There are a number of different styles and types of leashes available and they all are designed to serve different functions. It is important to note that some leashes will not work with certain training collars and so you need to select the leash that is right for the training collar and method that you are going to use.
There are a number of factors to consider when purchasing a leash. You always need to consider your dog’s size and age. Small dogs should have lightweight leashes and larger dogs need to have heavier, stronger leashes to allow an owner additional control. Leash length is another important factor to consider. Most trainers recommend training while using a 6-foot leash, however 4-foot and 8-foot leashes are also popular.
Leashes are made in a variety of material. Nylon leashes are the most common. They are available in a number of different styles and colors. Basic nylon leashes work with most dogs and training equipment. Leather leashes offer a strong, durable alternative to nylon. They are more expensive, however they offer a nice easy grip. Leashes are also sometimes made of cotton. These leashes put less wear on an owner’s hands than nylon or leather.
For owners that live in a big city, traffic leashes are an ideal tool to keep your dog safe. They are usually made of leather and are between 15 to 18 inches long. They feature a large handle loop that allows an owner to hold the dog close to his or her body. Traffic Leashes are designed to restrict how far a dog can walk ahead of an owner in order to prevent them from getting in the way of pedestrians or walking out into oncoming traffic.
Drag leashes are made for owners who want to leave a leash on their dog inside the house. They do not have a handle loop on the end to prevent a wandering dog from getting caught on anything. Drag Leashes allow owners to train dogs more easily in the home, while also giving them additional freedom.
Retractable Leashes are designed to expand and contract as the dog moves around. They allow and owner to increase and decrease the distance their dog is allowed to walk. Most models feature a break, which allows the owner to set a standard length but also change it as needed.
Retractable Leashes are not right for all dogs. They are not recommended for dogs who have not been trained for walking on a fixed length leash. Retractable leashes provide less control than standard fixed length leashes, so they should not be used on disobedient or uncontrollable dogs because it will be more difficult to control them.
Some trainers have found that these leashes encourage dogs to pull. Because of this, retractable leashes should not be used with choke collars or prong collars.
Training tabs are designed for use on agility equipment or other obstacles. They are a very short leash, only about 8 inches long. The main benefit of training tabs is that they will not get caught on the equipment or tangled in a dog’s legs. However, training tabs give the owner some control when the dog is moving through an obstacle and allow an owner to catch the dog when they run out of an obstacle.