Saturday May 21, 2022

A Guide to Buying the Right Dog Lead

When it comes to buying a lead for your dog, where do you start? There are so many different types available. You want it to look good but be functional too. A lot will depend on the breed of dog you own and how he or she behaves when out on the lead. Here are some of the different types available and what kind of walkies they are best for:

Standard Dog Leads

These are a familiar sight, with a handle at one end and a clip on the other. They clip straight onto your dog’s collar and are normally between 4 and 8 feet long. They are ideal for the basics of lead training with puppies and everyday walks when your dog knows not to pull. They are usually made from leather or nylon but are no good for dogs who pull. Nylon leads are highly popular as they are cheaper, strong even on big dogs, lightweight for small dogs and puppies and come in a large variety of colours. For a wide range of Dog Collars and Leads, visit

Retractable Dog Leads

Again, these are very popular leads which allow to you to adjust the length of the lead, giving your dog more room to roam. You can let your dog out by up to 30 feet. They work a lot like a tape measure in that when your dog comes back to you, the lead recoils back into the handle. There is also a lockable feature to set the distance. However, they should only be used for dogs who have been fully trained on a lead.

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Dogs who pull or are untrained should not be put on a retractable lead for the following reasons:

They can encourage your dog to pull. The pulling results in the lead allowing him to go wherever he wants could be seen as rewarding that behaviour. When he returns, and you lock the lead, he tries to pull but now he’s not allowed and becomes confused.

If your dog is prone to suddenly chasing after squirrels? Once he reaches the end of the retractable lead, the sudden jolt of it stopping can cause your dog serious injury. Even the owner can have that lead forced right out of their hands, pulling painfully on your arm and shoulder. There is also the risk of entanglement, strangulation, burns and cuts. They are not bad leads but must be used correctly.

Adjustable Training Leads

For help with pooches who pull, adjustable leads offer a good solution. Whilst not offering a cure, they do at least offer a great training aid. It is similar to a standard lead but has clips at each end with various loops running along the length. You can attach one to the chest and one to the back of a training harness giving you greater control when your dog pulls. They are also adjustable when not using a harness.

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Recall Leads

These are ideal for training your dog for actions like stay, sit and distance commands without letting him off the lead. They allow for lots of freedom whilst giving you the peace of mind that he’s not going to disappear.

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