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Being able to take your dog on a leash is essential so that you can go out for a walk comfortably and safely. There are many types of dog leashes and it is important that you know how to choose which one is the most appropriate for this based on their temperament, physical constitution and what we want them for.
¿Are you thinking of adopting a dog or have you already welcomed one into your family and do not know what kind of leash will be more suitable for your furry dog? In this AnimalWised article, we invite you to read this guide so that you can choose the best leashes for dogs and the one that suits you best..You may also be interested in: Types of dog collars Index
- Dog leashes - functions
- Types of dog leashes - materials
- Standard dog leashes
- Adjustable dog leashes
- Anti-pull dog leashes
- Extendable dog leashes
- Other types of dog leash
Dog leashes - functions
There are different types of dog leash with the most varied lengths, widths, styles, all in order to adapt to different breeds, temperaments and for different uses in everyday life and training. But essentially all dog leashes serve the same purpose: to keep your furry safe and under control in public areas. This is a legal requirement for the following reasons:
- Avoid accidents: it is a simple and effective way to keep your dog under control and allows you to avoid accidents that can both harm others and injure them.
- Avoid problems: prevent your dog from chasing and scaring other animals (for example, if he crosses paths with a cat), children or perhaps people with a phobia of dogs.
- Control your needs: prevent your furry from relieving themselves in inappropriate places.
- Control your dog: It is also a temporary means to keep your furry under control, in case you cannot pay attention to it for a few minutes.
Apart from their daily use, there are also straps designed for training, such as choke, electric or spike straps. However, we do not advise the acquisition of this class of leashes to those people who do not have the necessary training for its use, since its misuse is a clear aggravating factor for the physical and psychological health of the dog..
If in addition to looking for a leash, you are also doubting which collar is the most recommended for your dog, we advise you to read: Types of dog collars.
Types of dog leashes - materials
Dog leashes are available in many different materials, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Let's see what they are:
Nylon dog leashes
Nylon has the advantages of being a relatively cheap material, but at the same time tough and strong. In this way, for a reasonable price we can obtain a fairly durable strap, of different colors and patterns (if that is what we are looking for) and easy to wash..
Even so, this material is not recommended for those dogs that chew on the leash, since it will be easily damaged. And also, in case you do not have a good restraint to your dog and it runs away, it could cause you hand burns due to friction.
If your dog tends to pull a lot on the leash, we advise you to read this other article about Tips to prevent the dog from pulling on the leash.
Leather dog leashes
Leather also has the advantage of being strong and durable, although it tends to have higher prices. Now, with the correct maintenance, if we keep it clean and grease it from time to time, it can reach last a lifetime (since nylon straps can come undone over time).
This material holds the bite better than nylon, however, it can end up breaking if it is a frequent habit in our dog. Generally more comfortable to grip than nylon and less abrasive to the skin.
Dog chain leashes
Straps made of metal chain are highly recommended for those dogs that always chew on their leash. It should be said that they are heavier than the previous ones, depending on the start of these, and, therefore, they are not entirely suitable for small dogs or puppies.
Reflective dog leashes
There are also straps made with reflective materials, which allow us to be visible in case it gets dark. For this reason, they are suitable for owners who can only walk their dogs first thing in the morning or at nightfall and walk through poorly lit streets..
Standard dog leashes
This is the most common type of strap, usually used for the daily walk and basic education of our dog. Generally, these tend to come in different lengths, although for the daily walk it is recommended that you measure between 1 and 2 meters to ensure that you can control your dog, but in turn, can explore its surroundings and move comfortably. A belt equal to or less than 50 cm is not recommended, since with this distance the dog does not have freedom of movement, thus encouraging it to pull when it wants to smell or browse its surroundings and, consequently, making the walk with its master an activity rather frustrating and unpleasant.
Leashes for large and strong dogs
If we are looking for a leash for a large and strong dog, it is advisable that we look for one wide strap, with a comfortable grip and a resistant material, to ensure that, if you pull with force, it does not end up breaking easily.
