People have definitely read the lead and not come near us. Or at least acknowledged that we are training and then asked for permission to approach. Padded handle is great too.
Made with great material and gentle in the hand to walk. Love it.
I have had both the Friendly and Nervous leads for my adult Rotties in the past, and now with my very boisterous 8 month old Rottie boy I am using the training lead.
I had him out on a walk yesterday and the moment people saw the lead they were polite about keeping their distance, giving me time to get his attention and have him sit, and not freaking out when he whined or lunged. One dog Mumma even had a chuckle about how perfect the lead was, and was very understanding letting her little fluffer say hi.
The lead itself is strong and has a comfortable grip, so is great for when my big strong boy inevitably pulls me.
Absolutely recommend and think all dog pawrents should be using these leads.