How To Choose The Right Leash For Your Furry Friend

Every pet is different and needs a different kind of leash

V. Kumara Swamy Published Sep 17, 2020 20:11:23 IST
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If you happen to be a dog-parent, this is one tool that you cannot do without. A leash is something that you will use every day. But choosing one for your pet depends on several factors and conditions.

Whether you are in the training phase of your pup or you like going on long walks with your German Shepherd or you have an aggressive pug, you will need a leash tailor-made for these and other times. After all, when you provide your dog the right kind of food, exercise and vet-care, why should it not get the right kind of leash?

If you are a dog owner, these are the things you should keep in mind when buying a leash for your pet. 

Which material to choose 

Your dog could bite, chew, and pull the leash or, at times, drag it in its own urine or poop. So, go for a leash that is suitable for your dog, depending on its size and activities, and is durable too.

You will get leashes made of nylon, leather, a combination of these two, metal, polyester and cotton. If you have a big dog, you can consider a leash with a heavy clasp. Nylon leashes are cost-effective but if your dog loves chewing, you may have to get a new leash every other week. In that case, chain leashes can suit the bill—but make sure they are not too heavy for your pup. Also, chewing on a chain leash can damage your dog’s teeth; if you find your dog doing exactly this, it’s time to take it to a trainer. 

Types of leashes 

The leash size depends on the dog breed, its size and weight. If you like taking your dog on long walks, or a run, or for swimming, a longer leash would help. Adjustable leashes are quite versatile and you can increase or decrease their length depending on whether you are taking your dog on a long walk or to a nearby vet clinic.

Retractable leashes have a mechanism similar to a measuring tape’s—the length increases as your dog pulls it. Although you can lock a retractable leash, it more often than not encourages the dog to pull the leash, something you don’t want your pet to learn.

Ideally, your dog’s leash should be bright in colour so that it stands out. A leash with reflective strips will help when you take your dog out for a walk in the night. If you are still not sure about the kind of leash your dog needs, ask your vet for advice.

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