Leashes are a necessity if you’re a dog owner. Choosing the right leash is nearly as important as making sure you are feeding your dog the right food or getting them the right training. Almost every dog I know will chase anything new and exciting that moves, if given the opportunity.
Sometimes that adorable curiosity can land them in big trouble though. That’s where the tried and true dog leash comes in handy. So, it’s extremely important to make sure you’re using the right leash for your dog, and avoiding the ones that might harm them.
Here’s DogBoy’s three simple steps to guide you toward the right leash for your dog:
First: DON’T Use These Dog Leashes
Before we discuss our recommendation on the right leashes for your dog, let’s make sure you know the wrong ones first.
I understand completely why someone would want to use this leash at first glance. They’re inexpensive, have a nice handle, and it seems like it gives your dog a sense of freedom while you maintain control. However, the Flexi Leash is a long, thin line that can easily wrap around a person and trip them up or cause injury. It has caused burns, cuts, and other serious injuries to dogs and humans alike.
You also don’t want to use any leash that cinches your dog’s neck or body. These leashes can actually cause permanent damage to your dog’s trachea and neck. It’s difficult to control the tightness of the leash and accidents can easily happen with an over-enthusiastic dog.
Second: Pick The Right Harness— or Your Dog Will Pull Harder
I know that seems counterintuitive, but it makes sense when you think about it. What could you pull harder with: your neck or your back? Think of sled dogs. Their harnesses all attach to their backs – because they allow them to pull more weight! So if your dog’s harness connects to his back, he will pull harder than if you just have a collar and leash. Not a good solution!
You need a harness that attaches the leash to the front of the dog’s chest. Many harnesses attach the leash on a dog’s back or neck. This isn’t as effective because you aren’t in control of your dog’s center of gravity, so your dog can really pull you in any direction they want. With a front-attaching harness you can gently and humanely control your dog’s center of gravity. The moment you begin to change direction, their center of gravity turns towards you, and they are more easily steered in the direction you want them to go in. Not the other way around. When a dog realizes that pulling only causes his body to turn around, he or she will simply learn to stop pulling.
These harnesses allow you to easily walk your dog and avoid hurting them when they pull. What’s not to love? Our personal favorites at DogBoy’s include the SENSE-ation harness and the Easy Walk Harness.
Third: DogBoy’s #1 Most Recommended Leash Is…
A Six Foot Nylon or Leather Leash
It’s a little anti-climactic, but these leashes are simple, easy to use, and are the perfect tools for walking your dog. Nylon is the most readily available material, but you can also find sturdy leather leashes that work just as well.
Six feet in length gives your dog just enough space to explore. It won’t let them get so far away that they don’t want to come back (looking at you, Flexi Leash), but it will still make your dog feel like they’re getting to go where they want. You may find that it’s easier to get a slightly shorter leash for a smaller or shorter dog.
Use these leashes with one of our recommended harnesses, and you have a winning combo that will keep your dog safe and happily engaged on their walks.
If you have anymore questions or need some help with a dog that’s difficult to walk, contact us today. Our team of experienced trainers are always ready to help you with your dog needs.
Sad Puppy Leash by Kirt Edbolm
Bull Dog Leash by Michael Krigsman