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How to walk 3 or even 4 dogs at once AND enjoy it!
Walking 2 or 3 untrained dogs
(easy for the handler and for the dogs)
Walking 4 untrained dogs (here my wife walks four)
(much harder but still doable by an alert handler)
- The only thing needed is a UTurn handle (to be used with your own 3 leashes)
- Designed for walking 3 dogs but works great with 2, 3 or 4 dogs
- Recommended for smaller dogs but usable with larger dogs or a mix of small and larger dogs provided they can be controlled at all times despite their combined pulling power
- Ideal for (untrained or partially trained) dogs that tangle a lot, not for fully trained dogs
How does the UTurn handle work?
Please view some of the following YouTube videos: "U Turn it U Untangle it While walking"
One half turn/flip (180 degrees) with the handle removes one LEASH entanglement in one second!
#1 Untangling (1:07) #2 Walking (1:31) #3 Untangling (1:18)
#4 Walking 4 (1:47) #5 Summary -Whiteboard Animation (3:17)
We apologize for the quality of the videos. These are our amateur videos. There is some duplication. They also don't show how easy it is to untangle while walking 3 dogs but you can get a good idea of how the untangling works. Walking with 3 is easy. Walking with 4 is doable but (as shown) often slow and much more work. Running with 4 was for fun and running with 2 or more dogs is not recommended due to the tripping danger, also for the dogs.
How can I order?
Order and pay securely with Amazon (US, Canada, and other countries** = most European countries, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Israel, Mexico, South Africa)
Go directly to our Amazon page, select a black, dolphin grey or red handle: Amazon Triple Dog Leash Handle
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plus a 5% discount for 2 handles, 10% for 3 or more handles, in one order/shipment
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As shown above the UTurn handle has 3 grips, 3 leash attachment holes and a large central opening. This simple triangular design makes it possible to untangle all LEASH entanglements* (which amounts to approx. 80% of all tangles) in seconds while walking. You do this via half turns/flips with the handle. One half turn/flip (180 degrees) for each entanglement. One half turn/flip moves one triangle corner roughly to a position in-between the other two corners and this untangles one tangle between two leashes.
- Fast untangling and walking at the same time was never possible before. It makes walking 3 dogs, even untrained, partially trained or a mix of trained and untrained dogs suddenly very doable.
- Of course turning the handle is WORK for the handler as you need one half turn for each entanglement. If your dogs entangle often, you turn the handle often. But you and the dogs can keep on walking* !
- If you cannot walk your 3 dogs now or only with great difficulty because of all the tangles, you will now be able to do it - provided your 3 dogs are not too powerful AND you are willing to do the untangling work
- Walking 3 dogs with the handle is easy (after you get the hang of the untangling and the dogs get used to it) but even FOUR dogs is possible although a much bigger challenge due to the separate fourth leash.
- Caveat: The handler untangles all LEASH tangles* (between the 3 leashes/dogs =80% of all tangles) while walking, but the handler cannot untangle the remaining 20% of tangles which are handler and/or external object entanglements (that requires special action, see more below).
- The UTurn Handle is the only tool you need. Use it with your own leashes. It is sold without leashes.
- We use the handle ourselves every day to walk our 3 cairn terriers. It works! And it's also fun.
- Patent applied for in Feb 2013, issued in Feb 2015; second patent issued Sep 15, 2015
- Designed for walking 3 dogs but usable for walking 2, 3 or 4 dogs
As shown in the videos the key to walking your 'master tangler' dogs all by yourself:
- Untangling of all LEASH* entanglements in seconds while walking
- It's this fast untangling of the leash tangles, while continuing the walk, that makes walking 3 dogs doable!
- The dogs love it too: Way fewer stops*, they all gets lots of space and they don't jerk each other around.
*What is meant with 'LEASH' entanglements?
