Taking care of your dog is hard, especially if your dog is quite mischievous and never stops causing trouble. Regardless of such, you still love your dog, otherwise, you wouldn’t have him in your house anymore, nor would you read this article right now. If you keep reading then this means you love your dog, and since you love your dog, let’s talk about the different leashes you can use to take your dog out for a walk.
Leashes are arguably one of the most important pieces of equipment you’ll need if you have a dog. Just like buying a baby stroller for your baby, you also need to buy a leash for your other baby. So it’s important to know what type of leashes are out there, which are the best fit for your dog based on his strength, and which one you should prefer most. Keep reading and don’t take this job lightly. Dogs require huge responsibilities so you need to be alert and focused.
Below, you’ll find a list of the most important factors when it comes to picking a leash for your dog, followed by a small list of the most common leashes out there.
HOW TO CHOOSE CORRECTLY
- Size: of course, you can see how size matters when it comes to choosing a leash. If you have a big dog, then you might consider getting a thicker leash.
- Age: small dogs tend to bite their leashes a lot so you will need more durable leashes. Also, puppies will need to be controlled, so a smaller leash is going to help in training your dog and keeping him/her in control.
- Living Area: Living in the countryside means you have plenty of space, so a long leash wouldn’t matter. Whereas living in a city, it’s crowded, life is busier and space tightens up so you should consider getting a smaller leash to be able to control him.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF LEASHES
- Standard flat lead
These are the go-to leashes for new small dog owners. You’ll never see someone holding a big and strong dog such as a pitbull, husky, or labrador with such a leash. People who own small dogs usually buy standard flat leashes first, but that doesn’t mean they are the best ones. Many dogs like to chew their leashes and these types of leashes can easily be destroyed if your dog chews them regularly. Overall, this is a good option if you own a small dog that has matured enough to not bite the leash.
- Gentle lead
This one is also known as the “head collar.” It may look more like a collar than a leash because the leash is right above your dog’s head. Not a good choice if you have an energized dog who likes to run and it’s hard to keep him in control when you go for walks. Gentle leads are really good for training puppies and small dogs as they give more control to the trainer. Good for training, bad if you want to take your dog for a walk.
- Slip Leads
Slip lead leashes are some of the most durable leashes. If your dog likes to chew the leash, then you might consider spending your money on this one. Unlike standard flat leads, slip leads are thicker and more difficult to cut, which makes them ideal for dogs that are still biting the leash. However, one problem with slip leads, is that if used incorrectly they can cause serious damage to your dog’s throat or even choke him/her. They are indeed durable, but they are still quite dangerous so as a dog owner you need to be careful.
If you live in the countryside which has more space to take your dog for a walk, then this leash might be one of the best you can use. It allows more freedom for your dog while keeping you in full control. You can adjust the length of the leash anytime you want, which allows your dog to run further away while also being in control of his movements. The longest retractable rope is up to 20m which means there’s a lot of space for your dog.
- Rubber Lead/Bungee
Another popular choice for dog owners is rubber lead or just bungee. Although it may offer less control over your dog, it’s great for hiking and running, and its elasticity allows your dog more space to move. The best part of a bungee leash is that many times, it’s a free-hand leash. You tie it on your waist and then you have both of your hands free, which means that you now can go for a walk with your dog, while also drinking your coffee. Whether you live in the countryside or in the city, this leash will prove more helpful than you think.
So, you now have options to choose your next leash. Be careful with your choice. There are different types of leashes out there, so if you are still unsure about which one to buy, then the Bungee leash will be the best one for you.