Best Dog Leashes

You know how it is. You’re out and about with your dog, you’re walking down the street, there are people everywhere–and then all of a sudden your pup spots something they want to chase.

The next thing you know, they’ve bolted off into traffic or tangled themselves up in someone’s legs. The good news is that there are things you can do to minimize these risks. The bad news? It requires taking time beforehand to make sure you have the right equipment for keeping them safe on walks!

Choosing the best dog leash for your pet can be a daunting task. With so many options available, how do you know which one is right for you and your furry friend?

Types of Leashes

There are two major types of leashes on the market today:

Retractable dog leashes and Standard.

Standard leashes are designed to hold a particular length and cannot be extended any further.

Retractable leashes, on the other hand, have a mechanism inside that allows you to adjust as needed between a few feet and up to 30 feet or more of cord so your pup can walk or run as far from you as he wants. They also tend not to be as durable and can be more expensive than standard leashes.

Each has benefits and drawbacks. For instance, standard leashes are great for times when you want to set a certain distance between you and your pet. Retractable leashes, on the other hand, are more flexible but can be harder to keep under control–especially if your pup is extra energetic or strong-willed.

As with most things, it is best to know what you want out of your leash before you buy one.

Best Dog Leashes

-32%Bestseller No. 1
COOYOO 2 Pack Dog Leash 5 FT Heavy Duty - Comfortable Padded Handle - Reflective Dog Leash for Medium Large Dogs with Collapsible Pet Bowl
  • 5 FT REFLECTIVE DOG LEASH - Our dog leash is a perfect choice to bring balance between freedom and control for your pet during daily walks. It fits many occasions- walking, running, or training.Your dog will stay safely within your safe and gentle control by maintaining a comfy connection between you and your pet while on the go or enjoying outdoor activities.Highly reflective threads dog leashes providing visibility and safety at night walk.
  • BUILT TO LAST–Our dog leash is 5 ft long made of strong 1/2 inch diameter rock climbing rope and heavy-duty snap hook, this dog leash keeps your dog secure for a walk around the neighborhood or a fast-paced run through the wilderness.Woven rope material provides a comfortable grasp for sustained control, allowing you to enjoy each adventure with your dog.
  • COMFY WRIST SUPPORT- Features SOFT PADDED handles for extra comfort. Provides a firm grip without rubbing against your hand causing rope burns. This dog leash will not take long for you to thank us on the comfort of this handle if you have a large dog and if you need to frequently hold it back while walking.
  • COLOR OPTIONS: Our leashes come in bright primary colors or classic, elegant black,exclusive special twill weave. Our commitment to quality and durability mean our leashes do not fade and fray as others do.
  • VALUE PACK and INVLAUABLE COMMITMENT – Get the most out of your bargain. You will get the value pack of 2 dog leashes;1 collapsible water bowl;1 poop bag dispenser. Any issues to our dog leashes, please feel free to contact us.Refund or exchange if you are not happy for whatever reason.
-34%Bestseller No. 2
BAAPET 2/4/5/6 FT Dog Leash with Comfortable Padded Handle and Highly Reflective Threads for Small Medium and Large Dogs (5FT-1/2'', Black)
  • HEAVY DUTY - The BAAPET dog leash made with strongest 1/2 inch diameter rock climbing rope and very durable clip hook for you and your dog safe
  • COMFORT PADDED HANDLES - Features soft padded handles for amazing comfortable, just enjoy the feeling walks with your dog and protects your hand from rope burn
  • REFLECTIVE FOR NIGHT SAFETY - Highly reflective threads dog leashes keeps you both safe and visible on your late-evening walks
  • GREAT FOR WALKING, RUNNING OR TRAINNING - This 5 foot length dog leash is a perfect balance between freedom and control, give enough freedom to your dog and everything absolutely under your control
