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Doggy device sets out to be the Swiss Army Knife of leashes

Doggy device sets out to be th...
The GoGoLeash, with its bottle, bowl and poop bag dispenser at the ready
The GoGoLeash, with its bottle, bowl and poop bag dispenser at the ready
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The GoGoLeash, with its bottle, bowl and poop bag dispenser at the ready
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The GoGoLeash, with its bottle, bowl and poop bag dispenser at the ready
Multiple leads can be attached to one GoGoLeash handle
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Multiple leads can be attached to one GoGoLeash handle
The GoGoLeash's water bowl in use
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The GoGoLeash's water bowl in use
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If you're walking your dog at night, in hot weather or for long distances, you sometimes need more than just a leash. That's where the GoGoLeash comes in, as it combines several functions in one device – or more accurately, in two.

First and foremost, the GoGoLeash does indeed serve as a leash. It consists of a main handle unit, to which one or more leads can be attached. According to its designers, it can be used on dogs weighing up to 100 kg (220 lb).

Additionally, however, the handle has a built-in 150-ml water bottle. If the dog is thirsty, an integrated oblong bowl can be flipped down from beneath that bottle and filled with water. And should they do a Number 2, up to 15 poop bags can be carried in a compartment on the bottom of the leash – a slot on the side allows them to be pulled out one at a time.

Multiple leads can be attached to one GoGoLeash handle
Multiple leads can be attached to one GoGoLeash handle

When walking after dark, users can flip on an LED flashlight in the handle. The GoGoLeash package also includes a collar, with an LED of its own that can be switched on to make the dog more visible to motorists.

The electronics module on that collar additionally includes a vibrating actuator and a small speaker. Wirelessly triggered by buttons on the leash handle, these can be used to train the dog via either tactile or audio cues. If multiple dogs are being trained at the same time, a channel switch on the leash can be used to send signals to each of their collars individually.

And because it's wireless, the training function can also be used when the dog is off-leash.

One micro-USB charge of the handle's battery should reportedly be good for about 95 days of average use, while the collar module ought to run for 15 days per charge.

Should you be interested, the GoGoLeash is currently the subject of an Indiegogo campaign. A pledge of US$69 will get you a setup, when and if it reaches production. The planned retail price is $159.

Sources: Indiegogo, GoGoLeash

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4 comments
Anne Ominous
This is strictly a personal opinion, you understand.

Some people might love the product.

But if I'm going to be carrying those things, I'd far rather carry them on my belt or in a waist pack or backpack, than in my hand.

That looks like a pretty tiring way to walk the dog(s).
buzzclick
I live next to a park where a number of dog owners take their dogs. They virtually never walk them at night. And this doesn't have a retractable leash? Has Rube Goldberg written all over it.
kuryus
I agree with Anne Ominous, water, bowl, poop bags, etc., are better carried in a fanny pack, than have the weight in your hand.
But there is one function I'd like to have in a leash that would add some weight I'd be willing to suffer with; that's a battery powered motor that reels the leash in.
When a dog goes running after something you don't want him to, a spring loaded retractor with a manual brake, doesn't have the power to pull the dog back. I want a winch that has the oomph to pull a Saint Bernard out of a well.
Veronica Devenyi
Looks ergonomically awkward to hold. 150 ml of water is nothing unless you're walking a chihuahua. I carry a litre in my back pack.