How to Choose the Best Leash for a Dog?
Almost any dog will sooner or later need a leash and a collar for walking. And if you are in doubt about how to choose the best dog collar and leash - read our special material, in which we have given answers to all related questions.
Types of Leashes
Before considering all the options available in stores in search of the best, it is worth clarifying one important point: the leash should be chosen according to its purpose, and design issues should be relegated to the background.
Simple Walking Leash
The simplest models of leashes look rather unremarkable: they are a simple canvas, nylon or, at best, leather band with a loop handle and a small metal carabiner. However, behind the unassuming appearance lies excellent versatility: such models are equally well suited for:
- teaching the puppy to a leash,
- everyday walks.
With the material, everything is also very ambiguous: it may seem to you that the best choice is natural leather, but in operation it turns out to be the most demanding. For example, it cannot be wetted, otherwise the leash will quickly harden and lose its original appearance. Models made of synthetic materials are most convenient for daily use, especially since they can be easily washed after a walk and it is not so pity if a playful puppy decides to try a leash on a tooth.
The main disadvantage of a simple leash is the impossibility of adjusting its length, so such models have to be used with two hands during a walk. However, you can choose the optimal length upon purchase. For leash training, it is better to limit yourself to a leash about 3.93ft long, and when training - more than 4.92ft, so that the animal has more freedom.
The automatic roulette leash is the most popular. Due to the special design, it is devoid of the drawback of its predecessor - in length it can be easily adjusted and controlled with just one button, being guided by the situation.
Roulettes are available in two versions:
- with a cable - for small dogs,
- with tape - for everyone else.
The disadvantages of such a solution, oddly enough, are also related to the construction:
- Belt models are often twisted, so before unwinding them you have to straighten them with your hands, which negates all convenience.
- The mechanism with constant use, especially when walking large, active dogs, quickly breaks down, which entails a loss of control in an emergency and the purchase of a new (by the way, more expensive than standard models) leash.
- Roulettes are not suitable for training puppies - due to the constant resistance of the tape or cable, the dog gets used to pulling forward and continues to do this even when switching to nylon or leather products.
- Easy adjustment Poor dog control during training.
Among the , the chain leashes are distinguished by strict beauty and a sense of reliability. In general, in terms of basic qualities, they are almost similar to conventional nylon models, but still seriously inferior to them.
- The chain is heavy on its own and sags constantly collecting dirt.
- The coat of long-haired dogs can get stuck between the links, which will cause serious discomfort to the pet.
- If the dog begins to rush forward, it is extremely problematic to hold the chain with the second hand due to the small thickness.
In addition to the basic leashes discussed above, there are also highly specialized models. For everyday use, they are inconvenient, but in certain situations they show their best side.
- "Walker" - a loop under the arm with a carabiner. It is used when traveling in public transport with large dogs, as it gives maximum control. It is inconvenient to use it with small breeds and on a walk.
- Ringing - a leash for exhibitions. Has a small carabiner or simply slung around the neck. Its main task is to be invisible when the dog is performing. Not suitable for a walk due to unreliability.
- Bundle - an additional "link" that allows you to fasten several dogs to one leash at once. Well suited only for short walks, as it significantly limits the freedom of all pets in the "bundle".
With love to your dogs, Dogrook!