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The Different Styles of Dog Leashes and Their Purposes

Posted Apr 14, 2017 in News

We walk our dogs every day, but the leash you use probably doesn’t even cross your mind. While leashes may seem like they are all the same, they actually can make a huge impact on your dog’s life. The goal of a leash is to control your dog, stop them from approaching strangers, train them, and keep them from running off and possibly getting hurt. The quality and type of leash you choose is very important in keeping your dog safe. Here are different types of leashes and some tips on how to choose the right leash for your dog. 

Standard Leash

The most common leash in the standard leash. They are perfect if you have a mid-sized puppy or adult and don’t want to spend too much money. The length of this type of leash if 4-8 feet, but when you are buying a leash, be sure your dog can move freely with you still having control. The materials standard leashes are available in is usually leather or nylon. 

Chain Leash

Chain leashes are a great choice for dogs who have had issues with chewing or breaking leashes in the past. The are obviously sturdy, making them good for larger dogs. They also work on small dogs, but they offer smaller chains. Chain leashes can not be torn through or broken by any dog, even the strongest. Be careful to watch your dog and see if they chew on the chain. This can cause damage to their teeth if they do it excessively. 

Retractable Leash

Another great option is a retractable leash. These allow you to maintain control while also being able to keep your dog up to 30 feet away. You are able to adjust length and be in control of how much length your dog has. If your dog is not well trained, you may have to pull on the leash often, which is uncomfortable for your dog. Be sure to train your dog on a standard leash first.

Adjustable Leash

This is the middle ground of a standard and retractable leash. They can be adjusted to the length you would like, but they are a leather or nylon material. These work well for training and keeping them under control, and they allow you not to worry about choking or pulling. 

Seatbelt Leash

Bringing your dog for a car ride can be fun, but it can also be stressful. Once your dog is trained, it is much easier. But if not, a seatbelt leash is good option. These allow you to attach one end of the leash to your dog’s harness and the other end into the car seatbelt clip. Your dog will sit still and also be protected in any type of accident.

How to Choose 

The number one factor in choosing a leash should be strength. It needs to be able to restrain your pet. Size, breed, and age should also be factors and discussed before you choose. Lastly, purchase two of whatever leash you decide on in case it breaks or your dog chews it. 

If it very important that you make the right choice for a leash. The right leash can prevent an accident and even save your dog’s life. Do your research and be sure to make an educated choice. 

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