Choosing a leash that works for you and your dog may be the difference between walking and walking. In fact, it can actually make a difference between your walking dog and walking dog!
Here are some tips on different lengths, materials, and types of leashes that can help you choose the best leash option for (and your dog’s) outdoor adventure.
Length and width
You can find many belts of different lengths. From standard 4ft and 6ft towing ropes to 8ft, 12ft, and 33ft, there are many options. For an average dog every day, a 6-foot long leash is the best and the easiest to control. Six feet long enough to allow your dog to freely do some sniffing and independent exploration, and short enough to maintain and quickly restore control of the dog (if needed). An extended leash between 12 feet and 33 feet can provide some opportunities for hearing-impaired dogs or dogs who are not yet proficient in a recall, allowing them to experience some independence and freedom while remaining anchored. Shorter belts less than 6 feet in length are usually small and easy to carry. They are very suitable as an extra “just in case” belt to tow or carry. For walks without traction, the 4-foot lead is the perfect length and can be buckled on the waist like a leash. If you need to haul the dog quickly, it is easy to use.
Width is also important. Some common leash widths are ½”, ¾”, and 5/8″. Choose a width that fits your hand and can handle the strength of the dog according to size and weight. Leashes that are too thin may break if used on larger ones On dogs, too thick a leash may make your hands uncomfortable, not to mention too heavy for smaller dogs.
The most popular belt material is nylon. Nylon is durable, not easy to break, and can maintain its shape well. Although nylon is a safe and cheap option, if you have a sturdy dog that likes to pull or a susceptible dog who likes to dart or knit back and forth, nylon can easily slip out of your hand and cause your hand Twine burns and fingers. To avoid hurting your hands, consider using leather belts. Leather is a soft but very strong material. Through some leather care and maintenance, a good leather belt can be used for life and help you avoid painful injuries. If you prefer to skip animal products, bio-sulfane belts can replace leather.
The three main types of traction belts are standard traction belts, safety belt traction belts, and telescopic traction belts. As mentioned above, standard belts come in various lengths and widths. Standard belts can also be excellent multi-purpose tools. Clip it to the dog’s collar or seat belt and you can start! If you are stuck in an outdoor adventure, it can double as a belt or rope. Some standard belts also have a double loop function. The extra handle of the double-loop traction rope is located close to the connection point of the traction rope, you can choose to use the traction rope in full length or shorter length.
Harness belts are an excellent alternative to standard harnesses. Seat belt traction belts can help control dogs and reduce the pressure on the standard collar of the dog’s trachea.
Although retractable leashes seem convenient, they will not only teach your dog to repeat bad towing actions but will also pose a serious risk to your dog. The first is fragility. To keep telescopic belts light and compact, they are usually made of thin nylon rope. If your retractable belt is worn anywhere, the dog’s pressure may cause the belt to break. The second dangerous feature is retraction. It is convenient and neat when held in your hand. If you put down the retractable leash in the unlocked position, it will immediately begin to withdraw your dog and essentially chase it away from you. For these reasons, we do not recommend the use of retractable belts but choose standard belts or strap belts.
Which belt is most effective usually depends on personal preference. Don’t be afraid to try. Try using different lengths, materials, and types of leashes until you find a comfortable and safe leash for you and your dog.
Here are links to some of our favorite belts: