What Type of Leash is Right for Your Dog?

There are several different types of dog leashes on the market today. You may wonder what each one does and which one is the right type for your dog. Below, a Temecula vet discusses the common types of dog leashes and which one might be the right fit for you.

The Standard Leash

The old standby—trusty, time-tested, and versatile, the basic leash generally works well for most dog breeds and sizes. They may come in slightly different widths, strengths, and lengths, but most are around six feet long and made of nylon or leather. Attach the leash to your dog’s collar and you’re good to go.

Ask your Temecula veterinarian about proper dog walking, and what particular basic leash is right for your dog’s size and breed.

The Retractable Leash

A retractable leash’s cord extends from a spring-loaded handle. When your dog walks, the cord unwinds. You can press a button on the handle to stop the cord from unwinding and control how far away your dog gets. Retractable leashes can work well, but be careful: they can let your dog get farther away from you than you want if the dog suddenly bolts, and some cords can snap if your dog is particularly strong. Ask your South Temecula vet if the retractable leash might be right for your dog.

The Long Leash

A long leash is just what it sounds like—a leash that is longer than the basic leash. They can vary in length, anywhere from 10 feet to 50 feet or more. Generally, long leashes are used for training purposes; it’s not a good idea to walk your dog on one, as he could run out in the street even while on the leash without you having any control. Call your South Temecula veterinarian to find out more about long-line leashes and their uses.

The Bungee Leash

Bungee leashes are made of rubber or contain an elastic portion that allows the leash to stretch. The idea is to minimize possible harm to your dog’s neck as he pulls on the leash.

Many veterinarians advise proper training to prevent your dog from pulling on the leash, so the bungee-type leash may become obsolete. Ask your South Temecula vet if it will work in the interim, or what kind of leash might be right for your dog instead.


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