Waist Belt Tether to use with a Service Dog; Regular ($22.99) or Weighted ($24.99)
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PLEASE NOTE: Tethering your child to your service dog means that you MUST have control of the dog AT ALL TIMES. If your dog bolts, your child will be dragged along behind. Childharness.ca assumes no responsibility or liability associated with use of any of our products, tethers included, since YOU are responsible for YOUR child at all times.
If you are getting an autism service dog for your child and that dog has been trained as an anchor, the agency will provide you with a means to tether your child to their new companion. Typically, the tether provided is about 2 to 2 1/2 feet long and your child will be expected to walk on one side or the other of the dog. The parent/caregiver holds onto the dog's lead when the child is tethered.
When no tether is provided, your child will be expected to hold onto the dog's lead at all times when out in their community.
Most of our customers who get an autism service dog tell us their child likes to walk directly behind the dog. We did have one Mom tell us the dog was needed to slow her little guy down! Depending on the personality of your child, the tether provided by the agency may not suit your needs.
If the tether you have is too short, has worn through, been lost, no longer fits your child, or you would like a different colour, you can purchase a replacement tether here.
Regular Waist Belt Tether, $22.99
The Waist Belt Tether is a means to link your child to their autism service dog. The adjustable belt comfortably circles your child around their lower waist. The belt expands to allow for growth and wearing on the outside of heavier clothing or winter jackets. For added security, the belt can be made with a Locking Buckle instead of regular buckle. Position the belt so the locking buckle is at the child's back and the tether to the dog is at their front (or side). You can also order a Buckle Cover to fit over the regular buckle or locking buckle on the belt.
The tether to the autism service dog is approximately 3 1/2 feet (107 cm) in length and attaches to the dog's collar or jacket by a heavy duty snap hook. The length of the tether allows your child to walk comfortably on either side of the dog, or directly behind. A loop at the child's end of the tether is sewn with 2 rows of reinforced stitching; put the waist belt through the loop before buckling the belt around your child. The tether slides freely on the waist belt so the child can move where they like around the dog. The parent holds onto the dog's lead when the child is tethered. These pictures show a pink Regular Tether that has been used daily for more than a year by a customers who was 4 years old when these were taken.
Weighted Waist Belt Tether, $24.99
The Weighted Waist Belt Tether is similar to the Regular Waist Belt Tether but includes a metal O-ring at the child's end of the tether.
The added weight of the O-ring acts as a physical cue for your child so they know how to orient themselves to the dog, even when the tether is not under tension.
The weight of the O-ring may provide a sense of comfort for your child. If they are accustomed to carrying a toy with them during their outings, the toy can be clipped onto the metal O-ring on their waist belt.
As with the Regular Waist Belt Tether, the Weighted Belt is adjustable to fit over growing bodies and on the outside of heavier clothing and winter jackets. The 3 1/2 foot (107 cm) tether to the dog allows your child the freedom to walk on either side or behind their autism service dog. The parent holds the lead to the dog when the child is tethered to their companion. For added security, the belt can be made with a Locking Buckle instead of regular buckle. Position the belt so the locking buckle is at the child's back and the tether to the dog is at their front (or side). You can also order a Buckle Cover to fit over the regular buckle or locking buckle on the belt.
The Regular Waist Belt Tether and the Weighted Waist Belt Tether are made of high quality 1 inch polypropolene webbing with 2 rows of reinforced stitching on all seams that take weight and an ITW Nexus Classic buckle on the waist belt with a break strength of 200 lbs.
Our Waist Belt Tethers are available in black, navy blue, pacific blue, and red. Each order comes with a black stuff stack for easy storage and to keep it contained when in the washing machine.