Using the UTurn Handle Safely
for walking 2, 3 or 4 dogs by yourself
Untangle all leash entanglements in seconds
The safety/caution/warning sections from all other chapters have been copied and are shown here together for easy access. Safety when walking dogs (or other animals or toddlers) and when using the handle must always be paramount and may apply or relate to you, your dogs, other persons, other dogs, other animals and/or nearby traffic.
1. Copied from Product chapter:
Use by responsible adults only. Small dogs can easily be restrained by one handler. However stronger, larger dogs especially when pulling together or lunging can pull a person down or rip the handle out of a handler's hands. Do not use the handle with dogs that cannot be controlled. Do not use the handle when the dogs cannot be stopped by using commands. Do not use the handle in environments that may present a danger for the dogs, the handler or other persons, e.g. in or near traffic or in crowded places or where uncontrolled dogs may be present. Also see the safety warnings and cautions in How to Use the Handle and FAQ.
2. Copied from Product Use chapter:
We cannot emphasize safety enough, for you, for the dogs and for other people or animals around you, and near traffic. See also under FAQ.
A summary of the warnings is repeated here:
3. Copied from FAQ chapter:
Is it safe?
Connected to the handle - Yes, it is safe, especially when the three leashes are directly connected to the handle without intermediate hardware connectors. It is also safe with a quick-release collar as a safe connector between the handle and leash. Leashes will not get dropped or come loose. Of course all leashes, clasps and connecting collars have to be in good shape and strong enough for the size of your dogs.
Material - The handle itself is very safe and made from a strong thermoplastic material and will never break in normal use with three dogs, even with large dogs up to 100 lbs (45 kg) each. Testing has shown it is at least five times stronger than hardwood. Wood is not strong enough, as it is very poor across the grain. Wood may suddenly fracture under sudden pull loads from the dogs. The forces in one or more of the handle's sides will then be across the grain and wood is very brittle that way. A handle suddenly breaking and one or more dogs escaping is frightening and the result can be dangerous, especially with nearby traffic.
!!Safety Cautions/Usage Warnings!!
Larger Dogs - An average adult can control 3 or 4 small dogs, even when they suddenly lunge for a squirrel, a cat or other 'attraction'. Larger dogs can easily pull a person over or down or injure a person, especially when suddenly lunging or pulling forcefully together. A fall by the handler especially on pavement or against an obstacle or near traffic can be dangerous. The dogs escaping into traffic can cause accidents. Safety for yourself, for your dogs, for other people or for other animals around you should always be the most important consideration.
Never use the Uturner in cases and environments where the dogs can pull you over or down and/or escape into traffic. Large or strong dogs should be well-behaved and never lunge for objects, persons or animals or have been trained to immediately stop on command. Do not let children use the handle. Practice using the handle in a safe environment. Do not use the handle if the dogs cannot be controlled and/or near traffic or other hazards or in crowded places. Use by adults 18 years or older only.
Another caution/warning is for leash encirclements that get wrapped around the handler’s legs. It is possible to lose your balance when stepping out or over leashes that have wrapped around you. Always use caution, lower the handle and step out carefully before the entanglement becomes too tight.