A review and giveaway of Meg Heath bespoke dog leads and collars

Bubbles is one of the most incredible dogs I’ve ever met. She’s totally submissive to other dogs, obedient to us and even does as she’s told by the children. She’s the perfect running companion and a fabulous playmate for both Pluto and the girls. She knows basic commands and always comes when she’s called. Her beautiful nature is likely to be due to her breed – she’s a crossbreed but mainly Staffordshire bull terrier. And along with the incredible attributes her breed possess, she has also inherited the one bad habit. She pulls terribly on the lead. So did I want to test out a Meg Heath bespoke head collar that would stop that behaviour in its tracks? Of course I did!

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About Meg Heath bespoke

Meg Heath have been making bespoke dog leads, collars and training leads for over ten years. All products are handmade in the UK and Sarah who owns the business has a background in dog training. She is also a dog owner, dog rescuer and kennel owner. There’s not much she doesn’t know about dogs.

The website boasts a vast array of products and colours. Each one is handmade to your requirements. There is a simple form on the website allowing you to pick the size, colour and specifications of your product.

The Meg Heath simple leader head collar

This is the product that has revolutionised our life with Bubbles. That sounds a bit over the top, but it’s true. Since she was about six months old, Bubbles has been a nightmare on the lead. She’s not aggressive and doesn’t pull constantly. But when she sees something exciting, she is a disaster zone. Even off the lead, she reacts to dogs and runners by sprinting like Usain Bolt. And I don’t just mean she’s fast, I mean she’s upright – on two legs. On the lead, this translates to pulling, dancing, jumping and generally going mad. But look at the difference her new head collar makes!

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The simple leader head collar is positioned around the dog’s nose, under it’s chin and it fastens around the back of the neck. It comes in three sizes and is adjustable for the perfect fit. You can have it in a vast range of colours and with or without padding. I decided on having the padding as I thought it may be more comfortable for my somewhat spoilt pooch. There is a ring underneath the dog’s chin to attach the lead to, and this is what stops them from pulling.

A review and giveaway of Meg Heath bespoke dog leads and collars

I chose a baby pink collar for Bubbles. I must admit this was partly due to my husband’s fear that a head collar going over her nose would look like a muzzle and people would assume she was aggressive. This is the reason we’ve never had one before. She is the least aggressive dog ever. She has a horrible habit of running away screaming when she is nervous of a dog. I didn’t want to taint her with the reputation of being aggressive.

The dog head collar safety lead

I was concerned that Bubbles wouldn’t take to the head collar, but actually she didn’t mind it at all. As soon as I put it on her, she started the rigmarole of trying to get it off. But this just showed me how much to tighten it. If she was able to get it off, it was a bit loose. It wasn’t long before it was the right fit and she had got used to it, so it was time to put her on the lead.

The simple leader head collar is best used in conjunction with the dog head collar safety lead.  One clip on the lead attaches to the ring under the dog’s chin on the head collar, the other clip attaches onto the dog’s usual collar. The lead can be left full length and held by the handle. You can also halve the length of it by attaching a clip on the handle to the dog’s collar or head collar. Both the lead and the head collar are incredibly well made with high quality, durable material. The idea of this lead is that the dog is secure even if they manage to get out of the head collar.

A review and giveaway of Meg Heath bespoke dog leads and collars

The verdict

I noticed the difference in Bubbles as soon as I clipped the lead on. She shook her head a couple of times but didn’t even attempt to pull on the lead. If she does try to pull, her head turns slightly to the side but generally she doesn’t even try. Walking her has been a much calmer affair for all of us. She no longer tries to jump on Pluto, I’m not constantly battling with her and she doesn’t get worked up when she sees a dog. She seems much more laid back herself too, it can’t have been much fun for her being so highly strung all the time.

A review and giveaway of Meg Heath bespoke dog leads and collars

A review and giveaway of Meg Heath bespoke dog leads and collars

The best thing of all has been the way her relationship with the children has changed. They can now walk her on the lead or run around with her. She’s not pulling them all over the place and they don’t get frightened when she sees a dog. I have had one ignorant comment from someone who said ‘I can see which one bites’ when he saw Bubbles in her head collar. But I’m past caring what people think. Bubbles seems happier and our lives are so much easier. Plus, I think she looks lovely with it on, don’t you?

A review and giveaway of Meg Heath bespoke dog leads and collars

A review and giveaway of Meg Heath bespoke dog leads and collars

Win a Meg Heath bespoke simple leader head collar and safety lead

Meg Heath bespoke dog leads have agreed to give a head collar and safety lead to one reader. If you’d like to be in the running to win it, you can enter using the Rafflecopter below. Please read my competition terms and conditions before entering. Don’t forget to check out my other competitions too, there are some brilliant prizes up for grabs.

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Please note, these products were given to me free of charge to allow me to produce a blog post and I was compensated for my time. All views, opinions and notably calmer dogs are my own.

33 Comments

  1. Sarah
    April 26, 2017 / 7:13 am

    I’m speechless Natalie. Just awesome. I can’t thank you enough.

