Having the right lead will help greatly in the control of your dog when going on walks or just a visit to the vet.
There are strong dogs where unless you are just as strong or stronger you may have trouble in controlling your dog.
If you have a standard lead and don’t have the strength to control your dog, much like myself, it is difficult to keep your dog in check, away from danger and be a responsible dog owner.
When I was at the age of 13 I was holding the lead for one of my mums friends dogs as we took them to the beach. But as we were going past the houses Tessa reacted to another dog and raced towards them, I was determined to hold on but between my little body and a medium-sized dog with a high pulling power I stood no chance.
I was dragged some meters before I finally let go of the lead, I have been traumatised by the experience ever since. But I have also learnt something too, when I take into consideration the size of the dog I am walking to determine whether I will successfully be in control of the dog. If not I need to chose the lead that will help aid in taking more control, therefore, I hope to enlighten you to the different types of dog leads. Finding what best suits you and your dog.
We didn’t have one of these when I was growing up but we had friends that did, and I like the idea of them.
When you’ve got a bit more room around, you like being in a park or on a beach, you can cut come slack on the retractable lead allowing your dog to explore ahead of you but a couple meters. When you can see another dog insight it’s as easy as bringing back the slack on the lead, you can get your dog right by your side with the click of a button.
Another reason why I like this type of dog lead is how simple and effortless it is to use. You can allow your dog to walk as far as the lead goes and it will adjust to how near or far they are from the handle. If you need to stop them suddenly or need to bring them in closer, just press the button to stop the lead going out.
This action is very useful to train your dog to stop and wait for you, no need to worry about getting two steps away to have them race off ahead of you again.
Although I have not used a dog harness on Nutmeg before, I have heard good things about the type of lead.
My Aunty uses these on her Staffie (Ava) as it helps keep the control in her hands, this breed of dog is quite strong and she isn’t the strongest person much like myself.
I plan to purchase a harness myself because it just gives you that added confidence when taking your dog out, you might not be able to stop other dogs but at least you have control of your dog and can show you’re in charge.
Looking back at my childhood ordeal mentioned earlier, maybe a harness could have helped me keep control of Tessa and avoided being dragged across the grass.
The most popular option in my opinion is your standard lead that clips onto your dogs collar. There is a huge range of this type of lead and you can find these anywhere whether it’s a pet store or your grocers.
You can have a little more fun with these too as they come in all sorts of colours, patterns and materials. They are easy to put on and take off it only takes a second.
Choker Collar and Lead
Although a choker collar is not specifically a lead itself it is a great combo with the lead. We use this at home with Nutmeg, no dog usually likes to have something tight around their neck and hence limits the amount of pulling.
You can keep the choker collar on as your dogs main collar or only use it when taking out of the backyard.
Simple and effective at times. Nutmeg doesn’t always obey and seems to be determined to go smell something over there and pulls and doesn’t seem to care how tight the choker is getting…
It depends on your dog too whether this is an effective method of controlling your dog.
Which Lead Is The Right Lead?
There are no right or wrong leads to be using on your dog, the suggestions I have outlined in this post are all options on different types of dog leads, it purely depends on what you feel works best for you and the dog.
My partner and I are looking to get a Golden Retriever and I know these dogs have a lot of energy and strength so I will be buying myself a harness just because the way it is designed gives you more control of the dog.
It’s up to you what you think will allow you to be confident in keeping control of your dog.
Happy dog lead hunting.