  • 100% MONEYBACK GUARANTEE - No matter you and your dog not like this dog leash, no problem, get your money back! or get this new cool leash for your dog today, it's also a great gift idea!
Bestseller No. 3
TUG 360° Tangle-Free, Heavy Duty Retractable Dog Leash for Up to 55 lb Dogs; 16 ft Strong Nylon Tape; One-Handed Brake, Pause, Lock (Medium, White)
  • Small Leash is Suitable for Dogs Under 35 lbs; Medium For Dogs Under 55 lbs; Large For Dogs Under 110 lbs; Retractable Leashes Not Suitable For Chewing
  • 16 ft Tape Leash With Easy-Adjust Retraction; Tangle Free 360 Degree Tape Movement
  • Quick Lock And Unlock Feature - Easy Roll-On and Roll-Off With Your Thumb
  • Super Comfortable Grip For Those Long Walks! Ergonomic Anti-Slip Handle
  • Heavy Duty Internal Coil For Consistent Retraction
-22%Bestseller No. 4
FunTags 6FT Reflective Dog Leash with Soft Padded Handle for Training,Walking Lead for Large & Medium Dog,1 Inch Wide,Red
  • COMFORT PADDED HANDLES: Easy to grip padded handle is comfortable on your hand.Just enjoy the feeling walks with your dog and protect your hand from rope burn.
  • REFLECTIVE AND NYLON MATERIAL: Nylon fabric with high density webbing to add durability. Luminous reflective threading through the full dog leashes enhances super high visibility and would be reflective when lights shine on them at night. Walking in the dark would be safe.
  • 360° ROTATING CLASP: Swivel clasp prevents the leash from twisting and dog getting tangled, allowing your dog to get enough freedom. you to get a good control of your dogs.
  • IDEAL LENGTH AND WIDTH:6ft long leash allows your puppy to have enough space to walk. The 3/4"(2.0cm)width suitable for small to medium dogs, 1.0"(2.5cm)width suitable for medium to large dogs.
  • PERFECT COMBINATION: This dogs leash is a single product. We make nylon collar in various colors to match our beautiful leash. The matching collar is available by search the asin "B07Z69ZGYL " .
-5%Bestseller No. 5
MayPaw Heavy Duty Rope Dog Leash, 6/8/10 FT Nylon Pet Leash, Soft Padded Handle Thick Lead Leash for Large Medium Dogs Small Puppy
  • 12mm (1/2") diameter round dog leash is lightweight and durable for medium and large breeds
  • 6ft long leash gives your dog enough space to walk in front of you, better control and traffic.
  • Strength and comfort combine this nylon dog leash make it easy and safety for Dog walking
  • Basic standard dog leash with beautiful color to be distinctive and attractive.
  • Pets Make Our Lives Whole, get this strong dog leash to your dog to be a great gift. Any problems, freely to email with us.
-22%Bestseller No. 6
Joytale Double-Sided Reflective Dog Leash, 6 FT/5FT/4 FT, Padded Handle Nylon Dogs Leashes for Walking, Training Lead for Medium & Large Dogs, Teal, 6FT
  • DOUBLE-SIDED REFLECTIVE: Upgraded double-sided reflective leash features reflective stitching on both sides to improve its visibility and would be reflective when lights shine on it at night. Can keep your doggie safe during evening walks or runs
  • COMFORT GRIP: The handles have a soft cushion padding on the inside grip, which makes it is comfortable to hold and provides much comfort to control your active furry baby, protect your hand from rope burn. Also, come with a D ring on the handle to clip Joytale poop bags or accessories
  • IDEAL LENGTH: 6ft length dog leash is a perfect balance between freedom and control. It can give your dog as much freedom but still under your easy control. The 3/4'' width version fits small dogs, and the 1.0'' version suits medium or large dogs
  • DURABLE 360°METAL CLASP: With the heavy duty spinning snap to prevent the leash from twisting and tangling, your dog can move freely around you, for better control of your dog. Nylon fabric with high density webbing to add durability
  • PERFECT COMBINATION: We make nylon leashes in various colors to match our beautiful collars. The matching reflective nylon collar is available by searching the asin "B09DP22G9V"
Bestseller No. 7
