A lead is an integral part of your dog’s well being throughout its life. In most places, it’s a requirement by law, especially when your dog is outside. Whether you wish to use it for taking your furry friend for long walks or for training practices, a dog leash comes in handy without a doubt.
Fortunately, there are many varieties of leads suited for different breeds, temperament, and, of course, specific stage of growth. These variations in style, length, and material can make it difficult for a dog owner to pick the right lead. In this article, we discuss some the main factors to consider when buying the proper lead. Read on!
Manufacturers make leads with a multitude of materials, but, leather and nylon are the most common. The type of material used goes a long way in determining the lead’s durability and efficiency in control, as well as the safety of your dog. Handmade leather dog leads, for instance, are the best bet for the big adult dogs. Like leather dog collars, they are tough, long-lasting, and less likely to be used and abused as a chew toy for your pooch. Moreover, they are soft on hands and do not cut into the fingers or burn your hand if your dog suddenly pulls the lead.
Conversely, nylon leads come in a large variety of colors, sizes, lengths, and styles to suit all dog breeds and sizes. They are often better for smaller dogs and puppies because they’re lighter and more flexible than leather. For maximum comfort on walks, be sure to choose a nylon lead with a padded handle.
Length and Width
Choosing an appropriate lead length is essential at every stage of your pup’s life. For example, your puppy’s first lead should be relatively short, lightweight, and comfortable to handle at all times. At a later stage when your dog shows signs of training maturation, longer, retractable, or adjustable lead varieties should be introduced. In a suburban or rural setting, a long leather dog leash works perfectly well. Ideally, a standard (6-foot) lead allows the dog to romp at a distance in the open spaces. If you live in an urban setting, a short leash is usually an excellent safe length. This allows your pooch to do a bit of smelling and exploring, as well as his bathroom business. All the while you can still keep your pal in close reign.
You should bear in mind that the longer the lead, the harder it will be to handle your dog efficiently without getting tangled around objects in the vicinity. In addition to length, you want to consider the width of the lead. Larger dogs require wider leads and vice versa. If possible, do buy a leather dog leash and lead that possess a width that matches (or is at least close to) the width of the dog’s collar.
Finally, our Woofwerks leads come with a variety of special features suitable for your pet and unique routines. For instance, if you often walk your dog in low light, it might be wise to consider investing in a lead with reflective strips or flashlights. For those who run and hike with their dogs, a hands-free leash is the best option. Further, hardware such as the O-rings and clips should make enough of a fashion statement and be rust-resistant. They should be easy to attach securely to the leather dog collar. This prevents snapping off whenever a dog exerts force.
Once you buy the right handmade leather dog leads from Woofwerks, there’s only one thing left to do – get out there!