Choose the Best Leash for Your Dog

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Choose the Best Leash for Your Dog
The only dog supplies more important than collars are leashes. A leash, or lead, is an essential tool for every dog owner. Leashes are used in conjunction with collar or harnesses for training and everyday purposes.

When you first begin to use a leash on your dog, it might take some time for your dog to get used to it. This will take patience on your part, especially if you are a first-time dog owner. Your dog needs to learn that the leash connects the two of you. Eventually, your dog will associate the leash with happy things, like going for walks.

The leash and collar are one of the most important tools you have. In most places, it’s even required by law when your dog is outside. But there are many different types of collars, and the options can be overwhelming. How do you choose the right one for your dog? And how do you best use it to gain control on the walk?
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1.Standard Leashes
Standard leashes are intended for basic training and everyday use. They have a loop handle at one end and a metal clip at the other end to attach to your dog's collar. Typically available in lengths from 4-8 feet, the 6-foot length is ideal for most dogs.

Standard leashes are most commonly made out of nylon and are flat. Flat leashes come in various widths, usually getting wider and thicker for larger and stronger dogs. Leather leashes are considered more durable, and some feel they are more stylish. Rope leashes are usually round instead of flat and very durable (ideal for very strong or giant dogs). Some standard leashes are made with chain. These can be useful for dogs who try to chew the leash, but they are also heavier.
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2. Retractable Leashes
Retractable leashes contain a nylon band or cord of up to 26 feet that retracts into a plastic case with a handle. The leash can lock in place at any length. The mechanism is similar to that of a measuring tape.

Retractable leashes can be helpful if you want to allow your dog to wander away from you without letting your dog off-leash. However, these leashes should only be used after your dog has been trained to walk on a regular leash. Otherwise, you will teach your dog a very bad habit: that it is permissible to pull on the leash.

Do not let your dog out of your sight when on the leash, especially at longer lengths. The leash could become tangled, or your dog could get into a hazardous situation. Also, be sure to periodically check along the entire length of your retractable leash for frayed, worn, or otherwise damaged areas.
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3.  Adjustable Leashes
Adjustable or multi-function dog leashes are similar to standard leashes, but they have several loops along with the leash that allows a clasp to shorten or lengthen the leash. The various sizes can be useful during certain kinds of dog training.

You may want to use an adjustable leash to wrap your dog's leash around your waist or body. This is common for those who like to run with their dogs. Be careful only to do this is your dog is well-trained.

Adjustable leashes can make it easy to briefly tether your dog to a pole or similar object. Just remember that your dog should not be left unattended white tethered.
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4. Slip collar
For dogs with issues on the walk, the training lead can be a great tool for correcting misbehaviors. If your dog is easily distracted by squirrels, other dogs, or just a strong gust of wind, the collar allows for quick corrections to get your dog back on track.

Give a quick, firm pull sideways on the leash. If you pull straight back, your dog will pull against you. Instead, by giving a quick tug to the side, you knock him off balance and get his attention. Always keep your dog’s safety in mind when giving corrections! If you are unfamiliar about how to use the tool, talk to a local professional, or ask someone at the store for help.
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5. Harness
The harness can be a great tool if you want your dog to pull you. For example, if you want your dog to pull you around while you ride your bike or use rollerblades.

This is also a safe option for dogs with pushed-in faces that restrict breathing, such as pugs, dogs with trachea or throat problems, such as Pomeranians, and dogs with elongated, overly slender necks, such as Greyhounds, may have to avoid certain collars, such as slip collars.

No matter what collar you use, pay attention to your energy. A leash is a form of communication. Without a word, you are telling your dog where to go, what speed to walk, and when to stop. Take note of your body language. Stand up tall with your head up and your shoulders back. Walk like a pack leader! This energy will flow through the leash and be communicated to your dog.
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The first step before selecting any collar should always be to talk to your veterinarian. He or she can take your dog’s medical and breed background into account and make sure you are keeping your dog safe! If your dog suffers from extreme issues on the walk, I recommend consulting a dog behavior specialist in your area for guidance.

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