Strong Durable Nylon Dog Training Leash, Traction Rope, 4Ft /5 Foot /6 Feet Long, 5/8 inch 3/4 Inch 1 Inch Wide, for Small and Medium Dogs
  • Made with high quality nylon, soft and durable.
  • Lightweight and simple design, matching all collar of your dogs.
  • Easy on and easy off hook.
  • Suitable for small and medium size breeds.
  • Dimension: length: 6 feet. Width: 1 inch and 3/4 inch for your choice.
-20%Bestseller No. 8
PetSafe Nylon Dog Leash - Strong, Durable, Traditional Style Leash with Easy to Use Bolt Snap - 1" x 6', Black
  • EASY TO USE: The easy on, easy off hook makes securing the leash to your pet’s collar or harness effortless
  • OPTIONS: PetSafe Nylon Leashes are available in multiple lengths and widths so you can choose the size that works best for your dog or cat
  • GREAT ADDITION: PetSafe Nylon Leashes pair perfectly with many training aids like Easy Walk Harnesses and Gentle Leader Headcollars
  • EXPERIENCE: PetSafe Brand has been an industry leading US manufacturer of pet behavior, containment and lifestyle products since 1991, helping millions of people and pets each year
Bestseller No. 9
26Ft Retractable Dog Leash, Heavy Duty Great Leash for Dog up to 110 lbs, Anti-Slip Rubberized Handle, One-Handed Brake, Strong Nylon Tape, Tangle Free——MK-DEF .
  • 1.Simple, practical and comfortable. A ergonomic and anti-slip rubberized handle fits in your hand well for those long walks.
  • 2.26ft tape leash with easy-adjust retraction that allows your canine pal to explore but still remain within safe distance. Tangle-free 360 degree tape movement.
  • 3.Professional strap ---extremely sturdy 26ft strap---for medium and large dogs up to 110lbs.
  • 4.You can push the button all the way down to lock the leash, or click the button back to easily reel your dog back in. It will remains locked as long as the button is pressed. For safety reasons, the lock is locked when the belt is tensioned; when you need to unlock, pull the dog back, or push the dog leash forward.
  • 5.Note:Do not let your dog chewing the leash, a 5 pound dog can easily pull off the leash if it has a little breakage.If you have any quality problems or don’t like it, please contact us or Amazon customer service .We will give you a satisfactory answer.
-28%Bestseller No. 10
Fida Durable Slip Lead Dog Leash, 6 FT x 1/2" Heavy Duty Dog Loop Leash, Comfortable Strong Rope Slip Leash for Large, Medium Dogs, No Pull Pet Training Leash with Highly Reflective, Green
  • 【EASY AND CONVENIENT】- No collar or harness needed. With the adjustable loop, extremely simple and easy to put on or off.
  • 【STRONG & LIGHTWEIGHT】- This tough Premium Slip Loop Dog Leash made of high strength nylon rope, super durable metal ring, and the knots bound with leather cover. 1/2” thick rope provide maximum durability and comfortable grip.
  • 【Reflective for Night Safety】- The reflective straps on the entire rope leash ensures great visibility and security during night walk or jogging.
  • 【Great for Training】– The slip leash tightens when your dog pulls and loosens when the behavior is corrected. Great dog training leash to correct the behavior under control.
  • 【Perfect Size】– 1/2” x 6 ft perfect length for Outside walking, jogging, hiking or training. Suit for Large, medium and small dogs and puppies.
Bestseller No. 11
Dog Leash - 6FT 10FT 15FT 20FT 30FT 50FT 100FT Heavy Duty Leash with Swivel Lockable Hook and ,Reflective Threads Bungee Dog Leash for Walking,Hunting,Camping Yard for Small Medium Large Dog
  • 🐶Newly Added Accessory:Shock Absorbing Reflective Bungee uses innovative Zero Shock BUNGEE Technology perfect for control and cushion the pulling, effectively slowing down the tension on the hand, reducing laborious traction, which makes dogs'walking enjoyable! The dog leash cord has reflective stitching on both sides to improve its visibility and protect your dog in the dark or low light conditions "
  • 🐶Upgraded 360°Swivel Lockable Hook:The new design 360°swivel clips clasp are made of strong zinc alloy, rust-proof and durable. the same material used and trusted by climbers and gives you peace of mind.Professional Swivel clasp prevents the dog leash from twisting and dog getting tangled,Let your dog run freely anytime,anywhere,and you can get a good control of your dogs
