When creating the Trip Less Trainer the Standard was a perfect training tool for our German Shepherds but when it came to using it on our Shih Tzu, it fell a bit short. So we tailored our Mini line to give pet owners with smaller dog breeds the same advantages of the Standard leash but added additional length for a more comfortable feeling. Knowing smaller dogs have different needs, we integrated our patent pending thumb tab on a one inch handle and a thinner half inch line into our design. Not only will this leash be beneficial for the smaller dog but for you, the handler as well. We made sure to keep the concept of the Standard at play here by teaching you the consistent grip and placement of hand as well as giving you that more stable and firm grip.