Dog Leashes for Your Very Good Boy

Taking your dog on a walk isn’t always a walk in the park, but finding the right leash should be.

Couple walking a dog
Keep your pooch comfortably clipped in at public parks and on long neighborhood walks.Pexels

There are almost as many dog leash options as there are types of dogs. If you’re overwhelmed with the choices, here are three important factors to consider.

BAAPET 5 FT Strong Dog Leash with Comfortable Padded Handle and Highly Reflective Threads for Medium and Large Dogs

Heavy Duty Rope

Made with half-inch diameter rock climbing rope to keep a pup who likes to pull safe and secure.BAAPET

The most important thing to consider is your dog’s size and strength and how that will affect your walks. A bigger dog who likes to bolt may snap a lighter leash, while a smaller, low-energy dog may be overwhelmed by the weight of a thicker leash. Additionally, dogs who chew on their leash will need leashes made out of durable materials. Consider metal chain leashes, and definitely avoid leather. Dogs who are prone to dirtying a leash will need one that is easily washable. Consider a nylon leash, which won’t hold bad smells like leather.

TUG Patented 360° Tangle-Free, Heavy Duty Retractable Dog Leash with Anti-Slip Handle; 16 ft Strong Nylon Tape/Ribbon; One-Handed Brake, Pause, Lock

Snaps Back Quickly

This 16 foot option is great for well-behaved and low-energy, small dogs.TUG

Your dog’s obedience level is another important factor in your leash purchasing decision. Some trainers advise against retractable leashes because they teach the dog to take the lead, but retractable leashes can offer a nice range of freedom for well-behaved or low-energy dogs.

iYoShop Dual Dog Leash, Double Dog Leash, 360 Swivel No Tangle Double Dog Walking Training Leash, Comfortable Shock Absorbing Reflective Bungee for Two Dogs, Black, Medium Large

Built for Two

If you have multiple dogs, this specialized lead can help keep a pair of pooches from getting tangled up.iYoShop

Your walking and lifestyle preferences should also be considered when buying a dog leash. If you own more than one dog, you might consider a dual dog leash. If you like to take the dog out at night, reflective threads will help with visibility. For city dwellers, having a traffic handle (a second handle that can quickly pull dogs away from incoming traffic) may be helpful. Harnesses are especially effective to help control big dogs or if you run with your dog. For the environmentally-conscious dog owner, there are plenty of upcycled leashes to choose from as well.

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