The leash is a necessary accessory for dogs. Mandatory in some cases, it is recommended in others. However, in order for the walk to be pleasing to the doggie and his master, it is important to choose a good model, reliable, sturdy and suitable for everyone. How to make a choice? Which model to choose? Where can I buy a dog leash? Let’s examine the question in this file.
What is the use of a leash with your dog?
A leash is a necessary accessory when adopting a dog. In fact, if it is sometimes needed, it is above all practical. True, this can be considered a restriction on the dog’s freedom of movement, but it is important to guarantee his safety. In addition, it has become a legal obligation for category 1 and category 2 dogs, but also for walking on public roads within most towns as well as in the woods and woods outside of forest trails between April 15 and June 30 so as not to interfere with childbirth and newborns.
Why this obligation? Simply because the leash greatly limits the risk of an accident, because an animal can be out of control at any time. In fact, a dog can run at any time or avoid danger, afraid of a noise, human or animal. He may be the victim of an accident or cause one, but he may also frighten other people or other animals, or even hurt them, voluntarily or not.
Having a leash for your dog is a great way to contribute to his education and walk him safely almost anywhere. Moreover, it does not in any way prevent him from allowing him to act freely if he is authorized to do so.
What are the different types of dog leashes?
Here are the different models of leashes available in the market.
Very strong and durable, metal leashes are not the most recommended. They are actually quite heavy for the animal and not good for the neck. Plus, they’re uncomfortable for the owner not to easily grip them.
However, for dogs that are tempted to touch their leash, the metal leash will not allow them to get their teeth into it. So this can be a temporary solution while teaching the pooch to respect the object that is the leash.
The nylon leash
Light, strong and irresistible, the nylon leash is great for walking and learning. On the other hand, it can be uncomfortable for the owner if the dog pulls on the leash, because the nylon is burned by friction. Prefer a round shape with a reinforced handle.
The leather leash
Genuine leather leash is durable, especially buffalo leather, which is the most recommended. On the other hand, they have the disadvantages of requiring some maintenance and care, as the material remains fragile. In order for the leash to be strong, it must not be left in humidity or allowed to be bitten by an animal.
The reversible leash
If they are in high demand, retractable leashes are nonetheless real dangers, especially on town walks. In fact, the animal is harder to master, especially if it does as it pleases and runs away.
These are leashes provided for country walks, when your pooch needs to exercise while staying a reasonable distance from you, with no danger in close proximity.
Also, avoid using it for learning to walk on a leash, as the animal will find it very difficult to keep walking with this type of product, even if they have brakes.
The dog lanyard is rather long leash (more than 3 meters), flat and solid. This pedagogical tool is interesting for learning to remember and walk close to a sense of semi-freedom. In addition, it is great for sports practice (cani-cross, cani-mountain biking, etc.).
The lasso is tied
This specific leash is provided for parades during dog shows. Also acting as a collar, they have the advantage of being careful and leaving no trace of the neck hair to keep the doggie’s coat as clean and regular as possible.
These ribbon leashes are not suitable for walking, because they hug the neck too tightly.
How to choose a leash for your dog?
The choice of tie should depend on many behaviors.
Dog trainers often recommend nylon and metal leashes because they last longer.
If the dog is likely to pull, it is better to choose a model with a padded handle so as not to hurt the owner’s hand.
Reserve the lanyard for sports (cani-cross, cani VTT, etc.).
Prefer a shorter leash, safer for the dog. However, you may have a long rope or rope for walking in the countryside or in large safe parks.
A height of 1 meter to 1.20 meters is recommended to keep the animal close so that it does not get caught.
If you have a small dog, a retractable leash is possible, as long as he doesn’t just pull it off.
Where to buy and between your dog?
Buying a dog leash can be done within many sites.
- In supermarkets: you can find leash models that can be interesting in price terms, but the quality is not always there and the choice is always limited.
- In pet stores: pet stores are usually well equipped with dog leashes and allow you to find all models of all sizes. Again, focus on strength and stamina to make sure you invest in a reliable product that is right for your dog.
- On the internet: there are many sites that sell dog leashes and many other equipment. Very practical for finding the model of your dreams, their only drawback is that they do not allow an introductory test.
However, we recommend that you always have two leashes with you. In fact, this precaution allows you to avoid finding yourself helpless if your dog’s leash breaks during the walk.
How to teach your dog to walk with a leash?
Learning to walk on a leash is one of the first things to teach young doggies. Once the puppy has been vaccinated and is accustomed to wearing the collar and/or harness, you can begin this instruction with him.
Start sessions at home, in your home, to provide her with a calm, reassuring, safe and non -stressful work environment. Attach the strap to his collar or harness and allow him to wander around the house using it to get him used to his weight.
You can grab the rope and do a few steps with him. It’s a safe bet that the puppy will try to resist. Encourage him to keep going by offering him medications and praising him if he moves forward without being shot.
When learning is taken on the inside, try the same process on the outside. Your dog should follow you several steps, always on the same side. This is usually the left side chosen by the convention.
Don’t hesitate to change course, change direction and stop without warning to encourage your pet to follow you naturally and without resistance.
Be patient, because this apprenticeship can be long, but it is necessary for your walks. Show yourself compassion and congratulate your little partner on every achievement to encourage him or her to multiply his or her good manners.