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How a Dog Leash Can Help to Create a Happy Dog

March 17, 2016

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Dog leashes are not only useful for taking your pal for a walk around the neighborhood, but they can also be employed as an effective training tool. No longer just basic tools, leashes have advanced significantly and are available in a range of different materials and with a variety of uses.

There are many benefits to using a dog leash and getting your four-legged friend used to walking with one, including:

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  • Regular exercise for you and your dog. With a comfortable leash for your dog, you’re more likely to take them on regular walks. This will improve both your dog’s health and your own, and studies have shownthat dog owners are more likely to exercise regularly than those without pets.
  • A solid leash can help to restrain your dog from other animals or children in the neighborhood, which is particularly useful for more aggressive breeds;
  • Using correct training methods, a leash will be the ultimate tool for teaching obedience such as sitting, walking, and stopping.

Different Types of Dog Leash

As the needs of dogs and their owners grow, so too does the market for dog related products. Leashes are now available in a range of styles, materials, and colors to suit any type of owner and their pet.

Leather Dog Leash

For a stylish dog and owner, leather is a popular choice for leashes. Not only do they look great, but a quality leather dog leash will last years longer than standard types and provide a comfortable solution for your dog when paired with a leather collar.

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Durability is important with leashes which makes leather a popular choice, as your dog may strain a lot in the initial stages of walking and obedience training. With your dog pulling on leash it’s more prone to tear and break away, causing them to become lost or possibly harm other animals and children.

Rope Dog Leash

Another durable material choice, the rope dog leash comes in varying qualities. To invest in a good brandwith solid construction is best as these will provide strength and durability that you won’t find with standard types.

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Rope is also great at withstanding harsh elements so it can get wet and dirty without losing its quality. They’re also easy to keep clean and maintain.

Retractable Dog Leash

Another name for a flexi dog leash, these allow your dog to explore their surroundings more freely than having them restrained on a short leash. They use a base handle and cord that can extend or retract as needed, usually with the use of a button.

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However, you need to be cautious when using them as there can be potential problems. The lack of control you have might cause your dog to run onto the road or in contact with another animal so you need to stay vigilant when walking.

Dog Bike Leash

If walking isn’t your style and you prefer to cycle, there are now dog leashes specifically designed to take your dog along with you. These devices use an internal spring action that allows for suspension as your dog runs alongside your bike.

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Simply attach the leash somewhere to your bike frame to enable your dog to follow you around as you ride. These are great options for dogs who have a lot of energy to burn.

Hands Free Dog Leash

Designed for the busy, modern person, the hands free dog leash lets you free up your hands for other tasks while you walk your dog. You can hold a coffee, text on your phone, or do just about anything else with your hands when using this new type of leash. Depending on a few factors, you will be able to decide where to attach the band.

Some people prefer to have it around their waist and others their arm, enabling them to get other things done as they walk their four-legged friend around town. These types are also great as a dog running leash, as many sprinters like to use their hands to propel their bodies further while running.

Double Dog Leash

If you’ve ever tried to walk more than one dog using a single leash for each, you’ll know how much of a task this can be. Thankfully, you can now use a double dog leash that enables you to hold both dogs from a single handle.

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These leashes also have the ability to walk your dogs close together or far apart, so they aren’t getting caught up with each other. Most brands also have the ability to walk with two different sized dogs at once which can be notoriously hard with a standard lead.

Verdict

Investing in a good leash that suits both you and your dog’s lifestyle will pay off phenomenally for both of you. With a quality lead, you’ll find that your motivation to walk your dog more often will increase, resulting in a healthier life for you and your pet. Dogs that enjoy regular exercise are less likely to have destructive behavior at home thanks to their ability to burn off energy during walks.

When choosing a lead think about how and where you like to walk your pet, if you prefer to ride a bike or run instead, or if you like to give your dog a little more freedom. All of these factors will determine the right leash for you.

Not only is a leash good for walking or running, but it can help to train your dog in other aspects. A leash can be useful for obedience training as it helps to teach important skills such as sitting and staying. For such a small investment this device can help improve your dog’s behavior and mood significantly.






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