us raise enough to put Leash Tamer into production. Our thanks to you and your four-footed friends.. We would also greatly appreciate if everyone would share the Kickstarter project link with a friend.

Your generous pledge will go directly towards helping us fund the costs of the production engineering, sizable tooling for the injection-mold, raw materials, final packaging design, shipping and the first production run. Any funds received beyond that will be well used for the further development of our brand and two additional planned Leash Tamer™ brand products.

Risks and challenges

In order to amortize and cover the tooling and setup costs, we need to reach a minimum production of roughly 1600 units. The manufacturing and tooling is fairly straightforward and low volume tooling and production has already been successfully tested. The current design has been worked through by our team and will have only minor tweaks in the final tooling/design.

We have filed our patent and it is now pending. There are minor risks related to staying on schedule rather than risks to successfully delivering finished products. While the fabrics and hardware component suppliers have already been sourced, there is always some possibility that once we deliver the final engineering designs for the injection molding, the company doing our tool building may have slightly longer backlogs and lead times which could somewhat delay our production. Similarly, while we have built in what we think is prudent scheduling with our final fabricator/assembler, unplanned new production projects could possibly delay final production and delivery . Nonetheless, anticipating ,planning for, and managing the many hundreds of minor production issues is a major focus for us and one that we are committed to delivering a timely and high quality product to our supporters and customers.

Should the project be well over-subscribed, that might add at most a couple weeks, merely from just the greater production volume requiring a bit more production time.

Our team has one of the best product designers with a very strong background in design for manufacturing. Even if we encounter high demand, we will be able to scale production and logistics accordingly. We believe that we will start shipping to our supporters starting April 2015 or maybe even a bit earlier if we can. See more detail above. We will keep you close in the loop of our latest developments.

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    Our great appreciation and thank you! We will donate $1 of EVERY PLEDGE directly to pet rescue shelters – with the shelter recipient(s) posted on our web site after funding.

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Funding period

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