Choosing the Best Dog Leash
Have you ever thought about the type of leash you use for your dog? Naturally, you probably understand that larger dogs require a larger and stronger leash than smaller dogs, however there are other factors to take into consideration besides just size when it comes to choosing a leash. Some questions to ask yourself before buying a leash are;
- Will the leash be used for dog training?
- Will you be using a leash for distance commands?
- Do you eventually want your dog to perform reliably off leash outdoors? (i.e. in a dog park)
Different locations and purposes will require using different leashes. To keep your dog attentive and in position a leash between four to six feet length is best. This is the standard size for a leash anyway, as most states and cities have leash laws that require this length or shorter. The shorter the leash is, the more control you have as a handler, and the better it is for training. With proper training you may be able to turn a pulling dog into a non-pulling dog. However a long leash, or even a retractable one, can be great too if you have a dog that is already mellow and has good recall but you would like them to be tethered for safety reasons.
There are many different types of leashes as far as materials go. Nylon dog leashes typically cost less than other materials, and can be used in any weather. Leather leashes aren’t as weather resistant however they have a natural stretch that you can’t get with a nylon leash, which makes them better for pullers. Other types of leashes are cord leashes or chain leashes. Cord leashes are good for dogs that chew, as they are hard to destroy. Chain leashes aren’t used for walking, but may be used if you need to restrain your dog in a yard for any reason.
Another leash factor to look at is the type of snap hook on the end. It’s important to use a reliable snap hook as it connects between the leash and your dog. It should be strong, smooth, and easy to open/close. It should also have a mechanism that will prevent accidental openings.
It’s always important to remember that no matter how much leash control you have over your dog, there is always the potential for an accidental dog bite to occur. At the Federation of Insured Dog Owners (F.I.D.O.), we offer the Covered Canine Policy, an exclusive product and benefit for F.I.D.O. members. Please contact us for more information at (855) 534-6495.