  • 🐶Heavy Duty Reflective Dog Leash: Our Strong dog leash used the unique machine knitting technology which make us the most popular in the market. Our great large dog leashes is made of ultra-durable and wear-resistant nylon rope, and stitched with reflective line along the length of the dog leash thick rope, highly visibility at night, keeps you both safe and high visibility on your late-evening walks at night
  • 🐶Comfortable padded foam handle:ergonomically designed non-toxic soft padded handle for extra comfort,which provides a firm grip.Enjoy the feeling walks with your dog and protects your hand from rope burn for amazing comfort and control.
  • 🐶Great for Walking,Running and Trainning:This long dog leash for large dog give enough freedom to your dog and everything absolutely under your control.The diameter of 1/3 inch can meet small dogs, cats or other small animals. The diameter of 3/8 inch and 1/2 inch is the best choice for training leashes for large dogs or medium dogs. dog leash suitable for outdoor sports such as hiking,camping,training,hunting,backyard,beach, mountaineering, walking, running, etc.
Bestseller No. 12
DOYOO 2 Pack Dog Leash 6 FT Thick Durable Nylon Rope - Comfortable Padded Handle Reflective Rope Dog Leash for Medium Large Dogs with Collapsible Pet Bowl and Garbage Bags (6FT-Blue + Black)
  • HEAVY DUTY - This 2 pack dog leashes made with strongest 1/2 inch diameter rock climbing rope and durable 360 degree rustproof swivel hook,suitable for small,medium and large dogs.
  • FOAM HANDLES - Features soft padded handles for amazing comfortable shock grip.The comfortable foam handle helps you maintain firm and comfortable grip without digging into your hands even when your dog pulls hardly. just enjoy the feeling walks with your dog and protects your hand from rope burn
  • REFLECTIVE FOR NIGHT SAFETY - Highly reflective threads dog leashes keeps you both safe and visible on your late-evening walks
  • PERFECT SIZE - 6 ft/180 cm is a perfect length for walking, running or training that reaches a balance between control and safety, giving enough comfort and freedom to your dogs.
  • VALUE PACK AND INVLAUABLE COMMITMENT - This value pack of 2 dog leashes and a collapsible water bowl And Garbage bags pricing is unmatchable when you buy them separately. Order now, the shopping cart is already added with our commitment of providing best customer service. Refund or exchange if you are not happy for whatever reason.
Bestseller No. 13
Retractable Dog Leash, Pet Walking Leash with Anti-Slip Handle, Strong Nylon Tape, Tangle-Free, One-Handed One Button Lock & Release, Suitable for Small/Medium Dog/Cat, 16 ft, Pink.
  • SIZE --- You can choose S size (10ft) and L size (16ft) of traction rope according to your own habits, 10ft of traction rope is suitable for pets up to 22lbs, 16ft of traction rope is suitable for pets up to 33lbs
  • NO TANGLE --- Tangle-free 360° swivel leash and easy-adjust retraction make you no worry about your dogs getting twisted while walking, allow your dogs to move freely around you.
  • EASY TO USE --- Quick lock, pause and unlock button- easy to operate with your thumb. Tangle-free, great for walking, jogging, running, camping and hiking, or out for a leisurely stroll backyard activities.
  • COMFORTABLE HANDLE --- Ergonomic TPE anti-slip handle is easy and safe to grip, provides enjoyable walking experience with your pets, don't worry about the dog leash will hurt your hand.
  • DURABILITY & SAFETY --- This dog training leash is made of strong nylon, durable and protect your dogs perfectly.
Bestseller No. 14
PINA Retractable Dog Leash, 26ft Dog Leash for Small Medium Large Dogs Up to 110lbs, 360° Tangle-Free Strong Reflective Nylon Tape, with Anti-Slip Handle, One-Handed Brake, Pause, Lock - Black Blue
  • 【Perfect for Small to Large Dogs】16FT leash is suitable for dogs up to 55 lbs. 26FT leash is suitable for dogs up to 110 lbs. Both sizes are available in a variety of colors.