1) LEASH tangles/entanglements, also called internal leash tangles, are defined as the tangles between the 3 dogs/3 leashes themselves, not with anything else. These comprise 80% or more of all possible entanglements. All of these LEASH tangles can be untangled while walking by turning the handle, no matter how many times a leash is entangled with another leash. Each leash entanglement takes one half turn (180 degrees) or flip with the handle.Caveat: NO system (not even the UTurn handle) can untangle the other 20%, which are:
2) HANDLER entanglements (the handler gets blocked or encircled by one or more leashes) or
3) External-Object entanglements (with a tree, post, another person, other object, other person's leashed dog(s), etc.).To resolve 2) and 3) it's best to stop and take special action. To get out of these entrapments, see the advice in the Use Product and FAQ chapters.
- By being able to untangle ALL leash tangles in seconds while walking, walking 3 dogs suddenly became much easier and even fun. It's still WORK (not automatic): You will turn the handle a lot especially if you have master tanglers. But you can now walk with full confidence by knowing that you can always untangle all leash tangles. That full confidence remains, even if there are handler entanglements. And the more you use it, the more you and the dogs will tune in to each other and the better it will go. You will also become better at escaping or avoiding some of those annoying handler entrapments. To avoid these handler tangles it helps a lot to keep on walking, i.e. do not pause or stand still and get distracted. If you stop then the dogs will encircle you one or more times and often within seconds. You will find out!
- We found that being able to untangle all LEASH tangles (i.e. the 80%) while walking makes walking any team of 3 dogs doable! For us it was impossible to walk our 3 dogs together without the handle. The dogs would get the leashes entangled too often or encircle us way too fast. They would do that again and again within seconds. If you have tried it, you know the nightmare! With the handle you can walk 3 dogs easily and even walk 4 untrained dogs (if not too powerful) at once which is totally impossible with 4 separate leashes.
Anybody who has tried to walk 2, 3 or 4 untrained dogs at once UNDERSTANDS how difficult it really is! It is often impossible.
How can the handle help?
- 100% untangling of LEASH tangles* - by the handler, by turning the handle itself
- 100% untangling of LEASH tangles* - while walking, within seconds
(Caveat: Does NOT untangle HANDLER or external-object entanglements)
(As mentioned above LEASH tangles* are the tangles between the 3 leashes/dogs themselves)
- fear of entanglements gone
- walk 3 dogs (or 2 or 4) by yourself, with confidence
- greatly reduced walking stress, makes walking fun again
- ample roaming space for each dog
- easy to reduce roaming space by choking all leashes at once when needed
- easy to direct each dog individually when needed
- use with your own leashes
- super strong, light-weight, weather-resistant, non-toxic material
- no dropping of leashes; holding only one item makes it safer
- after untangling your hand can slide to the best grip depending on the new order of the dogs
- free both hands when needed (put the handle on an arm)
- designed for walking 3 dogs; usable with 1, 2, 3 or 4 dogs (or even 5 or 6 dogs)
- works very well with 1 or 2 or 3 untrained dogs on the team (not possible before)
- dogs love it too, no more frustrating untangling stops every few minutes
- walk any time any day; no more waiting for a second walker
- walk any team of 2, 3 or 4 other pets or small animals used to leashes
- ideal for relaxed and controlled walking on the beach (open space, easy on the paws,
no traffic and no cats or squirrels:-) )
- Much better than using a 3-way coupler (tripler) leash
- Much easier and better than using 3 separate leashes
- Much better than using one 2-way coupler leash plus one separate leash
- You can leash your 3 dogs up/off in your house so no dog ever escapes
- You can get your 3 dogs in or out of a car more safely, e.g. for a trip to the park or the vet
- The dogs don't jerk each other around (as happens with couplers); the user holds the handle and can therefore easily protect a weaker dog
- The dogs are not forced to walk side-by-side as is the case with short couplers
- The user steadies the handle when a dog needs to do its business
- Also very usable for walking 2 dogs (holding only one item, handle can be put on an arm, much easier and faster to untangle than 2 separate leashes, no dropping of leashes, using third hole for waste baggies)
Usable for walking 4 dogs (handle + 1 extra leash), 5 dogs (handle + 2-way coupler), 6 dogs (handle + 3-way coupler) (see FAQ 17 and 18 for details)
Is the handle suitable for me and my dogs?
