The simplest way to keep dogs secure when walking. The most convenient way to keep them clean. The safest way to prevent heatstroke! Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on September 9, 2014.
About this project
The LeadaHose is a leash that was invented for imperfect dogs. Dogs who run into the pond. Dogs who roll in the mud. Dogs who eat poop. Dogs who don't stop when they're overheated.
Dogs who love being dogs, and the people who love them for it.
Think about every time you've tried to stop your dog from getting wet, too hot, rolling in something disgusting or getting in the mud.
Think about every time you ever had to take them home in the car wet, muddy and smelly.
Think about every time they rubbed that mud, sand and smell all over the house, on the couch and the bed.
In other words, think about every time you've had to stop your dog enjoying being a dog.
The LeadaHose: Redefining the dog leash.
The LeadaHose combines the simplicity of a standard leash with the convenience of a hose in an innovative, user-friendly design.
The perfect leash is comfortable, easy to use, convenient to carry and helps keep your dog happy and safe. We couldn't find the perfect leash, so we made it!
The LeadaHose Backstory
Who we are and why we've come to Kickstarter.
I’m a regular guy from Sydney who owns a four-year-old German Shepherd. In her first summer, Wilma discovered mud puddles were a great way to cool down. After that keeping her out of them was almost impossible. The only solution was to wet her down first to keep her cool. We started taking a short hose on all our walks, which also made it a whole lot easier if she went in the mud, as we could wash her off on the spot.
Suddenly all our friends wanted to use the hose. Some dogs overheated quickly, some liked to roll on dead birds and others liked the mud as much as Wilma. It was so useful for lots of different needs that I thought there must be a way of making it a more convenient item to carry all the time.
A few years, a few more wrinkles and seven or eight prototypes later, we're here to show you what we've come up with.
We know who you are.
Your dog really is your best friend. They are a big part of your life and your faithful companion. If you’re not at the park you’re probably walking to the local markets together or chilling out at the beach.
You’re practical about your dog - they might not be perfect, but they’re perfect for you. When you need to buy things for your dog you consider their health and well-being first. Quality and value are important.
You know your dog could be better behaved. They could always come when called. They could always sit when commanded. They could stop running into the mud or chasing the birds, but then you wouldn't see the pure joy them get from doing those things. The LeadaHose is designed with you and your dog in mind - so you can enjoy spending time with your dog without worrying about getting them in the car or the house later.
Nylon handle with comfortable neoprene lining and d-ring for accessories
Steel snap hook to fit any collar: to get your dog on and off quick
Adjustable spray nozzle
From the lightest spray for dogs who don't like the water to a powerful jet to get even the stickiest mud out.
Flat nylon hose
1/2 inch hose. As strong as regular nylon webbing with waterproof lining.
Connections to suit the USA and the rest of the world, just let us know where you are.
Let's talk about strength
We have tested the LeadaHose's strength to 75kg (165lb) hanging weight.
At her strongest, Wilma* pulls with a weight of 10kg (22lb).
*a 35kg (77lb) 5-year-old German Shepherd on the way to the park.
The LeadaHose Timeline
LeadaHose past, present and future.
A brief outline of the work we've done so far, and what we are planning for the future.
Risks and challenges
We understand that every project comes with risks and challenges. We have gone to great lengths to minimize foreseeable problems. The design of the LeadaHose minimizes the number of parts and materials required. It keeps the fabrication process as simple as possible, significantly reducing the amount of potential manufacturing issues.
We have partnered with a manufacturer who has produced our prototypes to a high standard and takes pride in quality and punctuality. We also have backup manufacturers should they be needed. In addition, we have allotted ourselves ample time to deal with setbacks without pushing our timeline back.
In preparation for this Kickstarter project, we have done small prototype runs to inspect quality, verify functionality and eliminate potential issues.
At this time there is no warranty on the product as we need to undergo further testing with the final manufactured product.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes! All of our backer rewards come with free shipping anywhere in the world, including the United States, as well as tap connections to suit your location.
Many parks, especially dog parks, have taps (spigots, faucets - whatever you call them!) if you look for them. They are often located on drinking fountains. Since many park or public taps don't have handles, we use a "vandal tap key" to turn them on. These keys are also known as spigot, faucet or sill cock keys. Learn how they work at http://youtu.be/D0OutTvx7s4.
As of 8/14, according to Google, the exchange rate for AUD to USD is currently $1-$0.93, so the pledge levels are as follows in USD:
$0.93 - Thank you!
$4.66 - Thank you!
$27.05 - Super Early Dog Walk Special: One LeadaHose
$31.71 - Early Dog Walk Special: One LeadaHose
$36.37 - One LeadaHose
$54.09 - Super Early Dog Walk Dual Special - Two LeadaHoses
$63.42 - Early Dog Walk Dual Special - Two LeadaHoses
$73.74 - Two LeadaHoses
- (28 days)