Dog leash: choosing it and its role

Iron leash, leash with retractor … Choosing the leash for your dog is not always easy as the choice is so important. Here is some information to help you make your choice. Because let’s not forget, the leash is essential.

Learning to walk on a leash is essential in town for the safety of dogs and others. It is also very useful in the countryside to avoid fights. Even if you don’t want to keep your dog on a leash, you still need to teach them how to walk with it first. Indeed, if it has never felt this “constraint”, it will be unable to get used to it.

We would like to remind you that the leash is compulsory in many public places. If, later, you prefer to let go of the dog, you will have to teach them the recall. The leash and collar  (but also the dog harness) are very important “tools”. You have to choose them correctly.

Choosing the dog’s leash

Retractable leashes are not very practical for learning to walk on a leash. They simply allow more freedom (supervised) to be given to a dog that does not obey the recall. You must “control” your dog by the leash. Iron leashes are “unassailable”. You will understand the importance of this quality after purchasing your fifth leather leash in a fortnight. The length must be around the meter. Very short leashes are not recommended.

The role of the leash

The master will exert small pulls on the leash. She must not have any other role than that. You should never hit your dog with its leash . The object must be a sign of walking, and therefore of joy, for the dog. Likewise, avoid tying it somewhere for too long (in front of a store, for example). This would make them associate the leash with “imprisonment”. Play can be a learning technique, but the leash itself is not a toy.

The dog must neither nibble nor pull on it. You should not encourage this type of behaviour. It must “respect” its leash . You must keep the initiative of the exit: a dog which brings its leash to the master is touching but can sometimes become “dangerous”, because the hierarchical relationships are then distorted.

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