Author: David Gray
For dog owners, a lead may be considered the most important training tool. The only other piece of equipment that comes close as nearly that important is a collar, and it is only because they work together, and you can’t use one efficiently without the other.
It is important to find a lead or harness that best fits your preference since there are all types of leads for different uses and activities. Some dog owners prefer to have a couple of leads each for different activities. There are also leads that come in a variety of materials from nylon to denim and leather. It is recommended to have a few leashes for different uses like hiking, biking, training sessions, or a normal walk.
This article will help you find a suitable lead for your dog by listing the various types of leads, their uses, and what you need to look out for. The following are some of the key things to consider when choosing which lead is the best for your dog.
Size of the Dog
The overall weight of the leash is determined by the thickness, material, and size of the buckles and clips. Large breed dogs like Pit bulls or mastiffs will obviously need a much heavier lead as compared to chihuahuas and any other small breed dogs.
So, in the case that you have a big dog, it is best to get a stronger leash and a shorter leash as well because this will grant you more control. A long leash can give the dog enough momentum to make you fall when your pet takes off to chase a bird.
Children and the elderly may also benefit from shorter leashes since they are weaker.
Freedom of the Dog
Depending on where you live, there could be rules on how much freedom your dog can get on walks. If you take your dog on walks in a busy area, or if your dog is still not well trained to walk on a leash you will have to use a shorter leash to give yourself more control.
But if you are in an open space where there are minimal people or animals in the surrounding area, then you can grant your pet some freedom by using a longer leash or even a retractable dog lead.
Since you will be the one holding the leash, you have to ensure your comfort comes first. The various materials that are available have their own pros and cons and it is all a matter of personal preference.
Nylon leashes can be durable and are quite popular with most dog owners and handlers, but if you have a dog that pulls on the lead, you might get hurt trying to contain all that energy using a nylon leash. Leather leads can tend to be expensive but are a lot more comfortable.
Leather leashes are a little delicate especially when they get wet. The nylon leads are known for their durability.
In case your dog is aggressive or is not used to a lead, he might have the habit of chewing on the leash.
There are leashes that are made of stainless-steel chains that can help train your dog to avoid chewing on the leash too.
Some leashes are easier to wash and are odor resistant.
Some leashes are made from a material called Biothane that doesn’t easily get dirty or smelly.
There are also reflective leashes for night walks which is also worth considering.