- The UTurn handle is a new and very strong product for dog owners and dog walkers who want to walk 2, 3 or 4 dogs with one person. We do not sell leashes as you can use your own leashes.
- The handle can make a unique present for a family member or other relative, or a friend or neighbor who has 3 or more dogs, or who is a dog walker.
- The handle is especially useful for dog owners or walkers who have one or more untrained or partially trained dogs (which means many tangles)
- Recommended for walking small and small to medium size dogs. It can be used with larger well-behaved dogs provided they are leash-trained and can be controlled despite their combined pulling power.
- The ideal user is a dog owner who has 3 or 4 smaller dogs (used to each other but not trained enough) and who wants to walk them much more easily
The U-Turn handle is not an ordinary leash handle. It's a 3-grip controller/detangler/untangler and also very strong. It is made in one single piece and testing has shown the material is over 5 times stronger than the best hardwood and will not break.
Is the handle not recommended in certain cases?
- It's not a good idea for a team of 3 that is too strong for one handler (very important!)
- On the opposite end, it may not work for tiny dogs that do not like to walk in front or are too weak to pull. The detangling is easier with some tension on a leash but that is not absolutely necessary.
- It's not a good idea if the dogs have never walked on leashes
- It's not a good idea if the dogs do not get along or are prone to start a fight or do not yet know each other (unless docile and friendly)
- It's not a good idea if turning/flipping the handle frequently is too hard on/for your hands
- For the 20% handler entrapments the handler may need to bend, kneel, lift a leg and step out of the tangles which will require some agility
- It is not needed for a team with 3 well-trained dogs that do not entangle (much), or when the owner does not want the dogs to walk upfront or does not want the dogs to unlearn the side-by-side walking on shorter leashes they were trained in or are going to be trained in. It should not be given as a gift to a dog owner who has well-trained dogs or who does not want to walk 3 or more dogs at the same time.
Is the handle 'ideal' for walking 3 or 4 dogs?
No, it's not ideal. 'Ideal' is a) fully trained dogs that do not entangle or b) 100% automatic untangling where the handler and the dogs do not need to do anything. However fully automatic untangling with 3 or 4 dogs/leashes (using leashes and swivels or swivel systems) is impossible. The UTurn handle is somewhere in-between 'impossible' and 'ideal': It makes walking 3 or 4 dogs possible and even fun.
The handler does the untangling of the leash tangles (80% of all tangles). The handler still needs to resolve the other (handler and external object) entanglements if there are any (20% of all tangles). This 80% makes it doable and fun, the 20% is still a nuisance. This 80% makes walking 3 dogs with 3 leashes on the handle much easier than using 3 separate leashes or using a 3-way coupler, and also much easier and more pleasant for the dogs.
Attaching various leashes
Easiest to attach:
Testers in Action
(handle held securely on arm while using a doggy bag)
Testing the untangling method
See under FAQ (14) for more information on how to TEST your own primitive home-made handle and try the untangling with 3 tangled leashes yourself before ordering. You can test the untangling without dogs, e.g. with the help of a second person. You hold the handle with the 3 leashes and this second person then entangles the leash ends, pulls the leashes tight(er) and holds them in the entangled state with the ends somewhat apart, then you untangle them with the handle. Try one or two tangles first, then try more.
Tip for walking
Untangle often = Try to keep the dogs/leashes untangled while walking!
Untangle as soon as you see one or two entanglements appear. Then the untangling is still by far the easiest. It gets progressively harder when you let more and more entanglements build up, e.g. 5 to 10 (and even harder - but still possible - after some of the leashes finally start to wrap around the handle itself). It's surprisingly fun to keep the leashes untangled because you will see how your dogs appreciate it ---> they can keep on going!
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February 20, 2016: Please view the many customer reviews on Amazon
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Thanks to everyone who took (or will take) the time to write a review. We also like to hear your suggestions, either in the Amazon review or in a separate email. (Feb 20, 2016 - We sold 761 handles so far, mostly via Amazon, gave out 23 freebies for PR, and received only 24 returns for various reasons; this means the handle works. If you buy one and it does not work for you, feel free to return it within 30 days.
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