Why do dog owners make such a big fuss over what dog collar and dog lead they use for their pet? It’s the owner’s prerogative to choose whatever pet accessory they want, but, being a dog lover it’s likely they’ll know the importance of buying the right type that is comfortable for the dog to wear and serves the right purpose. The fuss is about doing what’s best for their pooch.
Some people tend to buy dog leads because they look pretty, or because they have metal studs, or because his or her friend has the same for their dog. This is not ideal.
In a lot of areas around the country it’s required by law that dogs when outside be on a leash… failing this could result in a hefty fine.
Choosing the right type of lead and collar for your puppy or dog
Just like the purpose of reins on a horse the rider has total control and can guide the horse to follow directions, well this works the same with a dog lead.
The vast amount of dog lead options in the shops is awesome because you have lots of choices, however, it can be daunting sifting through them all trying to pick the right one. If you do some research on the breed of dog you own it will help narrow down these options.
Don’t think the lead is just for walking the dog, it is an essential training aid.
Be picky with your choice of lead because some manufacturers develop dog accessories for profit rather than being user-friendly, so shop around.
An ideal length for a lead is about 5.5 feet long, and of a material, you can wash with soapy water.
It is critical for training sessions that include commands such like walking to heel, to sit stay, and other exercises, that you make the right choice.
All leashes are about as good as the next for walking and exercising, but if the dog has a particular behaviour, or, you’re attempting to train a certain skill then this changes.
Leads come in various lengths, widths, and styles to suit all breeds of dog from Great Danes to Yorkshire Terriers.
The standard dog leash is mainly used for daily dog walking and basic training. It’s typically made from nylon or leather, although not as durable, cotton and rubber too. It measures between 4 and 8 feet in length with 6 foot being the most popular.
The retractable dog leash gives a dog freedom of movement. It’s simple to operate and much similar to a measuring tape with a nylon cord that can extend from roughly 4 to 30 feet, with a locking mechanism.
Chain leashes are ornate and differ greatly from the standard type. If you have a mischievous puppy or dog that loves to chew their nylon or leather leash then here’s the solution. Metal chains come varied in weight and thicknesses, so, therefore makes them suitable for all size of dogs. Downside: Dogs that continue to chew can damage their canine teeth.
Reflective leads, in combination with a reflective dog collar, are brilliant for a dog’s master that likes walking his dog of an evening down dimly lit country lanes.
If your dog is a regular travelling companion, consider a seat belt safety leash. It’s short with a clip one end that you attach to the dog’s collar and a seat-belt clip the opposite end to safely secure the dog in the cars back seat.
Nylon is not as expensive as some materials but still hard-wearing and strong.
The leather lead is durable and long-lasting but more costly than most other types.
Chain leashes are the least popular, but having said that, if every dog were to chew their nylon, leather or rubber lead, you may bet the metal chain leash will in no time over take them all in popularity.
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