Using a Leash to Lead Your Dog
Different Options to Help You Decide on the Right Dog Leash
One of the most important materials you can own as a dog owner, is a leash. Unless you have bountiful acres of land, you need a way of giving them exercise, taking them out to the bathroom and for those lazy walks around the block. Dog leashes are especially important when you live in a city or near busy roadways. Protecting your dog from dangerous streets, other dogs and from wandering away, there’s no escaping the need for a safe leash. What defines a safe leash for your dog and what are the benefits of the different types of dog leashes? Each dog and owner are different in their preferences of what makes the perfect leash, but here are uses for different types leashes which might help to make up your mind.
The three main types of dog leashes are the retractable leash, slip leads and the basic six-foot lead. While there are dual leashes and specific dog leashes for training purposes, these are the three main styles of leashes that are most common. Different breeds and sizes of dogs may determine the most appropriate leash as well.
Retractable Leashes: Does your dog like to wander and has the safety to do so? The retractable leash allows your dog to wander far away, while having a thin line back to you. You are able to stop the lead by pushing down on the button on the handle. The disadvantages of this leash are that your dog can wander too far away and you are unable to simply pull them back; the cords are often thin and could easily break (especially with a strong dog); and your dog could wander off and injure themselves. If you are in an active area, your dog can get tangled into a runner or bicyclist and injure everyone involved. One of the biggest concerns is that you have to keep a watchful eye. Your dog could easily wander into the street or chase after an animal and run into traffic. This leash is not ideal for those who are starting to train their dog how to walk on a leash or for those who live in a busy area, such as a city.
Slip Leads: Always in a hurry while running your dog out to go potty? The slip lead is the perfect leash for the quick, on-the-go run, but may not be ideal for long term uses. Slip leads are designed to slip directly over the dog’s head and choke up based on how much the dog is pulling. The major plus to this leash is that you don’t need a collar. If your dog is an easy-going, non-pulling walker, this leash is fine for short to medium length walks, but we don’t recommend it for extensive periods of time. Why? Slip leads tighten up when your dog is pulling and you are unable to control exactly how tight the leash gets around their neck. This is not ideal for those learning how to walk on a leash, but is useful when you need a quick leash to grab going out the door, or to have in your car for any emergency situations.
Basic Six-Foot Leash: You can make this ‘basic’ leash as fancy or as simple as you’d like, but the actual leash has the same mechanics and means of attaching directly to the collar and has a 6-foot lead. The options are plentiful from leather, nylon to designs matching your dogs collar; there is no shortage of basic leash styles. This leash is replicated so many times because it is the widely used leash. A sturdy metal clip hooks easily to the collar and has a loop at the end for your hand. The length is great for those looking to train their dog to walking on a leash and can be used throughout the lifetime of your dog. The disadvantages are that your dog is not able to wander and explore the area as much as with some of the longer leashes, and can be straining to use if your dog pulls a ton.
With all of these leash options, you should accompany your dog’s regular walking leash with a night-time safe leash that provides reflective or LED glowing material to maintain a safe walk. I’d also like to stress that dogs are completely different on what leash is best and enables him or her to walk safely with their owner. Dog leashes are designed to allow your dog to walk, run and play outside without negotiating their safety. Please remember to leash your dog when you are walking them outside.