After talking to you about collars and harnesses, here we go to see what are the possible guidelines for buying leashes for dogs. Fortunately, there are not many rules to follow when deciding to buy a leash and the choice becomes much freer with regard to both materials and models.
Despite the fact that the various extensible, extensible or retractable leads are very common, giving too much “rope” to our four-legged friend is not recommended both by experts and by the legislation in use.
The ideal average length varies between 1.2 and 1.8 meters, bearing in mind that it is better to keep large dogs close enough to us, and according to a 2009 Ordinance the maximum length of leashes for dogs in public places may not exceed 1.5 meters.
These are obviously general indications that are often not respected, but also from an ethological point of view it is good not to give the dog the feeling of being free to go where he wants.
Many owners do not bother to train their dog on a leash and prefer to leave them a lot of space and then tug them in by blocking or rewinding the leash: it is an incorrect behavior that teaches nothing to your puppy, better to have the patience to make him learn simple commands such as “stop” to avoid further stress.
Once you have determined the average size, the choice of models and materials is almost exclusively a matter of aesthetics and preferences of the owner, but better to buy a light carabiner, especially if you have a small dog, so as not to add unnecessary weights.
There are leashes in metal, nylon or leather and the differences are minimal: nylon is lighter, more practical, easy to roll up and wash, but it tends to be uncomfortable to the touch until it risks cutting in the event of sudden shocks.
It is therefore better to use leather leashes for dogs or some other model that has a comfortable and manageable handle.
It is also necessary to take into account the strength of your four-legged friend, there are some dogs that pull with a lot of energy and therefore you need a strong enough lead.
In most cases, puppies will soon get used to the leash and there is no need for special measures to get them used to it, however there are some special cases and certain breeds that can offer some resistance: you should never make them feel the leash as an imposition because they would end up associating that accessory with negative moments.
It is therefore better to have patience, to make him try it several times at home together with the collar, to hook the leash without keeping it, leaving the dog free to wander around the house. Afterwards, try to go out to less frequented areas that do not offer much distraction to your puppy, try to give simple orders always reinforcing in a positive way, that is, rewarding with some biscuits when the dog obeys without yelling at him when he does not take the order and NEVER do pull and spring.
In a short time the puppy will bring you the leash to make you understand that it’s time to go for a walk!