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The Puppy Wand is six-foot long dog leash that has come to us from the future.
The Puppy Wand is a complete reexamination from first principles of what a dog leash should be. Safety, convenience, functionality, style, and fun--everything was improved, sometimes in very unexpected ways.
The most critical benefit to you is that the Puppy Wand is comprised of a three-foot strap clipped to a three-foot tube that can separate instantly, to allow you to hold your dog in safety and use the powerful stick to protect both of you from an attack.
And it’s about time! The dog leash hasn’t really changed in a long time, but now there's something designed to be modern, contemporary, and better—The Puppy Wand!
THE SAFEST WAY TO WALK YOUR DOG. The most important way the Puppy Wand is different from any other leash is safety. You can use it to protect yourself and your dog from a horrible situation.
It works like magic to prevent the tragic.
The leash and wand sections magnetically lock together to keep the Puppy Wand tidy and neat.
STANDS UP READY TO GO. No more hooks, no more bowls, no more tangles, no tangled piles on the floor. No more hassles, it's always ready to go!
CATCH YOUR DOG WHEN IT'S OFF LEASH. Sometimes dogs don't want to go back on leash. You could slip and get hurt, or accidentally hurt your dog if you try to grab him too hard. Not everyone can bend over and run around easily or safely. Use the Puppy Wand to easily "lasso" and capture your dog.
KNOCK AWAY SIDEWALK SCRAPS. Scraps on the sidewalk can make your dog sick and cause a big medical bill. Pin down trash on the ground or just knock it away, so you don’t have to put your hands into his wet mouth or grab slimy litter off the sidewalk.
SO EASY TO MANEUVER. The Puppy Wand is the best way to move around, under, and over bushes, shrubs, trees and poles when walking your dog, like you're slaloming down a ski slope. And it’s the easiest kind of leash to hand off to someone else.
WAIT! There’s one more thing...and it might be the coolest thing you've ever seen with a dog leash.
ADD-ONS! The seat of the Puppy Wand has a hidden stainless steel threaded insert that will hold all kinds of attachments! So you can have everything you need together in one place so you don't fumble or forget to bring something on your walk.
We've tested bag dispensers, flashlights, pouches for dog waste, house keys holder, tennis ball thrower, selfie stick, and a few other add-ons. And it's awesome!
We'll be making add-ons, but you can decide on your own custom add-on and easily make it attach solidly to the wand. And the extra weight of the add-on shifts the center of gravity back and actually makes the Puppy Wand easier to balance and handle! Bonus!
You can trust the quality of the Puppy Wand!
The Puppy Wand is meant to be the finest dog leash ever made. Our current components are:
- Burnished, precision-aluminum bolt snap, on a mil-spec (Military grade) webbing strap with 2000-pound rating.
- Seams on all straps and handles that are not just sewn together but also welded secure with 2-part epoxy.
- Easy-to-use, hybrid side-release strap buckle for super-quick separation of strap and stick.
- The core of the Puppy Wand is an aerospace-grade FWET Fiberglass Tube. It is the perfect handling diameter of .504 inches. Dark slate in color, with a smooth, satin finish. The material is warm to the touch, waterproof, and wipes clean. Sourced from an American company that is a specialist supplier to NASA, Boeing, and various branches of the DOD.
- Neodymium NdFeB N42-grade magnetic catch assembly.
- Precision stainless-steel threaded insert to securely accept add-ons.
- Handle is composed mil-spec webbing that is positionally adjustable (can be slid down the length of the wand.)
- Precision-molded Collar (to prevent sliding when leaned against the wall) and Seat caps are composed of marine-grade, UV-resistant, weather-resistant EPDM rubber just like the material used in deep-sea diving scuba gear.
- The Puppy Wand weighs 6.85 ounces, less than many retractable leashes. So it's light and easy to carry.
- We will continue to search for the highest-quality components until manufacturing lockdown.
Aren’t you tired of walking your pooch past that maniac mutt that barks at you frantically from behind the fence? And having to worry about what would happen if he gets out. Kind of ruins the fun you have walking your dog. Every single time.
Or that big anti-social dog at the park, now he’s running right at you…why isn’t he on a leash? Does he even have an owner? Why is he barking like that? He's so angry, what are you going to do when he gets to you?
The fact is, until now, there really wasn’t anything you could do.
Just hope for the best. Hope things don’t escalate…Hope something bad doesn’t happen to you or your dog.
You shouldn’t have to feel that way! And it’s not your fault!
Walking your dog should be fun and carefree, not stressful or dangerous.
It never happens...until it happens.
Most dogs are gentle and loving, yet the Federal Government’s Center for Disease Control reports that there are
- Over 4.5 million dog bites to people a year in the US.
- 885,000 people that require medical attention from dog bites.
- 350,000 dog bites so bad they require Emergency Room visits.
That’s nearly 1,000 Emergency Room visits per DAY in the United States, and that doesn’t include dog bites to other dogs like yours, just bites to people like you.
It’s true: Dogs sense your fear, and it makes them want to attack you.
Whether its Cesar Milan or Bear Grylls, experts agree the most important way to avoid a dog attack is to stay calm. We guarantee you it is a lot easier to stay calm with the Puppy Wand in your hand. Because panic, anger, yelling, waving your arms, turning away and fleeing, are all likely to prompt a biting attack on you.
With the Puppy Wand in your hand, dogs will sense your confidence and slink away.
“I walk my small dog past a house that has an angry 100 pound dog that barks like crazy at us through the window. We always stay on the other side of the street and hurry past. One night, the owners were unpacking their car, and opened the front door to the house...
