So which leash should I choose?
Nylon leashes are very durable and washable, and come in a variety of colors. Many owners like to get matching collars and leashes.
Leather leashes are very durable and long lasting. Leather softens from the oils in your skin, which is easier on the hands. Leather leashes are also easier to grip.
A unique feature about a retractable leash is the ability to control how little or how much lead the dog is given. The nylon lead is rolled up and housed within a plastic casing that you hold in your hand. A spring-type function allows the lead to automatically lengthen or shorten (retract) as the dog travels. Imagine retractables working somewhat like a fishing pole. You hold the housing of the lead in your hand and use the lead to “reel your dog in” if necessary. A one-button braking system stops the dog from traveling any farther. It also serves as a locking mechanism should you want to keep your dog at a consistent distance.
Retractable leads are great if you:
* Walk your dog
* Have a dog tied outside
* Own a large dog (the braking features are helpful in controlling large dogs)
* Will be traveling with your dog
* Are tired of messy, tangled leads
Cotton Webbed Leashes
Leads also come in a cotton webbing material that is washable, easy on the hands, and economical. They come in a variety of lengths. The 20-foot length, known as a “long line,” is ideal to use when teaching your dog to come when called. This allows your dog the freedom to roam a distance away from you while still maintaining control.
Tie-Outs and Chains
Tie-outs and chains are for dogs that spend time outdoors. Tie-outs are like stakes that are placed in the ground. A chain is attached to the tie-out so that the dog has room to move about, yet is restricted to a certain area. These are handy if you travel, or like to spend time outdoors, such as with camping or for a day at the park.
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