You can walk into a pet accessories store and grab the first leash you see for your dog, but that is not something a good dog owner does. A dog’s leash is one of the most important parts of your relationship with your dog; an appropriate leash coupled with an appropriate collar is a very important training tool for your dog.
If you look around that pet accessories store, the sheer variations of different dog leashes is mind boggling, and choosing the right one can prove to be very tedious. There are different sizes, length, and materials of leash to choose from, but this list can be narrowed down to make it more manageable. Different types of dogs use different sizes of leashes. Depending on how active your dog is, you can decide on the length of the leash. Finally, depending on the strength of your dog, you can decide upon the material of the leash.
No two types of leashes can be substituted for each other. Each type of leash is selected according to the specific needs of the dog and its owner. However, even the best leash won’t make a difference if your dog is untrained. A dog’s leash compliments the training it has been given, but is not a substitute for training all together. Here are some leash varieties to experiment with:
The most common material to make leashes is Nylon. It is strong, it is cheap, and is available in every color you can imagine. Apart from causing ‘leash burn’ on your hands, these leashes are therefore, one of the most used varieties. They fulfill their function perfectly and are very durable.
This Nylon leash by Coastal Pet is perfect for a puppy due to its very light weight. It won’t cause any additional strain on the small dog other than its own weight. Just make sure that you don’t take your dog for a walk in the rain with a nylon leash because a wet nylon leash is extremely slippery and will make it very difficult to control your dog.
Leather is perhaps one of the best materials for a leash and is also the most popular. Leather is an extremely strong material that softens over time. A leather leash allows you to maintain optimal control of your pet dog, it is also gentle on the hands, and naturally gives as it wears in.
The leather leash by Lavien is made using the finest grade of leather than can last for decades. The hardware is rust and corrosion resistant, and offers a snap hook. Leather leashes are used for much larger and stronger dogs, like Rottweilers and Dobermans.
A leash with a decent give and soft material is made of cotton, and a good quality cotton leash is rather difficult to find. Apart from the chances of getting a rope burn if your dog gets overexcited, these leashes offer excellent control and adequate grip that is comfortable for your dog as well.
Cotton leashes are excellent in water too. The Guardian Gear leashes are available in sizes of 20 to 50 feet, and are perfect for dogs that like to swim.