  • 【Easy to Use】Quick Lock and Unlock Button, easy Roll-On and Roll-Off with your thumb only. Allows you to adjust the distance between you and your dogs at anytime, protect the safety of pets and other pedestrians.
  • 【Reflective & Tangle-Free Leash】High quality leash is embedded with reflective materials. Highly reflective cord leash increase security & visibility for dogs and their owners early in the morning or late at night. 360° Tangle-Free design make the retraction more easy and smoothly.
  • 【Safe and Durable】Durable rust proof swivel hook and steady impact-resistant ABS material, top durability internal coil spring for consistent retraction several years.
  • 【Free Gift & 100% No Risk to Order】Comes with extra dog collar, collapsible water bowl, waste bag dispenser and waste bags to solve all your worries during walk the dog. We also offer 30 days money back and 1 year warranty.
Bestseller No. 15
VIVAGLORY Dog Training Leash with 2 Padded Handles, Heavy Duty 6ft Long Reflective Safety Leash Walking Lead for Medium to Large Dogs, Black
  • Dual Padded Handles: Soft Neoprene and padded handle, comfortable than ever and No More Rope Burn; Equipped with an extra traffic handle, which can control your dog easily when in emergency
  • 360° Rotating Clasp: Swivel clasp prevents the leash from twisting and dog getting tangled. Heavy-duty metal clasp makes our training leashes last longer than most ones. Premium components for maximum strength
  • More Durable, Much Safer: Double layer tightly webbed nylon make the leash strong and sturdy. NOT FOR CHEWERS. Reflective threading through the full dog leash enhances super high visibility to keep safe at night
  • Size Guidance: Lengths are measured from end to top, including loop handle and metal clasp. Leashes of 1 inch in width with larger clasp are suggested for medium to large dogs, 1/2 inch in width with smaller and lighter claps are suggested for small to medium dogs
  • How to Choose Right Size: Please take your height, dog's size and using habit into consideration to choose a right size for you or your family. It's also a good choice to buy several different types for different occasions
Bestseller No. 16
Fida 6 FT Heavy Duty Dog Leash with 2 Comfortable Padded Handles, Traffic Handle & Advanced Easy Snap Hook, Reflective Walking Lead for Large, Medium & Small Breed Dogs, Rose
  • 【ADVANCED EASY HOOK】- This metal clasp is designed super easy and quick to clip on D-ring, Just hold this clasp and lightly slide over the D-ring and automatically it’s lock. Meanwhile, 360° rotating, heavy duty rustproof swivel alloy clasp, effectively avoid the leash twisting and tangling.
  • 【STRONG & DURABLE LEASH】- The premium dog leash made of high strength nylon with new stitching, Nearly 2X thicker and stronger than standard leash. 1” width and tightly sewing provide maximum durability and last. Great for large, medium and even some small breeds dog. A must-have dog leash for walking, training, jogging and hiking.
  • 【DUAL HANDLES SOFT PADDED】- The soft neoprene padded handles ensure comfortable grip than ever and No More Rope Burn when your dog pulling; The traffic handle near your dog's collar provide extra, quicker and more securely control in emergency.
  • 【REFLECTIVE AT NIGHT】- The reflective threads on the leash provide more safe and visibility in early of morning and late at night.
  • 【100% Satisfaction Guaranteed】- We're super confident that you'll love this dog leash. And we commit 30 days full money back with no reason and 1 year warranty. Worth to have this amazing dog leash for all pet lovers. If you have any question, do not hesitate to contact us at any time, our service team will provide the best solution within 24 hours.
-8%Bestseller No. 17
Heavy Duty Dog Leash - 2 Handles by Padded Traffic Handle for Extra Control, 6foot Long - Perfect for Medium to Large Dogs (6 ft, Black)
  • Upgrade: The product has been modified to use nylon thread directly sewing, very strong.All handles was sewn onto the leash instead of the velcro
