Keep your dog on a tight leash!
Dogs leads or a dog leash is an essential piece of equipment. It can sometimes be difficult to control even a toy dog on lead so there are several types of dog training lead. For dogs that go far, you can also opt for an extendable or retractable lead, or you can get long dog leads or rope dog leads. Dog owners need to learn how to stop a dog pulling on lead, and that is why they are so useful for training. Custom dog leads include a slip lead for dogs, leather dog leads, double dog lead, or dog running lead.
What are dogs leads used for?
Dog leads or a dog leash are a rope or similar material attached to a collar, harness, or halter in order to control, restrain, and protect dogs. They are also used for training purposes and help get puppies used to walking to heel with their owners. It is a good idea to start training your dog to walk on the lead as soon as possible. This way you will both be more comfortable when you go out for walks. There are different types of dog leads available.
Different types of dog leads
There are different types of dog leads. The best one for your dog can depend on the breed, but as a standard, there is not much difference between a toy dog on lead or a St. Bernard. All dogs require the proper accessories to go with the lead or leash such an appropriately sized collar or harness. There are, however, different types of leads with specific purposes in mind.
Extendable or retractable dog leads
Long dog leads are used to train dogs in wide open spaces. You can buy long dog leads in the form of extendable or retractable dog leads. These unravel from the hand-held part and allow your dog to roam further without getting lost. If your dog likes to venture far away and explore sometimes, then this type of dog lead could be ideal for you. You will have peace of mind they will still be attached even if they have gone off into the distance.
Dog training lead
A more advanced dog training lead can have many different features. Some of the main characteristics include:
- Two ends, and two trigger hooks
- Two ‘D’ rings to connect the triggers
- An ‘O’ ring
- Longer length (2m+)
There are several benefits to using this type of lead when training your puppy. With two ends and two clips, they give the owner more control. A dog training lead is also adjustable in different ways. You can adjust the length and move the rings and triggers. You have the option to attach the lead to two points in a dog’s harness or other accessories, and you can even use it as a tether when you are out and about.
Slip lead for dogs
A slip lead for dogs is composed of a single cord strung through a ring at the end making a loop. The reason it has this name is that it can be easily slipped on and off quickly. They adjust to the size of the dog’s neck, however, so the dog cannot wriggle out of them. Slip leads tighten and loosen easily and can be customisable. You can convert them into different training tools such as a harness or get a night slip lead with reflective threads.
Dog running lead
If you love going out running with your dog, you can either opt for a handheld or round the waist dog running lead. These are specifically designed for those who want the ease and comfort of controlling their dogs while running. They will also help to train your dog to run at the same pace as you and stay by your side.
Custom dog leads
Dog leads, or a dog leash, are available in many styles and materials. These include leather dog leads or rope dog leads, and you can even get double dog leads. These are especially useful if you have two dogs to walk at the same time.
How do you stop a dog pulling on the lead?
Training a dog to stop pulling is all about patience and the right equipment. When your dog pulls, stop walking, and only continue when the lead finally relaxes. Ensure you invest in a strong lead, collar, harness, or halt. For puppies especially, you can even try taking training classes for more tips and advice.
How to choose a dog lead?
A dog lead is an essential accessory and you are spoiled for choice. The Time for Paws range will give you the perfect lead for your needs whether you are searching for an extendable dog lead, a dog training lead, a double dog lead or dog leads to stop pulling. Chosen from the Ancol, Clix Training, Flexi, Halti and Rogz collections plus more, our leads offer the durability and practical features you need to enjoy walking with your pet.
Leads or leashes are an important part of a dog’s everyday walking and training life. As well as dog training leads, there are also leads that can prevent Fido from dragging you down the road. Getting the right lead can make a huge impact on the quality of your dog walks. You want a lead that’s both comfortable for you and your beloved pooch.
Different Types of Dog Leads to Stop Pulling:
Halti All-In-One Lead
This new type of lead is very versatile as it can be used as a regular lead, a belt or a tether. Mostly recommended for already trained dogs who already know how to walk properly with their owner. The Halti All-in-one Lead is a great item for those who always have their hands full. It comes with a scotchlite reflective strip for visible walking in dark areas. The line has a stretchy part to absorb shocks if the dog suddenly pulled.
A standard lead features a loop handle at one end and a clip to attach it to your Dog's Collars at the other end. Fashioned from leather or nylon, standard leashes are available in a variety of lengths and are great for everyday use. You can select either a flat style or one of our rope dog leads. If your dog is given to chewing their lead, consider investing in a chain which is heavier but which cannot be destroyed by your pooch.
Extendable dog leads
If you like to let your dog wander but without allowing him off the lead, consider a retractable Flexi Dog Lead. Flexi extendable leads are very popular because they allow your dog a bit more freedom, but still enable you to be in control. You can choose how far the lead extends giving your dog more freedom to roam about. Or you can keep the lead shorted if you need your dog to be close to you. These feature a nylon band or cord which is several metres long that retracts into a plastic case with a handle. The lead can be locked in place at any length and boasts a mechanism similar to that of a measuring tape.
What about slip leads for dogs?
Slip leads for dogs are all-in-one collars and leads which are useful during training or if your pet continues to pull. The lead loops onto itself and goes over the dog's head. Some styles boast plastic tubes which slide down to help keep the collar in place. If you or your dog pulls on the lead, the collar part will tighten. This type of lead can be dangerous if used incorrectly as it can restrict your pet’s breathing but will teach your dog not to pull.
Do you need more than one dog leash?
It is always useful to keep more than one lead to hand. Many dog owners like to have different leads for daily walks, hiking, cycling and running. You may also find that some of the special features which are available prove to be extremely useful. Grippy handles can help you to keep control of a boisterous hound while reflective elements enhance safety after dark. You will also discover leads with built in Poop Bag holders. One lead may not be ideal for all of your activities and it’s always good to have a spare in the cupboard.
Rope Dog Leads
Rope leads are fairly comfortable on your hands and are usually quite strong. You can get traditional hand sewn ends for a more authentic look. Rope leads are good value for money.
Leather leads can look very smart and last for a very long time. Some people prefer leather leads because of the way they look and feel.
Chain Dog Leads
Chain leads are one of the strongest leads you can get, however, they do sometimes rust depending on what metal is used. They are ideal for strong dogs who pull on the lead and also dogs that try to chew their leads because they will not be able to chew through a metal chain.
Material Dog Leads
There are lots of different material leads to choose from in a wide range of colours and sizes. Some material leads may not last as long and are more likely to break than chain, rope or leather leads. However, they are an economical choice.
There is a great article here about choosing a dog leash