Small dog leashes
On the contrary, if we are looking for a leash for a small dog, we will not be so interested in its resistance, since it will not have as much strength (unless it has the habit of biting it). It is recommended, therefore, that this be light, to ensure that the dog does not have to bear a lot of weight with its small body. In addition, it is advisable to use a dog harness, since this distributes the force of the strap throughout the body, not only in a single point as in the case of the collar, which focuses all the tension in the neck area.
For more information, in this other article we also explain ¿What is better, harness or collar for dogs?
Adjustable dog leashes
Adjustable straps are those that have different hooks and allow to be shortened or elongated in a fixed distance. These straps are usually more expensive, however, they are quite advisable, since it allows us adapt it to different situations. For example, we can establish a short distance in circumstances where it is necessary to keep our dog by our side, such as in the elevator, or we can lengthen it as much as possible in spaces in which we want our dog to have more freedom of movement but not we can drop it.
In case you have to walk several dogs at the same time, we advise you to read this other article on Walking several dogs at the same time by AnimalWised..
Anti-pull dog leashes
If your dog tends to pull a lot on the leash, to the point that it could even make you fall to the ground, you may have considered purchasing one anti-pull strap and a anti-pull harness. These can be useful to be able to change this habit of our furry, since they have a mechanism that exerts pressure on them every time they pull, dissuading them from doing so..
Now, the use of this type of accessories will seldom by itself be a solution to the problem if we do not work the dog in a global way. It will be necessary re-educate to your dog so that he learns not to pull on the leash and, in turn, try to correct our routine if it is not the most suitable for him. If, for example, the dog does not get enough daily exercise, it is possible that he is so excited at the time of the walk that it is natural that he does not obey us. In these cases, the dog may even get used to the anti-pull leash.
For this reason, if you have this behavior problem with your dog, we recommend reading the following article: Teaching an adult dog to walk on a leash.
Extendable dog leashes
This type of leash has become quite popular, as many owners want to give their dogs maximum freedom. These belts are characterized by their great reach, some being able to reach measure up to 10 meters, allowing the dog to move as far as it wishes and giving the owner the possibility to immediately stop the dog, thanks to a brake mechanism, when he sees it necessary.
However, contrary to what it may seem, this class of belts have a number of disadvantages that do not make them entirely recommended.
First of all, these straps they are always in tension. This generates constant stress on the animal's body and can end up damaging its physical health, especially in small dogs that wear a thin collar, since it exerts constant pressure on their neck. This tension increases when the dog runs in one direction and we stop him suddenly without warning, damaging him accordingly..
Next, it is detrimental for the dog understands what the walk consists of, And it is that this is a joint activity in which it is accompanied along with its owner who acts as a guide. When a dog is on a retractable leash, it is constantly pulling where it is interested without being aware of the owner. During the walk, it is very important that we are aware of what our dog wants to do, since it's your moment, but in turn, we must be the one let us tell you to where go and how.
Other types of dog leash
Apart from those previously described, there are other less common types of leash for dogs that serve very specific purposes:
- Multiple straps: this type of leash allows more than one dog to be walked at the same time. Even so, prior to use, it is necessary that the dogs have been individually educated to walk without jerks and make sure that they get along well with each other. On the contrary, if we decide to walk more than one dog at once without prior training, it could become a confusing and stressful situation, as each one tries to go in different directions and, therefore, they will not enjoy the walk..
- Sport straps: These leashes are usually designed so that the owner can take their dog for a walk while it is out, for example, for a run or a bicycle, since it allows it to be tied to the body and, therefore, it is not necessary to hold it by hand. In the same way, a meticulous previous training will be necessary to ensure that the dog is able to obey us and we can take it with our hands free, otherwise we will run the risk of suffering an accident..
- 10m long strap: it is common to see this kind of strap in training sessions, since for daily use it is too uncomfortable. It can be used to try to teach our dog to obey when we call him from afar, for example. Therefore, it guarantees that it is free and, in turn, allows us to act quickly in case it does not pay attention to us or escapes..
For quiet walks, where the dog does not pull much, another option is to perform homemade dog leashes, as we show you in the video below.