  • MAXIMUM TOUGHNESS AND DURABILITY: Nearly 2X thicker and stronger than standard dog leashes. 3mm thick and 1” wide with tightly webbed nylon for enhanced rugged construction.
  • DUAL HANDLES FOR TOTAL CONTROL: Features two padded handles for amazing control. Use the standard handle for those casual dog walks or quickly grab the built in traffic handle to guide your pup through crowded areas with ease.
  • PLUSH PADDED HANDLES FOR COMFORT: Features 2 premium neoprene padded handles for amazing comfort. You’ll just love the feel while on those walks through the park with your dog.
  • BE SAFE AND VISIBLE AT NIGHT: Luminous reflective threading keeps you both safe and visible on your late-evening walks. Enjoy a large 2” heavy duty clip for added safety and thick D-ring to attach your favorite dog training clicker or dog poop bag holder.
Bestseller No. 18
azuza 3 Pack Nylon Dog Leashes,Strong & Durable Basic Style Leash with Easy to Use Collar Hook,Available in Multiple Lengths for Puppy Small Medium and Large Dogs, Hot Pink/ Pink/Purple
  • 1-S: There are four sizes for you to choose by the 3-pack leash set. Dog Leash for small dogs -Leash Width 5/8'' , Leash Length 6ft.
  • Stylish Design - Classic color styles, the symbol of vitality, health and enthusiasm, makes your dog stand out in a crowd.
  • Soft & Lightweight - High quality nylon tape. Made from soft nylon and much more comfortable for your dog. No worries about color fading. With chrome coated metal D ring enhances the durability.
  • Triple set - include 3 color suitable for different scenarios, very competitive price with multiple choices.
  • Affordable Chic for Pet Lovers – We want to make the leash that focused on dogs looking as fashion and popular as their owners.And the leash can be returned or exchanged unconditionally if unmet your requirement.
Bestseller No. 19
Fida Retractable Dog Leash, 16 ft Dog Walking Leash for Small Dogs up to 26 lbs, 360° Tangle Free, Black
  • Black Retractable Pet Leash, 360° Tangle-free, 16ft high strength nylon tape with durable rustproof swivel hook and steady impact-resistant ABS material, suitable for Small dogs or cats up to 26 lbs. Top durability Internal Coil Spring for Consistent Retraction several years.
  • Safe Reflective Dog Leash- The black leash tape is embedded with white reflective materials. Highly reflective cord leash increase security & visibility for dogs and their owners at night.
  • Ergonomic Anti-slip SOFT Handle- made of durable soft material & super comfortable grip for longer walks.
  • Easy to use- Quick Lock, Pause and Unlock Button- easy Roll-On and Roll-Off with your thumb only. Tangle-free, great for walking, jogging, running, camping and hiking, or out for a leisurely stroll backyard activities
  • 100% NO RISK TO ORDER- we commit 30 days money back without any reason and 1 year warranty. All of Fida retractable dog leashes includes lifelong professional technical support. Contact us any time with any reason!
Bestseller No. 20
AMAGOOD 6 FT Puppy/Dog Leash, Strong and Durable Traditional Style Leash with Easy to Use Collar Hook,Dog Lead Great for Small and Medium and Large (Purple,5/8" x 6 Feet)
  • 1 pack 6 ft Pet/dog leashes( 1 Purple 6 feet dog Leash),EXTRA 6 FT DOG LEASH:lead length: 6 F00T, 5/8" in wide .The dog leash is very strong and durable,suitable for small,medium dog or cat.
  • EASY TO USE: The easy on, easy off hook makes securing the small leash to your pet’s collar or harness effortless
  • LIGHTWEIGHT AND NOT ABSORB WATER:soft and lightweight Non-absorbent material won't get more and more heavy in the water and won’t sink, the dog leash will float when submerged and highly visible against any background.
  • GREAT DESIGN: The stitching is reinforced and the nickel-plated clip swivels to resist twisting.the joints of the rope are sewn by the machine, which is very strong and not easy to fall off.
  • 100% MONEYBACK GUARANTEE - No matter you and your dog not like this dog lead, no problem, get your money back! or get this new cool line dog leash for your dog today,The pet lead is also a great gift idea!CLICK the Orange button to order this dog leash for your pet NOW!

