Choosing The Correct Dog Leash For Your Dog

When purchasing a leash, the size of your dog and the people handling him should be taken into consideration. I have seen too many people using the wrong leash when walking their dogs. Walking a dog with the wrong length and width dog leash will make the walk uncomfortable for your dog. It could also be a safety issue for both you and your dog. A taller person walking a medium-sized dog should use a longer dog leash so the leash will have enough slack to allow your dog room to enjoy the walk and short enough to keep him safe. A shorter person walking a large dog should use a short dog leash. A good example for medium dogs, Dog Leashes between thirty and fifty pounds, being walked by a tall person, should use dog leash that is 6 feet by 3/4 inch wide. Dogs under thirty pounds should use a 1/2 inch leash, while dogs over fifty pounds should us a 1 inch dog leash.

Nylon leashes are one of the most common types of leash and one of the strongest. If you have a dog that pulls, the nylon dog leash may be a bit uncomfortable. Nylon leashes are better with puppies because they are more difficult for them to chew through. Nylon dog leashes come in a variety of patterns.

One leash that seems to be extremely popular is the retractable leash. As a trainer, it is not one of my favorites. I have seen many dogs get into trouble because they were able to wonder away from the owner. In my opinion, these types of leashes can be unsafe if you are not extremely diligent and watching your dog’s body language at all times.

Another common leash is the cotton leash. Some people prefer cotton leashes because they are more comfortable, cost a bit less and are durable. Cotton dog leashes are typically available in any pet store and come in a number of different colors.

Leather leashes are a more expensive choice, but are great for training. When buying a leather dog leash, make both ends are double stitched as well as riveted. This enhances the strength of the leash.

One of the least popular leashes is the chain leash. While the chain leash is the strongest leash you can buy, it is the least comfortable dog leash I have used. They do have the advantage of preventing your dog from chewing or mouthing the leash, but as I said, they are extremely uncomfortable.

No matter the type of leash, you will want to make sure you choose a leash that is the correct length and width for your pet and the people walking him. You also want to make sure the dog leash has brass clips. Brass clips are more costly but are much less apt to break.

Remember, when purchasing a leash, you have a variety of choices; leather, cotton, nylon or chain. Always keep in mind that you need to make sure you keep the size of the person walking your dog as well as the size of your dog in mind so you can keep your walks enjoyable.

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