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10 year anniversary

10 year anniversaryJune 2016 is our 10 year anniversary & we’re quite excited. This time 10 years ago I was at Heckington Show, Lincolnshire and I was inspired by a stall – I thought “I can do this and better!” Back in 2006 I was also a dog trainer, I did classes, private lessons and residential training. I knew the importance of the long line and as a trainer I knew that without a long line, you couldn’t really train a recall (coming back when called) with any degree of success.

So after I designed my training lead I made lots of different types of dog leads, I even designed a new type of head collar. All my leads were made with a passion. They were hand stitched when each order came through – none of our leads were pre-made.

Today I still use the same sewing machine. I have bought another straight stitch machine and an embroidery machine, so we do personalised leads and collars too now. This business supports my work in the boarding kennels and now the dog rescue at Meg Heath.

A bit about our dog leads – our 10 year anniversary !

We mainly make long training leads from 5 up to 50 metres and primarily used for recall training and allowing dogs extra freedom who would not ordinarily be allowed of the lead. They are made from a soft cushion web which is strong and durable but still nice to hold. Our leads are popular amongst dog trainers & I use them in my kennels, especially the ones made with brass fittings as they last longer with abuse! We find that they are great for dogs who have maybe been rescued and have had no previous training. It’s such a shame that they cant always be allowed off the lead but with a long line, they can.

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5 year Guarantee on our dog leads and collars

Dog Training Leads

We give a Lifetime Guarantee for *stitching faults and a 5 Year Guarantee for all other faults. We know that a good guarantee shouldn’t cost us anything and we’re quietly confident having seen customers dogs with collars and leads still in full working order after 5 years. There are obvious exclusions such as –

  • Wear and tear
  • Chewing
  • Fraying from being constantly rubbed up against something
  • Misuse of a lead or collar not for its’ intended purpose
  • Any other use of the product at MHDL’s discretion that is considered unreasonable use

So really if you look after your product and use it as intended then we will be happy to replace it with our no quibble exchange (subject to inspection).

* When our stitching has literally failed. You can send a photo as proof as long as we can establish from the photo it is a Meg Heath product, we will despatch a new one. We may ask you to post it back for inspection as the lead may be subject to wear and tear or extreme use in which case we will be glad to replace it at the cost of a new one from our online store.

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How we started

How We Started

A lot of people ask me how we started this business. It was sort of planned and unplanned to be fair. I went to Heckington Show, Lincolnshire in 2006 and saw a stall selling dog leads – training leads, dog leads, training lines, long lines, dog collars etc. I thought I can do this better.

So I bought an industrial sewing machine for under £300 and found my supplier to buy webbing, trigger hooks, O rings and the rest of my supplies. I bought my own software to design the website to sell the dog leads from and designed it myself. I updated the software over the years, but it was essentially all my design.

Malware!

In Sep 2012 my old website was badly hacked – it was fatal! What a learning curve that was for the dog leads business! Anyway, I had a new site designed costing a few ££££ and managed to resurrect the old dog leads web page by installing some code to tell Google that my page was OK again and malware free!

Now 12 years later I’m very happy with the way things are going, but trying to teach myself some marketing strategies. This Blog is part of that.

Why not try us, we are truly bespoke and make all your dog leads & collars from the raw materials just sat here in command central, nothing is a stock item, I sew them when your order comes through.

In October 2015 we decided to go for a complete overhaul of the site you see today. It is worked on every week to keep it in tip-top condition. I look forward to discussing your dog lead and dog training requirements.

~ Sarah