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What Is the Best Type of Leash for Your Dog

The best leash for your dog will depend on your purpose while walking them. If you are looking to control your canine while around other people, go with a shorter leash — this gives you greater control over their movements. On the flip side, longer leashes give you more freedom to explore new places and get in some extra exercise (if that’s what you’re looking for).

Of course, some dogs have a natural tendency to pull ahead while on any leash. In this case, it’s best to invest in a harness–it will allow you to more evenly share their weight and give you more leverage when trying to steer them in the right direction.

Harnesses also work well for small dogs and smaller breeds who may be at greater risk of getting hurt or strangled by a standard leash.

How To Choose a Good Leash

Length of Leash

When choosing a leash for your pup, the size of the dog should be taken into account as well. For instance, if you have a small lap-sized breed, yet are choosing an extendable leash, there are dangers. Likewise, if you have a larger breed and the leash is only three feet long, there is a chance that they could run out of it before you can get them stopped–which means that sudden halt your arm will go through when they stop mid-run!

Aside from size issues, it’s also important to consider length for other reasons. If you’re going to be walking in an area that is busy, then a short leash could prevent your dog from being able to get away from other people–which may not be the best choice if they are easily frightened or jumpy.

In this case, you should look for a shorter leash so it doesn’t tug too hard if they try to get away from a stranger. If you are going to be outside more often, a longer leash can be more appropriate. You’ll have a greater range of motion and greater control over them while exploring the great outdoors!

Material

Leashes come in different materials, depending on what it is made of will affect your environment and the overall lifespan of the product.

Nylon leashes are strong, durable, and long-lasting. If you’re outside a lot, this could be your best choice. However, if you live in an area that has more corrosive environments (say near the ocean) then nylon may not be as impact-resistant to salt. In this case, you should look for a leash made from leather or another similarly durable material.

There are also certain conditions where a fabric leash may be more appropriate than nylon–for instance, if the weather is hot and your dog tends to get sweaty while they walk, nylon can cause irritation in some cases.

Leather leashes are great for dogs that are very active and tend to be on the bigger side. However, if you do not properly maintain them they will become worn down and may break.

Why Use a Leash

In general, leashes are used to keep your pet from running away or getting into trouble. However, there are a few more benefits that they offer as well:

  • They give you a natural way to communicate with your pup without words
  • They allow you to have a greater range of motion when going for a walk
  • Allow you to keep your dog close while you are out in public
  • Offer a sense of security to your dog, which makes them more likely to remain calm

Tips on How to Use Your New Leash Properly

The first thing you should do is make sure your dog understands it’s their leash. Not a toy to play tug-of-war with, and certainly not an “extension of the arm” when they try to pull ahead!

Get them in front of you (start with having them sit in front of you) and hold the leash a few inches above their head. If your dog is a bigger breed, then you may want to hold it a bit higher so that they do not accidentally step on or trip over the leash.

With constant pressure (not too hard, but enough to make them aware of the weight of the leash), bring the leash down and behind their rear legs. Then, bring the leash across their back until it is underneath the other set of legs.

Make sure to leave enough leash behind them so that they can walk (at least two feet), but not so much that you will be dragged or tripped should your dog start to run away from you!

When bringing the leash up, you want to make sure that the leash is in between your pup’s front legs. You can either hold it there or bring their collar up and then clip the leash into place.

When you first purchase your pup’s leash and collar, it is important to make sure that the two items fit properly.

For their collar, make sure they can fit two fingers (not including your thumb) comfortably under the collar.

If there is too much room around the neck area, most harnesses have an adjustable strap for you to tighten. If there is no adjustability, then you’ll want to go for a small or medium-sized collar.

For the leash, make sure it is long enough so they can comfortably walk next to you but not too long where they would be able to roam freely without you maintaining control of them.

Having a backup leash is a great idea if you need to go on long or difficult walks.

For example, it’s always good to keep a spare leash in the car, just in case your dog manages to destroy both of their leashes during your walk/run!

If you don’t have a replacement leash available, then it’s likely that you’ll have to cut your walk short.

Remember that the leash is an important piece of equipment for keeping your pup (and yourself) safe. Make sure to invest in high-quality leashes and collars so that they will last long-term use!