That dog ran right past them and straight at us across the street on the attack, snarling like a rabid wolf. I unclipped the Puppy Wand, and I swear that dog stopped in his tracks three feet from us and stuck his tail between his legs. He circled us once, sniffing, and then ran back home. It was like magic. I started laughing.” - M.B. Cambridge, Mass.
It’s the safe way to protect you and your dog.
When we were testing the Puppy Wand, someone eventually would say, “Oh, you should put a taser on the end, or a spike, ha ha.” Well, the truth is, we don’t think that a dog that is acting out should be hurt because it has an irresponsible owner. We wanted the best way to protect you and your dog without intentionally causing extra harm to the other dog.
We think just having the Puppy Wand with you makes a big difference in how you react to threatening dogs--with complete confidence instead of fear. Dogs can sense that and are less likely to attack. We have seen that firsthand.
Next, offering the Puppy Wand to a dog like a stick means that the dog is mostly likely going to attack and lock onto the stick, and not you, giving everyone more time to get things under control. You can also use the stick to poke and fend off the attacking dog, or to hit it, if it comes to that, but we think most Puppy Wand owners will never have to do that, because the Puppy Wand will help prevent things from ever getting to that level.
But if they do get out of control, you have to agree that having a Puppy Wand in that situation would be priceless. Would you rather have nothing to help you in that situation?
ONE HAND FREE. Since the Puppy Wand is a six foot leash with a flexible section and a straight section, you can guide and control your dog with one hand like a fishing rod, so you can talk on the phone, give your dog a treat while training, or drink a cup of coffee. You generally will hold the leash in the center of the stick, and it balances with no tension. You could even balance the wand on one finger while you walk. A regular leash forces you to use two hands to adjust the slack in the leash all the time. Too much slack and your puppy will get tangled.
Unlike a retractable leash, the Puppy Wand keeps the leash up, with no pulling pressure on your dog's neck. That's why retractable leashes and elastic leashes aren’t good for training dogs, since they are always pulling on your dog and confusing them. Worse, retractable leashes can cause horrible rope burn injuries.
To adjust the slack in the Puppy Wand leash, you just tilt the wand in your hand. You can even use it when your dog is behind you. It works like a magic wand to guide and control your dog.
UNTANGLE YOUR DOG SO EASILY. If your dog or puppy does get tangled in the leash because you weren't paying attention (be honest, it happens), it's super simple to fix--without kneeling down and getting dirt or mud on your hands or clean clothes. Just point the wand downward and pull forward. It just slips free from under your dog's feet like magic.
Our Kickstarter Quality Guarantee: Since you are supporting us through Kickstarter, if your Puppy Wand ever has a problem due to a defect in quality of manufacture or components, contact us, then send it to us for analysis and improvement, and we will repair or replace it and send it back to you at our cost. If your Puppy Wand is damaged by another dog in an attack, contact us, and if you send it to us with your story and a photo of you or your dog (hopefully both of you) to share, we will send you a new Puppy Wand at our cost.
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PS: Remember, you don't have to walk your dog with anxiety or fear anymore, you can have fun with your dog knowing you are not alone. Stop worrying something might go wrong. Carry the Puppy Wand with you and always have protection. It's about personal safety, it's about peace of mind and it's about fun!
Risks and challenges
I have been working on the Puppy Wand for two years with my Dad. I have gotten tons of help and advice from my parents and so many other people in the Cambridge - Somerville - Boston Startup and Maker communities. I am not doing this alone and have learned to get people to help me.
We have found vendors for all the parts and we have assembled many prototypes to test and improve, and gotten suggestions from beta testers.
None of the parts are electronic or risky technologies to manufacture, and all of the parts have existing suppliers. Kickstarter will help us see what the demand is and allow us to order high-quality parts in bulk to get good prices to lower the cost so we can manufacture the Puppy Wand in the USA.
If we get a ton of orders, there are great manufacturing experts in Cambridge we know like Dragon Innovation that can help us in that case. Depending on the number of orders, we may need to adjust the design to accommodate manufacturing. Any change in design, even an improvement, introduces the risk of unforeseen consequences. Six months from the end of the project should be more than enough time to deal with the manufacturing and fulfillment and get the Puppy Wand into your hands.
This is an area that many Kickstarter project are inexperienced in, and we admit we are not experts with a lot of experience (yet). We have priced out shipping and packaging for an odd-sized 36" item like the Puppy Wand, but the logistics of shipping and fulfillment at this scale is something that will be a learning experience. We have one fulfillment expert who will advise us, but we expect fulfillment to be the area with the most frustration for everyone, particularly with any international orders. We probably will work with a fulfillment company that is recommended to us by our experts. Since shipping comes last in the chain it can be held up by issues with design, manufacturing, printing, and anything else that comes beforehand. There may be other fees, forms or legalities we are unaware of that could block the international shipments or cause them to be delayed or returned.
Our plan is to work with experts with excellent track records for all phases of manufacturing and fulfillment to minimize our risks along the way.
The best solution for any issue is communication and being reachable to immediately answer questions as they occur, and that is something we will work hard at.
So, THANK YOU for your help and your trust, and pick out a reward right now from the column on the right side of the page!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The Puppy Wand is black (slate gray). If we reach enough orders, we will make red and other colors too, and offer that as an option before we ship. It just depends on the total number ordered and what other colors people may want. We will do a survey at the end of the campaign.
The reason we use the Red one so much in the video and pictures is that the Black one is so hard to see! Using the Red one makes it much easier for people to see and understand what the Puppy Wand is and how it moves.
The Black one is super-sweet looking in person, it is just hard to photograph well.
We have designed a loop handle for the end of the short leash section. It is not demonstrated in the prototypes we shot in the video, but we expect to ship with it included in the Kickstarted version of the Puppy Wand.
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