There are many types of leashes. Here are a few: slip-leash, a braided leather leash, Nylon webbing leash, and the retractable leash. A slip-leash has a loop handle on one end and an adjustable loop on the other for the dog’s head. This type of leash is usually used for dog competitions, like dog agility, so the leash will come easily on and off the dog to allow him, for example, to run through a tunnel. The short braided leash is usually four feet long. It has a loop handle and a clip to attach to the dog’s collar. The style allows a firm grip for the human, and you often see this leash used in obedience training. My very favorite is the Nylon webbing leash. The Nylon leash is usually four to six feet long. It has a loop handle and a clip to attach to the dog’s collar. Most of the time it is used for casual walking. The retractable leash has a plastic handle with a extendable rope that comes from inside the handle. The leash can extend 15 to 25 feet long. The retractable leash has a lock system where, if a certain button on the handle is pressed, the rope locks and the dog can no longer pull any more rope from the handle. The retractable leash allows your dog to go far away from you to sniff about without having the restrictions of a 6-foot leash.
For your dog’s safety and that of others’, a leash is a must when you walk your dog out in public. Even if your dog is very friendly he should wear a leash. If he comes upon another dog, for instance, that is leashed, the restricted one might feel threatened. This could easily provoke an attack. If you want your dog to have a good run, bring him to a dog park. These parks are large, fenced-in areas for dogs to run in off-leash. If your dog is not friendly, however, do not take him there. Other dogs will be enjoying the open space too.
Leashes are for walking your dog, not tying him up. Even if it’s nice outside or he’s in a shady spot near water, your dog can easily get tangled and strangle to death. Also, if he gets tangled, your dog will not be able to reach water and will die of thirst. You must also remember that dogs who are chained or tied are more likely to bite someone because they feel trapped. It’s not good for your dog to be chained outside alone. It is a detriment to his health, safety, and happiness. Please do not risk your dog’s life. Have a fence built or buy a kennel to let your dog play in while outside. But please don’t leave your dog tied up outside. It’s just too dangerous.
Another thing I wear is a harness. A harness reduces the pull on a dog’s neck while walking on a leash. They also reduce the risk of your dog slipping out of his collar while on a walk. Once, when I was taking an outdoor bath on a warm day, I slipped out of my collar. The leash that prevented me from escaping my bath was left behind as I scampered away, still covered in soap. Thankfully, I have mastered my stay command, and when my human yelled, “Sissy, sit! Stay!” I obeyed. Then, unfortunately, I continued my bath, and my humans tightened my collar. Wearing a harness keeps me comfortable and more safe.
Even if a dog has a harness on, that doesn’t mean he can pull on the leash continuously. If your dog pulls on the leash and you want to stop it, click here.
Exercising your dog is very important. Walking your dog every day will keep him healthy and happy. Ask your veterinarian how long and fast walks should be so you don’t strain any of your dog’s muscles. Puppies shouldn’t be taken on very long walks because of their developing bones, and older dogs will probably want shorter walks.