Keep your dog from breaking away with
a strong Dog Lead
How to Buy a Lead for your Dog
You are getting or just got a new pup and you are
excitedly making a list of everything you need to buy
for your pet. One of the first things you will need is
a Quality Dog Lead.
Many places will tell you the kinds of
things you will need, and most will include a leash or
lead in the list. But few will tell you how to know
what type of lead to buy or how to use it properly once
you have it.
Your dog's leash or lead is a hugely important tool in
socializing and training your dog, as well as in
developing your relationship with your new best friend.
Here are some questions to ask yourself and things to
consider before you choose a lead.
1. Make sure that the lead isn't too heavy for your
pup. Don't try to buy a heavy leather or chain lead for
a tiny puppy, it will weigh the pup down and make it
uncomfortable when it tries to walk, and it may learn
to hate the lead. As your puppy grows you will want to
buy stronger leads.
On the other hand, if your new dog is full grown, be
sure that the new leash is strong enough that it can't
break if the dog pulls one way when you pull in another
2. What will be the primary use of the lead? Will your
pup's first lead be used simply to protect it as it
explores its world and learns to eliminate outdoors? If
so, you might want to get a lead that is longer than
the usual six feet so that your dog can explore a bit
3. Will you be using the lead mostly on urban
sidewalks, suburban streets or country pathways?
Depending on the size and age of your dog, and how well
trained it is, on urban sidewalks you may need to use a
short, thick lead known as a traffic leash, that lets
you keep the dog very close to you. On a suburban
street you might use the normal six foot leash, and on
country pathways you might want to use the retractable
leash that lets you give the dog plenty of leash length
to allow for exploring, but quickly shorten the leash
if you meet other dogs or horses on your walk. You may
want to purchase all three types so that you are ready
to walk your dog anywhere.
4. Is your dog still a puppy? If so, try to find a
light but strong lead in case your pup tends to chew on
the leash. Even a toy breed puppy can chew through a
thin leather leash much more quickly than you can
imagine. And a dog on a broken leash can be in severe
danger on suburban or urban streets.
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