  2. April 26, 2017 / 7:21 am

    I love that the girls are able to walk her more now.

    • Rachel Craig
      April 26, 2017 / 11:55 am

      Children can build a strong Special Bond with their pet. Adult Supervision, Support and Guidance etc is Important :- As children are Novices, they are learning. Best to learn from Experts with lots of first hand experience and knowledge, as well as Empathy, Understanding and an onus on Health and Safety. Children are so precious. Yet they are naive, so need loving support from a Responsible Adult in regards to Caring for pets etc.

  3. April 26, 2017 / 7:26 am

    We add really struggling with penny on the lead she is a terrible puller. We have got a harness but I’m not convinced it Has made much difference. Someone else suggested a head collar to me but like your hubby I don’t want to give a impression of a bad dog but at the moment she looks like a bad dog on the lead anyway! I have entered the giveaway and will keep fingers and toes crossed 😉
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  4. Tracy Nixon
    April 26, 2017 / 8:00 am

    I love the Martingale Dog Harness in baby pink for my Honey!

  5. Joanne Beale
    April 26, 2017 / 10:28 am

    Would love the Simple Leader Dog Head Collar in Navy.

  6. Rachel Craig
    April 26, 2017 / 11:32 am

    Car Boot Safety Dog Lead, Red. I would have liked to see products on the website on a dog, in order to see fitting, see item in use etc.

  7. Rachel Craig
    April 26, 2017 / 11:48 am

    I think Bubbles suits the pink colour, seems to go well with her brown colouring. Also your reasoning in regards to colour choice seems sensible. Collars and leads etc have changed over the years, though it does seem appropriate to aim to get what is suitable for dog, owner and lifestyle. Dog safety is important, and we do want to train our dogs to behave in company. Maybe dog training / behaviour classes should be compulsory. Also maybe they classes could incorporate talks and demonstrations on leads, collars, grooming etc. Would mean that Dog Owners and Dogs would be supported in the early days by appropriate information, advice, support, peer support etc.

  8. Solange
    April 26, 2017 / 1:21 pm

    I like the Double Tag Flat Dog Collar in black.

  9. Harline parkin
    April 26, 2017 / 3:48 pm

    The tag flat dog collar black for my dog would be great

  10. Lorraine Stone
    April 27, 2017 / 10:33 am

    Martingale Dog Harness in Baby Pink, love this one

  11. stuart hargreaves
    April 27, 2017 / 11:52 am

    Simple leader dog head collar in navy

  12. Jo Carroll
    April 28, 2017 / 9:16 am

    The Martingale Dog Harness in Red looks perfect for my pooch. x

  13. Ruth Harwood
    April 28, 2017 / 12:47 pm

    The leader dog head collar in red

  14. Gemma Cook
    April 29, 2017 / 12:29 am

    Love the Navy Simple Leader Dog Head Collar.

  15. mari sutherland
    April 30, 2017 / 1:34 pm

    The Car Boot Safety Dog Lead in black – help keep Mrki safe in the boot

  16. Iris W
    April 30, 2017 / 9:35 pm

    I think the Simple Leader Dog Head Collar in black sounds perfect for my dog. He is a Siberian Husky and can walk on leash quite nicely if he wants to until he sees something interesting or another dog, but some days he is a nightmare and does nothing but pull all the way. We have tried three different harnesses so far but this might be the answer to our problems

  17. May 3, 2017 / 7:23 am

    The lead sounds fantastic and great that girls can now walk Bubbles easily too. 🙂 x

  18. ADEINNE TONNER
    May 8, 2017 / 11:18 am

    The product i like the sound of the electric blue dog collar

  19. Rich Tyler
    May 10, 2017 / 1:10 pm

    Martingale Dog Harness in Red 🙂

  20. Victoria Prince
    May 17, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    Difficult to choose but I think I like the Double Up Dog Lead in Royal Blue best 🙂

  21. Susan B
    May 20, 2017 / 1:00 pm

    Having volunteered at various animal sanctuaries I know how important a secure lead is so I would go for the Martingale Dog Harness.

  22. donna l jones
    May 20, 2017 / 3:50 pm

    Simple Leader Dog Head Collar in Navy.

  23. Emma Davison
    May 21, 2017 / 5:45 pm

    Caravan dog lead in royal blue. Great idea.

  24. gemma blake
    May 21, 2017 / 6:12 pm

    The dog lead in cerise. I like pink for our girl (as it annoys me that people assume she is a boy, so the girlier the better!)

  25. CAROL PATRICK
    May 21, 2017 / 7:56 pm

    I like the Slip Lead in red. Our lovely elderly boy 12 yrs old, who we recently rescued suffered a dog attack and he tries to slip his lead at the vets when he’s in close contact with other dogs

  26. ellie spider
    May 21, 2017 / 10:54 pm

    I’d go for the orange simple leader head collar for Jac – he is a nightmare on the lead and always pulling

  27. Natalie Crossan
    May 21, 2017 / 11:15 pm

    The Martingale Dog Harness in Red would be lovely for Lily <3

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