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Back-up leash for harness?

Frogpasta

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hello all!!!!

i’m a very, very anxious person.

unfortunately, this has been…preventing harness progress because i am so nervous about taking my bird outside- or more specifically, i’m terrified the leash will break...( ~i’m tackling the aviator )

i’m well aware it’s not very likely, but that doesn’t really do much to ease my anxiety. this is very frustrating because i truly do WANT to take him outside, and i can tell he wants it to.

something that i think would really ease my mind is having some sort of back-up leash clipped onto either the harness itself, or possibly a D-ring of sorts. ( the back-up one would be longer as to allow the regular leash to take the impact as it normally would )

my question is: would this affect the functionality of the harness? or is there anything else of concern/potential hazard?

i’m also open to any suggestions!!


i’m sorry if this is extremely stupid- i just thought putting it out there would achieve more than stewing on it by myself.
 

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If it would make you feel better, there are many spots you could clip a secondary leash to the aviator harness, so I don't see a problem with what you're planning.
Just ensure the secondary leash and mechanism of attachment are appropriately sized for your species so it isn't too heavy.
 

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Your bird is small so any extra weight is going to be hard for it. I have used the aviator outside with my macaw without leash issues.
I think if you aren’t comfortable trusting the leash that you should possibly consider using a travel cage instead for outings.
 

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Your bird is small so any extra weight is going to be hard for it. I have used the aviator outside with my macaw without leash issues.
I think if you aren’t comfortable trusting the leash that you should possibly consider using a travel cage instead for outings.
yeah, the weight was my main concern!!

i have opted for the travel cage instead, but unfortunately my tiel doesn’t seem to like it all that much. i don’t think he likes the separation/barrier of the cage walls and i hate that it’s a stressful situation for him.

i guess i’ll either figure something else out or overcome my anxiety…in the meantime, i will continue to use the carrier cage and give him lots of comfort :)

thank you regardless!
 

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If it would make you feel better, there are many spots you could clip a secondary leash to the aviator harness, so I don't see a problem with what you're planning.
Just ensure the secondary leash and mechanism of attachment are appropriately sized for your species so it isn't too heavy.
thank you for your reply!!

i totally agree with the weight concern. it is one of the only reasons why i haven’t already attempted it-

back to the drawing board i suppose :p
 

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Have you actually tested the strength of the leash attachment?

I think you’ll find that way more force will be needed to break it than your tiel is capable of.

If it’s safe to fly a macaw on then I think it’s fair to say it’s safe to use with a tiny bird who weighs a hell of a lot less and has no where near the flying strength of a macaw.
 

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If it’s safe to fly a macaw on then I think it’s fair to say it’s safe to use with a tiny bird who weighs a hell of a lot less and has no where near the flying strength of a macaw.
I have three sizes and the large macaw size is heavier than the smaller sizes, but generally agree they're all robust and suited to their task.
 
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